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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,113
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 574
Gots: 1,470 | FT: 119
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a dark brown with a thin brown foam with no lacing.

S- smell is of dark roasted malts as expected, a bit of dark chocolate and a bit of alcohol in the nose also.

T- first off amazing, dark roasted malts up front some dark chocolate tones, dark fruits and a slight hint of bitterness mid mouth with almost no alcohol taste differentiating itself from the nose.

M- full bodied, creamy mouth with no alcohol burn, it is a bit drier then expected.

O- a great beer perfect for it's style. I could not ask for a better imperial stout.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Your eyes will never see anything more attractive that this RIP in a glass. Next time you go to have your oil changed, ask the service guy to let you see the spent oil. That's what this looks like. It's a thick pour, as dark as the darkest black. There's no head early on, it takes its time to form. When it does finally get around to being a head, it's brown bubbles a finger thick that retains well. It's a classic look.

Very malty as you might imagine. Very roasty grains, a skosh of chocolate and you can actually smell some of the 90 IBUs. A good amount of char, think burnt coffee.

As good as anything I've ever had. Plenty of malts and seemingly lots of different types. There's a party on the tongue and chocolate, expresso, coffee, caramel, vanilla and alcohol were all invited. The alcohol is fairly prevalent, but this is as good as it gets.

It's pretty smooth and creamy despite the ABV and heat from it. Thick and full bodied, it presents a sweetness followed by a drying bitterness. The bitterness lingers, but so does the chocolate and alcohol, keeping a decent balance during the whole sip...and at 10.5% ABV, I suggest you sip even though the taste is amazing.

Overall, it's one of the best beers I've ever had. It goes down easy, in spite of the high ABV and IBUs. Bordering on flawless.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,113 ratings.