1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,778 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 5,778
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 517
Gots: 1,398 | FT: 120
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,778 | Reviews: 1,594 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of j_therk
4/5  rDev -8.3%

j_therk, Wednesday at 09:53 PM
Photo of UlfAndreas
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

UlfAndreas, Wednesday at 06:39 AM
Photo of vonnerbeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

vonnerbeer, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of dheldman
4/5  rDev -8.3%

dheldman, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of amaass2
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%

amaass2, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of psdonnelly
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

psdonnelly, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of SHDoyle
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

SHDoyle, Sep 15, 2014
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of FrankK
3.75/5  rDev -14%

FrankK, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%

(bottle of unknown age, purchased cold, poured once at cellar temp into a balloon)

A: impenetrably black and thick as hell when pouring out, it erects a dense, almost mousse-y dark tan foam that holds like a fleece blanket for a long while, gradually sinking down, but leaving extra beer in its place

S: pretty much like a triple fudge chocolate layer cake... wisps of soft booze climbing up through the denseness, but also very much crushed underneath it

T: rich, bittersweet, dark chocolate up front hard-shfiting to a forceful flare of roasted barley in the follow through... a variety of charred sugars linger in the aftertaste while pungent, bitter herbal tones from the hops combine with the red flame of medicinal booze lifting off the palate to create an overall drugstore tonic essence that won't subside... dark roast coffee and an almost baked black cherry fruity ester also play into the dynamic residual taste

M: certainly has a thick and slick constitution, however, the raw, high octane of the booze tears through and fans out the flow, though it surprisingly doesn't leave much in the way of chest warmth... I would venture to suggest the feeling left after each sip is not too unlike that of a port wine(?)

O: just a superb American-style strong stout... packed with aggressive flavor, but well-crafted as to come across fantastically, drinkably light and enjoyable in numbers... definitely will hit this again when the pang aches

Bouleboubier, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of DuffDadddy
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

DuffDadddy, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.4/5  rDev -22%

Dreynolds1808, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of winningwes91
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

winningwes91, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Kings_Castle
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%

Kings_Castle, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of JMills52
3.72/5  rDev -14.7%

JMills52, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of teemoney
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%

teemoney, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of redblacks75
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

redblacks75, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -8.3%

JonnyBeers, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of tpauer
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

tpauer, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Dodd
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Dodd, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of TaborTime
4/5  rDev -8.3%

TaborTime, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Brams17
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Brams17, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Mag00n
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Mag00n, Sep 12, 2014
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,778 ratings.