1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,883 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 5,883
Reviews: 1,600
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 536
Gots: 1,420 | FT: 122
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 5,883 | Reviews: 1,600 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jraras
1/5  rDev -77.1%

jraras, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of jbcalc
1/5  rDev -77.1%

jbcalc, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Elizay
1/5  rDev -77.1%

Elizay, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Beerlover
1/5  rDev -77.1%

Beerlover, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
1.5/5  rDev -65.6%

Utica_Brew_Review, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of aint_it_strange
2/5  rDev -54.1%

aint_it_strange, May 08, 2012
Photo of csrbv
2/5  rDev -54.1%

csrbv, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of theoceantakesme
2/5  rDev -54.1%

theoceantakesme, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of parrotheadcubs
2.25/5  rDev -48.4%

parrotheadcubs, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of ChiCityLo
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

ChiCityLo, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of mxracercam
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

mxracercam, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Givemebeer
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

Givemebeer, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Nedster10
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

Nedster10, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Jofroi
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

Jofroi, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of marshmeli
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

marshmeli, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Beerisgood3
2.65/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Black as motor oil, and pours like it too. Seems quite thick. Messed up the pour a bit so there wasn't much of a head. Though what is there is creamy and brown. A quick swirl churns up a bit of a creamy head which lingers a while. Leaves some bubbles on the glass but not any lacing.

S: I'm still training my nose...i find the strongest note to be of bitter chocolate with some small amount of coffee coming through. Smells of alcohol. Aroma doesn't overwhelm me. As it warms the chocolate notes seem to come out a bit.

T:Roasted malts are there as the first note. The other thing i notice is ALCOHOL. the 10% hits me right in the face. There when you swallow too. There is a sweetness that you get in the front that gives way to a hoppy finish that intensifies a moment after you swallow which combined with the alcohol bite is borderline aggressive. As it warms the chocolate and sweetness come out a bit more at the beginning. Let it warm further and the bite isn't quite as harsh.

M: Definitely coats your mouth. Pretty thick beer.

D: I'm nearly having to fight this one down, though not quite. Certainly couldn't drink more than one of these. It's pretty intense.

Overall i think i may just not be ready for a beer like this. This was pretty aggressive on the palate. I'm fairly new into the craft beer scene (been about a year or so now) and am still trying to learn to critique my beers more analytically. I've never been super fond of stouts....but this one seems a bit much. Perhaps it's simply be ahead of my league given its high praise on BA.

Beerisgood3, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Golden32
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

Golden32, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of uno99
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Guinness glass. serving temp is fairly warm. left outta my fridge for a couple hours.

A: looks appealing but no head to speak of which is to be expected in this 10.5ABV monster.

S: very boozy and slightly sour.. do I have a bad bottle?

T: sour and boozy again upfront but nice chocolate and malt mid sip. then sourness returns. damn I think it might be bad... :(

M: nice thick and moderately carbonated.

D: well since this is so sour gonna have to dock some points here..

Not sure if this is a bad bottle, but I'll edit my post if I revisit this beer.

uno99, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Steve212
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

Steve212, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of cornpone
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

cornpone, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of JessxSpikes
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

JessxSpikes, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Rau71
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

Rau71, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of DCav
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

DCav, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Mullen2525
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

Mullen2525, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Dubber55
2.83/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black. The head is the color of coffee with cream and it quickly settles down to a thin collar around the beer. Very little lacing and retention

The aromas include coffee, chocolate, ethanol, maybe some licorice, and smoke

Initially, I taste mostly coffee up front. Then I get chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, and alcohol. You can really taste the roasted grains. There is a pretty big burnt/char character in this beer. The finish consists of lots of roasted malt. Its dry and bitter.

This is a viscous, thick, and chewy beer. Pretty creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation

The drinkability is below average in my opinion. Its just too bitter, burnt, and dry for me. The alcohol kick at the end of each sip doesnt help either. After a few ounces, I know what this beer is about and dont feel the need to drink anymore

Dubber55, Jun 10, 2010
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,883 ratings.