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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 6,529
Reviews: 1,700
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 615
Gots: 1,760 | FT: 136
Brewed by:
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: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005

90 IBU
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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12.22.15

L - Pitch black motor oil. Thick and creamy! 1/2 a finger of tan head. No lace sickness

S - Dark chocolate and roasted malts

T - Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Not overly sweet. ABV is hidden. Dried fruits and well balanced.

F - Thick bodied and medium carbonation.

O - An amazing Imperial stout. Get it if you can!

Photo of Chris-1911
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Founderslover
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Patatuchy
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jae61
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justjonas
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bp4171
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Looked like motor oil! Not even a red tinge could be detected. The head was a deep, dark, brown color. It died to a fine 1 finger that suck around. Not a large amount of lacing, but it was there. The beer has great looking alcohol legs that cling to the glass.

S- Lactic sweetness, but its light. Overall the beer smells on the drier side for an imperial stout. Dark, semisweet, baker's type chocolate is there. Rich coffee notes as well. Some dark fruits. Deep, roasted, maltiness. Smells excellent.

T- WOW! The nose and taste are the same. Very malty, with deep roasted notes to it. Sweetness is there, but it's not like a candied sugar flavor like some of these imperial stouts have. It's more on the drier, roasted coffee side of the flavor. I'm also getting a powdery quality to the dark chocolate flavor. I don't get much of the 90 IBUs at all. The bitterness was masked very well. And so was the alcohol for the most part. The beer has a very nice warming quality to the alcohol. It doesn't burn whatsoever. It finishes somewhat sweet and chocolatey and warming.

M- This is how a good imperial stout should feel. It's a full bodied beer, as one would expect. But in saying that, this was not harsh or hard to drink at all! It coated your mouth and the back of the throat nicely, and some of the flavors did stick around for awhile.

Overall, you need to get this. This is the perfect beer during the messy 2015 snow, cold, and ice we've been experiencing. I used it as dessert, and it worked out fantastically. It got loads of flavor and complexity without the harshness or burn you sometimes get from the style. And it's not overly sweet. Go get yourself a 4pk, try 1, and cellar the rest. A rated beer all day long son!

Photo of Kips
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCPhD
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Chelseaw30
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reckage
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blown away from its flavor, delicious.
Founders is securing a special spot in my fridge.

Photo of Freehouse
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_Strzelecki
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jyacco15
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasturner
4.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great Russian stout. Pours thick as oil and very tasty.

Photo of Goudie
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome beer from Founders and one of my favorite imperial stouts.

Photo of FogDishHead
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twistjawa
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigdaddyjerry
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,529 ratings.