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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,514
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 494
Gots: 1,317 | FT: 112
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
90 IBU

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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 review---a little more detailed than my 2011 review....

A - Pours of a thick viscosity like motor oil but in a dark coffee/black color. Hardly a layer of foam on top whatsoever. Just a thin piece of brown like snowflake almost appearing like a layer of sugar on top.

S - Heavy on the coffee with some very nice dark fruits and a splash of licorice. Some faint dark chocolate in there with some smaller doses of booze as well.

T - Like dark chocolate, coffee beans. There's also a slight buttery tone as it goes down.

M - This brew is silky smooth with a buttery texture on the finish. Very interesting and quite enjoyable. Light carbonation.

O - A great stout. Highly recommend this one. Still as good as ever!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 02:59:48 | More by brstls4drmrs
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Dan3279

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles tonight and I was really impressed. I poured this into a snifter glass to find a nice dark black liquid.

There is a solid coffee, espresso, & chocolate aroma. The taste is exceptional and outstanding.

The beer was think & heavy but at the same time was very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:40:35 | More by Dan3279
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modernartblues

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at the ridiculously awesome Birdsall House

A: blacker than black. 1/2 inch tan mocha head. Some lacing not that significant. this is pretty but not the most awe inspiring appearance

N: chocolate, coffee, molasses, sweet roasty nose, really nice incredible nose, not wafting across the room, but really good

T: excellent, world class, dark bitter chocolate with notes of espresso-mocha, medium roast with a faint note of hop presence in the background

M: lighter than norm for stout, this wasn't quite viscously chewy, but instead smooth

D: high high, for the abv, I could drink this all night

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 01:22:41 | More by modernartblues
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night. A one-inch brown head settles rather quickly and leaves patchy lacing in its wake.

S: Layers of chocolate: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate cake. Freshly roasted coffee. Caramel and vanilla. Slight smokiness. A few vague fruity notes. Very assertive and very complex. One can smell it from across the room.

T: Woody and smokey all the way through. Black coffee and bitter dark chocolate are right there alongside the smokiness. Roasted grain. Quick flash of dark berry esters. Vanilla comes out intermittently. Finishes with chocolate cake, bitter dark chocolate, woody notes, and smoke.

M: Full, creamy, velvety, and very smooth. One of the best mouthfeels in all beerdom. Some prickly carbonation holds it all together. Warming alcohol is tame enough so as not to offend, and very pleasing on a cold night.

D: One of the most drinkable Imperial Stouts out there.

Notes: It's on another level. Truly one of the best on the market. There isn't a bad thing to be said about it. I can't believe there isn't more hype surrounding this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 23:25:36 | More by ryan1788a5
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black as night, thick as oil, no head.

Smell - Hops, malts, smoke, barley, sugars, chocolate, coffee.

Taste - Wow, 90 ibu's! This is one hoppy stout. Crazy hop kick mixed with coffee and chocolate. Has the trademark founders yeast and spice taste i love. The hops bitterness mixed with the sweet malts and chocolate give it a perfect one two punch.

Mouthfeel - Insane workout. First the toungey gets the hop bite, the coated with the malts and coffee stoutness. Aftertaste is bitter and yet chocolate sweet. Very thick, and lasts a long time.

Drinkabilty - Only reason this aint higher is this monster is 10.5% This really is special. Amazing how hoppy it is for a stout and yet works so well . Beyond great, i cant believe this beer is not in the top 50 list, This stout crushes 99% of the stouts out there with taste, balance and uniquness. A must try from possible thee best craft brewery going today.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 09:56:45 | More by wvsabbath
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Pours absolutely pitch black. No highlights whatsoever. A thin bubbly dark brown heads rises and falls leaving lacing akin to wet brown sugar.

S-Pungent, dark and robust. The super sweet and rich chocolate and coffee notes are clearly evident from a distance. This beer smells big and serious. The 90 IBUs are somewhat prominent in the nose. This beer simply smells intimidating.

T-Such a forceful yet luscious taste. Bitter, bitter Dutch chocolate and charred coffee grounds. Those 90 IBUs really show their muscle again. Super malty yet still able to encompass some serious bitterness. This beer goes big and delivers.

M-Incredibly thick and viscous. Like engine oil. thick and sludgy. What a bigtime Stout should feel like.

