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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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5,370 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,370
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 481
Gots: 1,281 | FT: 111
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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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-23-2014 12:09:35 | More by pdeezy42
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-23-2014 04:36:10 | More by DannyMac614
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-23-2014 04:23:31 | More by KolbMarley
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altheimera

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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TomTown

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.5%

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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

01-23-2014 02:16:59 | More by BigGingDrinker
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jjwisenheimer

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-23-2014 02:09:29 | More by jjwisenheimer
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pfcorsar

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-23-2014 02:04:04 | More by pfcorsar
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RyanAU

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-23-2014 01:28:25 | More by RyanAU
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target88

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful coffee aroma beautiful black and color has an absolutely outstanding sick mouth feel good deal of hops and very stiff coffee backbone. This beer is full-bodied and demand your full attention although this is usually my type of beer the flavor color and Romar absolutely fantastic and I would highly recommend it to any stout drinker

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 00:36:13 | More by target88
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-23-2014 00:09:28 | More by jwps214
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
90 IBU's, 10.5% ABV, awesome label, Bottled 12/14/13 printed with yellow on neck.

A - Even on the pour, which usually shows color or clarity in any style beer, Founders Imperial Stout is blacker than used motor oil; straight inky black. No light penetrates it anywhere. The vigorous pour released a solid cap of dense and creamy dark mocha head. Thick lacing and a good skim of foam ensued.

S - Founders' Imperial Stout has a strong, robust roasted malt aroma with a good helping of cocoa powder dryness and a slight touch of espresso bean, chocolate-covered espresso bean. Add raisins to that. Chocolate covered raisins, too. No real hop accents come through the heavy layer of malt which brings a box of maduro cigars sitting in a cedar humidor to the table. Thick, heavy, and gritty, alcohol heat lingers in the background of this beefy and foreboding aroma.

T - Robust roasted malts power through a light dash of cocoa and brown sugar with burnt molasses-like bitterness hitting towards the front followed by caramel sweetness and milk chocolate covered espresso bean and raisin finishing out. Earthy hops provide complimentary flavor balance but with all the malt in this beer, they almost get lost in the shuffle.

M - Founders' Imperial Stout is just about as thick as a beer can be before it literally would stand up a spoon. The carbonation is fantastic as it takes the edge off the beer's heavily mated grittiness with a smooth finish balanced with bitterness, impressively soft for it's 90 IBUs, and mellow warming alcohol!

O - Pouring as black as night, it's easy to smell and taste this beer's robust chocolate profile that's complimented with undertones of espresso and raisin flowing through maduro cigar wrapper. This imperial stout's thick and gritty entry finishes with balanced bitterness and an impeccable smoothness that makes it one of the best imperial stouts on the market and one that's suitable for prolonged aging!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 23:31:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
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FritzSteinhoff

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-22-2014 22:29:10 | More by FritzSteinhoff
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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bball208

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I used to LOVE this beer, but I just opened a 2014 bottle and it doesn't taste as good as I remember it being. The aroma is not spectacular. I get roasted malt, licorice, and a bit of coffee. Lets just say that at first sniff, you will know the taste will exceed the nose.

the pour is pitch black with little head that dissipates quickly. It looks thick as you pour it into a snifter.

The taste is... average. First of all, I love founders brewing and worship them, but I'm sorry... I must have come across a lot of beers in the past year because I wouldn't have believed I would say this back when I first tried this stout. This is in the same class as Tenfidy, except tenfidy outclasses this with a bit more complexity and more bold and robust chocolate and dark fruits. This one kind of fell short of the mark to today's my-standards. Perhaps using the word, "imperial," these days, I tend to expect a lot. It's just a stout. It's really just your standard stout, you get dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of dark fruits on the taste, and just dark chocolate and coffee on the exhale. Nothing more, nothing less. It is not world-class worthy. Maybe they fucked around with the original recipe for this beer, because it definitely is not worth remembering anymore. 8/10.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 04:51:28 | More by bball208
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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kvgomps

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-22-2014 03:27:33 | More by kvgomps
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark motor oil color. Virtually no head, just a light chocolate ring. No light is getting through this.
S: Malts, chocolate,dark fruits, and light coffee.
T: Big coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and licorice come out nicely.
M: Thick and creamy. Little to no carbonation. Alcohol is there but it still goes down smooth.
O: An excellent RIS that isn't hard to come by when released.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:21:11 | More by N_Schleret
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roger617

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-22-2014 03:13:42 | More by roger617
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TheosTheories

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-22-2014 03:03:21 | More by TheosTheories
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,370 ratings.