Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,480 | Reviews: 1,580 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by erickehoe:
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
More User Reviews:
4.99/5 rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
From a bottle into a pint glass. Had this one about a month. I wanted to wait until I could enjoy it for a while after the kids went to bed. Here goes
A: absolutely pitch black. A thin layer if dark brown head that sticks around for a while. Thin lace as the foam recedes.
S. An absolutely mouth watering combo of dark chocolate, malts, and raisins. I could literally smell this beer all day. I can't wait to get that first sip.
T: I had this beer at 59 degrees out of my beer cellar. The tast follows the smell exactly. The best I can say is Hershey's dark chocolate and an oatmeal raisin cookie all in one!
M: full flavor coats the mouth completely but still really easy drinking!
O: the only markdown I gave this beer was in appearance because I like I bit more head on my beer. Honestly after drinking it I feel guilty for even that small markdown! Bottom line...buy this beer!
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 23:56:05 | More by Gear54
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,480 ratings.