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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,775
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 515
Gots: 1,398 | 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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

avisong, Feb 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

deuce9259, Feb 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

chickensaw, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

bookerandy, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

bman_85, Feb 05, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Snifter at 53F

A- pours a very thick jet black, looks like crude oil, with a solid mocha color head and nice sticky lacing.

S- aroma is predominantly dark roasted coffee with a bit of wood ash and burnt malt. as i pull away from the glass i picked up waft of bittersweet chocolate and brown sugar?

T- really dense chocolate and dark roasted coffee, a touch of toffee. it is almost syrupy in its viscosity and i quickly sensed the alcohol content.

M- i was surprised how little carbonation there was after looking at the beautiful head for several minutes. its thick, creamy and as i said above seems like a syrupy thickness but it goes down very smooth.

O- after scoring a 4 pack and drinking for the first time i would be glad to share this with friends. It was a bit heavier on the coffee flavor than other Russian Imperials i have had, however this was an impressive beer and well worth the price.

Docrock, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Zach136, Feb 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

markmcconv, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

andthevolcano, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

imfrommichigan, Feb 04, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being a fan of FBS, I knew I had to try this...

A. Pours jet black with a creamy espresso creme head

S. nice chocolate and coffee on the nose. I like the faint scent of hops and resin from thia beer. glad to see it isnt absolutely mellowed out and still has some spink. What you would expect with an RIS

T. The same coffee and chocolate notes, with a presence of hops and a cloying bitterness that exists from the first sip after the swallow.p

M. Syrupy with an astringent finish. Nice and pleasant

O. Not the best OR worst RIS I have ever had.though it definitely is up there with the tastiest. Would definitely order again

ironchefmiyagi13, Feb 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

kynap55, Feb 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- dark with a slight head and heavy carbination.
S- The aroma is sweet with a hard candy scent.
T- Chocolate and roasted malt, vanilla. Nice hop blending with a nice bitter finish.
M- Thick, and strong brew. You don't notice the abv. It's heavy and an easy drinker
O- very good

patpbr, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Snifter.

The beer pours a viscous, sludgy texture out of the bottle, jet black in color with a nice dense caramel colored head, about a finger high that has moderate retention but leaves behind a great network of sticky lacing. The aroma is very nice, roasted coffee and burnt chocolate that eases up into some nice sweet grain and dark pitted fruit. The complexity is a bit lacking, but with the simplicity comes a very nice balance. The flavors are rewarding as well, big roasted coffee with bitter dark chocolate jumps out, molasses and a bit of licorice follow behind that help smooth things out and bring out some nice rich grain and sweeter dark cherries that also provide a hint of tartness that is very pleasant. The body is thick and chewy, rich and fairly smooth, just enough carbonation to prop up the flavors and to give this beer just enough lively prickliness but yet still have an easy smooth finish.

Verdict: A Very nice Russian Imperial Stout from Founders. It’s big and robust yet smooth and rich and while the flavors aren’t that developed, clearly with time this beer will evolve into a really flavorful and special beer.

kevanb, Feb 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

smartassboiler, Feb 03, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a jet-black, oily opaque body with a generous fluffy dark mocha head that sticks around for a while and leaves some heavy chocolate lacing. Perfect!

S- Intense fresh coffee beans, cappuccino , milk chocolate, vanilla, mocha, toasted malt. Upfront and inviting.

T- Hugely bold roasted coffee, semisweet chocolate, heavily toasted, nearly burnt malt. These flavors are not subtle in the least bit, they shine through this beer and mesh together perfectly. Leaves a bitter roasty note on the tongue.

M- Medium-heavy body, medium low carbonation.

An outstanding interpretation of the russian imperial. It hits all the high points of they style. Another impressive stout from founders.

I personally like it better than breakfast stout. Recommendable.

gcamparone, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

rtaps, Feb 03, 2013
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,775 ratings.