Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
This was a gift from The Downtown Bar and Grill, thanks guys! Bottled in Feb of 2011.
Appearance: Black as the ace of spades and viscous with little to no head.
Smell: Maple syrup, caramel, vanilla and burnt brown sugar.
Taste: Tastes like KBS, but not as sweet. Bittersweet up front with some oatmeal, and dark chocolate notes at the end. There is a faint hop profile to speak of. I gotta admit, with this being almost two years old, it's smooth as hell and dangerously drinkable. Going down more like a 5%er than 10+. I recently drank a KBS from this year that was almost a year old, but the ending was so much boozier than this. Just goes to show you, two years are better than one.
Mouthfeel: I can all but guarantee that if I refused to change the oil in my '92 Explorer for 10k miles and drank the pan after a change, this is the consistency I'd get. There's the slightest amount of carbonation that helps out a tad. It's chewy as hell, but in an awesome way.
Overall: Not as much flavor as KBS but ddddrinkable. Sure the fact that it's almost two years old has something to do with it. Pretty damn good and would surely drink again.
12-09-2012 00:05:22 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into a Founders snifter. Beautiful dark/mocha head, about a finger deep, some retention/lacing. Head recedes relatively quickly, leaving a very thin ring inside the glass. Completely black in color, looks like an absolutely delicious Imperial Stout. Roasty, malty aromas blend really nicely with coffee and chocolate notes. There is a small hint of heat, too, which at 10.5% is not all that surprising. Hints of molasses as well. Taste is really similar, and improves as beer warms in the glass. Alcohol "taste" is less present here, with roasted malt and coffee coming through most, with black strap molasses. Mouthfeel is great: super smooth and drinkable, slight carbonation and bitterness on the end. Overall this is an amazing beer, not sure whether it's better fresh or what, but this one is about a year old and is drinking really really well right now. It's my last one, so hopefully I can replenish with a case when it's brewed again (hoping January?). Founders Imperial Stout is really balanced. It's a must-try. Cheers.
12-01-2012 23:30:24 | More by rodlavers
4.45/5 rDev +2.1%
Updated review for 2010 bottle had on 11/27/12. NOTE: This is absolutely delicious.
A: Nearly black, no light passing through. Thin head of deep unwashed raw sugar, quickly fading to a light ring that lasts to the end. Little lacing, but a lot of viscous cling.
S: Cocoa, hint of vanilla, rich malts, a bit of buttery caramel, chocolate cake batter.
T: Rich malts - chocolate covered caramel, reminds me of dark chocolate Riesens. Alcohol has mostly faded, very faint. A bit of a dry finish reminds me there are some hops, but they don't come through on the palette. Fairly sweet overall.
M: Thick chewy malts, just a huge body. light carbonation, but enough to notice.
O: Wonderful RIS, especially considering the price ($2.50/bottle). After 2 years in the cellar, this beer holds up tremendously, with the age really mellowing out the alcohol and allowing the rich malts to further settle in.
11-28-2012 04:37:08 | More by doucmehu
4.23/5 rDev -3%
Bottled on 12/22/2011
Appearance - jet black inky color with tan head
Smell - roasted coffee, expresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate
Taste - Expresso, roasted coffee, cream, roasted malts, dark chocolate
Mouthfeel - Full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, slightly sweet, bitterness of the coffee comes thru in the finish, slightly boozy, to be expected at this ABV, finish is a bit unbalanced, though
Overall - this is a good stout, my only gripe is the finish may be a bit unrefined
Price Point - $12.99/4pk 12 oz bottles
11-16-2012 22:57:07 | More by keithmurray
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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