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RATINGS: 2123   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
What a surprise to see in my spreadsheet that after enjoying this beer for so long, I have never taken the time to rate it. Well, Founders is a favorite brewery of mine and has many impressive products. This certainly is one. So, I snagged a bottle and enjoyed. It pours pitch black with a foamy but small brown head. The aroma holds notes of bakers chocolate, roasted espresso, prunes, cherries, anise, smoke, and a hint of alcohol. Thick, robust, syrupy body that I love from a stout. The flavor was deep and intense with all the olfactory delights coming over in the gustatory experience. Excellent drink.


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 (1110) - 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 (2450) - 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 (5999) - 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 (482) - 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 (1329) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2017
Drank 09-08-17 while writing. Very good beer! Roasty, typical stout with a rich body nice.

4
SamTheBarrel (816) - 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.

3.8
buddybutch (118) - Nantes, FRANCE - JUL 30, 2017
Bottle. Pours black, with beige head. Heavy malty, roasted, chocolate. Bitter, really sweety, roasted finish.


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