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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,778
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 517
Gots: 1,398 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

smithj4, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of rundocrun
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Body is pitch black. Two fingers of brown head form which fades slowly. Lots of lacing. Great looking stout.

S - Cooked fruit and rich cocoa. Mild black pepper spice and some spicy hops.

T - Tons of sharp, bitter roasted grains. Intense french roast coffee, unsweetened cocoa, and mild underlying caramel malts. Finish is semi-sweet and quite rich. Booze is just detectable as the beer warms. This is an imperial stout in every sense of the words. Not for the faint of heart, that's for sure.

M - Thick body. Balanced carbonation. Finish is semi-dry with residual burnt sugar flavor/feel.

rundocrun, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Jason1337, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12pz bottled dated 12/22/11 making it a little over a year old. Poured into a duvel glass

A: pours pitch black with two fingers of very dark chocolaty looking head, excellent retention and nice lacing... Head looks creamy and delicious.

S: yum... Nice light smokiness, roastyness, deep chocolate,mocha creamyness, some light dark fruit notes, alcohol.... Smells nice and hefty roasty chocolaty and delicious.

T: light darkfruit and chocolate right of the bat, along with light smoke and some roastyness, a bitterness comes in the middle and toward te finish, along with the alcohol. Everything is so well balance and delicious here... Honestly I think I prefer this beer and the fresher side, bit this is still ridiculously delicious.

M: heavy, chewy and creamy.... Nice and hefty just like I like my ris, velvety low medium carbonation... Slightly bitter in the finish, deffiantly a sipper.

O: one of my favs of the style... Thisnisnjusy a great ris... Grab this one if you can.

PeterIngemi, Dec 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

badboy7113, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Whimpers, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

jplopez21, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Kubrickx
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Kubrickx, Dec 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

MrRockstar, Dec 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

imduffman, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

mattparsons, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Kendo
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled-on date appears to be 10 or 11/29/12. Consumed on 12/28/12, making this one pretty damn fresh (two months old, tops, though it may be under a month).

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's imperial pint glass. It's thick - "motor oil" is a description commonly used when describing thicker stouts, but here it's warranted. This looks like used motor oil. It's so thick and appears to have no carbonation whatsoever, which prompts me to get aggressive with the last third of the pour. This results in the damnedest thing I've ever seen: a head that creeps up from below and suddenly takes up 2-3 fingers' worth of space. It's a dense, milk chocolate-colored head that could sit just as impressively on top of a milkshake. Going on 5 minutes now and it's still dense - thought it's settled to maybe a half-finger of head and nearly 2 fingers of chocolate milk-colored lacing on the glass. It's not really doing it justice to call it lacing, as this is a sheet of brown. All the way down the glass it leaves thick rings of chocolate-brown lacing.

S: Anyway, on to the nose. . . . Chocolate and chocolate malt with a touch of roasted barley malt and roasted coffee or espresso. This is a big RIS nose.

T: I can't remember the last time I considered giving a beer a 5 in taste, but I'm there right now. This has many of the big stout flavors, centered on the ones I like - roasted coffee beans, roasty malt, milk chocolate & chocolate malt (there's a good amount of chocolaty goodness here). It's surprisingly bitter at the finish - citric and borderline tannic in nature, though at times I swear it's from the general roastiness. But it's bitter in a way that provides balance, not chaos. Heat from the high (10.5%) ABV is noted at the back end of the sip and felt in the belly, but it doesn't overwhelm the overall taste at all, melding instead to provide one more tasting impression among so many others. Score ticked up to 5. It's well-deserved. As it warms, there's more char in the taste.

M: Creamy and thick, though at times I'm surprised at how light it seems. I know that makes absolutely no sense, but try it and maybe you'll understand.

O: A world-class Imperial Stout with no real flaws IMHO.

Kendo, Dec 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

ScaryEd, Dec 29, 2012
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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and full bodied. Deep, dense mocha head. Aged one year. Prominent alcohol legs.

Bitter chocolate. Espresso on the nose. Some underlying sweetness.

Lots of bitter dark chocolates, espresso and a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Great tasting stout. Alocohol is very mellow. The bitter coffee/espresso is balanced nicely with a sweetness underneath. Some caramel malts are deeper and more subtle.

Pretty full mouthfeel. Goes well with the style. Pretty nice and silky.

Excellent stout. One of the best in a 12 oz. bottle. Just falls a little under many of the highly rated russian imperial stouts in the 22 oz format. For the price , and otherwise, simply excellent.

Powderhornphil, Dec 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

WynnO, Dec 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

sneaks2210, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Horbar, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

oldedog, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

jduprey007, Dec 26, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, courtesy of forgetfu. Been dying to try this ever since I first heard of it. Finally cracked this at a two-man tasting shindig last night.

A: Stout brewers, please take notes. This is how an impy should look. Pitch black, dark brown foamy head that disappates fairly quickly.

S: Crazy complex. Deep coffee roast and somehow mineral salty notes. Almost seemed like someone poured a splash of sea water into my glass of imperial stout. Incredibly strange, but somehow very enticing. Couldn't wait to tuck in.

T: Wave after wave of flavor sensations here. My notes include: coffee, malts, chicory, slightly hoppy onset with mild booze finish, salt, shrimps, potato. Everything together sounds silly beyond belief, but it hit my palate just right. Loved, loved, LOVED!

M: Stout. Nuff said. Thick, rich and warm.

O: I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is probably one of the best non-BA imperial stouts I've ever had. I hear this is a fairly cheap offering, so if you can get your hands on a four-pack of this, or hell, even a case, there's no good reason not to buy this stuff. It's complex and maybe a little weird for people who don't like mineral saltiness in their beer, but for me it was a marriage made in heaven. Extreme in its subtleties. So weird. So good.

Dennoman, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

hogansct, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Dec 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

tourdot, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

thegerm87, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

CJS, Dec 20, 2012
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,778 ratings.