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RATINGS: 2124   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 1/25/13, 2013 batch one month since bottling
Rich dark notes, huge hoppy characteristics, vanilla, all on a massive smooth body; big bitter sweet balance; One of the best non-barrel-aged stouts I’ve had; Seriously powerful, seriously deep, seriously smooth.

11/30/12, 2011 bottle approaching two years
Looks bad as can be as usual. Pours like raw crude with a 1" dark cookie head. Nose presents loads of chocolate, coffee, and berries swinging between almonds and vinous characteristics. Taste follows on a thick creamy body. I do miss the hops compared to memories of fresh bottles, but the creamy smooth richness and heightened berry notes are very nice.

10/18/13, 2011 bottle approaching three years
Checking in on the 2011 vintage (year prior to yellow bottle code on neck) Pours as expected with mangled aroma of tart-woody-whoppers candy, which luckily subsides a bit, but generally sets the mid-tone over charred, smokey pork; flavors follow; this one seems to be hitting a valley of some sort with a slightly nullified feel, minimal dark chocolate and coffee with very little dark fruit, more apple, lightly colored wood, and char than anything; I think this one is moving into a significant transformation, hopefully heading somewhere deeper and more luxurious in the next couple years...



4.1
Piotrek4 (249) - Lublin, POLAND - SEP 24, 2017
Gęsty, kremowy z pianą jak na dobrze spienionym mleku. W aromacie w pierwszej chwili uwagę zwraca sernik, później znowu skojarzenie z mlekiem, dziwne skojarzenie bo jest to latte z syropem cukrowym i bananem, albo z drugiej strony banan w mlecznej czekoladzie. Co by to nie było, fajny aromat. Przechodząc do odczucia w ustach, było ciut za bardzo nagazowane, ale pomieszanie trochę kieliszkiem pomogło. Przyjemnie się to pije, na prawdę fajne kremowe odczucie w ustach. Dużo mlecznej czekolady i ogólnie takiej mleczności, w sumie fajne jest to, że ta mleczna czekolada w tym piwie kojarzy mi się z mleczną czekoladą którą najbardziej lubię, czyli duża mleczna milka. (tak duża jest zupełnie inna niż mała) Może ciut alko na końcu jest, ale nie przeszkadza to ani trochę. Po dłuższej chwili od wzięcia łyka pojawia się lekka paloność.

4.1
rafael52 (1536) - Łódź, POLAND - SEP 22, 2017
Kolor: czarny, nieprzejrzysty.
Piana: obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, kremowa, wolno opada.
Zapach: palone słody, kawa, kakao, gorzka czekolada, delikatne akcenty fenolowe, dymne, palone, brak alkoholu.
Smak: wyraźna pełnia, gładkie, aksamitne, trochę słodyczy, sporo nut palonych słodów, kawy, kakao, wyraźna paloność, goryczka w kierunku wysokiej, podbijana przez paloność, alkohol niewyczuwalny.
Wysycenie: średnie.

3.8
heman (1112) - Tychy, POLAND - SEP 11, 2017
Piwo ma oleistą konsystencję, nalewa się z intensywną brązową pianą. Aromat intensywny, słodowy z narzucająca się nutą popiołową. Melasa, nuty porto i gorzka czekolada. W smaku pełne, gęste i słodkie. Czekolada i nuty popiołowe są na pierwszym planie, następnie melasa i nuty porto. Goryczka jest średniej wysokości, kakaowa w posmaku. Alkohol dobre ukryty, lekko rozgrzewa gardło.

4.2
anstei (2470) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 11, 2017
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4, many thanks! Pours black with a dark brown and really big head, rarely seen such a color for a foam before! Very stable, too. Aroma is chocolate, dark dried fruit, plum, coffee, some caramel. Body is heavy and sweet, yet not overpowered, and with a punchy bitterness to balance things out. Smooth carbonation and texture, velvety. Also a bit boozy, but it fits. More on the fruit side on tongue and palate. Slightly spicy, has a Winter feel to it. Very good!

4
doriangrey (62) - Diamond Creek, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2017
Very rich, slightly sweet. Ashtray, chocolate raisins and loads of roasted malt. Smooth and milky

4.4
TimE (6005) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2017
Pitch black color. Dark brown head, molasses, dark chocolate, ash, coffee in the nose. Sticky, mouth, super heavy, dark chocolate, dark fruit, ash, molasses and good roasted malt character. Low carbonation. Slightly tart mouth. Roasted malt, dark chocolate finish. Amazing

4.2
dorain (484) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 15, 2017
Aus der Flasche im 2017-08 getrunken. Neben den typischen IS Aromen kommen hier dunkle Beeren und eine leichte Haselnußnote dazu. Lecker!

4.4
AnG_BrgNor (774) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle. Nice head on a dark brown beer. A complex beer with licorice, coffe and dark malts. Some floral and spices in the taste also. A super body. Very good impy!!

4.1
Maarten1993 (1334) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2017
Drank 09-08-17 while writing. Very good beer! Roasty, typical stout with a rich body nice.

4
SamTheBarrel (817) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2017
355ml brown bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is opaque brownish black with a medium sized creamy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, maple syrup, rye-sourdough bread, vanilla, spices, orange and toffee. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, creamy texture and soft carbonaiton. Founders Imperial Stout is liquid candy, delicious and very sweet. Sweet stouts like this I would really like to see offered in smaller bottles.


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