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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,665
Reviews: 1,735
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 637
Gots: 1,833 | FT: 146
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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: mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

90 IBU
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Bottled on 12/22/2011

Appearance - jet black inky color with tan head

Smell - roasted coffee, expresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate

Taste - Expresso, roasted coffee, cream, roasted malts, dark chocolate

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, slightly sweet, bitterness of the coffee comes thru in the finish, slightly boozy, to be expected at this ABV, finish is a bit unbalanced, though

Overall - this is a good stout, my only gripe is the finish may be a bit unrefined

Price Point - $12.99/4pk 12 oz bottles

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2011 bottle into hfs Belgian sniffer

A: black as night in the middle completly opaque but some brown to dark dark red on the outsides next to no head but thin mocha ring and 1 year of aging

S: so I don't understand but even with a year on this it smells of booze which somewhat fades with dome time. there is that of that dark chocolate hint of coffee stout like smell that I expect from stouts

Edit (1/13/13) 2012 bottle: having this fresher the coffee smell comes out much more with a fresher bottle and the alcohol has much less of a presence.

T:so the aging may have made a difference to mellow out the alcohol because I can taste it in the finish but not anywhere else. Upfront the is a lot of mocha coffee flavor with hints of chocolate that fades into bitterness with a tail end of malt the fullness of the flavor lasts for a long time

Edit (1/13/13) 2012 bottle: even with a fresher bottle the coffee flavors are more bold and present while the alcohol burn really isn't that bad but seems like it could once again benefit from age. I like this fresh and aged.

M:it starts off semi harsh but quickly fades into a thick smooth creamy texture that is amazing to sip

O: this is a really good stout, it's well balanced with delicious flavors that mix together but do not overpower each other. It's so smooth and clearly get better with age. Well done founders keep doing what you do

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Overall, this is an outstanding stout from a great brewery. This reviewer has already duplicated my thoughts on the beer, so I'll simply link to it:


Founders is one of my favorite breweries, and their stout follows their porter in many ways. Just a superior brew, covering all of the "should haves" of this style completely. Top-notch all the way.

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Big, in your face aroma...coffee / espresso, cocoa liquor, roasted malts, not complex, or refined, just ass-kicking good.

It has a strong bitter-sweet flavor. Espresso, and bitter-sweet chocolates are pretty much what you get, with hints of toasted / burnt marshmallows, it also has a slight hint of earthy peat.

Full body, light carbonation, dry...everything Id expect for its style.

What this beer lacks in refinement it gains in just pure great flavor. Like a good french roast coffee, or espresso it is loaded with huge flavor that does not overwhelm.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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