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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,775
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 515
Gots: 1,398 | FT: 119
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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Photo of nUgZ
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, and a little dark fruit. Just what a RIS should smell like.

T: Very much like the smell, with a little smoke as well. There are hops there, but everything else is so dominant it's hard to tell.

M: Full bodied with a little carbonation. Super smooth...almost ideal.

O: What a treat! I love everything about this beer.

nUgZ, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Dave_Treat, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mhbarber, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of slapperloon
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

slapperloon, Jan 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Holmes698, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of tenacioustomato
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

tenacioustomato, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

vanillacokaine, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

RKing44, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of colbyguy
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

colbyguy, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/29/12.

A: Pours a very dark black with a 1.5 finger tannish brown head. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Light only gets through about 1/8" of this liquid

S: Rich malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Dark fermented fruits and a hint of hoppiness.

T: This is an imperial stout. Dark and very roasty malts compliment a raisiny fig fruit and a coffee aftertaste. A smack of booze too. Can get some piney earthy hops in the background that pleasant. Hints of a smokiness too.

M: Thick, smooth, velvety. Low carbonation but thats no problem. A little hot right now. Quite a delight.

Overall this is what a stout should be. Bold in all categories yet drinkable and balanced. Highly recommended and completely worth setting a few down for a while.

CloudStrife, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of M1A2
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

M1A2, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mtkennyp, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of brewtus
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- woooah, pours like motor oil with a dense dark dark tan/ brown head that lingers, laces well as you drink it.
S- marshmallow, chocolate, hops, chocolate milk, dark malts
T/M- milkshake thick, hoppy notes hit you right away but balance well with a sweet milky dark chocolate taste. There's such a nice frothy ness to this, thick but smooth.
O- this was very solid, it's a little hoppy, very smooth, very thick but very well balanced and smooth. Some RIS just pound you with bitter malt but this is delicious.

brewtus, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours as one would expect, a dark, opaque, mostly flat headless pool of darkness. There is a hoppy aroma - nice.

The taste stands out, especially since this beer says it was bottled 1-3-2013 and here I am drinking something you should age a week after it was made. The taste is a great mix of smoky, hoppy bitterness. There is very little sweetness left after all the smoke and hops.

The finish is a little sweeter, but it helps make it all work well.

Overall this is a well balanced big stout, and it is hard to imagine it improving a lot with aging, but I bought one to put away for a while to see how it changes,

schoolboy, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of BigTrubble
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BigTrubble, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pure black with a small tan head which quickly disappears.

The smell is dark roasted malts,chocolate and coffee.

The taste is much the same as the smell, all the roasted flavours hit you up front with some bitterness at the end.

The mouth feel is delightful smooth and creamy, perfect.

Overall this beer is amazing I'll definately be looking out for it again.

Dave1999, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of fitrock2112
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Imperial Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The brew pours nice and thick and black as midnight. It has just about a finger of dark mocha head with a aggressive pour.

S - Dark roasted malts, bitter coffee. It has faint smell of Baker's chocolate.

T - On first taste getting heavy roasted malts, bitter coffee. Mid palate getting some smooth Baker's chocolate. On the aftertaste getting more alcohol than I would like.

M - Heavy mouthfeel, with medium to low carbonation.

O - I've been wanting to review this one for awhile now. I let it age for almost a year and the alcohol is still on the taste. Not a bad beer; however, there are many good Imperial Stouts out there that outshine this one. Cheers!

fitrock2112, Jan 11, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours jet black with a dark espresso crema colored head. Solid retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S- rich dark chocolate aromas with oily espresso and burnt caramel notes. Cake like and roasted malt lies under the powerful mocha aromas. Hint of anise on the finish.

T- creamy dark chocolate with coffee bean and oily espresso. Sugary in the middle with molasses and burnt caramel. Roasty on the finish with a hint of licorice and good amount of bitter to cut the sweet middle. Lingering semisweet mocha in the aftertaste.

MF- creamy mouthfeel with viscous full body. Soft carbonation.

D- excellent drinkability

Viciousknishs, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

01/24/14 bottle date. Shocked to find out that I hadn't reviewed this yet.

A thick dark brown head floats upon an even darker brew. Sticky, chewy lacing grips the glass and leaves islands of foam all over the sides of the glass. Not much in the way of carbonation popping, but a beautiful RIS indeed.

Dark bitter coffee, 85% dark chocolate and touches of citrus. Faint dark fruit as it warms, but mostly this RIS is cocoa, coffee and charred malts. Not much depth, but what's there is nicely done.

Nicely charred chocolate malts, tons of amazing espresso with touches of cream. Really nice blend of bitter citrus and cocoa that intermingle and blend quite nicely. Bits of dark cherry and plum fade in and out of the cocoa and coffee.

Semi-thick and creamy. Nicely charred malt. Amazing bitter coffee/chocolate blend with a citrus note on top. Definately some alcohol in the finish.

I really wish this was a year round brew from Founders. Love to see a BBA limited release in 750's for optimum cellaring. Not many brewers do RIS as well Founders, this is top notch!

Thickfreakness, Jan 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Dirtinabottle, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Chrixsus, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

dunix, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

spambum, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

BlissJunkie, Jan 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

comfortablynirm, Jan 10, 2013
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,775 ratings.