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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,025 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,025
Reviews: 1,606
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 556
Gots: 1,447 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 01, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottling date is somewhat faded though it appears to be 1/27/13
A: Black as night with a one-finger milk chocolate colored head that slowly settles to a fine lacing
S: Freshly brewed coffee, toasted grains, a bit of cream... very rich; smells great
T: Bitter, with lots of coffee, burnt malt, a bitter hops - it goes too far. Everything is there just overdone, to the point that it makes my mouth pucker like the coffee is overbrewed to the point of being burnt. Too bad as everything else about it is great
M: Medium to full-bodied, extremely bitter
O: This would be such a good beer if it didn't taste like everything was burnt. This has so much potential and overall don't get me wrong it is a good beer, but if everything were kept in check it would truly be 'world class'

ONUMello, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MarkFy, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

saxclar123, Mar 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

BLACKBEARDNY, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Ristaccia, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

arniepnminne, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

sixerofelixir, Feb 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MCDub, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

DudMan, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of MaximalC
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As a big Founders fan, I've been on the lookout for this for years to no avail, and finally stumbled across it in the unlikeliest of places. Here's hoping it lives up to my very lofty expectations...

Pours the color of motor oil, almost startlingly opaque as it exits the bottle. A healthy mocha-colored head, perhaps the darkest I've seen, adorns the midnight body before slowly settling into swaths of froth and bubbles. Patchy lacing clings attractively to the glass.

Aroma smells of roasted malt and dark chocolate, along with a touch of dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is similar to the nose, with an up front roasted character and dark chocolate to match. There's also a strong warming quality on the front end that dissipates in the long, smooth finish, allowing the bitter character of the roast to shine through in a way that evokes both chocolate and coffee. The perfectly harnessed bitterness of the roast is reminiscent of Sprecher's Black Bavarian, and the hops are just present enough synergize with the malt without disturbing the other flavors. The mouthfeel is lush and sticky--exactly what I look for an an imperial stout. The taste of alcohol is fairly well tempered for 10.5% ABV, and completely acceptable for the style. Some dark fruit starts to come through as it warms as well.

Overall, this is a big, smooth, beautiful RIS with good balance and an impeccable finish. It manages to be luxurious and easy to drink in spite of its bold flavor and high ABV. While not particularly exotic or unique, it excels in its exemplary execution of the fundamentals. It's a textbook example of the style, and easily on par with the best that Founders has to offer.

MaximalC, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Eriktheipaman, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

JoninVT, Feb 27, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

Pours an incredibly rich dark brown/black and leaves a dark, burnt mocha head - incredibly creamy, fantastic thick retention and lacing - incredibly beautiful looking beer. Aroma is huge! Sticky browny batter, burnt caramel and toffee notes with the chocolate. Big boozy dark fruits - raisin, fig, dark cherry. Heavily roasted acidic espresso and light sweet notes of vanilla. Taste is just as vibrant and rich. Dark bitter chocolate and espresso collision with bold notes of dark fruit, espresso bitterness and some remnant ash. Incredibly smooth - full body, soft carbonation, velvety mouthfeel. A little alcohol warmth at the finish.

Absolutely incredible beer. Would love to try a straight bourbon barrel aging of this. With age the vanilla and milk chocolate pop.

timc100, Feb 26, 2013
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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,025 ratings.