Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,368 | Reviews: 1,572 | Display Reviews Only:
4.95/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured in a tulip.
A: As close to black as brown gets. It has a mocha colored head that doesn't stick around long, there''s some lacing and alcohol legs that throughout the trip.
S: Coco, dark chocolate, honey and nugget.
T: Like it smells with a little coffee. What ever bittering hop they're using in this, it doesn't clash with the malts, unlike quite a few American Imperial Stouts.
M. Thick and silky. Not to much of an alcohol sting, for a 10.5 % er.
O: I have been waiting along time for this brew to come town. And now it's here and at a beer-store 3 blocks away, a slippery slope if I ever saw one. This is probably the best Imperial stout, that hasn't been barrel aged, that I have tried, and that's a lot of them. Right now, if I had to choose one beer to drink for the rest of my life, it would be this one.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2014 06:52:43 | More by 2Cents
4.81/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured straight down the middle of a Turbinator
A: Black as night. Thick 2 finger dark brown head. no active up-carb or down-carb on side of glass. head subsides to a 4 mm disk all the way down to empty. Deep brown at edges.
S: Deep roasted mats, chocolate, coffee, huge phenolics, just a touch of pleasant campfire.
T: As expected, giant wallop of very intense and deeply roasted malts. A touch of smoke butts in, with that campfire bitter voting its share very modestly. I have had a lot of porters and this rendition just seems to be incredibly well constructed and geared for taste.
M: Creamy as can be. Roasty notes yield to that light smoke/fire. Bitterness comes from over-roasted malt and campfire smoke. Pleasant levels of each. Slight chalkiness at ultimate finish as it warms past cellar.
O: Imperial porter has met its match. All other comes, beware. You'd be hard pressed to improve upon this. I am left wondering what a few years aging could even do for this brew.
Anyone who says that stout and porter is the same style needs their head examined. And drink an FIS.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2014 03:52:41 | More by Scrapss
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,368 ratings.