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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,506
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 492
Gots: 1,318 | FT: 112
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
90 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005)
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-02-2014 18:48:38 | More by Andrew041180
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mtc23

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-02-2014 16:20:12 | More by mtc23
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MysticMoose

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stemmed stout glass. The pour was a thick, almost molasses looking drink, like I'd expect from a heavy imperial, but it had much less head than I expected. The head that it did have was dark and rich.
Founders Imperial's smell is dominated by sweetness, more caramel than chocolate.
The taste was less than impressive. Packs the expected punch of an imperial, but it lacks depth. You get the alcohol and hops up front, but the flavors don't really develop on the back end. The aftertaste is predominately bitter, which surprised me for a beer with such a sweet smell. There are definitely chocolate undertones, but that's about as deep as it gets. This is certainly a beer that would benefit from aging.
The mouthfeel is excellent. It has the warm thickness of an imperial, and sticks with you well after you gulp it down.
Overall, I expected more out of this beer, being a big fan of Founders in general. I felt, however, that the flavors here were quite basic for an imperial stout. It was strong, hoppy, and close to overpowering, but didn't have the back end complexity of a truly great stout. I have a couple bottles in the cellar, and hopefully they get wiser with age. As it stands, I just can't call this beer a top 100.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 06:39:43 | More by MysticMoose
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beersgud

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stem stout glass, appearance was little to no head. Head that was apparent was beautiful tan cream. Opaque color (black/brown). Smell had chocolate and coffee notes. Taste was much smokier than I had anticipated. Very boozy as well. Sifts in mouth extremely well, despite overwhelming character. Overall an above average beer that I see aging well.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 06:33:07 | More by beersgud
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Lochnessmonster

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-02-2014 06:27:03 | More by Lochnessmonster
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Zdrummer15

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Appearance: pitch black with no transparency whatsoever, thin mocha colored head that dissapates quickly leaving only a ring with spotty lacing

Smell: very roasty. chocolate, caramel, hints of coffee and dark fruits

Taste: largely matches the nose. Some hop bitterness right off the bat followed by the dark chocolate. Finishes with a bit of coffee and then some alcohol warmth, as expected being a big, fresh RIS

Mouth feel: thick, full-bodied, light carbonation

Overall: very solid stout from Founders. I've come to expect nothing less from them. It doesn't blow me away like their American style offerings, but that's not to take anything away from it as American Imperial Stouts are one of my two favorite styles. As far as Russian Imperial Stouts go, this is probably the second best I've had the pleasure of enjoying, right behind Ten Tidy, and just ahead of Old Rasputin

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 05:08:31 | More by Zdrummer15
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hockeypuck

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-02-2014 04:20:34 | More by hockeypuck
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BA_Berto

New York

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-02-2014 03:34:08 | More by BA_Berto
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Kuhnzie8637

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-02-2014 02:30:29 | More by Kuhnzie8637
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paulish

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-02-2014 01:51:04 | More by paulish
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addiwilliams

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.4%

02-01-2014 22:51:07 | More by addiwilliams
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Jho3325

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-01-2014 22:32:50 | More by Jho3325
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RaggaD

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-01-2014 22:29:53 | More by RaggaD
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aepetzold

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-01-2014 21:58:27 | More by aepetzold
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-01-2014 21:47:40 | More by doremite
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-01-2014 20:31:23 | More by Eaglefan344
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Dwtucker90

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.4%

02-01-2014 17:53:40 | More by Dwtucker90
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-01-2014 04:03:10 | More by jewellrunner
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-01-2014 02:17:21 | More by aszatk01
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.4%

02-01-2014 01:21:54 | More by Lehighace06
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Machete824

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-01-2014 01:12:21 | More by Machete824
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SFNC

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-01-2014 01:01:01 | More by SFNC
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ChrisYager39

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-31-2014 23:04:43 | More by ChrisYager39
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swedishmailman

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-31-2014 19:57:14 | More by swedishmailman
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meats

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-31-2014 19:14:09 | More by meats
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,506 ratings.