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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,529
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 496
Gots: 1,324 | FT: 114
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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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
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-05-2012 18:55:59 | More by Johnhaley1989
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MarcusHalberstram

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-04-2012 01:25:58 | More by MarcusHalberstram
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-01-2012 21:45:50 | More by rolltide8425
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-01-2012 00:05:02 | More by mendvicdog
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

09-29-2012 01:40:07 | More by t0rin0
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Dirty motor oil. No light gets through. You can see the thickness just pouring it. A half finger of brown head dissipates quickly, but laces the glass nicely for such a big beer.

S- Smells like a Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Square with truffle filling. Some alcohol esters are there too. Dark, dark malts. As it warms, the alcohol comes to the front a bit more.

T- So much going on. Up front is straight up bitterness the likes of 80% cacao dark chocolate. Some light sweetness comes in to balance, there's some roasty notes, a hint of dark roast coffee, and a light char on the finish. The bitterness is pretty pronounced, and lingers a long time on the finish, perhaps a bit too long.

M- Thick and full bodied, coats the mouth. There's a light/medium carbonation here. The bitterness on the end comes of a bit astringent on the palette.

O- Really, really, really good stuff. Back the bitterness down a touch, and I'd have a potentially faultless RIS.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:06:15 | More by JWU
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DrinkMoreBigBeers

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-28-2012 01:38:48 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3%

09-25-2012 19:19:11 | More by bootdown21
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whodeyvols

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.5%

09-24-2012 20:11:52 | More by whodeyvols
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mattg

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

09-23-2012 22:24:30 | More by mattg
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DennyCrane

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-22-2012 00:33:42 | More by DennyCrane
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Cam1991

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-19-2012 03:53:48 | More by Cam1991
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mylar

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

09-18-2012 00:56:14 | More by mylar
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jisom123

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

09-17-2012 23:49:32 | More by jisom123
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

09-15-2012 17:12:39 | More by TheNightwatchman
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

09-15-2012 13:27:58 | More by DrunkinYogi
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%

09-14-2012 23:37:35 | More by dsuedbeck
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grumpygerman

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-14-2012 02:40:50 | More by grumpygerman
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shatnerosmotic

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-10-2012 23:36:52 | More by shatnerosmotic
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,529 ratings.