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RATINGS: 2099   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, youre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours out a black as night color, deep coffee head. Aromas are rich chocolate, vanilla, cream, fairly potent overall. Palate follows through very well, the chocolate and coffee cascade well over the palate with the chocolate up front, and coffee through the mid, finishes sweet, but not cloying. Fantastic RIS, its great both fresh and aged.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Birdman1099 (5) - Plainfield, USA - JAN 23, 2012 does not count
Drinking this in a snifer. Poured thick and black. ( about a 40 weight motor oil... ) 1 inch dark brown head that lingered for a few minutes. Taste is big and bold. Strong coffee and bitter chocolate. Bitterness fades with time. I think there are better stouts out there, but this one is not bad....

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours black with a slight tan head. Smell: very nice coffee almost reminds me of breakfast stout with the strong coffee notes, chocolate fudge, molasses, a hint of licorice and a touch caramel. Taste almost green extremely fresh tasting coffee beans, rich dark chocolate a nice bitter bite, creamy and vanilla with notes of tobacco. Thick on the palate and a great hanging roasted bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SacchCerevisiae (16) - Ohio City, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Overall: Founders always seems to get it right. This is an extremely rich brew in all aspects - the dark brown head, rich chocolate nose, complex body and heavy mouthfeel. I loved this mighty brew. Of course the high ABV would make it tough to have more than two... or three..

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Really good stuff. Its pure black with a small amount of dark brown foam and a lot of lacing left on the glass. It tasted like Graham crackers, mocha chocolate and toffee to me, but it looks like everybody has slightly different interpretations of it. It starts out with a boozy threatening flavor, but it turns out to be incredibly smooth and enjoyable. I highly recommend trying this one out if you see it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SurnameLevi (6) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2012 does not count
On tap at founders. Jet black with very thin brown head and minimal lacing. Lots of roasted malt and coffee on the nose. Taste was the same, maybe a little bit of a dark chocolate note. Excellent beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UDBeernut (2807) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2012
On tap at rattle n hum in NYC. Nice silky tan head capping a appealing oily black hue. Nose is full of bitter chocolate, coffee, and light citrus hop. Mouth is complex with the same but addition of light caramel. Smooth and creamy this one hides the alchohol well. Warming and a treat on this snowy day in the city. Rated via BeerBuddy

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2012
A motor oil black beer with a medium reddish brown head and nice lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is also coffee with a nice fruitiness and a touch of alcohol. The body is really creamy, just an excellent beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2012
It pours not too unlike motor oil and is opaque black with a dense brown head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and booze. Theres a lot of complexity here with a taste of sweet milk and dark chocolates, coffee, and sharp dark roasted malts. Its full-bodied with light carbonation and a very velvety mouthfeel. Overall, this is an awesome imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
soulpolisher (33) - Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate and coffee. Nice balance of sweet malt with some bitter undertones. Thick palate, as any good IS should be. Very good beer.


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