Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by adamette:
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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4.55/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This handsome looking beer was systematically poured into a brandy snifter. The almost non-existent, beige, and wispy head quickly retreated to the boundaries of it's temporary confinement. With a twirl of the glass I can see the minimal head leave fine, smooth, slick, and slippery legs. They make the side of the glass melt. The body of this manly looking stout is solid black. When held up to the sun, no light can penetrate the dense, thick liquid.
The aroma is rich and creamy. The smell of the roasted malted barely, vanilla, and lactose, make me wish this beer would warm up more quickly. After a few more deep inhalations, I can faintly smell some background alcohol.
For me, the taste is rich and complex. It makes a very deep run at your tastebuds. There is quite a bit of rich, roasted flavor up front. This stout also gives you a brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and bitter + sweet flavor. The taste is intense on my palate and the alcohol is disguised very well. There is a barely noticeable amount of heat.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. There is medium carbonation and some viscosity. The medium and dense carb is chewy.
For me this stout is robust and savory. This reminds me of Ten Fidy. I do not think I would be able to tell you which is better. I probably wouldn't be able to tell them apart in a blind taste test. I really like this stout. Good stuff and highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 03:10:56 | More by mabermud
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 5,523 ratings.