D-this one is a beast so proceed with caution, but it still has some scary drinkability.

Often overshadowed by Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast Stout, this one definitely has the ability to stand on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 05:10:32 | More by VelvetExtract
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Barleythenred

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal brown head with engine oil color and texture that could run a jet

Smell: Nutty with bountiful malt notes

Taste: lite hops on the front end with a powerful finish of malts and nuts

MouthFeel: like olive oil even almost chewy

Drinkability: repetitiously returnable

one of the best stouts out there a in a close race with the goose island night stalker

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:12:30 | More by Barleythenred
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this excellent brew a year or so ago but never reviewed it. Excited to find one on the shelf.

A: Pours very dark - about dark as oil. Dark brown head that lingers a while and leaves some nice skim. Doesn't get much better than this.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, booze, raisin, smoke,

T: Well....the first thing I detect is booze so aging is necessary here - not sure it was this hot last time I had it. Taste is cocoa, malt, smoke, coffee is strong, very good but the booze is a factor.

M: Nice balance - thick, even a bit chewy.

D: Unfortunately, this one isn't ready yet. I'm going to sip on it and I'm sure my night will be good after I'm done with it.

Overall great offering from Founders - in all honesty - I don't think it needs to be this big though. 9% would be probably perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:21:22 | More by beerman207
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endincolorado

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours viscous and black, with a nice, thick dark tan head that settles slowly and leaves behind tons of lace.

S- Pleasant aromas of toasted malt, and a nice booziness in back.

T- Flavors are heavy on roasty malt, some black coffee, dark chocolate and a nice, dry finish.

M- As syrupy and viscous as it looks, this beer has an extremely satisfying texture and a complementary amount of carbonation.

D- Delicious, though a bit rich, high on ABV and, a bit steep for a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 23:27:43 | More by endincolorado
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fastsrt

New York

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured 12 ounce bottle in a snifter.

A: tried to entice a head, but it came out like oil and left a thin deep brown head that lasted for a few minutes.

S: roasted malts, alcohol, citrus, mellow.

T: russian imperial stout at its best.

M: smooth creamy, rich, lingering.

D: this beer leaves an impression, it is perfect. this is a must try for people who somewhat like this style beer, I had this one draft as well the head was better, and had more carbonation. The bottle is better.

This beer is an A+ but, it didn't look as sexy as others.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 18:21:57 | More by fastsrt
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CraftAleRookie

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Dog in Lansdale- served in a Tulip glass.

Amazing looking stout- black as tar but the head was more dark brown/greyish than tan; a very dark but rich looking combination. Head was foamy- slowly reduced to sticky lace that caused lip-licking after every sip.

Aroma had hints of cocoa, bittersweet (dry) chocolate, slight malt. Taste was the same, but it had an amazingly rich/dry/full flair that stood out as different (but very excellent) from the Guinness-like Stout that I sampled prior to this brew. The contrast was amazing.

Full mouth feel- nice and bubbly- found myself noting a "wow" after every sip, as the taste and feel combination is very well paired.

Very drinkable and also would probably age very nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 13:06:20 | More by CraftAleRookie
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KBHops

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First imperial stout; great choice

A: Incredibly dark black/brown that pours like syrup. Created about an inch of dark brown head that settled to a thin layer after about a minute and a half.

S: A bit chocolatey, with a bit of coffee

T: About the same as the smell, but the alcohol comes in at the end a little

M: Super thick, like hot cocoa made with whole milk

D: I can do about two at best; the alcohol isn't over-powering, but it needs to be cut by something thinner and sweeter.

Overall, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 03:20:32 | More by KBHops
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip:

A: It ours midnight black, completely opaque, with a generous three finger tan head. I did give it a strong pour as my tulip is oversized and I wanted to stare at the beauty of it. Head retention is out of this world, and the lacing is caking on the glass ridiculously!

S: Out of the glass leaps an incredible waft of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and leather. This is an imperial stout to the tee from the smell of things. As it makes its' way to room temperature there is a hint of the bittering hops. The head has still not faded, we are at the 5 minute mark and counting...

T: This beer is just full of roasted goodness. Caramel and chocolate jump out on the palate, followed by a distinct roasted malt character. It flirts with being to acrid, but manages to hit the breaks just in time. There is a sweetness at first that transitions smoothly to a dry hoppy bitter finish with a reminder of the alcohol content. One finger head, at 8 minutes...

