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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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4.3
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2011
This is so good! I could just kick up my feet and enjoy just about anything while sipping away my problems. Very creamy full bodied with a sweet start and thick dark chocolate finish. Yum.

3.9
dwm1034 (784) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2011
12 oz bottle / part of collection from Todd...thanks. Pours black with dark head....served, as recommended, at cellar (well, basement beer closet floor) temperature...as advertised - smooth, rich, great sipping stout....glad I have another to age a little...years? I doubt it................

4
HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 Pours black with a finger of fine brown head in my snifter, hints of chocolate escape the predominantly roasted malt and alcohol aroma. The flavor mimics the scents, with a chalky bitterness and lingering dark roasted coffee notes. The body is medium with a sticky texture, soft carbonation, and long astringently bitter finish. I was hoping for more from this imperial stout, so I’ll age my remaining bottles with hopes of more refinement next fall. 10/15/2011 Re-rate: Popped the top on one of my cellared bottles, and my patience was rewarded. None of the nasty bitterness or astringency from a fresher tasting was present, it seems this stout takes rather well to a rest. Assuming I am able to grab a four pack in January, I may put them in the back of the cellar until next fall.

3.9
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2011
A plain and simple wonderful stout. Super toasty with a ton of malty character. pitch black with a dark brown head. Really solid. Ends dry with a ting of sweetness. Aroma is wet grains that are roasted. A+ brew. Founders is the Shiiiit.

4.1
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a deep, dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma was of roasted malts, a little coffee, and a little chocolate. Flavor was more of the same with a touch of smokiness thrown in. Very good. Get in my belly!!

4.6
cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2014 Bottle in KC. This Imperial Stout pours a very deep black appearance with a dark brown head and good lacing. Super rich, dark chocolate, roasty malty, light espresso, somewhat piney aroma with a touch of vanilla. There’s a very rich, dark chocolate malty flavor along with some anise, some vanilla, earthy/lightly piney hoppy flavor with roasty, dark chocolate finish that isn’t all that sweet. Beautifully balanced where you get a ton of the dark chocolate and roasty malts but isn’t that overly hoppy. One of my all-time favorites.

3.9
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2011
12 oz bottle: Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. I let this beer warm up to room temp/slightly cooler. Nice roasted notes in the aroma with hints of coffee licorice and slight bitter cocoa. Nice medium to full mouth feel that isn’t too light or too chewy. Really smooth and silky mouth feel but not too much so like an oatmeal stout. Apparent roasted notes up front that give way to a somewhat strong coffee taste which finished bitter coffee/cocoa. This is a very well balanced, great bodied imperial stout. The 10% ABV is pretty well hidden. If you like big stouts, coffee stouts, or something a bit more complex, definitely check out this beer. Overall: (A)

4
cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12oz bottle poured into snifter, pours black with a thin brown head, aroma is of chocolate with malt and a hint of coffee, the flavor is very roasty with nice touches of coffee, smoke and chocolate, not bad Founders, not bad.

3.9
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12oz bottle, poured into pint glass with a great frothy head, roasty, almost smoky and ash taste with this one, A bit weak in the middle but a nice Imperial from Founders.

3.7
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2011
On tap. Very dark, near-black pour with a thick brown head. Tremendous roasty aroma. Plenty of standard coffee and chocolate notes, along with the burnt aroma of dark malts. Taste is a biting dark roast, which manages to avoid being bitter. Light chocolate notes. Some booziness as it warms. Hop profile is noticeable, but probably not significant enough to call this a "balanced" beer. Palate is rich and full. Great brew, perhaps swaying towards the burnt toast end of the spectrum. I prefer my impy stouts sweeter and less roasty.


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