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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,769
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 514
Gots: 1,395 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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Photo of davey101
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/22/2011. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass at cellar temperature.

A - Pitch black with a lasting dark khaki head. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Super roasty. Some smoke, leather and dark malts followed by light chocolate and coffee notes.

T - Similar to the nose. Starts off roasty and malty, but this leads to some very sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Given the 90 IBU's it does have a bitter finish, but not exceedingly so. Very smooth and velvety. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

O - Probably one of the best non barrel aged stouts I've tried. Really great roasty body with just the right amount of sweetness and hop bitterness to balance it out. The mouth feel is near perfect.

davey101, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

HopsintheSack, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of ilikebeer03
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz dated 12/18/13 poured into snifter

A: pours seriously jet black. like engine oil. a deep tan head forms about a finger. good retention. foam lingers in the middle and a nice ring around the glass.

S: strong, dark, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee dominate.

T: this tastes incredible. rich, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, a slight burn from the alcohol. after ~8 months the heat from the alcohol (quite strong in december when I drank the first one) has subsided nicely. a slight bitterness at the end. a bit of tobacco on the finish as well. cigar tobacco. (ive always thought people were silly saying they taste tobacco, but I definitely taste it here)

M: mouthfeel on this beer in amazing. smooth and creamy, coating the mouth. lightly carbonated.

O: wow. this is incredible. one of my favorite stouts for sure.

ilikebeer03, Oct 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2/9/11

A- dark black with a nice tan head
S- coffee smell with some roastiness. Not as thick as I was hoping. Maybe some smookiness
T-smoky and roast. Better out of the bottle than on tap but not the standard I was expecting from founders.
M-full bodied and smootj. Nice coffee after taste
D-drinkable but not the best

brew3crew, Mar 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Ncpogs, Jun 26, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with half a finger of coca-cola colored head that dies away slowly. There is just a tad bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is of roasted coffee with a hint of mocha. The smell fills the nostrils nicely. The taste starts out with burnt malt, a little espresso, and leads to a trace of hops. A bit of smoke to the finish, but with a salty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, and pretty smooth too. The drinkability is a little low due to the 10% and aftertaste. You sure can't beat it for being free. Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for a great present!

SheepNutz, Jul 28, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Deep dark, black body with a small dark tan head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves nice rings of lace all down the top half of the glass.

Aroma - nearly perfect. Rich chocolate up front, followed by dark fruit, roasted malt and a just a touch of tart hops at the back end. Every other whiff I get a hint of alcohol, but not much.

The taste is amazing. The chocolate, toffee and roasted malt flavors blend effortlessly and are not harsh in any way. I detect nearly no alcohol.

This is the best non-barrel aged stout I've ever had. Delicious.

FanofHefe, Feb 19, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

Thanks to The Stretch for sharing the growler I got for him at the brewery with me.

This is my second review of this beer, because IT GOT BETTER. This has the blackness of the abyss of space with a brown foam that is amazing. The smell is rather vacant, but has hints of coffee and molasses. The taste is a combination of lots of molasses, some star anise, coffee and lots of cocoa powder. This is really smooth going down. I can't believe it lasted this long in the growler (4 months). It's really really tasty. Overall this is one of the better imperial stouts that I have had the good fortune to have. It goes to show that at the right temperature Imperial stouts can be one of the best styles around. I love this thing.

Vdubb86, May 28, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pure black motor-oil like body with 1 finger mocha head with lots of lacing.

S: Roasty and nutty. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Smells amazing.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, bitterness from coffee and hops, acidity. Did I say hops? I think hops almost takes away a bit from the beer. I think this beer will taste much better with some age.

M: Thick and syrupy. Slightly drying.

O: Another solid offering from Founders. I have another bottle in my cellar - I will revisit this one in about 2 years.

sukwonee, Aug 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Agentveba, May 27, 2014
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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