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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,756
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 514
Gots: 1,393 | 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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A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (dated 12/7/12) into a pint glass, used motor oil black with a short thick dark tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: big nose of chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet, coffee, molasses, dark brown sugar, cinnamon rolls, vanilla

T: bitter sweet chocolate and coffee mingle with vanilla, middle sweetens with molasses syrup flavor, cane sugar, finish dries with a tangy hop bitterness, flavor lingers for some time

M: thick and oily, the alcohol is barely detectable, carbonation is on the lower side

O: I opened this to celebrate some special news. This beer has aged beautifully. Flavors abound as it warms gaining sweetness. Aged this is arguably as good or slightly better than FBS. Buy it if you find it.

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Appearance: Opaque obsidian body crowned with a fairly large, very dense dark tan head, which retains superbly. Thick, fine-beaded lacing in unbroken sheets adorns the glass walls. The head retention is excellent.

Aroma: Rich dark chocolate aroma with massive roasted barley and freshly-ground coffee. The high ABV (10.5%) is only faintly notable in the aroma, and lacks any unpleasant solvent aroma.

Taste: Opens with very strong bitter cocoa and anise, soon after, strong, rich freshly-ground coffee flavors assert themselves. As with the aroma, the high alcoholic content is very gracefully presented, notable only for a mild, pleasant warming character, and a subtle vinous character. Late in the taste, a wave of bitter herbal hops appear, though even at 90 IBUs (per the label), the hops seem quite understated against the massive malt presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, velvety.

Drinkability/notes: Despite the massive dark malt backbone, high ABV (10.5%) and strong hop presence (90 IBUs), Founders Imperial Stout manages to be both well-balanced and over-the-top. Surely this is a "bucket list" beer, outstanding in its excellence.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas for $10.99 plus tax for a 4-pack of twelve-ounce bottles.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,756 ratings.