Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This specific review took place exactly a week ago on this years arrival to my area though ive had it many times and I still have 3 left :) we will say winter/January 2013
2013 release: brown stubby bottle Founders style(stout bottle I believe they call it). Beautiful label and one of my favorite label designs from Founders. I love the Founders IS Bird badge! Poured into a tulip style pint glass/stout glass.
A - darker than a moonless winter night. Viscous black liquid, thick and luscious. Massive brown head sit atop like a thick brown pillow that left a stickiness that literally grabbed the walls of my glass. I love the one of a kind thickness Founders stouts always have. Their way of crafting stouts is pure class and this had it from the start.
S - Bittersweet chocolate with oven baked dates. Some roastiness in the backdrop with alcohol creeping up to give it a warmness in the nose. Small whiff of licorice that's barely noticeable. Some faint fruity notes of blueberry and a whiff of molasses with a roasted oat/graininess.
T - flavor was spot on with the aroma. Massive chocolate bittersweetness with a good dose of roasted grain and oats. Burnt dark malts with a slight syrupy molasses note. A small but for certain blueberry fruitiness hit the tastebuds but barely. There is the typical, but sublime Founders black coffee richness to the flavor. Alcohol warms the bittersweet finish with a delightful linger to finish off a brilliant flavor.
M - massive and thick, big and smooth body.
It coats the entire mouth and let's you enjoy every single sip. The thickness is almost indescribable. It's as thick and luscious of a mouthfeel a man will ever find. An incredibly enjoyable brew and does a wonderful job of balancing its complexity.
O - one of the best imperial stouts ever made. Maybe even the best. It's been a favorite of mine on cold winter nights for a few years now and is in my top 3-4 of the RIS style. Founders Imperial Stout is a massively thick monster of a stout. Black as hell, rich, and as thick as anything you'll ever come across. It holds it's own in the founders stout family and is truly a beer worthy of anyone's glass. This black liquid, scratch that.. It's thicker than liquid, more oil based.. Anyway, this ridiculously thick black fluid is down right scary good from its rich black color to its overwhelmingly delicious taste is one of the best imperial stouts any person could ever get their hands on and will be brought into my home years and years to come. Another big stout treat from one of my favorites. Founders.. Enough said.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2013 01:24:10 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.8/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Rodman's in D.C. still had four packs of this dark beauty lying around a couple of weeks ago, so I had to pick up one to enjoy before it disappeared. It's been several years since I've had Founders Imperial Stout, so I'm really excited to drink it and do a proper review of it. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.
Appearance (5/5): Pitch black and with a one-finger milk chocolate brown head. Alcohol legs when you tilt the glass. Just gorgeous, and just about the best looking Russian Imperial Stout I've seen.
Smell (4.25/5): Lots of roasty notes in the nose with a healthy dose of dark chocolate and espresso and some fig. Alcohol is clearly present–a little too present in my mind, but it's not offensive by any means. I would have liked to smell a bit less of it, but bottom line is: this is one intense, very good smelling beer.
Taste (5/5): Wow, follows the nose but adds layers of complexity on top of the original notes. Drop dead gorgeous flavor profile: dark chocolate in the foretaste flexes hard before giving way in the middle to really nice brown sugar and molasses flavors. Deep roasty notes then dominate the back end: espresso, burnt malt, dry and bitter in the finish; far more bitterness in the flavor than you would find in your garden variety stout, which reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin. And, for all the alcohol in the nose, I can't taste a drop of it. Only a little heat in the finish betrays the fact that, at 10.5%, this is a huge beer. Not a highly drinkable beer–you won't be having more than one–but that's fine, because the beer really opens up it warms. This is one intense, flavorful take on the Russian Imperial Stout style. I love it.
Mouthfeel (5/5): Velvety smooth all the way through, until you hit the very dry finish (I can't tell whether it's the hops or roasted malt that adds the drying bitterness to the beer; maybe it's both). Full bodied, medium-low carbonation, true to style.
Overall (4.75/5): I guess Founders really knows the art of brewing imperial stout, huh? Founders Imperial Stout, with its abundance of espresso-esque roastiness, dark chocolate decadence, and interesting brown sugar/molasses undertones, is without a doubt the most intense and flavorful example of the classic Russian Imperial Stout style that I've had the pleasure of drinking. Sublime. Let it warm up and witness a beautiful evolution of flavor!
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 17:51:47 | More by hagbergl
4.49/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
*12 oz. Bottle*
Look: Black body, 1 1/2 finger deep mocha frothy head.
Smell: Huge roasted barley, nice toffee sweetness, espresso hints of oats.
Taste: Burnt coffee, sweet roasted malts, smooth chocolate, bittersweet finish, alcohol is not present in the flavor but you can feel the heat.
Feel: Almost syrupy smooth body, soft carbonation.
Overall: For this being at 10.5%, it is incredibly drinkable to the point that it should be illegal. Smooth body, balanced between bitter and sweet that aches for constant gulps. This is a prime example of what a great Imperial Stout should be. Highly recommended.
* Originally Reviewed on 7-11-2013
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 17:00:47 | More by Shroud0fdoom
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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