Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,130
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 573
Gots: 1,490 | FT: 117
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a deep impenetrable black with a single finger of deep mocha head which i really had to work at with a very aggressive pour. the head dissipates rapidly and leaves a minimal amount of lacing
S: a nice warm and inviting scent of sweet chocolate malts and a nice depth
T: drinks quite beautifully as i have come to expect from these folks and this style, begins with a bit of the tobacco flavor i have come to expect which then moves into the nicely roasted malt character which has wonderful depth, the sweet chocolate malts kick in soon afterwards and are then backed out by a nice deep malt character and slight hop presence which leaves the mouth with a roasty and yet bitter taste
M: gentle carbonation, but it is there, a nice thick creamy texture hits the palate and then gives way to a feeling after the sip that is both dry and bitter, makes you really want to drink it again
O: this is one hell of a representation of the style, incredibly complex and deep, truly delicious and of the highest quality as i have come to expect from founders. another flawlessly done brew

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Greencoat
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch

A: Pitch black with a deep, dark brown 3/4 inch head. Slow, but steady stream of bubbles scale the glass.

S: Roasted grains and coffee with a huge, sweet molasses background, nothing is fighting for precedence - very balanced.

T: Borderline perfection. Extremely well balanced while remaining complex. Tons of roast, coffee, molasses, currants, maybe some earthy hop flavors. This is divine.

M: Thick and viscous, medium-low carbonation with a very assertive bitterness.

O: I'd argue that this beer is currently at it's peak. When it was forst released, I thought it fell a little thin, but this is absolutely gorgeous.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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2/5  rDev -54.1%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of howard12
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 12.29.11, poured into founders snifter

A -- motor oil; dark, dark chocolate almost black, but lacing leaves hint of brown.

S -- sweet chocolate coffee malt, and something else i cant quite put my finger on it.

T -- bitter chocolate coffee malt; but coffee and malt dominate with bitter choc. aftertaste. delicious but boozy.

M -- full-bodied, carbonation is not too high, milky-smooth (but thick), melted dark chocolate bar, slight bite

O -- delicious. can't tell as of now whether i like this or the breakfast stout more; will have to compare at some point, not now. i highly recommend this beer

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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled five months ago; poured into a small snifter.

Very black color. Dark brown head. Looks serious. Decent lacing.

Smells of dark roasted coffee notes and lightly sweet chocolate for sure, maybe some citrus-y hops too.

Flavor is robust and full of dark roasted character. Dark chocolate, coffee, black licorice. ABV is noticeable, but not more than expected.

Full mouthfeel. This is a big beer.

Overall, this is a great stout. Does Founders make a stout that isn't far above average?

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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #3 courtesy of BarrytheBear! Thanks again man! 12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black in color. A paper thin mocha colored head appeared after a bit.

S: Roasted malts and bitter chocolate dominate the smell. Also picking up a little bit of sweet notes along with some booze.

T: This beer has a very thick texture to it. A very full bodied beer. Lots of roasted malts and booze on the initial taste followed by a very bitter chocolate aftertaste.

O: Another very solid offering from Founders. Always love trying their beers!

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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some milky lactic character stood out on the first whiff and had lost of chocolate, roasty notes, a tad of maple syrup, slight coffee, and some malty sweetness.

T: the chocolate character was more intense on the palate alongside roasty malts, coffee, slight lactic milky notes, and sweet accents.

M; the brew wsa meduim to full in body with a fair amountof carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, milky, and silky finish.

O: I would for sure get more of this elixer and was solid all around. founders kills on them stout brews.

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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the most viscous black brown I've ever seen in my short craft beer life. Simply amazing, like chocolate syrup. Big thick dark espresso colored head. Crema.

The nose is full of roasty, dark malts and dark chocolate and big coffee.

First sip...and...goddamn this is creamy and smooth and the taste is out of this world. Coats the tongue with unsweetened dark cocoa powder mixed with crushed coffee beans, yet the coffee flavor is not that strong. Amazing.

This is so creamy and so viscous and so mind blowing that I almost gave it a perfect score. My only qualm was a sharper bitterness that threw me off.

This one seems like it will age well, so I put a few in the cellar. Bet that bitterness goes away and this becomes one of the best aged RIS out there.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-good and black with a nice brown colored thin head

-roast mixed with dark chocolate hit me right off the bat and stick around and chill for awhile

-wow! that is really good. i was expecting a good taste, but not as big and bold as this. a ton of dark chocolate flavor and the roast in the background. there is a hint of coffee grounds as well and some good malt sweetness. enough bitterness comes through to make it taste like dark chocolate over milk

-i am loving how thick this is. it leaves a big thick saliva feel in the back of the throat as well

-i am completely fine with drinking this beer. it's 10.5 yet doesnt blast your mouth out. i wish this was more accessible to me

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12/22/11 bottle, it's obviously pure black. One of the darker heads I've seen in a while too; it starts out about an inch thick and fades to a thin layer of mocha foam, solid lacing. This is the picture you find in the dictionary next to "Imperial Stout."

Nose is equal parts coffee and unsweetened chocolate. A little tingle of alcohol is there, but just barely. The malt brings to mind the aroma of roasted chestnuts on a New York City autumn afternoon.

First pull from the glass is smooth and viscous. The aroma themes are still there - roasted coffee and bitter chocolate - but this flavor profile goes much deeper. There is a juicy fruitiness that balances all that darkness, and now I find the 90 IBUs referenced on the label. The roasty notes come through again in the finish.

I'm taking my time with this one because I want to enjoy all the flavors, not because the 10.5% abv is obvious. This is simply really really good. If the coffee flavor was dialed back just a bit, it might be perfect.

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,130 ratings.