Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,896
Reviews: 1,780
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 659
Gots: 1,961 | FT: 148
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

90 IBU
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Photo of BSiegs
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black with a beautiful tan head. Hard to imagine a better looking pour. Great tasting, get a lot of roast, nice bitterness. Supremely full bodied mouthfeel. Fantastic beer.

Photo of Mehinaman
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color and easy to detect traces of chocolate and coffee. Very good stout, but not going to make me forget KBS

Photo of Edman5P
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/22/2014
Poured out like heavily used motor oil with no head although it tasted quite nice. Sweet dark chocolate and coffee on the nose and a very heavy taste of dark coffee and chocolate on the palate. Very nice imperial stout

Photo of classixIII
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great RIS! Thick, black pour, short deep brown head that didn't stay very long. Chocolate, coffee aroma. Big taste, anise, more chocolate and coffee, a tad on the sweet side but the bitterness kicks in with some alcohol at the end. Get some!

Photo of bobstockwell
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great r.i.s. especially if you like them thick, black, and sweet. Boozy ending.

Photo of KHunter0622
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yum. A great readily available beer.

Photo of brap
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A lot going on with this one. Smokey overtones with other flavors of chocolate, fruit, and sugars that seem to reveal themselves as you drink on. Really fantastic. Very impressed by this and a lot of the beers that Founder's has put out.

Photo of DVoors
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The best, thickest, oiliest imperial stout that you can find that's not in a bomber.

Photo of MA_hops
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hard hitting Russian imperial!!
A: Midnight black with a thick, mocha head that dissipates into a thin lacing.
S: Roasted malt, raisins, candied fruits, mixed nuts.
T: Superbly balanced between the roastedness character and the slight bitterness. Tastes similar to the aroma.
M: Big beer, thick mouthfeel. Goes down smooth and with a punch!
O: One of the better RIS's out there!

Photo of elgato31
3.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. a little dark and heavy but good all around stout

Photo of Sebas
3.3/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not impressed. way too sweet and syrupy even for IS. but if that what you looking for...you will love this one.

Photo of Arnar_Hallsson
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very complex taste, creamy and smooth, rich in flavor. Slightly nutty aftertaste where you can really taste the "strength" (alcohol) but in a nice way.

Photo of drone
2.76/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not bad. Interesting malt notes, but doesn't quite elevate.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 13, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Pours inky, oily black, and very viscous. A half-inch of rich chocolate brown foam, sudsy-bubbly, with very short retention.

S – Rich, dark chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, and boozy alcohol esters/fruitiness. Some pine and/or resin present. A touch of roasted coffee bean and brown sugar.

T – Dark, unsweetened chocolate with very light vanilla and caramel. Treacle and brown sugar, a faint impression of crème brulee. Hop flavor is minimal, but hop bitterness is very high, strong on the finish and lingering long after.

M – Carbonation is low but very much present. Body is full, but not as thick as I expected based on the pour. Sweetness and bitterness are very well balanced. Juicy to start and finishes moderately dry.

O – A well-constructed, balanced, aromatic, and flavorful imperial stout. Intense but still very drinkable… slowly.

Photo of Austinkrat
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, great stout. I detected a slight smokey flavor. Excellent with chocolate cake.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Motor oil in a glass, and this one is particularly motor oil-ish as it pours, just the way I like my stouts. A thin, but well-organized cap of mocha colored foam appears for a moment or two before it dissolves into a lattice work of hubs and connections on the surface of the beer. What little lacing there is is very similar.

SMELL: The roastiness seems smooth and mellow due to the intense chocolate smells. It could be a touch stronger, but pretty good. Despite the 90 IBUs I do not detect any hop aroma.

TASTE: The milk chocolate in here is amazing. It provides a solid backdrop for a host of other flavors, the biggest of which is a big, strong, coffee finish. A hint of grassy hoppiness sneaks in mid-sip (revealing a few of those IBUs), along with some mild citrus.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer is gigantic. Semi-sweet and very full-bodied. Velvety smooth, but with a touch of sparkle. Beautiful feel.

OVERALL: Founders Imperial Stout is an excellent dessert beer. It's also an excellent beer without dessert. Although I love Founders, I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. Founders comes through with another winner.

Photo of heygeebee
3.6/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmmm... Can't believe (1) I haven't rated this and (2) it's such a bland experience for an RIS. Done get it. Moderate roast moderate coffee, little choc, and all this at 10% + ?????
Don't think I have stored badly but tastes past it which is a no-go at this ABV. !!!

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thin brown head that doesn't leave much lacing. Smell is coffee and dark chocolate with some dark fruit. Taste is strong, bitter dark chocolate and coffee with just a little sweetness. Alcohol is hidden well and really creeps up on you. Mouthfeel is slick and oily which clues you in to how strong this beer is. Overall a very good RIS. Nothing spectacular here but a solid beer.

Photo of Maiora13
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great stout. full body and extremely filling.

Photo of Nickwierda
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like ink, black and opaque - zero light getting through this one. Dark brown head, darker than most stouts - intimidating.

S: Smells great, like chocolate, a tad bit of vinousness (vinosity?) and dark fruit, but the smell is the "worst" aspect of this beer, which shines in the flavor, where it counts.

T: Holy crap this beer is delicious. The flavor just doesn't stop. Starts out with chocolate and dark fruit - kind of tastes a bit like bbq sauce when it's cold - then transitions to roasted malt, then charred malt, and then some plain ol hop bitterness at the very end. And the flavor lingers forever. Can't taste the alcohol, but after a few minutes you feel it - a sipper for sure.

M: Viscous.

O: God damn I love this beer. Could be my favorite of all time. Definitely the best Founders beer, and I love pretty much everything they make. This beer beats out KBS and Breakfast Stout by a mile. Perfection in stout form.

Photo of ARoman
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from previous notes 1/21/2014*
On tap into a tulip glass. A dark fruit and sweet chocolate aroma with a background ashy trace greet the nose. As it warms, the chocolate smell turns to caramel and a light cookie dough smell appears. There might also be an earthy and/or barnyard note in there, but I couldn’t lock onto it. There’s a very thin mocha brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves nearly no lacing. The beer itself is a very dark, near opaque black-brown. It’s mostly chocolate syrup sweet with some minor smokey/oaky bitterness. A resin (grainy) and ashy coffee and chocolate flavor hit the tongue first for this medium-full bodied beer. The sticky and oily texture doesn’t have much carbonation to it (mainly flat) and it leaves behind a mild ashy smokey finish although pretty clean for the most part.

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color.

Overall: It has a thick feel and sweet after taste, with lots chocolate and roasted malt taste. A very fine Imperial Stout, Highly Recommend!!

Photo of reds2harleys
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hit from Founders. Just a smidge below Breakfast stout for me. Full bodied w lottsa flavor

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

Served from bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours an inky black, thick with very minimal/bubbly tan head. No significant lacing.

S: Whoa... big time aroma on this one, roasted malts, dark chocolates, and toffee. Hints of espresso.

T/F: It tastes like it smells, big time roasted malts, very smooth with minimal carbonation. A bit chewy with a dark chocolate sweetness at the finish which is well balanced by the roasted malts.

O: A very fine Imperial Stout, and yet another great Founders beer. At 10.5% this one packs too big a punch for a session drink, but is perfect for dessert or a special treat. Best at cellar temperature. May be even better with a little age!

Photo of Plower
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good stout, up there with the best of easier to obtain ones. I mean, it's not like a legendary beer and its not hard to get, but its damn good. Solid 4.5+ for anyone who likes stouts. People just underrating because its common.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,896 ratings.