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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,882
Reviews: 1,600
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 536
Gots: 1,419 | FT: 122
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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Poured a pitch black body letting no light through with a one finger, thick tan head. A wonderful looking Russian Imperial Stout, one of the best. Scents of rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, a light milk chocolate, coffee with cream, and a bit of rich caramel. Overall impression of aroma is of a rich, deep, complex Imperial stout aroma that is wonderfully balanced and true to style. Very chocolate-forward and roasty and pleasant. Flavor begins rich and full, with notes of roast malt, a bit of a smokey flavor, sweet chocolate and bittersweet chocolate, light notes of alcohol and caramel. Middle opens with more moderate alcohol, continues with more roast malt, smokiness, rich cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. Caramel drops off. Finish is medium-sweet with a high presence of alcohol, moderate roast malt and smokiness, medium-light bittersweet chocolate and coffee with cream. Aftertaste is dark roasted black coffee, rich cocoa powder and bitter roast malt with a light alcohol presence. Overall impression of flavor is of a bold, roasty, smokey, boozy Imperial stout that is still balanced by a nice sweetness that switches between caramel and chocolate and a wonderfully roasty and coffee-like aftertaste. A very robust flavor profile and nice, though intense. Mouthfeel is full bodied medium-light carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Alcohol burn is not present, despite the booziness of the flavor. Overall impression of flavor is of a full bodied and smooth Imperial stout that is very nice and true to style. Overall this is a good Imperial stout. It has a wonderful aroma profile that is very pleasing and a nicely robust, rich and deep flavor profile that is pleasantly boozy. Mouthfeel is true to form and quite smooth. A very good Imperial stout, well worth trying thought not quite as good as FBS and KBS.

Auraan, Oct 10, 2014
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,882 ratings.