Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by rdilauro:
4.64/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Its Late December 2012 and each week I've been enjoying another stout. I dont think I could ever get tired of tasting stouts.
This one was Jet black and poured slowly down my beer tasting glass and slowly came up with a chocolate/amber small head. And that did not last very long., I wasn't totally sure of the nose, but I was getting some caramel, butterscotch laced with a touch of nutmeg. My second scent and I picked up a cross between a ripe pear and banana. Sounds strange, but the aromas seem to blend together.
The first sip was full, probably would have been fuller if it wasnt for the amount of carbonation. I prefer my stouts to be almost flat, with very little carbonation.
I was thinking chocolate at first, but there was a degree of bitterness that I came away with coffee beans. Now I am not sure if it is within forum rules for me to make a single comparison with another Founder's brew, The Breakfast Oatmeal Stout. The Oatmeal stout was fuller, richer, and had a more distinct sense of coffee, really espresso. This Imperial Stout wasn't as full , the coffee was there, but more American coffee in style then a Mediterranean espresso bean.
I think that some of the bitterness came from the IBUs for this one.... That I always like
The finish of this stout was a little rougher then I anticipated. Still a very nice finish, but I guess I am getting really tight on what I am looking for.
All said and done, this Imperial Stout still ranks in the 10 Ten of my Best stout list.
Another good job by Founders
Snowy night in the Northeast. You can see by my updated reviews that after snow blowing, I went into my stouts. This type around, the Founder Imperial poured much darker and thicker than I remember the first time. Plus the head was a dirty cooper by wonderful head. Five minutes into my glass and there is still some signs of the head. Putting my nose into the tall glass to me is just about the same as putting your nose into a coffee grinder, but a beautiful coffee!. Loving it. The higher alcohol or perhaps the higher IBUs in this one made it quicker to drink. The coffee overtones stayed right with me until the end. Even 10" away from my glass, all I call smell and think right now is COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE... Now that is being said with a New York accent from a person who now lives in Connecticut
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2013 03:09:20 | More by rdilauro
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pitch black. Completely inky. Creamy, dark tan head. Good head retention as the head dissipates but holds at half size.
Sweet and roasty. Really nice. Balanced with no coffee, chocolate or barrel to take away from a really solid base beer.
Tons of roast. A roast bomb really. But sweet malt backs it up and balances it out. Interesting earthiness too. Quite pleasant.
Medium body with moderate to moderately-high carbonation. Solid.
A good beer. Tons of flavour without trying to be anything special. Great workhorse Imperial Stout.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 09:08:14 | More by dgilks
4.73/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Notes from 7/27/14 - Served in a Snifter
A: 1/2 inch of thick, hot-cocoa colored head; solid lacing. Thick, rich, black body.
S: Sweet, rich milk chocolate. Touch of coffee and booze. More roasted coffee as it warms.
T: Sweet milk chocolate, followed by mild roasted coffee. Slight medicinal booziness. Finishes with deep, bitter coffee beans.
M: Thick, almost shake-like, with low carbonation. Heavy on the tongue and coats mouth nicely. Slightly sticky finish.
O: Excellent brew that's relatively easy to find and affordable. One of my favorite Imperial Stouts.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 15:04:08 | More by AirBob
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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