Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.95/5 rDev +13.5%
Appearance is pitch black with no visibility through it and a thin tan head.
Smell is chocolate, coffee, a little bit of booze and roasted malts.
Taste is fantastic. Creamy chocolate, coffee, hints of Carmel, molasses, vanilla, smokey-wood, roasted malts, and a bit of saltiness! It's great. The high ABV is pretty well hidden. Very complex and balanced!
Mouthfeel is very thick full bodied, creamy and smooth.
Overall, another nearly perfect stout by founders. They seem like they can do no wrong.
02-23-2014 22:11:14 | More by gangstafaceclay
5/5 rDev +14.7%
I'm making special note that this four-pack is 10 months old, as the Founder's release schedule for "Imperial Stout" is January.
This one has tipped the scales. It has cracked my Top-5 list of all-time favorites. (Actually, I don't know how I can talk in such hyperbole, when only two weeks ago I declared the same about Mikkeller Black Hole. But that was $14 for an 11-oz. bottle, so I'm sure I NEEDED to like that one a lot.)
Second-blackest beer I've seen this year (after Dark Horse Reserve Special Black). Pours into a tulip glass with a chocolate meringue-like brown head that leaves lacing plastered on the glass.
Dark chocolate and burnt coffee in the nose, first. Then a cascade of stone fruit, especially overripe cherry and black plum. Boozy vapor cuts the sweet.
I just the other day had their Founders Porter on tap, and am now struck by the particular roasted coffee flavor in the mouth, here. Except of course this comes with an undergirding of sweetness to replace the bright/tart hop bitterness in the porter. The massive corn-syrupy, fruit-cake and pecan flavors remind me of Southern Tier Mokha, another of my favorite double stouts. The alcohol politely makes itself known on the backend.
I come to this beer today with doubts, as I'd been sorely disappointed a couple months ago after spending $10 on a 10 oz. pour of it at Coopers Tavern (Madison). I don't know how to account for that discouraging experience. Was it something I ate? Was it emotion: was it my reluctance to support businesses that overcharge for beer?
Whatever. This brew today renews my faith in my tastebuds. I'm thrilled to have brought home two four-packs just now. It's freaking awesome. One 4-pk. is going in the cellar. The other down my gullet.
02-23-2014 18:45:59 | More by martyl1000
3.93/5 rDev -9.9%
Bottled 12/18/13 at 40 Degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma – toasted malt with coffee, slight alcohol fumes
Head small (1.5 cm), tan, creamy, fully diminishing to an incomplete 1 mm layer
Body dark brown/opaque
Flavor begins with toasted malt bitterness, no fruitiness, no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol. Ends quickly with a light bitterness as alcohol burn begins in the stomach
Palate full, oily, soft carbonation
A not particularly flavorful example of the style
02-23-2014 12:58:38 | More by Ozzylizard
4.56/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
A- jet black. Motor oil. Not an ounce of light gets through.
S- chocolate. Dark chocolate comes through so well and melds greatly with the malt. On the back end there is hints of coffee and roastiness but its mainly chocolate.
T- chocolate comes through up front and then turns into some coffee roastness that hits pretty hard after the chocolate. It ends with more dark chocolat.
M- thick and creamy. Barely any carbonation. Just the way i like it.
O- a very very delicious beer. The smell matches the taste perfectly and the balance between coffee malt and chocolate is amazing. Personally i prefer this to the breakfaat stout.
02-22-2014 04:13:27 | More by mlhyatt
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,663 ratings.