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RATINGS: 2108   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   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 Ive 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1317) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Poured from tap at Tuckaway nice black color with a thick mocha head. Aromas of roasted chocolate malt coffee caramel and vanilla. Taste is creamy sweet malty roast with well balanced notes of vanilla and coffee. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (801) - HONG KONG - FEB 19, 2017
Pours thick motor oil with a quite dark brown head. Aroma of roasted barley malts and licorice. Slick mouthfeel, with a strong roasted malts character, some leather, coffee, booze and notes of licorice and dark fruits. Very creamy, with a pleasant booze comfort after swallow. Another big ale by Founders!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeniorZozo (1420) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 13, 2017
@ Budapest, Houseparty. Aroma sweet creamy chocolate and coffee and caramel and a bit roasty. Taste is creamy sweet malty and has chocolate, coffee, alcohol and a bit of licorice. Strong body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (5818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2017
12 oz single bottle from Tops Liquors in Tempe. Black appearance with a fluffy, lacy, dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, light earth and light alcohol. Similar flavor, dark, roasted, malty and rich with a lingering finish. Medium to full body with soft carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Nicely done overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tanel025 (48) - ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2017
Aroma: mostly alcohol, some chocolate. Taste: smooth milk chocolate, toffee, cappuccino. Delicious. Wonderful. Alcohol perfectly hidden, but theres still some bitterness reserved for aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmzl (292) - SLOVENIA - FEB 10, 2017
Complex coffee and chocolate roast with dark fruit esters, became very smooth (2 YO bottle), alcohol warmth very subtle, bitterness not harsh anymore. Great pure RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MNAle (146) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Black appearance, dark brown tall head. Dark fruit, smoaky, coffee, chocolate, Thick mouth feel. Roasty, bitter taste. Other flavors noted in the aroma are muted, but present: dark fruit, coffee, chocolate. Strong bittering remains from the beginning, middle, and finish. This is an excellent Imperial stout in the American style: multifacted aroma and flavor, but the bittering hops are the primary story.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
googleimage83 (108) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2017
Pitch black pour, beautiful frothy mocha head that fully laces the glass. Aroma is fine ground coffee, cherry, maple, and a really nice smoky note. Taste is silky milk chocolate, brown sugar, espresso, maraschino cherry, toffee malt presence, with maple notes. An absolute treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Poobah (401) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Black with a thick, tan-brown head. Nose of dark roast coffee, cola, and vanilla. Malty intro with a syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes with espresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, and dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopper8 (81) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Its really solid and complex. It would pair well with the end of a meal, something to sip and think about. Its alcohol is there at the end, but its creamy with almost a cola syrup. You can taste the barely and malts, and the its a nice winter warmer, as founders says. That being said, its great, but I do think there are better stouts/imperial stouts out there.

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