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RATINGS: 2124   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Poured viscous obsidian with some caramel edges and a bare chocolate colored head that produced some nice lacing. Aroma was heavy dark chocolate malt, hints of coffee, vanilla, oak, root, and even some sweet grapefruit citrus before a strong amount of alcohol finished it off. Flavor was actually very citric I found, dark chocolate, cacao, coffee, subdued vanilla, oak, rooty-floral character, and some spicy hopiness. Palate was thick and full, and had a quite warming finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4946) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2009
The smell is dark roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. The look is very dark, black colored, with a decent tan colored head. The taste is alcohol, malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and slight bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1582) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Bottle. Smells like roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and chocolate. Flavor is bitter up front, then coffee. Smooths out a little in the finish but still quite bitter. Dark chocolate comes through at the end. I was hoping for a bit more complexity. Very drinkable; the alcohol is well hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
bottle from the noble-est of squirrels... pours viscous and very dark ruby brown... nearly black with long lived orange tinted hot cocoa colored head. it spends much of its time as a film with a bunch of soft spots of lace. it smells like really rich coffee mixed with highly roasted grain, chocolate, ash and a fruitiness akin to a merlot. those vinous notes carry over to the flavor and combine with rich roasty ashiness, bitter cocoa, black coffee and a parchingly hoppy finish. ashiness carries over to the aftertaste and stays there for a while. its medium bodied with airy soft carbonation which gives it a lux mouth feel. dryness and bitter touches give it a crazy drinkability even though it lacks some complexity... 8/4/8/4/17/4.1

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
12oz bonus from Joey @ South Bay Drugs, thanks man! This Impy pours like motor oil with a one finger thick chocolate head that left some spotty lacing. tons of cocoa, roasted malts, and a touch of coffee and booze. Flavor is mostly chocolate and booze, though the booze in not overwhelming. Finishes quite complex and pretty smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2009
Bottle Pours like motor oil a good deep black with a thin tan head. The head leaves fairly quickly, but laces well. Has a good chocolate aroma with hints of coffee, and vanilla. Has a nice robust roasted flavor. Good carbination and a nice mouthfeel. Has a full body. Has a fizzy-oily texture. A solid finish wit a real good aftertaste. This is a hearty beer with a lot of flavor. I really enjoyed this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (6056) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2009
12oz shorty bottle. Opaque blackness, with an oily tan minimal non-head. Sweet chocolate and coffee aroma, quiet pleasant. Rich and syrupy thick, solid bitter chocolate tastes. Maybe some underlying hops under the rugged malt body. Some smoky coffee nuances as well. A great IS, a touch thin oddly enough body-wise, which makes it all the more on point. Classic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8816) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 12 oz bottle thanks to Odeed. Man, I can?t believe I haven?t had this beer. Pours a pure black color with a nice beige/brown/orange colored head. A nice aroma of vanilla, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. The flavor is strong; sweet mocha coffee, vanilla, roasted malts and chocolate, bitter hops, Light ash and lots of alcohol also. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
I had high hopes, but was rather disappointed by this one. I like the other Founders stouts (and even non-stouts) that Ive had, but this one just didnt stand up. A bunch of flavors that I didnt feel blended together very well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Growler pour thanks to the Grand Rapid guys I met at DLD. Dark black pour with a tan head. Great aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Taste reflects the aroma but only more so. Another top notch Founders. Left a nice mouthfeel.


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