1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,751 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 5,751
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 514
Gots: 1,393 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,751 | Reviews: 1,594 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of b2611
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

b2611, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of wmobley
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of rgilbert
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

rgilbert, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of DiscLizard
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

DiscLizard, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Danno
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Danno, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of 1up
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

1up, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

dt_gbpackersfan, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of RyanSchwam
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

RyanSchwam, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of robhbest
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

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!

robhbest, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of beertardis
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

beertardis, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Omnium, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of jeg518
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jeg518, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of CypherEnigma
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

CypherEnigma, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of marcdalke
5/5  rDev +14.7%

marcdalke, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Abnrml
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Abnrml, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of JuniperJesus
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

JuniperJesus, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Listers
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Listers, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Mclaughlinpr
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Mclaughlinpr, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of OleDixie
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

OleDixie, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of improvmasta
4/5  rDev -8.3%

improvmasta, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Mattybz28
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Mattybz28, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of smcnulty1981
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

A: pours a fairly viscous pitch black color with some dark brown hues almost no head at all good amount of lacing and some alcohol legs

S: lots roasted chocolate and coffee on the nose with a hint of earthy hops there is bit of alcohol on the nose

T: chocolate and coffee taste and finishes with a bit of smoke flavor there is bit of alcohol

M: extremely full mouthfeel a tad sticky and lingers for a long time

O: great flavor and mouthfeel great example of a standard imperial stout

smcnulty1981, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of buzzy
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

buzzy, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of jonnyb79
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

jonnyb79, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of resistdefy
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

resistdefy, Mar 10, 2013
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,751 ratings.