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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,332
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 592
Gots: 1,627 | FT: 123
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint. Bottling date has faded, but it is from this past year's batch, so January-ish.

A - Pours a shade of black with no head at all. A thin layer of mocha head appears after the pour is complete. This is quickly minimized to a halo. Leaves a sporadic lacing.

S - Rich roasty character with some dark chocolate, plum, and cocoa/coffee beans.

T - Follows the nose for the most part, with some huge toasty notes. Smooth flavors of coffee, vanilla, and oak with a strong grassy hop bitterness. The aftertaste is of coffee and campfire charred oak. The flavors sweeten and mellow as it warms and some dark fruits emerge. No noticeable alcohol. Very enjoyable beer.

M - The body is full enough for the style and the carbonation is good.

O - I had big expectations for this beer because of how impressive Founders' other imperial stouts are. This one distinguished itself from its "breakfast brothers" with the toasty, almost smokey, character indicative of a full flavored RIS. I was impressed with the complexity and the balance that the high IBU offered. I will put a few away to see what happens with this beer with age, as I believe it will be a whole different animal. Highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of greenmonstah
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Bottled Feb 2011

A - Pours a thick deep black with a tiny wisp of brown head. Head retention is poor, with head dissipating quickly. I love the head color. No lacing.

S - Chocolate, char, roasted malt, dark fruit, hop bitterness.

T - Chocolate and hop bitterness. Charred and roasted malts. Cocoa powder, touch of raisin, and grassy/earthy hop. Slightest hint of alcohol. If you said licorice I wouldn't disagree, but it is very faint.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth as can be. Absolutely befitting of the style and of the individual beer.

O - Overall this is a treat from perhaps the best brewery in the nation. Smooth and inviting, with a balanced and delicious flavor profile. One year on the bottle and it is perfectly smooth with barely noticeable alcohol flavor. I'd put this up against Kate the Great any day.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Review #400. Live.

Pours a dark black and beautiful opaque, with a finger of light brown head that ends up as a nice skim, and leaves oily lace on the glass.

Not a strong smell, but it is full on bitter hop, bitter roast, bitter chocolate, and milk chocolate. Just a hint of lighter roast, caramel, and spicy alcohol.

Woahhh, full on mouth attack of the bitter elements in dark roast malt, and high alpha hop.It starts the slightest bit sweet, with alcohol grabbing bitter chocolate, deep bitter roast, smooth burnt caramel, and ends with some drying pine and spicy alcohol battling for control of a clean and dry finish.

Not as thick as the finest RIS, nicely low carb., not complex in the finish, but leaves a clean and lasting dry cling that begs for more.

What a great beer. If not for the numerous super fantastic offerings in this style this would be the best. Delicious, and highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BierStein711
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into shaker pint glass, poured roughly to generate plenty of head

Date unknown

A: Motor oil when pouring,Jet black after pouring process. Two finger soda style head.

S: Hops, piney notes, charcoal, chocolate, coffee, and hidden alcohol

T: Charcoal, alcohol, burnt malts!! Brilliant!!!

M: Thick, but less viscous than the likes of Old Rasputin

Buy a four pack today.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown that blackens up. Beautiful cascade builds up a one-finger mocha head with medium retention. Light doesn't get through at all. Foamy, copious lacing.

S: Chocolate milk shake. Cocoa, coffee, and some vanilla. Fairly strong and nice and rich. A bit boozy at the end.

T: Wow. Dark, dark, dark chocolate rounds its way into a smoky, vanilla-flavored coffee. Ends with quite a bit of bitterness; an almost herb-like astringency. I might want to let this cellar and mellow out before trying it again - the bitterness is a tad overwhelming and tar-like, although still enjoyable. A little mellowing could quite possibly bring this to a 5.0.

M: Almost perfect. Starts thick and syrupy, better than just about anything out there. Unfortunately, it doesn't end with the milky foaminess I love so much from other stouts. Perhaps a tad low on the carbonation. Some welcome alcohol.

O: A great stout. I've got another in the fridge that I'm pretty sure I'm going to cellar. This is a great beer with all the elements I look for in a stout, with a little extra hop attitude. Very excited to try again in a few months.

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,332 ratings.