Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,124
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 575
Gots: 1,483 | FT: 117
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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Photo of Kvannost802
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wapcap
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bonifeks
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arizcards
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack in mid-November from GCM Liquor in Gilbert, AZ for $12.00. It did not have the conventional bottling date on the neck but it looks like there is a December 2013 Julian date for the bottling date below the label. I believe the next allocation is due in January 2015.

Beer poured black as night with a beautiful tan head that has dissipated pretty quickly.

Nose is wonderful - mocha, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Taste is dark chocolate and hints of coffee melded nicely into a roasted malt backbone. Hopping is very strong as there is no hint of sweetness outside the chocolate.

Mouthfeel is what i expect from an impy stout - full and very smooth.

Overall this is an excellent brew, very like Bell's Expedition Stout in terms of the heft and smoothness - wonder if it ages as well as Expy? Definitely looking forward to snagging a four pack next month!

Photo of Rshersnow
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_chav
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ilafan
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rwagner
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JNForsyth
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ianroodt
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ajd1211
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_Leon
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkubek
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of magpieken
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle. Pours black with a low, dense, deep tan head which settled to a light covering but left some nice lacing. Aroma of chicory, roasted malt, burnt wood, liquorice, prunes, soy sauce, dark chocolate and caramel. Medium sweetness and quite high bitterness. Full bodied, chewy but with a silky smooth, luscious texture. Low carbonation and a very long, burnt tar finish. Gentle warmth from the alcohol. A wonderfully complex drop and an excellent example of an imperial stout.

Photo of Dragon14Breath
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very niice very niice i like

Photo of dymmig89
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gloopily viscous tar black with violet-amber film. 4.25
Soy, licorice, and wet ashes on the nose - tart. 4
80% chocolate, marmite, black currant Fruit Pastille, some char, black grape, fig and an earthy, peppery hops kick. 4.25
Pine tar finish and endless char linger with a hint of orange.
Heavy, silky-creamy, chewy. 4

-- Thickest pouring stout ever. More umami, less roast/coffee and more hops than expected. Definitely at one end of the scale; almost a bookend to fun-and-accessible Founders Breakfast that way. Massive. 4.25

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4.64/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,124 ratings.