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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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6,544 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,544
Reviews: 1,706
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 616
Gots: 1,772 | FT: 138
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - One of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Once again, a complete absence of light here. Produces a Founders muddy head that dissipates and leaves little lacing around the edges of the glass. If you enjoy this over a period of time, the lacing leaves sticky residue stains on the walls of the glassware behind.

S - Smokey malts mix with bitter, melted dark chocolate a just a tiny hint of espresso. Fans of Founders Breakfast Stout will no doubt find familiar things here. Very mellow presence of alcohol in the scent that is largely masked by the grain here.

T - I can't say much more than unbelievably balance. You can look for almost anything here and undoubtably will find it. There is the huge dark chocolate/espresso profile you'd normally find from the category but it is also surprisingly hopped. It has just enough smoke that makes drinking it incredibly easy.

M - Founders Imperial Stout has quite a chewy and viscous profile. Light/med carbonated body hides the alcohol quite well.

O - Solid offering in any format (tap or bottle). Have had it with a few years on it and the beer will continue to develop if you lay it down.

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Not really very boozy either which you might expect at over 10% ABV. A very solid stout.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,544 ratings.