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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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5,687 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,687
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 510
Gots: 1,371 | 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)
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jealmanzar

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-15-2013 17:34:27 | More by jealmanzar
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wehttam

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

04-15-2013 14:28:52 | More by wehttam
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AlphaKingKegger

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-15-2013 05:11:53 | More by AlphaKingKegger
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BlackTuesday

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-15-2013 03:11:07 | More by BlackTuesday
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cp45

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-15-2013 03:04:22 | More by cp45
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Benny3000

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-14-2013 23:05:37 | More by Benny3000
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-14-2013 21:05:12 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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thomas2357

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

04-14-2013 17:06:27 | More by thomas2357
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Jwillyb

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-14-2013 15:46:52 | More by Jwillyb
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NathanFink

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-14-2013 15:11:51 | More by NathanFink
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alexsergio

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-13-2013 17:48:29 | More by alexsergio
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Skott1123

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.7%

04-13-2013 17:08:10 | More by Skott1123
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HoustonZ33

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

04-13-2013 12:00:47 | More by HoustonZ33
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timmybaggins

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-13-2013 02:01:37 | More by timmybaggins
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Craigory

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%

12oz bottle with 11/29/2012 bottling date, poured into a Libby's stout/porter glass.

A: Pours black, with only a thin, mocha head that quickly recedes to a ring on top of the beer. Holding this up to the light, I don't even get ruby tints; this is just black and beautiful in the glass. Leaves some splotchy lacing as I drink it down.

S: I smell bitter chocolate, bitter roasted malt, bitter coffee, a hint of alcohol, and a bit more bitter chocolate.

T: Follows the smell exactly. The alcohol doesn't poke through too much, but I do get lots of bitter chocolate, typical RIS roastiness, a hint of coffee, and more bitter chocolate. A light vanilla sweetness shows itself here and there on the finish.

M: Full and creamy, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency.

O: I take this and Ten Fidy to be the best instantiations of the Platonic Form of a non-BA RIS. This beer is just a fantastic example of the style and would satisfy me any night of the week, any season of the year.

04-13-2013 00:18:13 | More by Craigory
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Cdunk11

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

04-12-2013 23:34:50 | More by Cdunk11
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penguinstout

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-12-2013 20:03:20 | More by penguinstout
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.84/5  rDev +11%

Appearance - Poured dark black, little to no carbonation, slight tan head that didn't linger long

Smell - Rich malts and chocolate. A slight booziness but so many different malts its hard to pin them all down

Taste - Amazing complex malt bill here. Sweet, toasted malts dominate the pallet with a nice backbone of chocolate flavor as well. This is a true highlight of malts as the star and is done impeccably well

Mouthfeel - This is the best mouthfeel of any beer I have ever had. With the 10 malt varieties I'm not surprised that it was thick but boy was this a treat on the tongue. Hats off indeed

Overall - This is a fantastic and world class stout from a brewery that really knows what they are doing with stouts. This has to be the second best stout I have ever had (behind only Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout) and my personal favorite from Founders, yes even over KBS and Breakfast stout. Where this stout has less flavors, perhaps than the previous two, it makes up for it with the astounding mouthfeel and malt bill. If you are a stout fan then you must try this beer.

04-12-2013 17:19:22 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-12-2013 16:32:42 | More by dcbeers
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-12-2013 12:32:23 | More by Atomicskis5
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lpayette

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-12-2013 02:38:12 | More by lpayette
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JackRB

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

04-12-2013 00:58:57 | More by JackRB
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LVbeernoob

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-11-2013 22:47:51 | More by LVbeernoob
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bclemens

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-11-2013 14:21:32 | More by bclemens
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

04-11-2013 02:32:52 | More by jhillwastaken
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,687 ratings.