Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.83/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Bottled on 12/7/12. Poured into a Founders snifter. A definite beergasm moment.
Pours as dark as any beer I have seen. Jet black, not even a hint of transparency at the edges. Pour yielded a very small head that soon faded to a lacing. Head is a dark reddish-brown. Most noticeable is how thick and creamy this beer is. Every time I have one I can hear the "glug" of the pour.
Lots of roasted malts, coffee, and earthy malts on this nose. This fades as the beer warms. A bit of chocolate, but hardly any sweetness. Anise is noticeable as well. Maybe a touch of booziness.
Flavor is very intense and complex, yet nuanced and balanced. It is very bitter upfront and throughout the entire sip, but only the dominant flavor for a brief moment. The bitterness has coffee notes but is also minty and herbal, and very refreshing. A very rich and sweet dark chocolate flavor follows and is just perfect. Never overpowering because of the continued bitterness, but still assertive. The finish is a combination of anise, dark fruit (fig maybe) and alcohol warmth. Fantastic.
The taste gets my first 5, but the mouthfeel may be the most impressive part about this beer. Incredibly thick, creamy and smooth. Coats the palate perfectly. Flavors linger in a good way. No bad aftertastes.
I am admittedly a sucker for Founders, but for me it does not get any better than this. The standard against which I rate all other imperial stouts. The full range of flavors, perfectly balanced. Will be buying by the case in future years.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2013 03:07:40 | More by hctap00
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