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RATINGS: 2154   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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3.9
robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
(Trade w/LIVEFAST) Slight dark tan head. Black black body. Slight molasses aroma. Very thick mouthfeel. Flavor of burnt coffee and roasted barley. Warming in the throat a bit after my last swallow. It’s been rainy and drippy all day long and this was a nice welcome when I got home!! Awesome extra of a trade.

3.9
hivemind (914) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle @ FG w Erica. Pours black, daek brown head (tulip). Very impressive looking. Impressive smell as well -- light chocolate, sweet malt, bit of booze. Tastes slightly dry with notes of dark (very dark) fruit, booze and dark chocolate. A roasty and resin character.

4
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Tap at Red’s. Lots of chocolate and roast in the nose, some coffee, malty sweetness, rich and slightly boozy. Pours black, opaque, brown head with good retention and leaves some lacing. Rich flavor, lots of chocolate, some caramel and molasses, roast malts and coffee, some alcohol shows up but is under control and pleasant, medium bitterness. Full body, medium carbonation. Nice.

4.1
PaperKnife (82) - - MAR 15, 2012
Draft. Rich O's Gravity Head 2012. Black, thin than head. Heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisin aroma. Roast flavor, raisin and vinous. Some alcohol in the finish.

3.7
TBone (17524) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2012
[email protected] Brewer Night of The Pony Bar, NYC
Dark opaque brown color, big creamy espresso head. Coffeish, roasted aroma. Full-bodied. Roasted, black coffee, espresso, hints of soya sauce and licorice in the flavor. Sticky mouthfeel. Warming alcohol in the finish. Good, strong impy.

4.8
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Short 12oz bottle, bottled on 12/29/2011. Black pour, dark brown head. I’ve had "stouts" that are lighter in color than the foam of this beer. Immediate scent of licorice, charred grains. Nose contains a large dose of dark cocoa, some coffee, roast, burnt to a char sugars. Flavor is very burnt, its all roast, coffee notes, chocolate, and bitter licorice. A noticeable heat on the palate, linger hop flavor, wooded type. Mostly toasted malt, from start to finish. This is what one should expect from an American Imperial Stout (3270).

4.8
kevinsenn (2209) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle from Founders brewery. Pours thick and black like motor oil, with a few dark brown bubbles - gorgeous! Aroma is beautiful; chocolate, coffee, and some licorice. For 10.5% alcohol and 90 IBUs, this beer is smooth! Sweet up front, moving to coffee and chocolate flavours, and finally a roasty highly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick and sweet. This is a perfect example of what an imperial stout should be. Will try my second bottle in a year or two. Each Founders beer I try seems better than the last!

4.2
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Pours pitch black with a thin milk chocolate head. Smells dark chocolate and a little espresso. Tastes a balanced sweet, bitter and alcohol. The pour appears to be super thick...but the brew is smooth and silky on the palate with a long lasting tingle from the alcohol. Very nice as expected.

4.1
dfinney23 (3268) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Pours inky black with a dense, dark head. Sweet and creamy with lots of chocolate and a light coffee bitterness. Hides its alcohol well.

3.5
Dodgrblu (750) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle from my beer broker timfoolery. Good aroma, great color, and taste. Nice chocolate undertones. No head whatsoever.


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