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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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5,688 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,688
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 510
Gots: 1,371 | FT: 120
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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Ratings: 5,688 | Reviews: 1,589 | Display Reviews Only:
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-10-2014 02:15:59 | More by snowmaggedon
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ChayDudeBrew

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-10-2014 00:26:41 | More by ChayDudeBrew
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brianmandell

New York

3.83/5  rDev -12.2%

Bottle dated 1/6/14 in snifter. Black as night with a quickly dissipating dark tan head. Chocolaty, roasty coffee scent. The taste is big. Chocolate sweetness up front then booze and a bright hop bitterness that lingers along a roasty ashiness. The finish dries out the tongue and leaves a very bitter ashy flavor. The mouthfeel is excellent. Slick but not too thick or cloying. I like that it's not overly sweet but the hops overpower the experience. The beer is well crafted but the hoppy character at 30 days old is not to my preference. I think this makes it a good candidate for aging. I will stash a few in the cellar and revisit over time.

02-10-2014 00:15:27 | More by brianmandell
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Colby8938

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-09-2014 21:44:39 | More by Colby8938
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Stugotzo

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-09-2014 17:01:14 | More by Stugotzo
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-09-2014 14:33:51 | More by br3wmeister
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user785335

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-09-2014 13:39:03 | More by user785335
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jbrownfsu

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-09-2014 10:42:22 | More by jbrownfsu
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -16.3%

Pours without a head and then a very thin head forms that quickly dissipated. Very thick black color. Smells like a typical dark stout. Nice slightly sweet taste without bitterness. Has a nice thickness to it. The 10% ABV shows up towards the finish. I really like this one.

02-09-2014 06:01:50 | More by Richardbeerlover
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ThreeFishes

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-09-2014 03:07:00 | More by ThreeFishes
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Jmitchell3

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-09-2014 02:36:47 | More by Jmitchell3
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rderedin

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-09-2014 00:57:29 | More by rderedin
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-09-2014 00:45:34 | More by salthemonster
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zimm421

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appears a pitch black with a thin, dark brown head. Looks great.

The nose is all deep roastiness, with coffee and chocolate dominating and the roasted malts coming through as well. The taste follows suit with huge roasted malts, lots of chocolate and lots of coffee. This is full of deep complex flavors and is absolutely wonderful.

The mouthfeel is thick, full bodied and creamy with some stickiness left behind. This is just what I'm looking for in an imperial stout, with tons of dark flavors, thick feeling and excellent complexity.

02-08-2014 23:29:51 | More by zimm421
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h-bomb

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2014 23:03:44 | More by h-bomb
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rmank

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2014 20:50:01 | More by rmank
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durlta

Iowa

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-08-2014 20:18:35 | More by durlta
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parkwood

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-08-2014 18:45:28 | More by parkwood
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swierczt

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-08-2014 16:56:04 | More by swierczt
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IAMTEAMPONY

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -31.2%

02-08-2014 15:04:25 | More by IAMTEAMPONY
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themind

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-08-2014 12:18:44 | More by themind
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Hovawart

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +6.9%

I had two highly rated Russian Imperial Stouts right before this one. This ordering highlighted the hoppier characteristics of a more American style Imperial Stout.

It poured dark brown with surprisingly little head. The head developed slightly after the pour, but I was surprised compared to the two Russians I had poured prior.

The feel was enjoyable, but I prefer a bit more carbonation.

The taste was excellent! It was smooth and bold. It didn't have an overwhelming chocolaty taste, which I appreciated. Instead it had a subtle hoppiness. I'm a total hop head, and have kept almost exclusively to IPA's for several years. I would say I was drinking 99 IPA's for one of anything else, so the hoppy note was great!

Overall: I will definitely drink this beer again!

02-08-2014 06:54:21 | More by Hovawart
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2014 04:02:32 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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silverblaze540

Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Very dark black, with very thin brown head. Head disperses quickly.

S - Chocolate, with hints of coffee and malt. Smell is nice, but not very strong.

T - Sweet at the front, chocolately taste. Quickly switches to mildly bitter at the end with coffee aftertaste. Nice balance. Alcohol taste is prominent but balanced by other flavors.

M - Very thick, creamy, and silky.

O - Very nice and balanced beer. Heavy, with a sweet smell and initial taste. The bitterness lingers for a while. Enjoyable.

02-08-2014 04:00:49 | More by silverblaze540
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2014 03:40:36 | More by Moses_Malone
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,688 ratings.