Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by IPAdams:
4.2/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance- Pours thick and pitch black with a small tan head that recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing.
Smell- I get some vanilla and coffee with a background of milk chocolate and caramel. Very sweet smell, almost like French vanilla coffee with a bit of espresso in the back, very nice.
Taste-Can definitely taste the 90 IBU's. First sip is burnt toast and espresso. As it warms the bitterness subsides a little and gives way to notes of chocolate, licorice and some flavors of burnt caramel. I like the flavor but the bitterness and burnt toast take away from the other characteristics
Mouthfeel- Very full bodied and creamy. I like the mouthfeel but again the bitterness is quite drying on the back end.
Overall- Pretty good Imperial stout. Nice flavors, smell and body. I definitely recommend letting it warm up to help diminish some of the bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2014 18:46:36 | More by IPAdams
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4.55/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This handsome looking beer was systematically poured into a brandy snifter. The almost non-existent, beige, and wispy head quickly retreated to the boundaries of it's temporary confinement. With a twirl of the glass I can see the minimal head leave fine, smooth, slick, and slippery legs. They make the side of the glass melt. The body of this manly looking stout is solid black. When held up to the sun, no light can penetrate the dense, thick liquid.
The aroma is rich and creamy. The smell of the roasted malted barely, vanilla, and lactose, make me wish this beer would warm up more quickly. After a few more deep inhalations, I can faintly smell some background alcohol.
For me, the taste is rich and complex. It makes a very deep run at your tastebuds. There is quite a bit of rich, roasted flavor up front. This stout also gives you a brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and bitter + sweet flavor. The taste is intense on my palate and the alcohol is disguised very well. There is a barely noticeable amount of heat.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. There is medium carbonation and some viscosity. The medium and dense carb is chewy.
For me this stout is robust and savory. This reminds me of Ten Fidy. I do not think I would be able to tell you which is better. I probably wouldn't be able to tell them apart in a blind taste test. I really like this stout. Good stuff and highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 03:10:56 | More by mabermud
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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