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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 4910
Reviews: 1545
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%

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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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sprinkle for hooking me up.

Pours a nice black with a head that quickly went away. This is a nice find. Ive wanted to try it and have never seen it on the shelfs. IDK whats the story on this brew?

The taste is nice and firm with dry coffee and a creamy milkyness Ive only seen in oatmeal stouts. This is like a creamy and strong oatmeal stout. I like it

Overall, I would love to get more of this if I can. Ive never seen it hit shelves but believe me if I do I will get tons!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 00:11:12 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of Kegatron


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

On tap at Founders.

Pours black as night with a thin head of a burnt mocha colored tan creamy foam. Retention is very nice and wouldn't quit, leaving behind some spotty lacing and brown oily residue down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a tingling mix of roasted bitterness and heat, chocolate sweetness, zippy coffee character, and dark fruit tartness.

The taste is rich, roasted bitterness right off the bat that melds into chocolate and molasses sweetness, additional bitter coffee notes, and a dark fruit tang in the backend. Finishes with a combo of bitter notes and warm, tart sweetness. The mouthfeel is full, rich and creamy with the alcohol presence adding beefiness and warmth to the overall feel.

Wow, this is pretty much the definition of a RIS. Founders leaves nothing out with a complex taste and aroma that is held up by a muscular yet approachable body. I'm definitely getting a case of this next time it's released. Great stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 22:04:10 | More by Kegatron
Photo of drxandy


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

Tried this on tap april 30th '08, poured into a nonic pint

apperance was dark and thick, standard imperial stout

smell of chocolate, dark malts, hot alchohol

tasting was a bit thinner than i expected, i was surprised that i could feel the kentucky breakfast influence, maybe it's a founders stout thing, but definitely not a bad thing.

hops were certainly more present than the KBS and quite nicely added for the style.

wish this was bottled this year, i tried to get a growler but they weren't pouring it in them :(

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2008 05:30:55 | More by drxandy
Photo of SQNfan


4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders. There were aromas of coffee beans and chocolate. In the mouth it was powerful with a slightly bitter finish from the hops. Overall this was quite nice an powerful but did not have the complexity and balance of the KBS. I would love to have a few bottles of this to age.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 20:26:37 | More by SQNfan
Photo of Overlord


4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite simply, one of the best beers I have ever had. Thanks to RoyMunson for the trade.

Pours a charcoal black with a large, dark brown head. Bubbling carbonation gives the glass a beautiful coating and keeps this heavy, syrupy beer from getting too dense.

The smell is chocolate, dark fruits, and a hint of roasted malt. The flavor is absolutely breathtaking. Dark chocolate, some cocoa, vanilla (all their stouts have vanilla in spades, I love it!), plums, figs, raisins, and just a ton of malt and molasses backing it all. Just letting it linger on the tongue is an absolute treat.

Just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 08:29:05 | More by Overlord
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was an outstanding example of the style! Founders certainly knows it's stouts.

Poured a beautiful black/opaque color with a very thin, whispy brown layer of foam.

Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, mollasses, wood and whiskey dominate this very complex aroma profile.

The taste is just as complex. For a beer to be this BIG and complex at the same time is impressive. Same tastes as aromas as well as some toffee, treacle a subtle hint of caramel. Big alcohol taste but not offensive.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant alcohol warmth and a big, full bodied, oily, slick, chewiness.
Just a fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 16:20:18 | More by BillyB
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from the tap at Gravity Head '08 in New Albany, IN. Poured into a 10oz glass. At this point of the night my notes started to get a bit.. Scrawling. So hopefully this review makes more sense than I did at the time.

Appearance- Totally opaque. Dark as night. No viability whatsoever. Head is thin and brown. Carbonation clings to the glass and leaves no legs on the sides.

Smell- Prune and raisin with a hint of grape. Big thick dark malts. Plum lingers on the finish. Great finishing hops leaving a nice hoppy scent on the nose. Chocolate on the finish as well.

Taste- Raisin and prune with much hop and malt backbone to balance it all out. Black patent and chocolate malt. Hoppy but still malted enough to remind us that it's still an imperial stout. Creamy and luscious with a hint of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel- Warming, well carbonated, full bodied and even. Sticky on the lips.

