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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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5,483 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,483
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 492
Gots: 1,316 | FT: 112
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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Slikpitt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 20:46:25 | More by Slikpitt
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nelnutter

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2013 20:09:06 | More by nelnutter
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SeamusDoyle

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, smoke, toast, cocoa, light dark fruit, and earthy hops; a bit of alcohol as it warms up. Nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of huge espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, smoke, toast, cocoa, and earthy hops. Good amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, smoke, toast, and cocoa on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted flavors; with a great hop/roast balance; and some slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Russian imperial stout as expected. Great balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted flavors; and very smooth to slowly sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 20:04:53 | More by SeamusDoyle
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MordorMongo


4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 19:58:24 | More by MordorMongo
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 19:26:22 | More by Psychmusic
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jkrug5

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2013 19:16:51 | More by jkrug5
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 15:49:39 | More by ROBSTARR
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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 13:42:35 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 07:09:13 | More by DelicateDelirium
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megamass

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.4%

01-13-2013 06:32:14 | More by megamass
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 12/20/12 poured into a snifter.

A: Pure black body, no light getting through with a finger of thick, dense creamy milk chocolate colored head. Huge lacing and legs on this one.

S: Heavy, heavy dark roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate and a bit of burnt black coffee. Also getting some mild dark fruit, slight booze.

T: Huge burnt, smoky roasted component upfront, big dark chocolate and espresso coffee presence, definitely getting some smoke and some raisin and fig, black/espresso coffee bitterness on the finish. Slight alcohol taste as well. So complex.

M: Full bodied, creamy, smooth, lush and soft as velvet.

O: Absolutely outstanding RIS. This is a gigantic monster of a beer, its big and complex, worthy of your attention.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:41:27 | More by Dools9
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Omensetter

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 05:14:19 | More by Omensetter
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alex021224

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 04:30:04 | More by alex021224
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kosmak125

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 03:43:22 | More by kosmak125
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imbuckeye

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 03:09:04 | More by imbuckeye
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The texture of this Imperial was a smooth thick blackness that held a stout one inch dark brown head. Picture perfect Stout, the head was heavy and so was the lacing.

The scent was a touch subtle with a smokey burnt coffee and a back of chocolate malt.

The taste was sublime, smooth hints of burnt malt, smoke, and coffee, it lended its way to a chocolate-like finish. Oh, so tasty and yet so smooth this is the consummate Imperial Stout. At 10 percent ABV there was no brashness and I could have drank ten if I had as many.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:58:16 | More by KYGunner
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2013 02:58:12 | More by ryancl
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mkennedy119

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 02:28:26 | More by mkennedy119
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rmehughes

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2013 02:16:19 | More by rmehughes
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SanFranJake

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2013 02:10:10 | More by SanFranJake
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HipHopinHooligan13

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2013 01:14:28 | More by HipHopinHooligan13
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2013 01:05:19 | More by sabitu
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whendeathsleeps

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-12-2013 23:22:52 | More by whendeathsleeps
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Newport Storm glass.

Appearance- Probably the blackest beer I've ever seen. Poured straight down into the glass which resulted in no head.

Smell- Roasted coffee. Chocolate malts. No ABV present. Some mild hop aromas.

Taste- Chocolate malts, coffee, slight alcohol tinge. Nice amount of hop bitterness. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy. Viscous with light carbonation.

Overall- This is a great RIS. Of course Founders wins again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 17:21:17 | More by Seanniek91
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TARDIS

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-12-2013 17:16:10 | More by TARDIS
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,483 ratings.