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
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4.8/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Rodman's in D.C. still had four packs of this dark beauty lying around a couple of weeks ago, so I had to pick up one to enjoy before it disappeared. It's been several years since I've had Founders Imperial Stout, so I'm really excited to drink it and do a proper review of it. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.
Appearance (5/5): Pitch black and with a one-finger milk chocolate brown head. Alcohol legs when you tilt the glass. Just gorgeous, and just about the best looking Russian Imperial Stout I've seen.
Smell (4.25/5): Lots of roasty notes in the nose with a healthy dose of dark chocolate and espresso and some fig. Alcohol is clearly present–a little too present in my mind, but it's not offensive by any means. I would have liked to smell a bit less of it, but bottom line is: this is one intense, very good smelling beer.
Taste (5/5): Wow, follows the nose but adds layers of complexity on top of the original notes. Drop dead gorgeous flavor profile: dark chocolate in the foretaste flexes hard before giving way in the middle to really nice brown sugar and molasses flavors. Deep roasty notes then dominate the back end: espresso, burnt malt, dry and bitter in the finish; far more bitterness in the flavor than you would find in your garden variety stout, which reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin. And, for all the alcohol in the nose, I can't taste a drop of it. Only a little heat in the finish betrays the fact that, at 10.5%, this is a huge beer. Not a highly drinkable beer–you won't be having more than one–but that's fine, because the beer really opens up it warms. This is one intense, flavorful take on the Russian Imperial Stout style. I love it.
Mouthfeel (5/5): Velvety smooth all the way through, until you hit the very dry finish (I can't tell whether it's the hops or roasted malt that adds the drying bitterness to the beer; maybe it's both). Full bodied, medium-low carbonation, true to style.
Overall (4.75/5): I guess Founders really knows the art of brewing imperial stout, huh? Founders Imperial Stout, with its abundance of espresso-esque roastiness, dark chocolate decadence, and interesting brown sugar/molasses undertones, is without a doubt the most intense and flavorful example of the classic Russian Imperial Stout style that I've had the pleasure of drinking. Sublime. Let it warm up and witness a beautiful evolution of flavor!
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 17:51:47 | More by hagbergl
4.49/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
*12 oz. Bottle*
Look: Black body, 1 1/2 finger deep mocha frothy head.
Smell: Huge roasted barley, nice toffee sweetness, espresso hints of oats.
Taste: Burnt coffee, sweet roasted malts, smooth chocolate, bittersweet finish, alcohol is not present in the flavor but you can feel the heat.
Feel: Almost syrupy smooth body, soft carbonation.
Overall: For this being at 10.5%, it is incredibly drinkable to the point that it should be illegal. Smooth body, balanced between bitter and sweet that aches for constant gulps. This is a prime example of what a great Imperial Stout should be. Highly recommended.
* Originally Reviewed on 7-11-2013
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 17:00:47 | More by Shroud0fdoom
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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