M: Thick and viscous. This stuff is like motor oil on acid.

D: For me this is one of the best Imperial Stouts I have had the pleasure of trying. Founders never disappoints when it comes to the malt forward beers. If it wasn't 10% the drinkability would be through the roof. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:33:44 | More by Neffbeer
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bugaboo416

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review.

In the glass, it looks midnight black with very very little head.
It smelled to me of dark caramel and dark soy sauce so I thought it would be dense upon taste.
There is slightly denser than the average stout but there is no heavy feeling when you drink it.
Upon drinking it, I could immediately feel the heat from the alcohol. Outside of the stout flavors I expected, I also tasted tobacco and pepper. To me the finish was almost bourbon like
with a lingering bitterness.

It's a very pronounced beer and the flavors stay with you well after you're done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 19:09:15 | More by bugaboo416
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aasher

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The Imperial Stout pours an oily, very viscous, lifeless black sludge with no head, just slight dark khaki bubbling. It smells of both bitter and sweet dark chocolate and features freshly ground coffee bean aromas. It tastes of both bitter and sweet chocolate with good roastiness with a touch of alcohol on the backend. It's very, very thick and coats the mouth like cough syrup. It's very good and has excellent flavor but the thickness is a little over the top, even for an imperial stout. This beer is definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 17:35:53 | More by aasher
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matthewalee

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a Deschutes Snifter

A - black as black can be. Oil pour almost. very good looking

S - starts with chocolate but with a bit of alcohol to it. not much, but a little followed by some sweet candy and then you sticking your nose into the glass for about 15 more sniffs trying to figure it out...

T - as good as it gets! Coffee....Chocolate....maybe something smoked? just a lot going on and really chewy. The last thing you taste is candybar going down the hatch. There is a reason that this beer is off the shelves withing a few weeks of delivery to the chicagoland area. I'm glad I delayed part of my life in getting this stuff.

M - Full. leaves you wanting more for sure. Good carbonation for sure with some stickiness to it.

D - What can you say? One of the best breweries out there putting out a sought after Imp. Stout after all the other great ones that have been around and talked about. here's the catch...Founders gives you a taster of it then it's gone. Like a recent reviewer said, bring on the KBS!!!

I think this stout will do great with some age and thanks again Founders...I'm sure you made many people happy with this batch!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 05:38:09 | More by matthewalee
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warbird07

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into a 10oz snifter..

Wow...This beer poured Black with a lingering ecru head. Not much lacing with a sticky, boozey residue that stains the glass. Exactly what I expected. Smell is lovely..chocolate,slight coffee, anise,a bit of alcohol. Taste is bitter chocolate, roasty malts,good hop bitterness,molasses sweetness, 10.5 apv masked well. Mouthfeel is just about spot on, with good carbonation and a slight chewy finish...I wish I could drink this year round,,

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:59:41 | More by warbird07
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foogerd

New York

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

A- Pours like an oil spill, slick and slippery out of the bottle. Black as night, a head is produced that has this gorgeous deep dark coffee color, sexiest head I've ever seen. A real looker of a brew.

S- Smoked anise, lots of roast character, dark cacao chocolate, a creamy lactose aroma wafts over. A bit of sharp bitter booze.

T- Totally an anise/black licorice bomb, with dark chocolate and burnt bitter coffee taste at the finish, packaged in a tasty very drinkable format.

M- Very smooth slick body, low carbonation but very appropiate.

D- A foward in your face Russian Imperial Stout that goes down with ease. Whats unique here is that this brew is big all around, in flavor and abv, yet its drinkability gives you the ability to enjoy all its robustness. Would pair excellently with a creamy rich desert.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:14:47 | More by foogerd
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Avantyawn

New York

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature as suggested by Founder's. Last 4 pack at Whole Foods. I was excited to see a Founder's offering I have never seen on the shelves. While Imperial Stout is not my everyday beer style, I jumped on the chance to try a new Founder's brew.

A: I don't know how I couldn't give this a 5 for appearance. Dark as dark can be, no light makes it through this. Thick luscious chocolate dark brown foam head. Amazing in appearance.

