Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Roguer:
4.44/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The most immediate visual feature of this beer is a massive, chocolatey dark brown head. It pours motor oil opaque black, as expected. The head has excellent retention and leaves nice thick lacing early on.
The aroma is initially dominated by cocoa and chocolate malt, grape-tinged booze, barley, and cream. As it warms, the significant hop presence comes through in earthy, citrus, and resin tones, taking on a slight black IPA aspect.
Smooth flavor: the major bitterness and roasted flavors come through on the back-end and are well-balanced. Up front, there's chocolate malt, cream, barley, and dry cocoa.
Smooth and full mouthfeel, although it's not so much chewy as it is slick. Coats the mouth for quite a while, with the hoppy bitterness shining through. Excellent balance, with a huge back-end bite and dry, earthy hoppiness.
This beer carries a significant back-end bite, but it never unbalances the flavor.
Considering I just had a Narwhal last night, I can certainly put this beer in context of great (non-BA) imperial stouts. My senses' consensus is that, yes: this is a great, great stout, worthy of enjoying along with any of the big boys out there. It's not a coffee stout, and it's not excessively chocolate-focused; it's just a solid, basic, but exceptionally well-crafted imperial stout. No more, but certainly not less.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 19:43:09 | More by Roguer
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pitch black. Completely inky. Creamy, dark tan head. Good head retention as the head dissipates but holds at half size.
Sweet and roasty. Really nice. Balanced with no coffee, chocolate or barrel to take away from a really solid base beer.
Tons of roast. A roast bomb really. But sweet malt backs it up and balances it out. Interesting earthiness too. Quite pleasant.
Medium body with moderate to moderately-high carbonation. Solid.
A good beer. Tons of flavour without trying to be anything special. Great workhorse Imperial Stout.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 09:08:14 | More by dgilks
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,520 ratings.