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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,688
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 510
Gots: 1,372 | FT: 120
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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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

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
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Thirstygoat

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-08-2012 07:16:46 | More by Thirstygoat
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blknikon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-07-2012 20:34:22 | More by blknikon
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draimegould

Missouri

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-07-2012 18:51:33 | More by draimegould
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-06-2012 01:10:52 | More by outoffocus
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RES

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-04-2012 22:02:19 | More by RES
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-04-2012 21:38:28 | More by drummermattie02
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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Hopmarc

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-04-2012 00:45:57 | More by Hopmarc
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stabbingcontest

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2012 21:26:08 | More by stabbingcontest
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-02-2012 05:06:15 | More by BYOFB
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-02-2012 04:58:53 | More by Hugonaut13
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

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
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C-Dog


4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-01-2012 02:24:24 | More by C-Dog
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oteixeira

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-29-2012 22:23:39 | More by oteixeira
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

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
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e30todamax

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-27-2012 12:39:14 | More by e30todamax
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-27-2012 03:57:36 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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JALIEN

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-25-2012 23:48:13 | More by JALIEN
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beerdave

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-25-2012 03:35:25 | More by beerdave
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baker2gs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-21-2012 14:45:18 | More by baker2gs
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Balvenie

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-19-2012 05:06:44 | More by Balvenie
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TheBronze

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-19-2012 03:53:33 | More by TheBronze
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Maseitz

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-17-2012 20:52:06 | More by Maseitz
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keithmurray

New York

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
97 out of 100 based on 5,688 ratings.