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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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3.8
Zymurgeist2 (2246) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
On draft at Stag’s Head. Soft chocolate aromas. Pours black with a large brown head that lingers and covers the sides. Rich and alcoholic with chocolate again subtle. Very roasty and bitter finish.

3.8
Michbeerlover (147) - - JAN 31, 2012
Aroma to me, of banana, alcohol and some coffee. Motor oil appearance, pitch black. Heavy, thick beer. Takes awhile to get down. Taste of burnt blueberry? Can’t really pin point it. Overall, very good, but I will store the next one for awhile before trying it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a CSB snifter. A. Pours a dark chocolate black, 1 finder of dark mocha head, quickly drops to a thin layer and rest at a ring of foam with some bubbles. S. Smells of dark chocolate, strong toffeee and sweet hops T. Tastes of very strong toffee, dark burned chocolates, slight hops and candi sugar. M. Medium heavy body, very chewy, medium carbonation, seems like high carbonation for a IS, has a wet finish. A very good beer. Have had it many times, but this is the first time reviewing. Thick and delicious, with lots of bold flavors. Well worth searching out and try.

4.1
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Aroma- massive hints of dark fruits, roasted qualities, dark chocolate, licorice Appearance- one of the darkest beers that I’ve ever encountered, flat black, not much of a head, lower carbonation Taste- chocolate-covered blueberries, slight char, other dark fruits Palate- oily thick and viscous Overall- Big brew here from the geniuses at Founders. A sipper for sure but plenty complex, flavorful, and unique. Sweet, fruity, chocolatey goodness.

4
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2012
12 oz bottle to a sniffer. Pours a very rich, deep black with a tan head. Lot of chocolate and coffee on the nose. Finishes smooth, like a dark hersey bar. Not quite on bar with the breakfast stout, but still a very good stout. Can’t go wrong with Founders.

4.2
crossovert (12937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2012
12 oz bottle. It pours a thick, viscous black with a creamy and foamy dark tan head. Quintessential look. The smell is pretty good. Nice raw barley character with some caramel, coffee, and cocoa. That typical "imperial stout" scent is there which I equate to herbal alcoholic root beer in a good way. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous and the flavor is dead on for what an Imperial Stout should be. It is bitter, roasty, not too sweet. A gem

4.1
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours out a black as night color, deep coffee head. Aromas are rich chocolate, vanilla, cream, fairly potent overall. Palate follows through very well, the chocolate and coffee cascade well over the palate with the chocolate up front, and coffee through the mid, finishes sweet, but not cloying. Fantastic RIS, it’s great both fresh and aged.

3.8
Birdman1099 (5) - Plainfield, USA - JAN 23, 2012 does not count
Drinking this in a snifer. Poured thick and black. ( about a 40 weight motor oil... ) 1 inch dark brown head that lingered for a few minutes. Taste is big and bold. Strong coffee and bitter chocolate. Bitterness fades with time. I think there are better stouts out there, but this one is not bad....

4.1
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours black with a slight tan head. Smell: very nice coffee almost reminds me of breakfast stout with the strong coffee notes, chocolate fudge, molasses, a hint of licorice and a touch caramel. Taste almost green extremely fresh tasting coffee beans, rich dark chocolate a nice bitter bite, creamy and vanilla with notes of tobacco. Thick on the palate and a great hanging roasted bitter finish.

4.6
SacchCerevisiae (16) - Ohio City, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Overall: Founders always seems to get it right. This is an extremely rich brew in all aspects - the dark brown head, rich chocolate nose, complex body and heavy mouthfeel. I loved this mighty brew. Of course the high ABV would make it tough to have more than two... or three..


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