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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,480
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 492
Gots: 1,314 | 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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erickehoe

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter. Bottle date: 11/28/12.

Appearance: Mimeograph colored medieval-style crest on the front of the bottle. Pours like motor oil with bubbly coffee colored head. Little lacing. Attractive first impression.

Smell: A little smoke, alcohol, toasted/roasted cereal, bourbon. Definite scalded milk.

Taste: Rich and deep. Layered; starts smooth, some faint grassy notes. Malty, but the alcohol pervades. Dark bitter chocolate. Finishes with heat and an earthy bitterness that cleanses the palate better than any imperial stout I've tasted. A little rubbing alcohol in there?

Mouthfeel: smooth first sip, creamy, heavy. Alcohol bite at the end. Coats the mouth nicely.

Overall: A lot of complex flavors and interesting turns. Grassy notes? Hmm. Great lingering mouthfeel, typical of the style. A little too much alcohol flavor, however. Towards the end of the bottle I tasted rubbing alcohol. But the complexities and balance make up for that.

There are definitely better imperial stouts out there, but the fact that this is Founders automatically gives it an advantage to some. Give me 5 years, and I'll report back with the 2nd of 4 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:59:46 | More by erickehoe
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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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