S: Bright and lively alcohol, thick coffee aroma , bittersweet chocolate syrup and sour plum, soy sauce. Toasted grains and tea. The smell opens up as it warms up. Amazing

T: Tastes like grainy sweet chocolate desert syrup. This is an amazing tasting beer. With all of the robust sweetness present, it still has a cloaked bitter vibrant finish. I am close to giving it a 5. A beer genius must have come up with the recipe for this. Bravo.

M: Creamy and delicious. Gentle, bold, intense, and satisfying!

D: This is a sipper, but its so good that it doesn't have to be if you catch my drift. Dangerous beer alert, man this is good!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:10:44 | More by Avantyawn
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weizenbob

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Today I'm whetting my whistle with a Founders Imperial Stout and Breakfast Stout whilst I wait patiently for next month's KBS release. This 12 ounce bottle of Imperial Stout was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. Founders bottle dates in black ink which is literally impossible to locate on a stout, yet alone read. After the pour, the empty bottle revealed the date to be unintelligible as the ink had been smeared. No worries; I know it's this year's batch.

I poured this into a wine goblet. An aggressive pour yields about half a finger of straight up brown head. The pour is thick and nearly resembles chocolate syrup coming out of the bottle. Head retention is poor but at 10.5% abv I'm not surprised. As far as the color, it is expected that an imperial stout would be near-black, but nary have I seen as dark a stout as this. If I were to christen this shade of black, I would call it "Smell the Glove".

Speaking of the smell, it is pretty awesome, and not the least bit glove-like. Chocolate is huge in the nose. Alcohol is not far behind. The aroma is akin to a chocolate liqueur. There is no subtle this or hint of that. It's just chocolate cranked to 11.

This is smokin' hot on the tongue. The chocolate strikes first, and it is very sweet and syrupy; but its reign is brief. The alcohol smashes its way to the surface like the Incredible Hulk; and this beer is angry! After the alcohol kicks me in the teeth I start to notice the chocolate syrup again, as well as a hint of coffee. There's a nice bite of bitter hops on the finish, which although noticeable, pales in comparison to the chocolaty sweetness and alcohol. How this doesn't come off as boozy is far beyond my comprehension.

This stout is heavy duty in the mouth. It is thick and syrupy and basically everything that you dream a stout should feel like. The carbonation feels mild though I can see small patches of active bubbling on the surface. It's just a heavy beer. The thickness coats the throat on the way down the hatch, leaving surprisingly little alcohol burn in its wake. This is awesome.

The drinkability is superb. As hard hitting as the alcohol is, this is very thick, very smooth and very sweet. The mildly bitter finish reminds you that it's a beer, and if it weren't for the prominent alcohol bite this would receive a perfect drinkability score. It is an amazing sipper of a brew, and if there was ever a candidate for some cellaring experimentation it's this beast. Per usual with Founder's stouts, I will take this four-pack, drink a couple now and stash a couple away for next year. After this alcohol cools off I'm expecting the most velvety chocolaty treat that you can find in bottled form.

For what it's worth, I prefer this to Breakfast Stout. Bring on the KBS!

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The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Puny lager cannot hurt Imperial Stout! Imperial Stout smash!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 21:49:08 | More by weizenbob
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John_M

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pleasantly surprised to see this on tap at Al's of Hampden yesterday.

The beer pours a dark, almost vicuous brownish black color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is all RIS goodness, consisting of considerable coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet stout, but with enough underlying bitterness to buoy that sweetness very nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and very long, and I get a hint of licorise in the finish that is attractive. Drinkability is pretty good, though you can certainly tell the abv. is up there a bit.

While no KBS or CBS, this is still a very solid, very enjoyable RIS from Founders. When it comes to imperial stouts, I think it's readily apparent that the folks at Founders know what they're doing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 18:08:37 | More by John_M
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours about as black as beer gets. Has a moderate amount of dark brown head, and produces tons of lace.

S- Magnificent aroma. There's tons of bitterness in it from the roasted malts and cocoa, and I'm sure it has it's share of hops as well. Very much dark malt as well. If I had to use two words to describe it, I'd pick cocoa and bitterness. A bit of licorice in the nose as well.

