Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Treyliff:
4.65/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Fresh 2014 bottle, Poured into a snifter
A- pours like motor oil with a small foamy dark tan head that reduces to a small layer floating on top, alcohol legs and small patches of lace on the glass after agitation
S- smoky and roasted malt with notes of charcoal, ash, and charred wood. Sweet molasses with dried fig mixes with chocolaty undertones with a hint of herbal hop
T- intense smoky malt attacks the palate with notes of charcoal and earthy charred wood. Sweet chocolaty undertones mix with flavors of prune and raisin. Despite in intensity of the malt, the hops break through, leaving some herbal and piney bitterness. The finish brings an almost chocolate milk-like sweetness with more smoky notes to close it out
M- thick and viscous body with medium-low carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel, with a pure silk finish. Slightly warming at the end, but the ABV is controlled well
O- an amazing example of the style, intense the whole way through and will stay on the palate long after consuming. A little less smoke and char would bump the taste up to a 5
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2014 01:37:22 | More by Treyliff
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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