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RATINGS: 2138   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michcam8 (544) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pour to glass from 12 oz bottle. Small dark brown head with a black impy stout body. Great aroma of coffee, nuts, roasted malts, and bread. Flavor improved as the beer warmed, as the last sip was wonderful. So much so, that I had one more. Taste is silky smooth with a roasted malt flavor, along with coffee and nuts. Alcohol is noticable at 10.5, but not overwhelming. Enjoyable beer that would highly recommend and another Founder beer that brings a smile to my face.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jakeyb (24) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Poured into a pint glass, incredibly syrupy black pour with a thin golden brown head. Rich smell of roasted oats (yum!!!) Taste is wonderful! Rich but not overpowering. Well balanced flavor heavy, on oats and malt with just a tinge of carbonation. Good lingering aftertaste with a hint of brown sugar and rice. Cheers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/3/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2009 bottle. Founders Imperial Stout pours like a black motor oil - I have seen this from Founders before. Tightly wound 2 cm coffee colored head that sticks around for a while before fading. I did not see much lace decorating the glass. The aroma jumps out of the glass into my nose. Roasted, chocolate, and black malt, obviously. Coffee, chocolate, and molasses fill out the aroma. Not much, if any hop aroma. Founders just does an awesome job with their stouts. Smooth flavor throughout - starts with roasted and chocolate malt, coffee and chocolate flavors, and a hint of molasses. By the end I get a coffee bitterness really seizing control, but not much hoppiness. Still a strong roasted presence. Ultimately creamy, the carbonation is almost squeezed out by the full body. Sticky on the lips. In a night of drinking some new and interesting beers, this one stood our for its quality. After having this beer on quite a few different occasions, I would say that I feel it vastly improves after being cellared for at least a year or so. At that point it has such an incredible balance and smoothness. Fresh it has a harsher hop and alcohol flavor that is less appealing. I would say this is one of the beers I have had that improves the most with age.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 Re-rate. Bottle with 6 months on it. Pours pitch black, thick, creamy, small tan head that is gone quick. The aroma has some dark, bitter chocolate, coffee, roasty notes, light booze. The taste is awesome. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sweet coffee, bitter grinds. Delicious with a huge palate that is lightly sticky but extremely full.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle pours a black with small tan head doesnt last long. Smels and tastes of chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, raisin, licorice, light sweetness, medium bitterness, salty, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter. Really good nice burnt flavor with the smell of licorice and roasted malt with a slight bit of sweetness of carmel but mostly bitter and dry at end.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
llcooldave (1206) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Nice Kahlua/Godiva liqueur aroma. Pours thick and black in the glass. When swirled, it has nice "legs". Flavor is just like the aroma, similar to drinking Kahlua and Godiva chocolate liqueur. Overall... ridiculously awesome. Thanks to Hopper for sharing this gem!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (3073) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2012
12oz bottle - pours opaque black with rich brown head and modest lacing. Nose is coffee. Flavor is alcohol, roasty, and mild plum or some old-timer fruit. Super dry finish and my lips are chapping. As full a body as Ive ever seen. Long finish that develops into bitterness. Very complex. definitely a sipping beer. Oddly enough, this beer can become just about what I want it to be.if I think about it hard enough. It can be sweet, bitter, hoppy, roasty,.. My only complaint is the overwhelming roasy character. hoppy burps follow.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
S: thick, black, dark brown head, large bubbles in collar A: sweet, malty, white chocolate T: not as heavy or rich as it looks, smooth balance between malts and hops, a sweet front, followed by a bitterness on the back end O: a very enjoyable beer, solid representation for its category, very drinkable for an imperial stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2012
12 oz bottle. Big, rich cocoa and roast, this is a bold impy. Great pour with a thick, creamy mocha head filling the top of the glass, and oily, clean looking opaque deep brown-black body. The aroma is sweet, slightly hazy, with a bunch of roast, earthy herb, and light booze. A thick creamy feels comes at the start, but the smoothness fades into more punch through out of the course of a sip. The booze mellows a bit as it warms. Balance is well done here, with prominent sweetness leading into a very well bittered, dry finish. Lots of bold roast here, sweet toffee, some powdery cocoa, dark malted candy, then tangy herb, light citrus, and dark fruits that mix with rich, cookie malts in finish. Overall, solid. No real frills, but no complaints.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2012
12oz bottle. pours out of the bottle black, similar to motor oil 5,000 miles past due for a change. beautiful chocolate brown head sits on top, once it fades whats left behind is thin and bubbly. nice lacing left behind throughout the glass. sweet aroma is made up of chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, molasses and coffee bean. full bodied with a velvety texture, the flavor is up front is of bitter chocolate and toasted malts. creamy smooth finish with a taste left behind reminiscent of a malted milk ball. great beer!


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