Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by CoolJosh:
4.6/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A. Black as hell. Very silky in appearance, with a beautiful smoky. Light brown head that doesn't last long enough. Slight lacing.
S. Fresh hops which give off a green grassy scent that blend well with rich coffee and tons of roasted malts. Bitter chocolate top it off. Oats are present provide a milky scent. Small bits of caramel. Alcohol is present but. Has to be looked for.
T. Everything mentioned above is present in the taste. Notable roasted malts and stringent bitter coffee flavors give this stout a bite. Ultra bitter chocolate stands big and bold as well. Unbelievably creamy and smooth from start to finish. No harshness. Really great bitter and salty finish with some plum after tones that leads to a fantastic imperial stout.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2009 18:50:26 | More by CoolJosh
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4.5/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Founder's Imperial stout 4pk bottles $13.99(OH)
12 fl oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. Bottled date marked in yellow just below neck. (bottled 12-14-13) So this is real fresh by stouts standards. Properly stored they can sit for over a year. (I am going to keep a few in my dark fridge for a while to age.)
Pours pitch black, with a dark tan almost brown head standing three finger tall. The thick brown head lasts forever! It finally gives way to amazing lacing. Almost two inch's of the glass is covered in a connecting design of lacing. A little less than a one finger head remains covering the surface.
The aroma is bittersweet malts, a smokey black olive smell. A hint of chocolate or cocoa, and a nutty caramel note towards the end. The smell is very smooth and inviting, one smell and you know it's an imperial.
Taste follows the nose but so much more powerful and robust. A smokey malty coffee taste hits you in the taste buds, followed by a bittersweet caramel chocolate flavor. The end is dry, bitter and kind of floral with a subtle hop taste. The 10.5 % ABV is super well hidden. If I did not see the bottle I would guess this was about 7.5 to 8.5 % ABV.
the mouth feel is very nice. A medium-heavy bodied brew. Carbonation is minimal which is just right for a quality imperial. That sweet powerful stout feel and taste clings to your mouth and wont let go. A carmel, coppery, bittersweet feeling that is robust and powerful.
Overall. WOW! I am impressed. and this stout is not even aged. Its jet black, amazing appearance, smells like an Imperial should, and tastes even better than i thought. It is a little pricey for a 4pk but, well worth it. Best imperial I have had to date. One to remember that's for sure. Exceeded my expectations, and then some.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 03:58:17 | More by Ohiolager
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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