Drinkability- Excellent drinkability with well disguised alcohol content. Oh, Founders, why do you treat me so great?

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 01:19:44 | More by blakesell
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this during Gravity Head '08 at Rich-O's. Color is dark black, but just shy of opaque. Head quickly vanishes and leaves very little lacing. Smell is absolutely delightful. Rich aromas of deep chocolate, but with unexpected, but welcome, fruity notes. Taste is a bit more passive than the smell. Huge malt presence (I hear they used 10 kinds of malts). Lots of chocolate, brown sugar, and nice burnt notes. Mouthfeel was on the thin side as far as imperial stouts go, but still sported a thicker medium body. Carbonation was just fine. I'd have another, though the alcohol is well hidden, so I'd have to limit myself to just one more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 06:22:00 | More by atrus138
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from seaoflament, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this beer, 2006 vintage, poured into my Ommegang Three Philosophers glass

A-Black color with very little light going through, miniscule 1/8 inch mocha head, flat liquid, disappeared immediately, absolutely no retention or lacing

S-Huge vanilla aroma, milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, booze, smokiness, and burned accents

T-Big chocolate malt taste at the beginning, then fades into some vanilla and roastiness, ends with a dry coffee feel at first, gets sweeter as time goes by, something spicy but not bourbon in here but I could not figure it out, a tiny amount of hoppiness in the end, malt overpowered it all, not as thick as I thought it would be, smokiness came to the surface at the end with maple syrup and sugar following it, not bad overall

M-Thin body for an imperial stout, could have used a lot more carbonation, chewy and sweet mouthfeel, strong spiciness on the back of the tongue, taste lingered for a while too

D-Could have drank another bottle of this but it is a sipper, especially at ten percent alcohol, it is hidden well though, smooth and goes down relatively easy, a bit heavy on the stomach

Another great Founders beer, not as good as the breakfast stouts in my opinion but right up there, look forward to trying this fresh next, recommended for RIS fans

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 17:46:21 | More by Floydster
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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beachbum1975 for this brew. He said it's been aged awhile in appropriate conditions so I'm not sure on the dating.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a motor oil black with similar viscosity. 1/2 finger head is very slow to form but holds decently well. Some patchy lacing.

S: Still has a pretty boozy twang around everything. Burnt malts and burnt coffee beans. Deeply cooked brown sugar and molasses.

T/M: Wow.. for as rich and robustly delicious as the alcohol is, it's completely mellow and just damn tasty.. Very tasty mocha espresso mixture. Some chocolate covered dark fruits and even a bit of citrus left. It feels like I'm drinking a slightly thinner melted espresso dark chocolate bar.

D: Wow... I can't wait until the new bottles come out this summer. Founders has got to be one of the best breweries out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 04:43:47 | More by pwoods
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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GrizzlyAdams for sending this to me in a trade.

This is a dark black. Not even trying to hold it up to the light makes a difference, it's still completely opaque. However, I got NO head from a vigorous pour. I'm guessing that is not normal, but it was strange to me.

Smells fruity and chocolately; pleasant. A little alcohol scent.

Up front there is some fruity sweetness, followed by rich choclately/coffee malt taste. Finishes with a little bit of dryness that I swear is a faint hoppiness, but I can't be sure.

Great mouthfeel on this beer. Despite the fact that my beer had no head, the carbonation was fine. Enough body to accompany the big flavors.

OK drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 19:43:43 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this one on my 'wants' list for a pretty long time and SPLITGRIN was nice enough to hook me up. Thanks man!

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic. Not sure about the year, I'm still clueless on how to use the Founders notches on the label.

Pours a complete jet black with a generous two finger dark tan colored head that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. Stickiness is crazy good, lots of thick webbing left behind. Smell is pretty sweet for a RIS with lots of dark fruits; cherry, dates, and plums. A good amount of robust french roast and espresso in the nose as well. Toasated barley and dark chocolate aromas are detected too. A lot for the nose to discover. This one sure has that "Founders" taste to it, but that's a good thing. Blaack coffee with a hint of cane sugar. Not as sweet as the nose, but there is some cherry notes on the tongue. Smokey wood flavors with a bit of an earthy hop bite to it. Aftertaste is dry with hints of vanilla and cocoa. Thick, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel with a subtle but fitting carbonation. Perect texture for the style. I let this one warm up pretty good before tasting and I'm glad I did. What an amazing RIS, one of the best for sure. I'm surprised there isn't more talk about this beer, but maybe I'm just not paying enough attention. Do what you can to get your hands on this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 01:46:24 | More by BeerTruth
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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this for some time now, so a big thankyou goes out to Faro for sending me this in the Secret Santa '07 BIF. 2006 Vintage. Served at cellar temperature, into my Stone snifter, from a twelve ounce stubby brown bottle.

