Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,906 | Reviews: 1,545 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by zeledonia:
4.38/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours black and thick, like molasses, with a minimal coffee-brown head that quickly dissipates.
S: Smell is of strong dark roasted malts, mostly coffee, with some chocolate, and a pronounced bitter overtone.
T: Taste is fantastic - rich dark malts, notes of coffee and chocolate, with some residual malt sweetness and a very nice bit of bitter hops. The strong flavors are amazingly well balanced. The level of sweet and bitter are perfect, where lots of other imperial stouts are dominated by one of the two. Nice dry finish. Only thing lacking is the level of complexity of some other IMPs.
M: Mouthfeel is great - thick and syrupy, as it appears, with just enough carbonation to lighten it up a bit.
D: This is a great, straightforward imperial stout. The flavors and feel are so pure and balanced. Wow.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2011 05:11:59 | More by zeledonia
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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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