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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,513
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 494
Gots: 1,317 | FT: 112
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
90 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005)
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Andrew61923

California

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 1/5/13 poured into my Duvel tulip. Had been planing on aging this one a bit longer, but oh well.

A: Black as night and pours as thick as motor oil. With an aggressive pour. leave a finger's worth of tan head that dissipates rather quickly into some random bubbles and a thin halo along the glass' edge.

S: A lot of smoked malts resulting in a meaty aroma. A hint of chocolate sweetness.

T: Still a bit of meatiness in the taste, but there is a whole lot more bitter chocolate going on with the palate than there was in the aroma. This will only continue to grow in complexity as it ages and I'm excited to see what it tastes like moving forward.

M: As mentioned before, this was a thick pour and has a thick mouthfeel. That being said, that should be the goal of an imperial stout and this beer does it well. It coats the tongue well and leaves me yearning for another sip. I'll indulge that craving.

O: I'm excited to see as this beer develops. I have two more from this bottling date and another from the year before. All of them should provide great drinking experiences and I would venture a guess that I will enjoy it even more next time I revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 02:34:36 | More by Andrew61923
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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,513 ratings.