Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.31/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is a 2012 version aged 1 year. I thought I had my review from last year on here when I had it fresh but I guess not. I was going to compare them. I can't remember what I thought last year other than liking it. Oh well.
Served just cool in a tulip.
A - 4.5 - Black, thick medium tan head that lasts several minutes on a moderate pour.
S - 4.25 - Interesting, this smells very similar to the Nogne O imperial stout I had last night, a mix of kinds of chocolate and fresh-baked malty chocolate baked goods but...
T - 4.25 - ... the taste is much different. This one has a lot more of that classic imperial stout black malt char note, a pretty stiff backbone of it. There's a substantial bitterness to it. This is 90 IBU, surprisingly, but the bitterness seems to be from that char, not from hops. The chocolate takes a faint back seat, enough to temper the char, but not to compete with it. The alcohol is not evident to me on the nose or really even on the palate, but gives a decent heat in the throat later as fumes wafting up. Glad to see it's 10.5% - I like something with some ooomph. The aftertaste is lingering char bitterness with a hint of baker's chocolate or cacao nib bitterness.
M - 4.25 - Body is somehow medium yet viscous at the same time. I couldn't call it heavy bodied.
O - 4.25 - This is a robust, stiff, powerful tasting, no-apologies imperial. It's good. When you want to feel it, like when you take a good belt of whiskey or tequila and feel that harsh goodness, this is one to grab. It's still very well composed, but unmistakeably muscular.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2013 02:00:24 | More by BrownNut
More User Reviews:
4.73/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Notes from 7/27/14 - Served in a Snifter
A: 1/2 inch of thick, hot-cocoa colored head; solid lacing. Thick, rich, black body.
S: Sweet, rich milk chocolate. Touch of coffee and booze. More roasted coffee as it warms.
T: Sweet milk chocolate, followed by mild roasted coffee. Slight medicinal booziness. Finishes with deep, bitter coffee beans.
M: Thick, almost shake-like, with low carbonation. Heavy on the tongue and coats mouth nicely. Slightly sticky finish.
O: Excellent brew that's relatively easy to find and affordable. One of my favorite Imperial Stouts.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 15:04:08 | More by AirBob
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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