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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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5,778 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,778
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 517
Gots: 1,398 | 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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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - poured a thick silky pitch black with a thick brown head, around one finger. Reduced quickly but left a nice frothy cap, with some good lacing for such a high abv beer, does appear very viscous and thick when swirled.

S - big malt aromas, chocolate first, coffee, roasted malt, smokey. Hints of hop spicyness. Alcohol comes out as it warms, bringing with it some fruitiness.

T - taste is phenomenal, simply put. Big malt taste that is very chocolate forward, reminiscent of eating some dark chocolate. Lots of roastedness, a bit smokey, Some coffee notes. Finishes very bitter, and has a lingering roasted flavor that sticks to the palate. Best tasting RIS I've had.

M - Very very thick with smooth carbonation. I'm glad this finishes bitter and seems well attenuated, making the mouth feel very enjoyable.

O - overall would have to be the most enjoyable RIS experience I have had as of yet. To me this embodies the style and would be my benchmark for future examples of the style. This is just so smooth and well crafted, does not have a weak spot. Only smell got knocked from 5 for a slight sharpness due to the alcohol aroma and mouthfeel as well due to it being a little overly thick. I think with some age these attributes would each score a 5 for me if it becomes a tad less hot and the body thins slightly.

MaineBrewing, Feb 20, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter

A - pitch black, khaki/tan head, about 2-2.5 inches, reduces to a thin layer, leaves lots of spotty lacing.

S -lots of dark chocolate, so,e oatmeal type smells, roastiness, milk chocolate

T - sharp dark chocolate, roasty malt, vanilla, smooth milk chocolate on the background, quick shot of bittering hops close everything off. Leaves some chocolate in the aftertaste.

M - pretty thick, low carbonation.

O - a really really nice imperial stout. We don't get founders in my area, but would love to be able to get this off the shelf. Excellent on all fronts.

Beerandboards, Feb 17, 2013
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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,778 ratings.