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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 4911
Reviews: 1545
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%


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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fmccormi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz bottle to my trusty Cigar City snifter; bottling date of December 7, 2012 printed in yellow ink on the neck of the bottle (“BOTTLED 12/07/12”). So, about six and a half weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Half a finger of dark tan head, almost the color of dark brown sugar, made up of some fine-grained foam and scattered fat bubbles comes off of the pour; the body is predictably black as night and opaque. The head leaves some fat, solid arcs of foamy residue as the beer recedes, and splotchy lacing sticks around just about everywhere. Proof that strong beers don’t have to be devoid of lacing!

Smell (4.25): Dark roast coffee and chocolate syrup mix with some lighter, somewhat sweeter, chocolate milk aroma. A mild dose of smokiness underneath adds a deeper kind of dimension, which is actually really nice.

Taste (4.5): Very rich, dark chocolate is most noticeable here, with an acidic coffee bitterness following close behind on the palate. It gives way to some moderately astringent citrus pith bitterness (that could be the 90 IBUs peaking through) that carries through to the finish, but not before some earthy, coffee-like roast and smoky char come through, too—char, like left-it-too-long-on-the-grill kind of char. As it warms, it stays concentrated on that balance between acidic coffee bitterness and char—like chewing on espresso beans, except it gives you a different kind of buzz. If you give your palate a couple of minutes to recover, your next sip hits on that moderately sweet chocolate richness, like French roast coffee blended with chocolate syrup. Man alive.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Holy crap, that is silky-smooth. Thick, viscous, a bit syrupy, and with velvet-smooth carbonation. It has a shockingly dry finish, probably thanks to the hoppiness evidenced on the palate (seriously, 90 IBUs is not hidden easily), but it’s partly the char, too, and definitely some alcohol drying it out. Damn. It’s begging you for another sip before you’re even ready.

Overall (4.25): I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a bit challenging at times, especially with the smoke and char that sit underneath all that rich, chocolatey body, but goddamn this beer is rich and full and smooth. The depth of its flavor lies in the smoke and char that the malt body attempts to balance out with some moderately sweet, chocolatey richness. While it does smooth out a bit as it warms, it remains a big, challenging bastard for the duration of the experience. Pretty much typifies the style, if you ask me, and hits it out of the park.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:20:45 | More by fmccormi
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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,911 ratings.