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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,347
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 593
Gots: 1,642 | FT: 124
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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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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: motor oil pour, black and flat. The thinnest layer of chocolate foam rises for a moment, then vanishes.

S: Intense coffee roast, bready malts, whisp of banana.

T: Again, dominated by roasted coffee, bordering on burnt. Light sweetness, but nearly completely covered up by the bitterness. Some chocolate notes in the finish. Alcohol is quite hidden.

M: Medium body. Actually, surprisingly light mouthfeel given almost no carbonation. Quite dry and lightly astringent. Moderate linger.

O: It's within style, but this is a bit too dominated by burnt coffee flavors for me.

Photo of sculls65
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely thick black with a rust colored head that fades yet coats the tip of my tulip glass. Roasty malts, chocolate, molasses, maybe some vanilla and alcohol hit the nose. Tastes as rich as it smells, gives some warmth without being boozy. Mouthfeel is so wonderful its like breastfeeding. Wish it was more available like I do all Founders stouts.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like used diesel oil with an extra portion of ink. Small brown head was about half a finger and didn't last too long but left pretty good lacing.

Roasty, toasty, and burnt malts dominate the nose. Caramel and coffee notes.

The flavor is quite strong, with heavily roasty and burnt flavors again dominating, accented with very nice dark baker's chocolate and strong espresso notes. There's actually a fair amount of hoppiness too. A small note of molasses gives it a little sweetness.

Body is very thick and chewy, tangy with a bit of alcohol warming and ample carbonation.

Definitely a tasty RIS, Founders seems to have a knack for this type of beer.

Photo of Kbogac
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass like dirty motor oil. Dark black/brown and totally opaque. Thick brown foam that hangs arou d a while slowly melting to a film. The smell is mild, roasted malt and coffee. The taste is dark roasty malt and pretty intense dark chocolate. As it warms you get some nice caramel and a little vanilla. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy with light carbonation. Overall a great stout. Dark roasted malt and chocolate all the way.

Photo of bcal16
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of budgood1
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out like motor oil, completely opaque with a rich, dense dark tan head with some real staying power. plenty of sticky, clinging lace. huge dark roasted malt aroma...molasses, dates, figs, raisins wrapped in some dark chocolate and caramel nougat goodness. the flavour profile pretty much backs up what i smelled...large amounts of sweet blackened maltiness, malted milk balls, chocolate syrup, chocolate covered cherries, yeast and bright floral hoppiness. sort of boozy but not hot. alcohol well integrated. for such a massive RIS the balance is really incredible. there is quite a bit of back end bitterness but really has a hard time asseerting itself due to the sweetness. of course the body is soft, supple and well rounded; huge and full. mouthfeel is velvety and luscious for a 90 IBU RIS. damn perfect. amazing drinkability...this is a sipper for sure and i'm trying to control myself from drinking it too fast.

overall this is a definite winner. my first founders stout and i will be looking forward to more in the future. delicious!

Photo of MDDMD
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep black color with a dark tan creamy head with good lacing

S-coffee and chocolate with roasted malt and some bitterness

T-rich coffee and chocolate with nice roasted malt and a solid bitter finish

F-heavy body with moderate carbonation and thick creamy feel

O-an excellent RIS with great body and balance

Photo of t_carterb
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've finally started reviewing beers after many years of simply reading the reviews online. This is my first BA review.

Poured into tulip glass:

A- Thick, black body with a one-finger, frothy, head.

S- Malt, dark chocolate, and a little coffee. Smells like a classic RIS.

T- The first thing I noticed was a strong roasted and smoky malt followed by dark chocolate and a little coffee that comes through at the end. Seems like the malt dominates. A little bitterness, but not at all over the top. Less boozy than expected considering it's abv and the fact that it's from Founders and an RIS.

M- Big thick heavy body with an oily feel that coats the mouth. Great beer with plenty of body.

O- This is an excellent RIS and one of my favorites. I
love breakfast stout, but it seems like I've enjoyed drinking this more so this year than FBS.

Photo of beergod1
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why haven't I been able to get this beer in my area???? This is clearly 1 of my all time favorite Beers. Poured Black and thick. Foamy awesome dark brown and stuck to the side of the glass. Aroma was of the style, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and even some hops. This was dry, sweet and bitter. As it warms, complex flavors are coming out. Bitter coffee is strong at the front of the tongue. The full body then turns sweet with an ever so slight bitter/dry finish. 90 IBU Imperial Stout, simply delicious.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A - Motor oil black with very little carbonation on the pour. A thin brown cap of foam forms and quickly fades to a thin ring.

S - Aroma of roasted grain, bitter chocolate and just a hint of spent coffee grounds. As the beer warms the chocolate becomes more pronouned and a bit sweeter but he roasted grain aroma remains the dominant smell.

T - Lots of roasted grain up front with a light hint of roasted coffee as well. Bittersweet chocolate sneaks in mid-drink and provides just a touch of balancing sweetness. Mild alochol notes on the back end.

M - Medium to full boided and a very light carbonation. Flavors coat the mouth and linger for quite a while.

O - Another excellent beer from Founders. I think I enjoyed it more when it was a touch fresher, but this is certainly one that can age with no problem.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: In a tulip glass this bad boy was pitch black. The most stunning feature was the head which looked just like a chocolate muffin. It was certainly dark unlike any stout I've ever had. (or any beer for that matter)

S: Rich and chocolaty. Also creamy. Like creamy chocolate ice cream. Mmmmm...

T: Tastes like you're drinking creme. Super thick and smooth. Tastes of chocolate and coffee.

M: Sits heavy and nice. My problem here was I could really feel the bite of the alcohol. It didn't seem to fit in well with the rest of the flavors. I had a second go at it in the bottle and for some odd reason it actually came out better. The alcohol was still present but it didn't overpower the other flavors.

Overall an exceptional beer. When it came out I just about lost it because it looked like liquid chocolate cake (although I don't like chocolate or cake...) It smelled wonderful and the first many sips were mind blowing. However as time when on the alcohol reared it's ugly head and that's what really brought this brew down in my book.

On a second go (this time a bottled version) I thought my original review was spot on other than I had to bump up the mouth feel. The alcohol was present but it was more complementary this time. A great brew.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,347 ratings.