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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,376
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 593
Gots: 1,658 | FT: 125
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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brystmar
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 2011.

A nice looking stout; could use a little more head but the rest is right where an imperial stout should be. Aroma nails the style: strongly roasted malts, bitter coffee, hints of chocolate.

Taste is straightforward: they saved the complexity for their Breakfast Stout variants while proving they could brew a magnificent RIS base base. Tons of roasted malts and bitter coffee mix perfectly with the booze character to create a pleasant sensation of alcoholic warmth as it descends.

Another home run from the crew at Founders! A shining example of how to nail the RIS style on a macro scale.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (bottled 12/15/2011) into a snifter. Pours opaque jet black w/ a deep, reddish mocha head that sticks around. Really great looking imperial stout.

Aroma is chocolate & roasted malt; nice and earthy.

Taste is a really great balance of deep dark roasted malt and bitter hops, a little licorice and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is just right. Smooth, clean, bone dry.

Overall wow. Just a great imperial stout, up there w/ some of my other favorite non-barrel-aged versions - Expedition and Yeti come to mind.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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

A - Poured from bottle into plastic cup (don't you judge me...this is my train beer from Beer Pantry). Pours like oil out of the bottle. Jet black. Dark brown head. Didn't last too long but I poured very gently. Moderate lacing. Updated: 20 mins later, head is still there - it dissipated a little but never left entirely.
S: choc malts, maybe a little licorice? Smell isn't over overpowering.
T: upfront I get some alcohol, in the middle some choc/chocmalts, then coffee, bitter finish and I can taste the 10.5%. A beautiful long finish. This thing is a chameleon, tons going on.
M: Heavy but velvety smooth. No bite.

This is a damn good Imperial stout. Get some.

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1/5  rDev -77.1%

Photo of DevilsCups
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to DFH Chalice.

A - Absolutely perfect for a huge stout. Pitch black, absolutely a black hole of darkness. Rivals TenFidy for darkest stout in the world. Head is exactly like I want it in a huge stout, supple and extremely dark reddish-brown. I love the way this beer sits.

S - Awesome blend of roasted malt, hops, toffee and charred oak. Not an oaken brew, but it sure has some wood notes. A little smoked malt note as well. I just wish the aroma was more pungent. Still, plenty to enjoy here.

T - Outstanding. Roasted, smoked malts followed by toffee and a slight hop bite. This is some serious stuff.

M - Thick, chewy and coating in a perfect way. I rarely give a 5 in any category, but to me this is exactly how I want a big stout to drink.

O - So glad I finally came across this beer. I've had FBS, KBS and CBS and this "run-of-the-mill" RIS hangs there with the best of them. Outstanding beer from Founders once again. If Rasputin and TenFidy popped out a love child, this beer is it.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ahq514
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB globe glass. Bottled on date has worn off, but I bought it in Jan 2011, so about a year old.

Pours a thick, black color, with a very light, brown tinted head. Appears to have low carbonation. Light lacing.

A bunch of things going on here. Typical chocolate and coffee notes, leaning more towards milk chocolate. A fair amount of smoke in the aroma as well. Some earthy hops, and lastly alcohol.

Starts out with roasted coffee notes and milk chocolate. Transitions to a bitterness from the hops. Finishes pretty smoky, peppery, and dry. Good amount of warming alcohol as well.

Thick and full bodied, low carbonation. Even with the amount of alcohol present, it is fairly drinkable, although I will enjoy this over the next hour or two.

A good RIS, if you like them smoky. I love beers with a great smoke complement to them, but I think it could be dialed back a bit to get the roasty and chocolate profiles more to the fore. Still a great beer and would recommend everyone who likes imperial stouts to give this one a go.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pitch black with a fluffy fine-bubbled two finger dark tan head that sticks around for quite some time but has minimal lacing qualities.

S. Triple Espresso with a light dash of dark fruit esters, roasty toasted malt aroma...perhaps a hint of molasses / burnt brown sugar aroma as well.

T. Strong black coffee and charred ashen malt, all of the elements from the nose, even MORE molasses, dark fruit and hardly any booziness from the high ABV. Finish is more milk chocolate than baking chocolate.

M. Thick creamy and delicious. Silky smooth.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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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%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,376 ratings.