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RATINGS: 2153   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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4.7
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 22, 2009
THOUGHTS: Hid alcohol well. A great imperial stout that had a weak aroma, which was the only thing stopping it from being perfect. One of the best balanced beers I’ve ever had. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a small, light brown head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate roasted malt, chocolate and mild coffee; and moderate piney hops. The initial flavor was very sweet and bitter; while the finish was bitter and sweet with a long duration. There was chocolate, a little coffee, and pine hops. All the flavors were very intense. The full body was syrupy and stick on the lips, but also oily with tingly carbonation and a light astringent and light alcoholic finish.

3.8
blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
bottle, deep inky black motor oil pour, thin ring of foam, aroma has a lot of chocolate and whiskey notes, flavor is strong chocolate, more fruit and alcohol, viscous finish

4
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2009
Another fantastic impy. pours out a black color with a nice brown head. aroma is sweet with notes of malt, choco and a bit of coffee. flavor was full of the same with a nice smooth finish. overall a great impy

4.3
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours black with a small brown head. Good lacing in my snifter.Aromas of Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Roasted bitterness leads to a subtle sweetness. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Velvet smooth mouth feel. Another winner from founders.

4.1
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle from Charles St. Cloak of black with well-toasted brown head. Aroma is the best part for me with a deep dark chocolate coffee burn. Flavor and texture are both a perfect cocktail of Dark Lord and Speedway: texture is between those two and the dry chocolate and coffee just steamroll with that signature Speedway alcohol demi-burn. Where this loses point for is originality, subflavors, and the finish which gets just a bit too soy sauce for my taste.

4.2
ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2009
Passed along to me via kp. Thanks, kp! The age of the bottle is unknown to me. Appearance: Pours a deep, heavy, black body with a thin, breif, dark tan head. Smell: Bold, assertive roasted malt aroma layered with rich, yet slightly sweet-smelling notes along with a particularly fruit background scent of plums and prunes. Taste: Why, it’s a whole myriad of malt flavors: bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, blackened grains, espresso-flavored oatmeal, licorice, and molasses. Again, there’s a big pop of fruitiness, now followed by a drizzle of sherry. Slight roasty, earthy bitterness midway. Pinch of Latakia pipe tobacco. Minor hints of peppery alcohol. There’s a pleasant interplay of concentrated fruit and roasted malt flavors prior to the drying, roasty finish. A taste of charred sugars lasts into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, tongue-battering mouthfeel. Drinkability: Dense, succulent malt flavors and pleasantly warming throughout, though, for the most part, the alcohol content remains rather well-hidden. It would not be advantageous at all for you to pass up this one.

4
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2009
bottle poured a black in color with a nice brown head that held a nice ring on the glass. aroma has coffee, earth, light roast, and chocolate. mouth feel is hefty with good coating and low carbonation. flavor has bitter coffee, roasted malt, earthy tones, and some molasses. smooth for such a big beer, with good sweetness to bitter ratio.

3.9
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 Nice well balanced impy. Smell is of rocks out of dirt, slight coffee grounds, and birch beer. Flavor is one of the smoothest that I’ve experienced in the category with a roasty purity and bitter, mineral, light whole coffee bean finish. Deluxe fatty mouthfeel is the highlight and should not be missed by any who appreciate real full body. Also worth a mention is the incredibly tasty head, take your time with it and savor. Thanks again Founders. 12oz. 2008.

4
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
Brewed in the USA...... Pours black in color with thin beige fizzy head. Aroma of dark coffee, roasted malts and chocolate . Taste of milk chocolate, smoky malts, hops and coffee. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium bodied with some lingering bitterness at the finish. Overall, this stout is well balanced, very drinkable and should be in your refrigerator.

4
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2009
Tan pour with brownish head. Great aroma of coffee and some caramel, maybe some toffee. Sugary coffee in the flavor. Drinkable for a stout too, nice beer.


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