Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by grub:
4.83/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2005 vintage, sampled april 2006 (along with a 2003, so i'll compare the two here)
pours a deep inky black with a nearly no head.
the aroma is great. chocolate, slight oaky/vanilla aroma, roasty, malty, bit of smokeyness. some hop mild aroma, and a bit of alcohol in the smell.
the tast is excellent. tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, bit of raisin. there's a nice level of bitterness, and a bit of warmth from alcohol. it does hide the alcohol well, feeling more like 7-8% than over 10%.
to compare it with the 2003, it's like that brew but with everything turned up a notch. the bitterness, alcohol, and roastiness are all a bit stronger than the 2003. the flavours on the 2005 have not mellowed and gelled together quite as much as the 2003, but it's still very good. it has a nice full body, and seems "beefier" than the 2003 does. it's an exceptional beer on its own, but when compared with the 2003 that one is the clear winner. i look forward to trying more vintages of this one in the future.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2006 13:28:41 | More by grub
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4.5/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Founder's Imperial stout 4pk bottles $13.99(OH)
12 fl oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. Bottled date marked in yellow just below neck. (bottled 12-14-13) So this is real fresh by stouts standards. Properly stored they can sit for over a year. (I am going to keep a few in my dark fridge for a while to age.)
Pours pitch black, with a dark tan almost brown head standing three finger tall. The thick brown head lasts forever! It finally gives way to amazing lacing. Almost two inch's of the glass is covered in a connecting design of lacing. A little less than a one finger head remains covering the surface.
The aroma is bittersweet malts, a smokey black olive smell. A hint of chocolate or cocoa, and a nutty caramel note towards the end. The smell is very smooth and inviting, one smell and you know it's an imperial.
Taste follows the nose but so much more powerful and robust. A smokey malty coffee taste hits you in the taste buds, followed by a bittersweet caramel chocolate flavor. The end is dry, bitter and kind of floral with a subtle hop taste. The 10.5 % ABV is super well hidden. If I did not see the bottle I would guess this was about 7.5 to 8.5 % ABV.
the mouth feel is very nice. A medium-heavy bodied brew. Carbonation is minimal which is just right for a quality imperial. That sweet powerful stout feel and taste clings to your mouth and wont let go. A carmel, coppery, bittersweet feeling that is robust and powerful.
Overall. WOW! I am impressed. and this stout is not even aged. Its jet black, amazing appearance, smells like an Imperial should, and tastes even better than i thought. It is a little pricey for a 4pk but, well worth it. Best imperial I have had to date. One to remember that's for sure. Exceeded my expectations, and then some.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 03:58:17 | More by Ohiolager
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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