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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 4940
Reviews: 1548
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%


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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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

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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12oz bottle into goblet glass

A: Chocolate syrup, motor oil, viscous mean obsidian brew that is black as night. Bit of a mean pour brings out a two finger head, the off color of rose gold. A frothy appearance, looks like it has some carbonation based on the head that formed, foam fingers grip the curvature of the glass as the head begins to recede.

S: Rich, deep, burnt coffee, strong roasted/burnt malt, light caramel possibly playing up some sweet toffee. Notes of dark muddled fruits cherry and prune, fig or fig leaves - nose is dominated by dark dark chocolate

T: Blasted up front with bitter burnt malt and burnt coffee. The initial palate is almost dry ushering in a baker’s chocolate tang that is rather piercing. A roasted profile prevails in the middle mouth, where the experience gains a slight sweetness that takes the edge off the burnt character. Burnt/smoky presentation is really astringent; however this enables a sweeter caramel, toffee, and chocolate undertone to balance the flavor. Not noticing a traditional hop presence, slightly warming though not boozy. Big time chocolate malt bomb that has a bitter-sweet duality

M: Full body, viscous as hell, with sharp dryness that embosses itself on the palate - The aftertaste is akin to letting fine chocolate melt on the tongue - Thick, creamy, and powerful – low to no carbonation.

O: Damn this is good. Drinks a lot like TenFidy (one of my favorites). Rich, creamy flavor with a superior malt and chocolate punch - Fantastic mouthfeel really pulls the whole experience together - a delightful sipper, superb flavor, an excellent overall experience.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,940 ratings.