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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,541
Reviews: 1,705
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 616
Gots: 1,766 | FT: 137
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: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005

90 IBU
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle

A - Deep, chocolate brown. Almost black. A small, mocha colored head sits on the edges. Looks like it has a medium body with a slight stickiness to it that coats the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, hints of coffee, smoked malts with a slight caramel sweetness to it. The nose is very fragrant and great smelling.

T - Dark, bitter chocolate with a nice roasted malt aspect to it. There is vanilla and caramel sweetness to it that keeps it well balanced. The finish is dry and slight espresso flavor to it.

MF - Nice, thick mouthfeel with slight carbonation to it. It has a slight stickiness to it that goes well with the sweeter flavors. It manages to be a big, thick beer without being too overpowering.

O - Another great beer from Founders that is a great representation of the style. Definitely of the best, easily available RISs around

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark black small with a small dark tan head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty, with dark chocolate, earthy hops, coffee, as well as a light plastic note that is a bit strange. The taste has light sweetness and is quite roasty with dark chocolate and coffee. The finish has light bitterness and leaves a lingering roastiness. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Pretty solid for a regularly available imperial stout. Not terribly complex, but quite enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a velvety used motor oil black while yielding a thin, short-lived mocha / cinnamon toned head. nose offers strong notes of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt. the usual RIS players are present and accounted for. nothing really sets it apart, however.

flavor follows the aroma. big dark chocolate / roasted maltiness are the headliners, but plenty of other characters including the molasses, coffee, and even a hint of cherry. full-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, simply an excellent RIS; no two ways about it. i'd stop just short of calling it world class, maybe, but no doubt it's upper echelon. i might even prefer it to the breakfast stout.

(originally reviewed: 12-19-2011)

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,541 ratings.