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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,925
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 546
Gots: 1,432 | FT: 123
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

thedirtystayout, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jderosia603, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of bcc1989
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Jet black on the pour with a healthy tan head. Very attractive looking beer.

Smell: I get hints of chocolate and a subtle smoke in the nose. Very solid.

Taste: A subtle mix of sweetness and bitterness. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Undertones of licorice in the finish. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich. High class imperial stout. Low carbonation.

Overall: There's not much I can say except Founders is just straight class. Definitely my go to brewery and nothing they have done has disappointed, this included. This is a very good beer and I will be drinking this again.

bcc1989, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

musicman7070, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

equincel, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of jasinviso
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

jasinviso, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pitch black, poured with a very heavy thickness. Lacing would creep up and down the glass with a menacing thinness.

Smell: Very subdued aroma from this brew. Some light malt and chocolate/toffee presence. The lack of a prominent aroma keep you wondering until you get the first taste.

Taste: Wow this is what makes this beer elite. The front of this beer is a heavy roasted malt flavor that is everything one would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout. The beer yields to a very dark sweetness of chocolate. A wonderful thickness and the layers of this beer seem to never stop. Simply incredible how the flavors dance around on the palette. The hops and malt play off each other so well. Simply wonderful. This beer is meant to be slowly sipped to really bring the full flavor out.

Mouthfeel: Heavy. Sticky tack lingers in the mouth, making you go back for more.

Overall: Founders always brings it. This beer is no exception. Probably the best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had. Has everything an elite stout should and then some. An easy drinking experience here. Enjoy it friends.

KFBR392, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

TheHurtMerchant, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark black with three-finger, dark tan, creamy head that continued to grow after I poured it and lasted a long time. Fantastic lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Somewhat mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Roasted chocolate and a bit of coffee flavor.

M: Full bodied with with soft carbonation. Chewy and smooth and slightly warm.

O: This Russian Imperial was wonderful. One of my new favorites. Looks amazing and is so rich and chocolatey. Wow.

SolipsismalCat, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Milkysunshine, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

PatGreer, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Fahz, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

eyemustard, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

robherr, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

TheKOshow, Jan 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

wmickdds32, Jan 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Akuma35, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

WDJersey, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Steamer
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Ink black with very dark beige, one finger head that quickly disappears leaving a rim of froth around the glass edge.
Smell: Rich, strong, and sweet mocha coffee; the high alcohol content hits the nose also.
Taste: Burnt toast with a bitter-sweet chocolate after taste. Remind me of a strong coffee with a healthy dose of kalua added. Heaven.
Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy and sticky; like an imperail stout should be.
Overall: An amzing beer and a must try for every stout lover! It's right up there at the top of my list.

Steamer, Jan 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

mzeld, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jsurfs82, Jan 15, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint.

A - Pitch black. Massive brown, bubbly head. A look that says, "Drink me, often."

S - Wonderful, chocolatey, coffee flavors.

T - Rich, chocolate flavors, fair amount of bitterness, smooth. Alchohol present but very midly so. A nice balance of flavors.

M - Creamy, rich, yet not too heavy. Very easy to drink (maybe too much so for my own good).

O - Another outstanding beer from Founders. Glad this is easily available now. I'll be buying more. While the bitterness may be a bit more than FBS, the rich and creamy taste and body keep it "all good." Pick some up. If you don't, I will.

Beer-A-Lot, Jan 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

RoryOMoore, Jan 15, 2013
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4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pitch, oily black with a thin, dark brown head.

S: Lots of roasted malts with a hint of booze.

T: Huge roasted character, almost coffee-like. Subtle hops at the end.

M: Thick and rich, low carbonation.

O: One of my all time favorite beers. Imperial Stouts rarely get better than this.

mjshearer1, Jan 14, 2013
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,925 ratings.