Appearance: Pours out a deep inky black, that looks more like a well used 5w30 than a beer. Not a single ray of light could penetrate this beer. Nice! A pretty vigorous pour yielded a short, bubbly, coffee brown colored head. Head faded quickly into a dense ring of cream, that left some streaky lace behind on the glass.

Smell: Mouthwatering nose on this one! Some thick coffee aromas with some sweet milk chocolate. Some woody notes in there as well, along with some toffee, molasses, and a bit of smokey alcohol. Has a nice roasty/toasty note too.

Taste: Nice roasted malt character is paired up with a thick cocoa flavor, a touch of burnt fresh coffee,and some more toffee and molasses that were noted earlier in the nose. A bit of hops and black licorice were in there as well. Finishes very smooth with some body warming alcohol. Very rich and a little bitter. Leaves a wood like aftertaste. Flavors compliment eachother nicely and are pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is quite thick and chewey, coats the glass and palate very nicely. Just enough prickly carbonation. Full bodied and smooth, just how I like my Russian Imperial Stouts.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. This one is a sipper though, thanks to the ten percent ABV.

Overall very good. I wish I had a few more to sip on, and a few more to cellar further. Another winner from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 17:50:16 | More by jaxon53
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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This beer pours thick and black. I poured as violently as I could, and all I got was a thin brown head that faded quickly.

s: I think this is the best smelling RIS I've ever had. Most obvious are the sherry, cherry and chocoalte notes. I've never smelled cherries so strongly in an RIS before. It reminds me a bit of a barleywine. Also present are some faint bitterness and some warming alcohol.

t: The sherry/cherry flavors dominate here as well, blanketed by some very dark chocolate. There is a bit of a bitter edge to the chocolate that tastes of cocoa. Alcohol is present as well and very welcome.

m: The body was surprisingly thin and I wouldn't have minded a bit more carbonation.

d: Thanks to hoppymeal for the chance to try this one. I'm seriously considering moving to Michigan, as Founders continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 11:55:15 | More by DIM
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, slow moving-thick, no head out of poor.

Smelled very robust, sweet and chocolaty.

Taste...wow, wonderful...that is a good beer. Very rich, sweet...but yet smooth and very refreshing. Burnt overtones, wonderful taste. Yummy.

Thick feel, almost syrupy, but not the bad-sort.

I'd drink this until I was full (maybe after 3, but who cares...very good.)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 22:58:24 | More by lilbigbudy
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for the trade!

Must be an 06’ bottle.

Pours very dark with a quarter of an inch of light chocolate foam.

Aroma is of roasted barley, chocolate malts, bitter chocolate, anise, cocoa, a bit of dark fruits, alcohol, and a touch of wood notes.

The taste follows the aromas very well; very good roasted profile with some coffee, chocolate, anise and wood (maybe hints of oak?). Carbonation is still very lively in the mouth.

A very good RIS, and one I am looking forward to trying again with some more age on it. I think this will easily join the list of my favorite russian imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 08:29:11 | More by seaoflament
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A hard pour yields an opaque black fluid, even with light behind it -- damn! that's dark. The head was larger than I expected (2-3 fingers), creamy, and brown. Pretty good lacing as I drank.

Smell was pretty sweet - dark fruits (figs, raisins, cherries) and molasses. Coffee was present, but rather mild. Chocolate came through as well. Coffee flavor picked up as it warmed. Alcohol.

Taste was more sweet than bitter overall. Initial impression was of coffee and roast notes - pretty heavy in fact. The dark fruits were back, right behind the roast notes. Fruit flavors, plus some chocolate, maybe toffee as well, drove my impression of more sweet than bitter. Nice lingering bitterness at finish, composed of the roast notes and some herbal flavors.

