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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,753
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 514
Gots: 1,393 | FT: 119
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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3.75/5  rDev -14%

FrankK, Monday at 03:40 AM
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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%

(bottle of unknown age, purchased cold, poured once at cellar temp into a balloon)

A: impenetrably black and thick as hell when pouring out, it erects a dense, almost mousse-y dark tan foam that holds like a fleece blanket for a long while, gradually sinking down, but leaving extra beer in its place

S: pretty much like a triple fudge chocolate layer cake... wisps of soft booze climbing up through the denseness, but also very much crushed underneath it

T: rich, bittersweet, dark chocolate up front hard-shfiting to a forceful flare of roasted barley in the follow through... a variety of charred sugars linger in the aftertaste while pungent, bitter herbal tones from the hops combine with the red flame of medicinal booze lifting off the palate to create an overall drugstore tonic essence that won't subside... dark roast coffee and an almost baked black cherry fruity ester also play into the dynamic residual taste

M: certainly has a thick and slick constitution, however, the raw, high octane of the booze tears through and fans out the flow, though it surprisingly doesn't leave much in the way of chest warmth... I would venture to suggest the feeling left after each sip is not too unlike that of a port wine(?)

O: just a superb American-style strong stout... packed with aggressive flavor, but well-crafted as to come across fantastically, drinkably light and enjoyable in numbers... definitely will hit this again when the pang aches

Bouleboubier, Monday at 03:18 AM
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

2012 Vintage. Pours like oil, almost no carbonation. Aroma is dried fruit and roasted coffee. Very smooth with a coffee finish.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,753 ratings.