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RATINGS: 2126   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
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2011
36cl, at 10.5%Vol, exclusive American brew, thx to Wimenels!, very complex Stout, heavily roasted and slightly bitter/fruity, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet expensive!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, & some licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel/syrup, rich dark chocolate, espresso, and some licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced and complex; Overall, really good stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (2173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2011
2011 vintage poured into a tulip. Aroma is heavy on the chocolate and espresso. Theres some dark fruit, but its faint. Appearance is as dark as one could hope from an Imperial Stout and sticks to my glass nicely. Taste returns to espresso, coffee, chocolate, and espresso. A slight alcohol which is noticeable enough to detract from the experience. Palate is oily, yet coating. Overall, I would definitely pick up packs of this if I lived on the East Coast, though I feel I should have aged this longer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (2294) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
12oz bottle shared w mattyb83 2010 pours thick black/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, soy, dark fruits, and booze. Taste similar to aroma lots of booze and bitter chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2012 Bottle. 2010. Thanks to myself for this. Thick, opaque black color with a small cinnamon layer for a head. Chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow, citrus? And booze. Chocolate, huge roast malt and coffee character, bitter, and some hop character. Fuck this is crazy. Good shit.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1850) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Location/Date:Catching up on Ratings, November 2011.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with the required light brown/red head for a 5 rating.
Aroma: Aroma is of licorice and chocolate..
Taste: Some bitternes of hop, chocolate, smooth.
Palate: Medium body, lingering but not overbearing aftertaste.

Summary: I always expect a great stout from Founders, this does not disapoint.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
2010 vintage poured into my Canadian Breakfast Stout snifter. The pour was an oil like black in color. A half fingers worth of dark cocoa colored head. Its opaque with very little head retention. The nose is comprised of bakers chocolate, anise/black licorice, coffee roast, rich malt, and some light oak. The taste starts out bitter coffee and sweet malt. It gets dry and oaky mid palate and finishes nice and chocolatey. It has a medium to full body with a lingering finish. Its dry, but has a smooth texture. The carbonation is perfect, it is soft without being still. This is just about a perfect beer for me. In my opinion, it has some of the best depth of any straight forward imperial stout out there. I cant wait until they release this years batch so I can grab a case or two of it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alex4r (82) - - NOV 14, 2011
Pours almost pitch black with a small brown head, very impressive color. On the nose I get chocolate, roasty malts, licorice and resin hops; just beautiful. Full bodied with nice viscosity coating the glass. Taste is excellent; chocolate, a nice sweetness, very powerful. Alcohol is present but the heat is just right. Superb Imperial Stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoFi (1711) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle. Pitch black, dark brown head, some lacing. Aroma: chocolate mousse, cream, coffee. Taste: chocolate, salty licorice, bitter coffee, quite heavily roasted, ashes. Full-bodied, smooth. Another great one from Founders.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (8284) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2011
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 8 Oct 2011) Black colour with brief head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of strong black coffee, cocoa, liquorice and hints of soy sauce. Malty, roasted taste with dark chocolate, coffee, hints of liquorice, some brown sugar sweetness and a generous cocoa bitterness in a long finish. Full body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Very tasty stout and very well balanced for its strength. Impressive and quite excellent.


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