1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

6,375 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 6,375
Reviews: 1,657
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 593
Gots: 1,657 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005

90 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 6,375 | Reviews: 1,657 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of emyers
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date 12/07/12.

Appearance: Pours black with a half-inch dark brown head., which dissipates quickly into a thin lacing. Leaves lacing down the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, maltose.

Taste: Once again, very strong with the dark chocolate and roast flavors. Herbal, earthy hops come through along with a nice bittering hop presence. This is definitely on the bitter end of the imperial stout spectrum,and I love it. The bittering hops definitely help keep the strong malt base in check. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick, appropriately low carbonation level. Bittering hops have a drying effect on the palate.

Overall: Excellent imperial stout. Packs in a ton of dark chocolate/roast flavor.

Photo of Cvescalante
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of jd18
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GoodOmens1986
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of zachattack555
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of HopAttack3
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Mdarling
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jrenihan
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is jet black with a good-sized tan head. Good retention.

Nose contains roast malt upfront, with chocolate and anise there behind. Strong and deep smell. Nothing unusual but very nice.

Taste is similar to the nose. Roast malt, black licorice and chocolate are all there. Slightly smoky. Quite bitter for the style. A bit of a coffee flavour. All of the expected RIS flavours, bold and strong.

Full bodied, very low carbonation level. A bit oily, but also very smooth and silky. Nice mouthfeel. I like the low carbonation level.

Overall, very good RIS. Tasty stuff indeed.

Photo of uncccegr
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of HisBoyElroy
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Devilman
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of firstlighthiker
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Matt_Rodgers
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Roberto11232
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of MrRutan
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer overall I'm fairly new to stouts (enjoying them that is). The aroma is a little lack luster I expected more from as rich looking of a beer. The flavor is fantastic has great taste up front with a little bite that I enjoy. It isn't as coffee flavored as alot of other stouts I have had. The finish is quite good however about 20 seconds after you take a drink it does leave a slightly bitter taste far back in the throat. All in all a very good stout, I would order it again!

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Ilovebeer1212
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Tim
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of erialbill
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never considered myself a stout man but this beer changed my opinion of stout's. Was like drinking an extremely smooth dark chocolate/espresso milkshake. What a beer... maybe the best I have ever had. Poured thick with no immediate head but a nice 3/4 inch amber head formed at the top. Nice lacing on the glass. Honestly was sad to finish the glass now I am on a crazy search to find more. Great job Founders!

Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of klingenator
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of WolvAlerine
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of incubuscience
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of irv2424
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,375 ratings.