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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle pours black with a brown head. Aroma shows moderate roast, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of dark fruit. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel, blackstrap, and vanilla. Overall body is full, chewy, and finishes slightly boozy. Damn good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Looks like used diesel oil with an extra portion of ink. Small brown head was about half a finger and didnt last too long but left pretty good lacing. Roasty, toasty, and burnt malts dominate the nose. Caramel and coffee notes. The flavor is quite strong, with heavily roasty and burnt flavors again dominating, accented with very nice dark bakers chocolate and strong espresso notes. Theres actually a fair amount of hoppiness too. A small note of molasses gives it a little sweetness. Body is very thick and chewy, tangy with a bit of alcohol warming and ample carbonation. Definitely a tasty RIS, Founders seems to have a knack for this type of beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
billymasoninc (2) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2012 does not count
Pours pitch black into a snifter with very little head. The aroma is all roasted malts with light hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits and liquorice with a hint of coffee and caramel. Theres a big syrupy texture to this one, reminiscent of BORIS The Crusher. Not too carbonated, not too sweet. A great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Why havent I been able to get this beer in my area???? This is clearly 1 of my all time favorite Beers. Poured Black and thick. Foamy awesome dark brown and stuck to the side of the glass. Aroma was of the style, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and even some hops. This was dry, sweet and bitter. As it warms, complex flavors are coming out. Bitter coffee is strong at the front of the tongue. The full body then turns sweet with an ever so slight bitter/dry finish. 90 IBU Imperial Stout, simply delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Purchased at Armanettis in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a nice February Wednesday during a hectic work week, before a weekend mini-vacation. I felt like a treat for tonight. Appearance is very thick, almost sludge like, with a moderate coffee-tan head that rims around the glass. It looks intense. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, lactose, has a moderate bitterness of coffee, not a very strong aroma but a good one. Taste is really intense. Very dark chocolate / cocoa flavor, roasted malt balance, light bitterness, very thick / syrup consistency body with light to medium carbonation. Its nearly 11% ABV and it seems subdued, which is kind of scary. Its really good, not my favorite Founders brew but a great one nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3585) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Refrigerated bottle put on the counter for a while then poured into a shaker. Pours coal black with one finger medium brown head. Some lacing, thick body, and roasted aroma. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, and finishes bitter hops. Good, but a little too heavy for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Nitro tap at Craft in Middleton. Very smooth, not sure if that is the nitro or the beer, but I enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1219) - , Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 12/14 opened a2011 bottle. First aroma was still strong bourbon. No head on pour One of the best palates ever so thick and silky. In end just too hot as it warms. Lowered from 4.1. .....................GREAT RIS; 12 oz recd in trade from beerbill (thanks!!). not a fan of the aroma all I got was alcohol - but everything after that was almost perfect - black oily pour with choc beige head (small). 5 on palate - perfect creamy almost chewy thickness. taste was a 9/10 - plenty of roasted stuffs, coffee, slight bitter chocolate - i got no hops but had aged this beer 9 - 12 mos. Will have more!! 02/13 had a fresh (less than 2 mos old) one and did not enjoy nearly as much. Will let the rest age a year at least

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CBz (1) - - FEB 12, 2012 does not count
Great nose with a slightly sweet aroma. The stuff swirls like motor oil in the glass. Delicious taste with subtle hops, malty sweetness, and overall great balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rader58 (893) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark black. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, molasses, peat, dried fruit. Flavor is coffee, pine, peat, smoke, vanilla, raisin. A nice earthy and coffee imperial stout with a dry finish.


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