Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,123
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 577
Gots: 1,481 | FT: 117
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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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as night, thick as motor oil. Head is tan, there isn't much of it.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and molases.

Slightly bitter, very thick, and pretty much a meal in a bottle. This is the kind of beer that warms you up on a cold night, but drinks as easy as a hot chocolate without being 'flavored'. The hops add to the body and the texture, keep things smooth and buttery. Very little of the initial bitterness remains in the finish, instead, the heat from the 10.5% ABV gives you a tingle on the palate.

Overall, it leaves something to be desired from other comparable offerings from Founders, but it certainly stands its ground as an exceptional Russian Imperial.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my second time trying this beer. A lot of imperial stouts try hard to be balanced an master the style, but few succeed. The midnight color and tan fizzy head personify this classic style. Carbonation is nice and dances everytime I swirl the glass. Smell is somewhat muted. Dark and roasty malts, but nothing really pops out. The taste is what sets this beer apart. There is a lightly roasted mocha caramel blend that would be an awesome Starbucks flavor if it could be implemented. The roast is subtle, not overcome by coffee like our KBS cousin. The acidity is lax as well which exemplifies the creaminess of its texture. I'm drinking this on a highly humid night where it's more that 75 degrees outside and enjoying the heck out of this beer. Stouts aren't just for warming you up, especially if they are as well crafted as this one.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,123 ratings.