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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,377
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 594
Gots: 1,658 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005

90 IBU
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Pretty typical for a RIS. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, molasses, smoke, caramel, a little booze, and earthy.

Taste: Picked up char, bitterness, and a little more booze in the sip.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, creamy, full bodied, a little booze,


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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received a bottle of this as a volunteer for a local brewfest. I had tried other Founders beers in the past and found them all to be outstanding. This was no exception!

The first thing you notice when you pour this beer is the it looks exactly like old engine oil. Dark, thick and slow pouring. The next thing I noticed was the extremely dark head, probably the darkest head I head ever seen on a beer. When the glass was empty, you knew it had to be rinsed out.

The initial taste was smokey roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. The aroma was mostly chocolate and malt with a hint of hops.

This beer was very well balanced between sweet and bitter with a heavy, creamy mouthfeel.

For an Imperial Stout, this beer was suprisingly good.

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Black with a dense, single finger dark brown head.


Roasted malts make for a robust, semi nutty profile. No vanilla notes, alochol's not hidden and is a bit of a bother and doesn't give off dark fruit. Missing sweetness but does have an earthy, smokey, coffee base.

Thick and too sharp for my liking.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,377 ratings.