RATINGS: 2139   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
This one many thanks to JCR. He said about 6 years old. this one was a twist off and absolutely zero hiss when opened. Dispite the no hiss it actually lended some very very light foam of that was dark as foam can be. nose is soy sauce, plums, figs, malts, and chocolate. Flavor is stale bitter chocolate malts fruits and coffee. Smooth and no carbonation to speak of. This was pretty nice but the aroma had some soy sauce but didnt really take away from the expirence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle, thanks to Ryan! ABV is 10,5%. An opaque black beer, with a small, frothy, fully dimishing brown head. The aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, hint of coffee), very iightly hoppy (pine), with notes of licorice and a touch of alcohol and vanilla. The flavor is heavily sweet, light acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, oliy texture, soft/lively carbonation, very long finish with moderate to heavy bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Fantastic stout, it actually tatses better than it smells. Very roasty aroma, perhaps not original, but balanced flavors and just the right amount of alcohol. Excellent winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tanksley (28) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
The malt body on this one is varied and complex: the coffee/chocolate complexity is balanced well with slight dark fruit flavors. Carbonation was good

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2844) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (2201) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (2346) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1851) - 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.

   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.

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