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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,356
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 594
Gots: 1,648 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005

90 IBU
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Doing a vertical with 3 different years: 2012, 2011, and 2010

2012--pours black with a finger of brown head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing
2011--about the same as the 2012, though a bit less carbonated
2010--similar, but even less carbonation.

2012--bitter roasted malts with bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, and bitter, piny hops.
2011--smooth, semi-sweet chocolates dominate with creamy coffee. The hops are faded.
2010--roasted malts with sweet chocolate, graham, vanilla, and cocoa.

2012--bitter cocoa, roasted malts, char, and piny, earthy hops.
2011--roasted malts, semi-sweet, creamy chocolate and a bit of robust coffee. There is a light bitterness.
2010--roasted malts, sweet dark chocolate, and smokey char with a little vanilla.

2012--thick body with low carbonation, it's nice and creamy
2011--thick body with low carbonation, it's a bit smoother than the 2012.
2010--similar, but with little carbonation. More sticky than creamy.

2012--a great, robust, and bitter imperial stout.
2011--still delicious. Not as bitter and hoppy, but smoother and creamier.
2010--still tasty. Much sweeter and more mellow than the others.

They're all delicious and drinkable. It's a tie between the 2011 and 2012 for my favorite, but they're all great. One of the best non-bbal stouts out there.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: opaque black; minimal, unimpressive brown head.
S: sweet roasted malt; dark fruit
T: dark roasted coffee w. a nice balance of sweet (on the front-end) and bitterness on the finish.
M: smooth, creamy, minimal carbonation.
O: impressive. interesting sweetness and big, bold taste. i am absolutely amazed how the 10.5% is hidden behind such a drinkable brew.

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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. For some reason I seem to be near the one store that got a bunch of this, and nobody else seems to want any, so I've got an extra 4-pack I'm looking forward to aging.

A- Jet black with a big dark brown bubbly head that sticks around. Lots of lacing. Gorgeous.

S- A powerful blast of dark chocolate and dark roasted malt. Doesn't get much better than this for an imperial stout.

T/M- Very complex taste. Roasty. Dark chocolate. A decent amount of hop presence, too. Hardly any booze. A little vanilla, and a little raisin. The finish is very long and very bitter -- not a bad thing, but it's intense. 1 beer is probably the limit here. The mouthfeel is thick with medium carbonation.

O- Delicious, fantastic, but quite the palate destroyer. If I had to choose just one for life, Breakfast Stout probably edges this one out because of the smoothness and drinkability. But this is great. I'm looking forward to seeing how it takes to some aging, and I'd love to try a BA version.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A violent poor produced a subtle butterscotch head that grew and grew to 1 inch with outstanding lacing.

S - Earthy, chocolate

T - Here is a case where the taste do not seem to follow the smell - to me. roasted vanilla espresso, fig, black malt, hint of sweetness and sugar cane. some sourness in the finish. Alcohol intensifies the flavor rather than overshadowing it. Hoppy finish reminiscent of a black ipa.

M- some creaminess, but also a bit too fizzy for me.

A lot going on here, and wonderful to sip. It'll warm you on a cold night. Solid entry in a favored category.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,356 ratings.