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RATINGS: 2146   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, youre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (11224) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On tap. Poured black and oily with a very small grayish brown head. Aroma full of chocolate and coffee malts with notes with undertones of caramel. Well balanced between the malt flavors with a nice roasted note towards the finish. Thick like oil.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2009
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. FIS pours black and inky with an almost nonexistant head. The aroma is very nice with fresh plums and vanilla, The body is thick and slightly oily. There isnt much liveliness; the beer comes across as slighly flat. The taste is quite nice though. Notes of oak, alcohol, salad oil and coffee. The finish is slightly bitter and surprisingly light.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Pours an oily black with a thin dark tan head. Smells of malt, licorice and alcohol. Taste is a heavy malt, bitter chocolate, some licorice and a hop bitter to finish. Alcohol is there but in a good way with the bitter finish. Outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Pours pitch black with a motor oil consistency. One finger cinnamon-tan head. Noticed a chunk of yeast plop into the glass. Mostly chocolate and hops on the nose with a hint of alcohol and something else. Maybe vanilla? Flavor is loaded with familiar tastes. Smoke, chocolate, coffee and alcohol dominate. Very thick, oily mouthfeel. A little too carbonated for an imperial stout in my opinion. Good lacing and a warming finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Notes of bitter roast, chocolate, and dark caramel. Heavy bodied with noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol. Will rate this one again soon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DWestrick (730) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2009
bottle. very nice Imperial Stout - terrific characteristics with strong flavors. well crafted beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SanfordBrewer (1545) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 br-btl cm-lbl, 12oz, $3.99, 90 IBU, 10.5%)

opq-bk ,^dense-br-head, silky-full-body, ^co2.

aroma: ^chclt roast-malt.

flavor: chclt co2 T1, crmy-brnt-chclt espresso silage/herbal T2, used-coffee-grounds chclt sweet T3.

rich and intense, but lacks complexity and roundness/balance IMO.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (10224) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle. Oily black pour with a reddish brown pillowy head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted barley. Extremely creamy and full bodied. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, and a little dry at the back end. Awesome.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (8550) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
12oz bottle (2009) into a goblet. Pours opaque black with a really dark brown head that is thick and lingers - lots of lacing. The nose is huge roast with coffee, chocolate, and a blast of sour dark fruits with a hiiiiint of alcohol. The flavor is huge roasted malts, a touch bitter even, with chocolates and dark fruits hanging by the wayside in the background. There is a hint of the high ABV.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured black with a dark tan head. Tremendous aroma from the time I opened the bottle. Malt smells galore. Taste is fabulous. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts burst forth. Everything you expect from an Imperial Stout. Founders got this one right.


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