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RATINGS: 2145   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, youre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (11266) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate, coffee malt and light ash aroma. Opaque black-brown color with small head. Creamy chocolate/coffee malt and moderately bitter herbal/ashy flavor. Nice - hops come through nicely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (4205) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Tasted the 2006, 2011 & 2012. They poured a pitch black color with a dark tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The taste was like the aroma, as it warms, and all the alcohol flavors become prominent. The best was the 2011 followed by the 2006. Excellent Imperial Stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle. Roasted, coffee malt aroma and a syrup like black pour, little to no head, carbo loaded fill that settled to a pitch black appearance. The smooth palate was expectedly thick, but I was surprised with the smoothness, an almost creaminess about the texture. The taste held coffe, malt, smokey dark chocolate notes, and a bitter alcohol aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Thanks be to Brian at True Vine! It took some self control to let the jewel warm up a bit but it is well worth the wait. Espresso color while pouring with just a hint of caramel colored head. The head will last if you swirl it some in a snifter. Smokey vanilla and cane syrup nose that gets better and better with some warmth. Semi sweet dark chocolate, rich coffee, deep burnt caramel, outside brown smoked pork, and a nice balance of bitterness from the judicious use of hops are all in abundance here. Quite possibly the finest mouthfeel of any beer Ive tried. The finish is a little dry and long lasting. Founders accomplishment in the area of Stouts makes me wonder if Dark Lord is really worth all the hoopla.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2012
12oz bottle, bottled 12/22/11. Black color, nice brown head that fades a bit. Great ring of lace. Lighter, very crisp carbonation. Dry texture. Really roasty taste, some bitterness. That roastiness is awesome, it lasts long through the aftertaste, and has just a little bite (but its a nice assertiveness). Really big, chewy body. Aroma is big orasted malts, some bitter-sweet dark chocolate, good hops. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackflag321 (681) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2012
1-year old bottle. Smooth, dark pour; as dark as can be and not be black. Luscious, slight cocoa head that dissipates quickly but comes back around edge of glass when the glass is swirled. Coffee, chocolate hints are more subtle than when freshly bottled. Great mouthfeel and aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (5705) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Dans le spectre des Impriales stouts, je la placerais exactement entre la Expedition pour lventail de saveurs et la Ten Fidy pour la prsence en bouche. Un peu moins de tabac et de cuir que la Expedition et lgrement moins de mlasse que la Ten Fidy. Le caf et le chocolat se marie galement parfaitement et consomme leur union jusque dans la puissante amertume.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CincyBeercat (17) - Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Got this on tap at Molly Malones in Covington, KY. Looked like motor oil or syrup when poured. Pitch black with a small light brown head. I had a hard time getting much from the aroma. A tiny bit of sweetness mixed with a dark roasted smell. This is a good smooth stout - well balanced. Not overly sweet, leans more toward the coffee, roasted malts tastes. Coats the inside of your mouth like syrup and the flavor lingers for quite a while.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Founders Imperial Stout pours pitch black. Pours thick like motor oil. A small tan head is poured and pretty much disappears to nothing except lacing around the glass. At first the smell of this brew will not blow you away. When I first poured it I had to sit there to pick some stuff up but as it warms the flavor pops more and more. Chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and a smokey aroma. As it warms it becomes almost like a mocha. It makes you want to dive right in. For being 10.50% there is no sign of alcohol in the nose. Very nicely done. For the taste the roasted malt comes in first with a nice bit chocolate coming in next. To me it tasted like chocolate malt ball. The alcohol makes a little bit more of an appearance then it did in the aroma. It wont smack you in the face though. Coffee is also there and adds a little bit of a bitter taste. The beer ends with some molasses and dark fruits. The taste isnt big like a lot of imperial stouts out there. But its nice and rich. Really wanted another one after I was done with the bottle I had. The mouthfeel on this brew is really a one of the stars of the show. Its full bodied, smooth, and it coats the mouth nicely. Really well done. If you see this brew pick it up.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlruthven (609) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle, shared with my lovely fiancee. Pours one of the darkest blacks Ive seen on an impy stout, with rich, espresso-foam head. Some lacing, but more alcohol legs. Nose is crazy: chocolate-covered, burnt espresso beans, roasted malts, a kiss of vanilla and smoked pork. Taste is more chocolate and rich, strong espresso. A hint of mint chocolate creeps in, with an undercurrent of heat. Lively mouthfeel, becomes creamier as it washes over the tongue. Slightly brash due to its youngness, but still pretty great.


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