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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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5,498 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,498
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 492
Gots: 1,318 | 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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Ratings: 5,498 | Reviews: 1,582 | Display Reviews Only:
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csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-04-2012 10:51:23 | More by csustar001
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sitarist

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque pitch black color. 1/8' of crema colored head, which falls to a ring, that leaves quite a bit of lacing for its style.

Big, in your face aroma...coffee / espresso, cocoa liquor, roasted malts, not complex, or refined, just ass-kicking good.

It has a strong bitter-sweet flavor. Espresso, and bitter-sweet chocolates are pretty much what you get, with hints of toasted / burnt marshmallows, it also has a slight hint of earthy peat.

Full body, light carbonation, dry...everything Id expect for its style.

What this beer lacks in refinement it gains in just pure great flavor. Like a good french roast coffee, or espresso it is loaded with huge flavor that does not overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 04:53:47 | More by sitarist
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

11-02-2012 06:19:14 | More by chippo33
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-01-2012 15:24:36 | More by sendbeer
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tswater

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.5%

10-31-2012 03:36:28 | More by tswater
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JJWIGHT

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-30-2012 05:27:25 | More by JJWIGHT
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anabar

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-30-2012 02:50:38 | More by anabar
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seplo

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-29-2012 21:10:35 | More by seplo
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-29-2012 00:30:34 | More by ssimpson89
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wittyjoe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-23-2012 20:36:23 | More by wittyjoe
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scottiethebody

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-23-2012 06:17:42 | More by scottiethebody
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mpetersen

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

10-22-2012 22:01:09 | More by mpetersen
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ltltony

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-22-2012 16:44:53 | More by ltltony
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bzach

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-21-2012 05:08:10 | More by bzach
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-18-2012 21:22:44 | More by dvmin98
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CorneliusBunker

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-17-2012 04:38:04 | More by CorneliusBunker
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mattizmyname


5/5  rDev +14.4%

10-16-2012 03:25:52 | More by mattizmyname
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gonemicrophishing


4/5  rDev -8.5%

10-16-2012 03:12:01 | More by gonemicrophishing
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-15-2012 03:26:59 | More by bluesplit63
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-14-2012 23:49:56 | More by hilgart1
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-13-2012 18:25:01 | More by Kopfschuss
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rodney45

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Completely opaque. Espresso colored small head that with a 10.5 abv, im really impressed by how long it stays around. Not big, even with a vigorous pour. Very representative of the style.

S: Burnt toffee, espresso, semi sweet chocolate, and crystal malt.

T: First notes are huge bitter espresso flavors, with cacao, and kaluha. Secondary flavors are of a hodgepodge of multiple different malts, dense and indiscernible. Third flavor profile is of English style porter hops, with a very american/west coast style yeast character.

M: This beer is as thick as old used motor oil. Imagine 5 shots of espresso left to sit and evaporate for a week, this beer is as thick as the remainder of what would be left. Low carbonation, very bitter (more from the coffee than the hops), low alcohol ethers, very heavy, and more or less dry towards the finish.

O: Wow, this beer blew me away. Very reminiscent of the breakfast stout, except on steroids. Again, great fare from founders. Have not been disappointing by even one of their beers. Keep it coming.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 07:12:51 | More by rodney45
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BrewtifulMind

California

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into snifter
2011 vintage

The way this thing pours reminds me of old diesel motor oil. Its thick, black, and heavy, but leaves behind a pillow of reddish, dark-brown foam. Really nice looking. Smell is nothing too spectacular, you have your roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of coffee. Taste is heavy on the roast, with notes of bitter chocolate, fig, hops on the back end, and a smoky tobacco hint to finish. For me, the mouth feel is what brings this thing together. It has the most luscious body I've ever had in a beer, so thick and silky. It's basically perfect for the style. Another winner for Founder's.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 07:04:24 | More by BrewtifulMind
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BillMueller

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-08-2012 23:32:43 | More by BillMueller
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cleonile2000

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8.5%

10-07-2012 03:31:21 | More by cleonile2000
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,498 ratings.