T- First it reminded me of Peche Mortel, and then it reminded me of The Abyss. That being said, it's damn tasty. It has an incredible amount of chocolate in it, and a ton of dark malts, roasted malts, coffee, and licorice as well. It's jam-packed with flavor, and I'm wondering how it can be so inexpensive as I'm drinking it. It has so many different malts competing with each other and your taste buds are the real winner. I find with many imperial stouts, there's a certain flavor that they play on, and it is pretty dominant, but this has several flavors to work with, giving it a lot of depth. The bottle says 90 IBU's, and it helps me understand how it can somehow maintain balance.

M- Heavy but not entirely thick. Carbonation gives it a smooth finish. It's on the dry side, and a bit stickier than most.

D- Extremely drinkable. It reminds me of a ton of very thick full bodied stouts because of the flavor, but at the same time, it doesn't go down like a meal. It's a full, solid stout, but it drinks easy. I picked up 1 4pk to try it, but had to grab another 2 to stock up on it. I'd buy a whole case if there wasn't duty at the border.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 03:36:25 | More by BBP
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out of the bottle like syrup. Black as the night with a very small brown head that doesn't hang around for too long.

S: Smell is roasty, full of chocolate and some coffee, a slight hoppiness.

T: A bit of a bite up front, followed by nice chocolate and fudge. This gives way to a dry coffee finish.

MF: Very thick overall, but not as thick as I thought it would be watching it pour. A bit a of bite, not much carbonation overall. I'd call it almost silky.

D: Decent drinkability. I really enjoyed the taste, but don't think I could put down too many in a row.

Late 2010 or early 2011 vintage paired with the late 2011 edition. I'll be referring to the former as the 2011 vintage, and the latter as 2012

A: The 2011 pours out of the bottle with only a very thin light brown head, while the 2012 forms a beautiful, large brown head. Neither has a great retention and the 2012 laces much nicer. For both, the beer sits a motor oil black in the glass. (3.5 / 4.5)

S: The smells have really similar qualities, but the 2011 has developed really nicely. The 2011 is big on dark chocolate, and features molasses and booze. Only a really small amount of roast, if any at all, remains. In terms of 2012, coffee and roast play a much larger role. The booze and molasses level on each are pretty much the same, but it works a bit better in the 2011. The 2012 by contrast, seems to be a little bit more disjointed, or perhaps just a bit bigger. (3.5 / 4)

T: Starting with the 2011, the chocolate is definitely the focus. Undercut by some booze, the taste is sweet and surprisingly has a really roasty finish. The 2012 is certainly a better put together beer. The chocolate is still the base, but the coffee and roast really assert themselves nicely. The added roast seems to have covered up the booze. Still sweet, the fresher taste is better in my opinion. (4 / 4.5)

MF: Both are really thick, but the 2011 certainly showed more alcohol. The 2012 had a much dryer finish and a more pleasant mouthfeel overall. Both were still pretty drinkable, but the ABV did wear on my after a bit. (3.5 / 4)

O: This is a really phenomenal beer and is a great representation of the style. I think it aged pretty well, but it still tastes better fresh. I still have a few left, so we'll see how it hold up, but I'd say drink it fresh and don't look back! (4 / 4.5)

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:37:03 | More by russwbeck
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Bottle.

Pour:
Onyx. Obsidian. Coal. I could throw out synonyms for black for days, but hopefully the hint is clear. This is one dark beer. The head, a half inch high crown the color of runny mud, lasts for a minute or two before dissolving into a glass hugging ring.

Nose is baking chocolate, chocolate syrup and booze. Not this beer's strongest suit but still very good.

Man oh man does this taste good. First sip and my mouth is assaulted with rich fudge, milk chocolate, baking chocolate, and a finish that mixes char with more milky chocolate. This is just an amazing example of an imperial stout. Finish is nice and dry too.

Only a mouth luscious and thick could do a beer like this justice and this mouth does. Smooth like velvet.

If I didn't have a job to go to tomorrow or a limited supply of this I could drink this one forever. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 23:19:16 | More by TheBungyo
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Imperial Stout is roasty, a little smokey, and licorice-sweet.

It poured black with no head and it left very little lace. The smell was strong and smokey; the flavor was sweet and candy-like, dominated by licorice, but with a roasty finish and a hint of smoke. The feel was fantastic, with a great deal of breadiness and bitterness to perfectly balance the sweet flavor.

Founders Imperial Stout is a balanced RIS with a huge alcohol presence and a great blend of sweet and roasted flavors and a bitter and smokey finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:40:13 | More by MetalHopHead6
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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