Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
Straight pour from a 12oz bottle to my trusty Cigar City snifter; bottling date of December 7, 2012 printed in yellow ink on the neck of the bottle (“BOTTLED 12/07/12”). So, about six and a half weeks old on the date of consumption.
Appearance (4.5): Half a finger of dark tan head, almost the color of dark brown sugar, made up of some fine-grained foam and scattered fat bubbles comes off of the pour; the body is predictably black as night and opaque. The head leaves some fat, solid arcs of foamy residue as the beer recedes, and splotchy lacing sticks around just about everywhere. Proof that strong beers don’t have to be devoid of lacing!
Smell (4.25): Dark roast coffee and chocolate syrup mix with some lighter, somewhat sweeter, chocolate milk aroma. A mild dose of smokiness underneath adds a deeper kind of dimension, which is actually really nice.
Taste (4.5): Very rich, dark chocolate is most noticeable here, with an acidic coffee bitterness following close behind on the palate. It gives way to some moderately astringent citrus pith bitterness (that could be the 90 IBUs peaking through) that carries through to the finish, but not before some earthy, coffee-like roast and smoky char come through, too—char, like left-it-too-long-on-the-grill kind of char. As it warms, it stays concentrated on that balance between acidic coffee bitterness and char—like chewing on espresso beans, except it gives you a different kind of buzz. If you give your palate a couple of minutes to recover, your next sip hits on that moderately sweet chocolate richness, like French roast coffee blended with chocolate syrup. Man alive.
Mouthfeel (4.5): Holy crap, that is silky-smooth. Thick, viscous, a bit syrupy, and with velvet-smooth carbonation. It has a shockingly dry finish, probably thanks to the hoppiness evidenced on the palate (seriously, 90 IBUs is not hidden easily), but it’s partly the char, too, and definitely some alcohol drying it out. Damn. It’s begging you for another sip before you’re even ready.
Overall (4.25): I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a bit challenging at times, especially with the smoke and char that sit underneath all that rich, chocolatey body, but goddamn this beer is rich and full and smooth. The depth of its flavor lies in the smoke and char that the malt body attempts to balance out with some moderately sweet, chocolatey richness. While it does smooth out a bit as it warms, it remains a big, challenging bastard for the duration of the experience. Pretty much typifies the style, if you ask me, and hits it out of the park.
01-22-2013 02:20:45 | More by fmccormi
3.94/5 rDev -9.8%
12oz bottle. Bottled on 12/07/12.
A- Dark black oily body with a fluffy and be to creamy brown cap. Solid staying power. I could eat the foam with a spoon.
S- Strong aroma. Rich quality single origin chocolate. Deeply sweet malt with fruit that cut through the wall of chocolate and thick sweetness. Light note of char and a touch of anise.
T- Huge. Huge. Huge. Thick waves of roasty malt sweetness. This sweetness is deep and enveloping. There are balancing notes of char that add an edge to the sweetness. The beer transitions into a very long, pungent, and bitter finish. Resinous hops seem to just pour out of the bittersweet chocolate flavor of the malt, which cut through and compliment the roast character. The finish clings to the palate and simply does not let go. It's a symphony of bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, and dark chocolate dipped fruit. The 90IBUs show. As the beer warms, the hops begin to dominate the malt a bit too much. This beer is trying to be a hop forward stout and they have done a great job with that. That said, I prefer more malt centered stouts.
MF- Thick and full. Oily even. Really filling and sticky as you let it roll around. Finishes dry as the hops dominate.
O- This is a big stout with a huge hop presence. I can see it doing really well with age. A big stout with a lot to say. 12oz is plenty for me!
01-22-2013 02:07:20 | More by Sam21
District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev -2.7%
A healthy pour into a nonic pint. Served a little cold, but allowed the beer to warm.
A - Pours a viscous black liquid. A finger of head. Dark reddish brown head. Some lacing.
S - Lots of coffee at first, then some sweet roastiness.
T - Burnt coffee, sweet, resiny. Hops up front, in the middle and in the finish. Reflective of the 90 IBU. A hoppy beer but the dark malts do a good job balancing things off. Some alcohol in the finish.
MF - Creamy with bitterness lasting on the roof of my mouth. A tingily finish.
O - Drinkable. I like it. An imperial stout I would want to have around all the time.
01-21-2013 20:17:27 | More by Sludgeman
4.64/5 rDev +6.2%
12oz bottle poured into snifter.
Appearance-black with small chocolate head. 4.5
Aroma-dark roasted coffee, lots of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt licorice, hint of black cherry. 4.25
Taste-wow what a flavor, mocha, coffee, roasted malts, smokey, roasted flavors come through perfectly. 4.75
Feel-smooth, little carbonation, thick but not syrupy,alcohol is nowhere to be found, after taste lingers well. 4.75
Overall-this beer caught me off guard, then knocked me on my ass. Easy to drink, not terribly expensive, only problem is its available 2 months of the year. But I'm sure if you can stockpile it would improve with some time on it. This is the easiest to drink RIS that I've had. 4.75
01-21-2013 02:57:59 | More by screamking
4.75/5 rDev +8.7%
Appearance: Down right black in color with a very dark tan head about an inch high.
Aroma: Tremendous dark roasted coffee and massive amounts of semi sweet chocolate. Very roasty, good smokiness, vanilla, minor notes of bourbon.
Taste: Wow this one will wake you up in the morning. Huge amounts of chocolate malts, extremely creamy mouthfeel. Dark roasted coffee with a touch of espresso. The hops are roasted incredibly dark but are swimming among the malty backbone.
Notes: Absolutely amazing and dangerously drinkable. Cheers
01-21-2013 02:09:56 | More by horshack7
4.43/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance is rich, almost-black. Light head, but it is a pretty, unique wood-brown. Some light lacing.
Nose is rich, dry coffee with milk chocolate and smooth malt.
Taste is rich and dense. There is plenty of roasted coffee, with very dark chocolate. There is also sweet cream and light cherry. It has a woodsy finish.
Mouthfeel is very dry, but also creamy. Carbonation is light. Alcohol warmth.
Overall, this is rich and dense with flavor. It is a fireside sipper, for sure, but is easy to drink from beginning to end.
01-20-2013 22:18:38 | More by dorianmarley
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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