RATINGS: 2138   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (839) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle at CAH. Pours jet black with almost brown head that fades. Nose is coco, black malt and leather. First sip is huge malt flavor with milk and dark choclate, chicory bitterness towards the end finish is smooth with nice coco nibs and slight espresso. Nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
forsakenpariah (7) - - JAN 18, 2012 does not count
Color is pitch black. Half inch of dark brown head which dissipates but never disappears with little lacing. Roasted, coffee, and chocolate malts dominate the aroma in delightful balance. Taste follows the nose with a thick malty sweetness and a nice bitter hoppy balance. Thick and silky palate with mild carbonation rounds out this outstanding and nearly perfect beer. Founders has hit it out of the park yet again with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2012
poured in my founders snifter.poured black with thin brown head.smells of coffee and chocolate.taste of freshly roasted coffee,chocolate,nuts and carmel.lightly carbonated and alchohol is very present.everything together was very pleasant with none of the flavours overpowering the other.nice product

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bopper81 (31) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
After Having this pour CLUMPY.....i kid you not, there were actual clumps pouring from my bottle, i almost disposed of this. Then, after giving it a quick smell, a rush of guilt swooped acrooss my mind. It would be almost criminal not to taste something that smells this good, regardless of "texture". lol. So i took a sip, and the flavor did not disappoint. Dark, mocha (coffee & chocolate) roasts are most dominant. This one is a sipper, for sure. Especially my particular bottle, as those yeastie beasies await me at the bottom of my glass. Such a shame the clumps.....an otherwise amazing stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2013 Black with thin brown head. Great roasted malt aroma of chocolate carmel and a hint of coffee. Flavor follows aroma and is rather sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Palate is thick with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9941) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle and draft (rating from the bottle). Pours a very dark brown to black in color with a thin khaki head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and black coffee. Flavor is much of the same; big roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Medium bodied; actually a touch thinner than I would have expected. The flavor grows and adds a touch of char as it warms. I enjoy this with a bit of age, but fresh on draft is very good too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiveacestx (969) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle - Pours jet black with a cola colored thin head. Tastes much like the Alaskan Perseverance Ale only better. I could smell the roasted aroma right off and the taste is very smooth. Has a coffee finish to it. Another excellent beer from Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottled on 12/22/2011. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass at cellar temperature. A - Pitch black with a lasting dark khaki head. Decent lacing and retention. S - Super roasty. Some smoke, leather and dark malts followed by light chocolate and coffee notes. T - Similar to the nose. Starts off roasty and malty, but this leads to some very sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Given the 90 IBUs it does have a bitter finish, but not exceedingly so. Very smooth and velvety. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. O - Probably one of the best non barrel aged stouts Ive tried. Really great roasty body with just the right amount of sweetness and hop bitterness to balance it out. The mouth feel is near perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2015 Pours oily black with tan head. The smell is heavily roasted grain, chocolatey with an almost burnt aroma. The taste is similar with a great grainy depth roasted to the limits almost smoky and charred but not quite keeping its smoothness. There is a smooth sultry palate that makes it highly drinkable with all the above roasted delicacies. This is about as robust as any stout gets grain wise but the 90 ibu also isn?t timid. There is a massive dry chocolate malt finish and a long lingering finish sticks to the tongue and throat with just a little booze to reinforce its strength. Pretty enjoyable Id say. Having had several verticals it seems to get easier on the palate up to 5 years, and presents a great dichotomy of rich freshness to smooth subtle aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Thick black pour with huge dark brown head. Tremendous lacing. Smell is rich dark chocolate, roast coffee, dark malts. The taste is superb. Creamy chocolate, coffee, molasses, nice hop bitterness, sweet. Really nice and certainly deserves the over 4 score. No real alcohol, but certainly a warming sipper.

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