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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,807
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 523
Gots: 1,400 | FT: 121
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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4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/29/2011. Pours thick pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, smoke, toast, cocoa, light dark fruit, and earthy hops; a bit of alcohol as it warms up. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of huge espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, smoke, toast, cocoa, and earthy hops. Good amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, smoke, toast, and cocoa on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted flavors; with a great hop/roast balance; and some slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Russian imperial stout as expected. Great balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted flavors; and very smooth to slowly sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Dec 17, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PsilohsaiBiN, Dec 09, 2012
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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,807 ratings.