1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

6,669 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 6,669
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 638
Gots: 1,834 | FT: 146
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: mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

90 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 6,669 | Reviews: 1,736
Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jan 2013 Bottle

A: Dark black and light brown head that mellows out.

S: Lost of caramel, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt aroma

T: This is really heavy!!! taste a lot of dark roasted malts, its bitter but still has interesting flavors. Nice notes of caramel, cocoa, and coffee. Its a bit cardboard-like off flavor but still tasty

M: sour, bitter, sweet and tangy

O: good sipping beer

Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Grfilwett
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Tittles
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MrTana
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/29/11. I'm specifically reviewing this beer at the 1 year mark (or a little past). To be honest, I remember liking it better a year ago at purchase but it is still fantastic. I can't wait to try this year's beer.

A: Same as last year. Looks like motor oil, but don't let that deceive you.

S: Smells great but a little on the black licorice side. I can't remember if it had this a year ago, but I want to try this year's beer now.

T: Definitely follows the smell. Initially black licorice, then the bitter hops. Stronger alcohol than I remember tasting last year after purchase.

M: Great... Thick and creamy. Need to sip this one.

O: I think it's exceptional. If you're a fan of this type of beer, definitely age one a year to try it.

Photo of HopFace
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of theruckus33
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle into sniffer

A: Beautiful mocha brown head that gives way to jet black body. Beautiful.

S: Chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted malt.

T: Super complex, Dark Chocolate, roasted coffee, oakey undertones, sweet smokey flavor with a wonderful dry hop/ tobacco finish.

M: Silky smooth, soft on the tongue.

Overall: Buy this beer, trade for it, do whatever you can to secure a few of these. I love this beer, high abv is deterred from showing due to the nice hop/malt balance.

Photo of allenson21
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of brod25
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/28/12. Poured into a snifter. Pours thick black with a 1 finger dark mocha colored head. The head was slow to form, looks like there wasn't going to be one and then all of a sudden it appeared for a minute or so before quickly disappearing.

Aroma is mostly filled with roasted malts and coffee with a little chocolate in the background.

Taste is filled with dark chocolate and espresso. Underneath all the roasted flavor is a touch of sweetness that leads to a nice bitter finish. Noticed the taste of booze as the beer warmed up. Really well balanced flavor overall.

Mouth feel is fairly heavy with a moderate amount of carbonation but still creamy.

Overall a great imperial stout, best I've had this season so far...but my fridge is still full with more to try.

Photo of Bigstein09
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: poured thick motor oil like opaque black. finger of beautiful dark tan head.

S: This smells absolutely amazing. roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and booze.

T: Doesn't taste as sweet as the smell. Roasted malt/roasted coffee are the Can taste the bitterness of the hops that didn't come through in the aroma. definitely a little bite of alcohol at the end.

M: mouth coating thick with a bit of carbonation, certainly more than you would think by looking at it.

O: no question the most complex beer I've tasted so far (only my 2nd RIS). This was bottled less than a month ago...can't wait to try the rest of these with some age on them.

Photo of visualmartyr
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bbrown12
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of koes0024
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TomD
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Lanstrum
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this bottle from a friend at work. I kept missing it every time it would show up in the store.

I poured the Stout into a snifter to best hold in the aroma coming off this beer. I received no foam over a very dark beer.

I really enjoy the richness coming off this beer. I definitely pick up coffee and a ton of roast. At the edges I feel like I smell a little bourbon.

The flavor is equally rich. This is a very tasty, challenging stout.

More props to Founders... this is another great stout among many I've had by them.

Photo of RichD
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/29/12. This is my second time having this. First time was in to a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. This time I poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a crude oil-like pitch black with a tasty looking mocha colored head. The head disappears fairly quickly.

As I reached for the glass, it spilled on me and in addition to oil, it looks identical to soy sauce. Good thing I like that stuff.

S: Smells of intense coffee and espresso. Some chocolate also picked up on the nose.

T: The taste follows the nose exactly at first and I can taste some hops presence towards the end. Definitely an incredibly complex brew and I know that some age will bring out even more flavors in this. Very delicious stuff.

M: This is definitely a full bodied stout. Quite a thick mouthfeel. Nothing more, nothing less.

Overall: This is an incredible Russian Imperial Stout. Definitely already one of my favorite non barrell aged imperial stouts. As a matter of fact this could contend with the best of them if this was barrell aged. Nonetheless this is a great representation of the style and I'll definitely be picking up more of this.

Photo of FrankJCurtin
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured absolutely pitch black into an oversized snifter from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV, IBUs and date of bottling marked clearly on the bottle.
One finger dark tan colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is of intense roasted malts upfront, lots of coffee, espresso in the nose. Hints of dark chocolate as it warms up.
Taste is a bit different from the aroma. There is a definite hop presence in the taste, towards the finish. Earthy, hoppy bitterness in the finish, following a roasted bitterness in the middle. There is just a hint of sweetness upfront. The bitterness is just right and doesn't go overboard.
Very rich, dense, luscious, full-bodied stout.
One of the best RIS I have had in a long, long time. It's near perfect and extremely delicious.
Recommend this stout very highly.

Photo of smithj4
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rundocrun
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of badboy7113
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Whimpers
4/5  rDev -8.3%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,669 ratings.