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RATINGS: 2150   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (3268) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
On tap for a very short time (about 25 minutes) at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL. for their Evening celebrating Founders Brewing Co.. Poured into a small trappist-type glass a dark black/brown with a thick dark tan foam which reduced to a bubbly layer and a modest ring of lacing. Served a bit cold so warming was a must. The aroma presented some powerful roasted espresso notes along with some baker’s chocolate. The flavor added to these some subtle cask wood and a nice smooth alcohol presense after it warmed. Excellent, full bodied Imperial Stout.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1195) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Thanks to Gypsy19 for sharing! ~Pours pitch black with small thin off white head. ~Vanilla and bourbon with choclate malt in scent. ~Bourbon is dominate in flavor. Mellowed out with some vanilla and roasted malts. ~Creamy feel when chewed, but oily when drank normally. Sweet bourbon finish. ~Bourbon overpowers this beer. Maybe better if aged in the bottle for a year to mellow out the bourbon.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle. I really have not been into Imperial Stouts at all recetly, but I really really enjoyed this one. It was a perfect oil black pour with a nice dark khaki head (that needs a tall vigorous pour to stir up). The aroma was vanilla, oak, and chocolate. The flavor was the same but with a major step up. The flavor with the palate made it taste and feel like a nice rich chocolate milkshake. The abv. was hidden very well. IT got hotter as it warmed but was still very cozy and tasty. So smooth and easygoing. If you like imperial stouts you need to try this. If you don’t (like me as of recently) you still need to taste this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 17, 2009
12 oz bottle - Pours a totally opaque black color with tiny, quickly dissipating dark tan head. Aroma is roasty, loads of milk chocolate, ash, very faint touch of burbon, vanilla. Flavor is very roasty, lots of chewy malts, notes of coffee and vanilla, with a slightly metallic bitterness in the finish. Overall this is ok, but somewhat dissapointing.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoeyRed (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2009 does not count
The best. This is my favorite American Imperial Stout I located this brew in Bethlehem, PA at a local deli that specialized in predominately craft brew. Poured Dark, thick, with little head, aromas mixing into the air as I poured it gently into my glass. The aromas were rich in Bourban with hints of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Certainly a smell worthy of this stout. Hides the alcohol very well with a warming sensation accompanied by the smooth swallowing of this excellent craft. Possibly my favorite stout

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kazooka (55) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Tap at Founders in a snifter. Bourbon and vanilla scented. Black with minimal brown head fading to a tan color. Medium-bitter and medium-heavy sweet but well balanced. Medium-heavy bodied, light carbonation, with thin feel makes for smooth travel down the throat with sweet finish. Very drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2009
12oz bottle-All that has been written abou this beer is true. A beautiful great black color,awesome nose,with bourbon and vanilla and coffee.Lots of chocolate,coffee,oak etc.Just an amazing and well done beer,one of my all time faves!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2516) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Pours a three finger dark brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet roasted coffee nose. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, don’t detect the bourbon barrel, high ABV is hidden, almost burnt coffee finish. Nice stout. Pricey at $6.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours an oily black with no head, just a little lacing, little apparent carbonation. Aroma and flavor are dominated by bourbon from beginning to end. The bourbon overpowers any other vague flavors that might be present. Not a bad flavor ultimately, but really like drinking a weak whiskey, in flavor, that is. Palate is somewhat creamy, but also a little watery for the style. Not bad, but unmemorable for a Top 50 beer. Overall, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1281) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2009
WOW! Pitch black color. Smells mostly of chocolate and coffee with a hint of bourbon. Taste is medium bodied and quite complex. Tastes mostly of chocolate with some very rich undertones of coffee and bourbon. Has a little bite in the end like most bourbons do, I feel privileged to have had this one.


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