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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,486
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 492
Gots: 1,317 | FT: 112
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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Buckeye982

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-17-2013 02:39:43 | More by Buckeye982
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-17-2013 01:58:10 | More by SaxmanRick
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stonedarrogantbastard

Iowa

5/5  rDev +14.4%

03-16-2013 20:00:40 | More by stonedarrogantbastard
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CrazyOtto623

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-16-2013 14:50:48 | More by CrazyOtto623
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-16-2013 14:41:53 | More by soze47
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MalKen

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-15-2013 16:53:54 | More by MalKen
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--Dom--

Missouri

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours like motor oil, nuff said. Not much of a nose on this actually.

The taste? Exquisite. Starts with deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate, It's dense and the flavor continues to unfold. There is a strong hop presence as well, but not how you would think. The taste goes on for miles. I can't even imagine how much dark malt they use making this. The booze is definitely present at 10.5. The mouthfeel is slightly harsh actually, but it's not bad.

Overall, it's amazing. It's definitely in my top 5 RIS's I've had. It does seem somewhat hard to get a hold of. In my opinion, ten fidy is better.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 04:24:33 | More by --Dom--
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Docrock and maximum12!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, slightly warmed, and reviewed live:

A - Pours an imposing jet black color with a full three fingers of thick, creamy, dark brown head. Retention is astounding given the ABV and when it finally recedes it leaves tight lacing and a bit of boozy legs. I can't wait to try it.

S - Inviting chocolates and dark roasted malts. One of the best pure chocolate malt aromas I've ever encountered. Sweet cream and molasses. Hints of licorice. Faint hits of alcohol. Seemingly sweet. Truly inviting.

T - More bitter than I'd have guessed based on the nose. Bitter chocolates and black coffee. Roasted and chocolate malts comprise the body. It warms as it goes down, but the alcohol isn't really detectable as you're drinking it. I wish it'd focus on the chocolate more.

M - Smooth. Not as full bodied and thick as I'd like.

D - Amazingly drinkable at 10.5%. A damn good stout, but doesn't quite measure up to Founder's others. That being said, I'd definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:54:11 | More by blakelive784
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wardenclyffe

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-14-2013 18:10:51 | More by wardenclyffe
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Smixam

Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A - Extremely dark brown, no light transmission. 1-finger head, also very dark brown, heavy lacing as it dissipates.

S - Alcohol, chocolate, malt, some piney hops. Sounds weird but I get what I can only equate to kalamata olive.

T - Alcohol and malt right up front, very deep. Hops kick in as a surprise at the end, finish is subtly spicy and smokey. Alcohol hangs on throughout, malt lingers as well.

M - This is a sipper, very thick/viscous. Heavy alcohol presence is nice if you stretch it out and enjoy it, but definitely a 'sit back and relax' beer. Better slightly chilled than cold, for sure.

O - Honestly, this is an ass-kicker of a stout. Definitely one of the best of this style while remaining a drinkable, enjoyable beer. One to keep on hand when you're in the mood to sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 15:58:20 | More by Smixam
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Cottzilla

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-14-2013 00:28:44 | More by Cottzilla
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b2611

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-13-2013 22:27:41 | More by b2611
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-13-2013 20:58:01 | More by wmobley
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rgilbert

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-13-2013 19:24:49 | More by rgilbert
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DiscLizard

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-13-2013 17:22:01 | More by DiscLizard
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Danno

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-13-2013 04:52:43 | More by Danno
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1up

District of Columbia

4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Spiegelau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

A- Opaque dark brownish black. No light gets through. A vigorous pour yields a 1.5 finger head. Looks like motor oil which indicates a lot of flavor to come.
S- Aroma isn't too powerful but I can detect lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate.
T- Coffee, heavily roasted malt, and chocolate dominate the flavor profile at first followed by an extremely bitter finish. Make no mistake, this is one of the most bitter finishing dark beers I've ever had. No alcohol taste which is impressive for a 10% beer. Very smooth.
M- Extremely smooth mouthful, full bodied, and perfect amount of carbonation. Not as full bodied as Ten Fidy but also not terribly far off. Carbonation consists of small bubbles that complement the brew and blend in well rather than standing out.
O- Wow this is an excellent flavorful imperial stout, one of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:00:13 | More by 1up
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-13-2013 02:00:54 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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RyanSchwam

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-13-2013 01:46:31 | More by RyanSchwam
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robhbest

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.

A: Pitch black with a large caramel colored head.

S: Sweet, chocolate malts.

T: More chocolate malts, bitter coffee, slightly hoppy too. Not much burn from the alcohol as expected.

M: Thick and rich.

O: I'm digging this beer, excited to age a few. I prefer FBS more but a few of these on a cold night, cant go wrong!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:52:44 | More by robhbest
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-13-2013 00:49:19 | More by beertardis
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes
Served on tap at House of 1000 Beers
A - Pours black as black can get, has a very minimal brown colored head, minimal lacing
S - Lots of roasted chocolate malts, sweet alcohol aroma, and what seems to be a little bit of peanut butter.
T - Dark malts, underlying alcohol, but no burn, sweet smoked malts, roasted chocolates and vanilla.
M - The roasted sweet flavor hangs on, but not super thick.
O - This is a powerful beer, decent flavors and aroma, but I couldnt finish one whole glass of this, its wayyy too much at once. Good stout, but I'd rather split one as a finisher next time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 22:51:30 | More by Omnium
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jeg518

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-12-2013 22:30:26 | More by jeg518
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-12-2013 22:05:08 | More by CypherEnigma
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marcdalke

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.4%

03-12-2013 21:35:15 | More by marcdalke
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,486 ratings.