Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Phatz:
4.78/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at the brewery this beer just knocked my socks off. Founders maybe one of the best consistently exceptional Brewers I know. Amazing!
Appearance: Served black as coal with a chocolaty brown head and plenty of lacing lining the glass.
Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, vinous, dark fruits, deep and rich aromas of toasted grains and a touch of alcohol but not overwhelmingly in your face. The aroma is soft and pillowy and down right sniffable.
Taste: Dark roasted malts, thick rich chocolate and fruits and caramel warmed with just the right touch of alcohol bleaching the flavors perfectly this is a monster in the mouth but so terrifically friendly at the same time.
Mouthfeel: I used to think I knew what a soft mouthfeel is. I do now. WOW. This maybe a feture of the tap version but the thick smooth cream feel is exceptional.
Drinkability: The only problem I have with founders, they make too many damn good beers that I dont want to stop drinking. This is a problem. My problem but still, I could definitely enjoy this big beer all day long, and die a happy man.
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: on-tap
05-08-2007 00:36:39 | More by Phatz
More User Reviews:
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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