Full bodied. Low perceived carbonation. Rather dry. Alcohol warming comes on quick. Coating and smooth.

Quite a nice stout. Not as tasty or complex as some of the others I've tried (Peche, Stone, Bells, Founders BS/KBS), but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 15:18:00 | More by
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to BA Phatz for picking this up for me. Greatly appreciated.

Appearance: Pours thick, like used motor oil out of the bottle and just as black, not a bit of light gets through. A 1/4 inch brown head tops the stout then fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Chocolatey, sweet with dark fruits, toffee, caramel, a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Starts fruity sweet with plums and raisins as well as milk chocolate, dark brown sugar and coffee. Alcohol shows in the middle but its subtle, its just letting you know its there, especially as my face starts to warm. A bit of citrusy hops show in the middle as well as you taste just of hint of grapefruit and pine. The finish is really smooth with more of the sweet malts, but then a really nice roasty/coffee like bitterness shows deep into the finish leaving the mouth suprisingly dry.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, very creamy, smooth, like velvet in the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: This is one fantastic RIS. Very thick in the mouth with a big, fruity sweet malt backbone. Loads of chocolate, coffee and dark brown sugar offset by a bit of citrusy hops then it all finishes with a really nice roastiness. Even at 10% abv the alcohol is not over the top, in fact it really adds to the flavor profile. The flavor only gets better as the beer warms. A truly outstanding beer. The perfect beer for a chilly, blustery night, slowly sipping while listening to Miles Davis. Highly Recommended, I only wish I had more. Seek and Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 00:22:01 | More by SwillBilly
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4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious! A 2006 vintage.

A- Pours out of the bottle like black oil- thick and succulant. A half a finger of dark cocoa head appears and lingers for bit. Scant traces of lacing decorate my glass like wisps of white hair. Swirling in the glass leads to some faint legs.

S- Some toffee, milk chocolate, and a slight hint of orange. The smell is increadible delicious by itself, I only wish it were ever so slightly more assertive.

T- The sweetness of brown sugar, maple syrup, and a great fruitiness- cherries, manderin orange, perhaps even a touch of strawberries. Alcohol is not really noticed in the taste which is suprising and great. Also I didn't get much coffee roastedness, but more of a sweet milk chocolate/ carmelized sugar roast. An awsome beer.

M- The creamiest of creamy- so thick and smooth. The alcohol is only present at the end with a slight warming. How can this beer be 10%?. The bitterness also only shows its face with the aftertaste and is only faint and balancing.

D- Delicious and enjoyable to drink in every aspect. Although this is such a high alcohol beer I barely noticed that in the drinking (only in the aftermath of the drinking did the alcohol introduce itself to my body)

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 06:37:25 | More by zdk9
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received 12 oz bottle in JBIF from nlmartin - thanks!
A: deep dark cosmic black. no perceivable light penetration. pours thick and syrupy, almost chunky. thin glaze of dark tan bubbles rises, although no visible carbonation. the very few faint random lace bubbles dissipate quickly.
S: alcohol sweet perfectly balanced by dark malt, layered deeply
T: a classic example. subtly layered dark hints of everything dark and sweet
M: full and expanding. a small sip quickly blooms into a swallow
D: although there is a discernable alcohol presence, its hard to believe the 10% abv. even though this is very filling and obviously meant to be a slow sipper, it is deceivingly and enjoyably easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 02:08:28 | More by guzzle211
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Grey label, bottle is notched on the top left, 4-pack is dated on the inside "Sep 30, 2004". From Orbitalr0x's blog, the 2005 has the purple trim label, therefore this is the 2004 edition. Also, no ABV listed on the bottle.

Served at 55-60º.
Pours into an Oerbier tulip an impenetrable black, like an espresso brownie. Head is a mocha creme, cascading with tiny bubbles. Irregular spotty lacing with the occassional patchwork of lace. Zero light gets through this one...

Rich milk chocolate aroma, with earthy malt in the background.

Huge chocolate and charred malts, espresso bean, lactic acid. Bitterness of baker's chocolate, long smoky char in the finish. Sweet and sticky on the lips. This stuff is pretty decadent. The full, impossibly smooth feel is akin to it's cousins KBS and Breakfast Stout. Milky texture. Every bit as smooth and delectable as KBS, but without the bourbon barrel influence.

