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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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5,474 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,474
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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adamette

Ohio

4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Save-On in Mentor, Ohio for $3.00 about a week ago into a clean, clear Voodoo Brewery pint glass. "01/02/13" stamped on the neck of the bottle with something else above it that I cannot make out. I am not sure if that is the bottling date...I suppose that it could be. This beer has to have at least a 5 year shelf life I would guess.

A Actually a deep, dark brown head over an absolute motor oil black body. I admit to being easily impressed with the look of a good RIS but really, can this be improved? It is foreboding and awesome! Oh, one more thing....the lacing left on the inside of the glass after repeated sips clinches my highest rating. 5.0

S Dark roast malt and dark chocolate. This promises to be very good indeed! 4.5

T Oh yes, this is the bomb! Deep dark roast malt, some chocolate notes and silky smooth. This is one badass Russian Imperial stout and as I repeatedly sip it I am thinking that it might be THE RIS to pour for someone to demonstrate the style. The alcohol is well hidden until you get into the aftertaste. After the silky smooth beginning and then the syrupy middle there is a burn left behind. Just great, really. 4.75

M Big, huge, thick, syrupy, silky. Everything that you'd hope for. This is the strongest feature of the beer. 5.0

D/O Drinkability is not good. The HUGE ABV, the mere size of the beer would limit me to one in an evening. Overall this is a world class Russian Imperial Stout and might be the example that I would point others to who are interested in the style. That being said, it may have surpassed classic favorites of mine, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy and North Coast Old Rasputin. That, for me, is saying A LOT! 4.5

Notes: Finally rated this one, bringing my total from the "Beers of Fame" list to 87 out of 100 I do believe. I have come to really like that list as there are some of my all time favorites on it. Additionally, I found 87 of them to be quite accessible seeing as how I don't really trade with other BA's.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 03:08:22 | More by adamette
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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,474 ratings.