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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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world-class

5,473 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,473
Reviews: 1,579
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 491
Gots: 1,310 | FT: 112
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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Kendo

New York

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled-on date appears to be 10 or 11/29/12. Consumed on 12/28/12, making this one pretty damn fresh (two months old, tops, though it may be under a month).

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's imperial pint glass. It's thick - "motor oil" is a description commonly used when describing thicker stouts, but here it's warranted. This looks like used motor oil. It's so thick and appears to have no carbonation whatsoever, which prompts me to get aggressive with the last third of the pour. This results in the damnedest thing I've ever seen: a head that creeps up from below and suddenly takes up 2-3 fingers' worth of space. It's a dense, milk chocolate-colored head that could sit just as impressively on top of a milkshake. Going on 5 minutes now and it's still dense - thought it's settled to maybe a half-finger of head and nearly 2 fingers of chocolate milk-colored lacing on the glass. It's not really doing it justice to call it lacing, as this is a sheet of brown. All the way down the glass it leaves thick rings of chocolate-brown lacing.

S: Anyway, on to the nose. . . . Chocolate and chocolate malt with a touch of roasted barley malt and roasted coffee or espresso. This is a big RIS nose.

T: I can't remember the last time I considered giving a beer a 5 in taste, but I'm there right now. This has many of the big stout flavors, centered on the ones I like - roasted coffee beans, roasty malt, milk chocolate & chocolate malt (there's a good amount of chocolaty goodness here). It's surprisingly bitter at the finish - citric and borderline tannic in nature, though at times I swear it's from the general roastiness. But it's bitter in a way that provides balance, not chaos. Heat from the high (10.5%) ABV is noted at the back end of the sip and felt in the belly, but it doesn't overwhelm the overall taste at all, melding instead to provide one more tasting impression among so many others. Score ticked up to 5. It's well-deserved. As it warms, there's more char in the taste.

M: Creamy and thick, though at times I'm surprised at how light it seems. I know that makes absolutely no sense, but try it and maybe you'll understand.

O: A world-class Imperial Stout with no real flaws IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:44:54 | More by Kendo
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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,473 ratings.