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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,116
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 575
Gots: 1,473 | 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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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a nonic pint glass.

A- It poured a near-black body with hints of dark brown at the edges. The 1-finger, brown head that left beautiful lacing and sticky spots all down the glass.

S- The aroma was full of roasty notes with a raisn-like sweetness.

T- The flavor was just a touch on the sweet side. It had a lot of roasty flavor and roasty notes. There was a lighter chocolate accent.

M- It was quite smooth, outside of a slight alcohol twinge.

D- It's a definite sipper, but so good that I'd love to drink it again.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of FanofHefe
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.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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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

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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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!

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3.18/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 keg

A-Very heavy brown head that will be with you for the duration. Black as night.

S-Smoked roasted malt, charred wood are strongest aromas present.

T-Strong burnt oak wood taste, that turns to a bitter aftertaste.

M-Creamy, bitterness lingers.

D-Definitely a sipper.

Photo of Vdubb86
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of zimm421
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,116 ratings.