Mellowed enough with time to diminish the alcohol burn of a fresh bottle. My first sample of this was a fresh one about 2 years ago, and I thought it was a monster. This aged bottle proves that it's possible to tame the boozy beast...

Notes: 3-year vertical '04-'06
2004: Mildly sweet chocolate, some oxidation/papery, chewy feel, slight tea-like aftertaste, possibly from age/oxidation.
2005: Slightly peppery, grapey, chocolate is more in the back, very long in the finish, bitterness has begun to fade.
2006: Peppery, licorice smell, definitely a greater hop presence, dryer & more alcoholic, some phenols and heat.

Thanks to Jay23 for upping the ante that made this vertical possible.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 01:16:25 | More by emerge077
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a midnight buh-lack zero light escaping with a scant layer of khaki tan sheet.

Roasted malt nose with brown sugar hints and vanilla ice cream. Surprisingly mellow nose for such an intense brew.

First swigs: Roasted burnt black charred malts. Espresso and charcoal tobacco dark malts. Black grape and some dark fruit of fig and raisin but the toasted burnt malts dominate. Some Hershey's chocolate syrup creeps through.

Thick chewy feel with a tongue coating. Crisp carbonation. Linger of charcoal.

Last swigs: A deep rich burnt malt R.I.S with a some dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 21:23:39 | More by blitheringidiot
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4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours thick black and slowly a thing mocha head comes on top of a pitch black body.
S- Wow! Big burnt grains, hints of port, deep chocolate, hints of alcohol, just a really complex aroma. Maybe hints of black currants. Almost like a burnt wood that had some alcohol soaked in it.
T- Burnt, chocolate, port, almost a wood, alcohol all help make up the main part of this. Grass hops and almost a ash help build flavor too. Some black currants or something also come into play. Light coffee lingers in the aftertaste with the warmth of alcohol and light grass bitterness from the few amount of hops. Also a very dry feel at the end from the burnt malts.
M- I love the feel to this. Just a really full creamy body. It's almost like you could chew on this. Very low carbonation but the hops leave just a little tingle on tongue (along with alcohol) to make it feel likes there's a tad more than there is, and just goes down like silk. Perfect!
D- WOW! First off I just can't get over the mouthfeel. Second this might be my favorite RIS that's not barrel aged. I couldn't even imagine this barrel aged and put up against a Bourbon County..That would be my kind of tasting. This is just one hell of a beer. If any one reads this and wants to trade for some please send me a beer mail.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 07:47:15 | More by BlindPig
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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one from EvilKieth in a trade.

This beer pours a dark black with a syrupy brown raisin color around its edges. The head consists of a creamy copper tan collar.

Smells like RIS heaven! There’s a perfect sticky sweet barley with hints of chocolate and caramel that picks of nips of bourbon, port and cherries. Archetypal for the style!

Tastes far more dry than anticipated considering the sweetness of the smell. It starts with a prevalent tingly sting on my tongue that brings dark bakers chocolate and maple smoke. It then abruptly changes over to a sweet barley and caramel and finishes off with a heavily roasted espresso. They dynamic in the flavors is startlingly aggressive.

Feels light and sticky with a nice cascade of tiny bubbles but is way too dry in the finish.

The dryness is a bit much overall, but its quality is unmistakable. Truly a pleasure to sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 13:17:55 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Opaque black motor oil. Thick and syrupy. Foam is several inches thick and very dense. It lingers like a frothy cappuccino with a dark tan/khaki cap.

Aroma: Dark malt with a slight fruity (cherry) note. Alcohol shows a heavy presence.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich with a nice toasted malt and sweet cream. Full bodied with a slight cloying mouthcoat. Roasted malt prevails although there is a strong bitterness which I am sure if a balance of hops and Black malt bitter. Carbonation is very good and helps give this beer a nice texture.

Drinkability: This is a very taste brew. Excellent malt / hop balance. High alcohol makes this slightly less drinkable and being an Imperial Stout tends to just limit the potential drinking occasions. Perfect for a nice relaxing evening by the fire. This would be excellent with smoked meats and cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 00:09:54 | More by bigman147
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,910 ratings.