Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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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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