Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The pour produces a brew of the deepest brown. It pours as thick as a cake batter, dripping silently into the class. Virtually no head appears, even with a rough pour and swirl. Some big, near black bubbles transiently float around the edges, only to be swallowed up by the darkness. No lacing is evident at first, but appears as the liquid drains. Carbonation creeps up, and huge levels of sediment are noted once the glass begins to empty. The nose is dark with charcoal and roast. This comes across a bit drying, and hot with the sting of alcohol. Dark fruits of black cherry mask this well, however. Coffee nibs are also evident, but instead of imparting a deeper roast, they invite a creamy sweetness to the aroma, softening the edge along with some flecks of vanilla. As we sip the flavor hits like an anvil. The malts are explosively dark and roasty, dragging the taste buds into their bitter depths. They bring forth burnt, almost smoky, charcoal ashes. The show is all about the malts but a faint hop resin floats across the back, wafting down the throat. The middle peaks with a bittering coffee, malty vibe. As the beer warms medicinal phenols begin to seep out through this segment of the beer, adding further to the bite. Transitioning to the finale brings a boozy wash that actually cuts the deepness of the malts quite a bit. It brings with it a sweetness of heavy cream, and also hints of peppery spice, making it almost spicy seeming. The last flavor to leave is the darkest malts of the tasting, with a bit of sourness that briefly puckers the mouth. The aftertaste is actually fruity, with strawberry and cherry, along with bright hops, of all things. Oddly enough the burps it produces are solely hops. The body is full and the carbonation is medium. There is great creaminess and slurp to each sip. The mouth is left dried and slightly puckered, but coated thoroughly. The abv is up there but appropriate, and lends to a great warming factor for the beer. It drinks rather slowly because of how heavy and boozy it is, and it tends to fill you up. It would be tough to put away more than one of these in one sitting.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was actually the pour. Although it produced no head it was silent, thick, and utterly syrupy. This translated into a fantastic feel, with a huge creaminess and sticky smack to each sip. The flavors were there, and the aromas were big enough to mark this as an exemplary Russian Imperial.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2011 01:00:10 | More by TheBrewo
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