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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,108
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 571
Gots: 1,470 | FT: 120
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
90 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005)
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Photo of sommersb
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-18-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: On tap at Wino's Depot, Bowling Green KY

Served on draft into a shaker glass, there was almost no room for a head. Color is black as night and seemed opaque. Aromas are of chocolate, coffee and dark, roasted malts.

Taste is of strong roasted coffee malts, with the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate. Full bodied with low carbonation. A slow sipper due to the intense roasted character. The alcohol is hidden well.

Overall a solid imperial stout.

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Blacker than the Ace of Spades, with a motor-oil viscosity and 1/2 finger of dark brown foam, the result of a vigorous pour into a snifter. I swear, 1/4'' of this stuff in a glass would still be completely opaque.

S - Espresso, 100% cacao dark chocolate, and that's about it. The 10.5% ABV is well-masked. I wouldn't call it an overly complex aroma, but is it ever inviting!

T - Rich without being sweet, and complex without being alcoholic. Once again, you'd never know how strong this thing was. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee and a hint of black cherry with a great lingering bitterness. Complex and delicious.

M - Thinner than would be ideal. It lacks the ability to coat the tongue in the way some of its cousins do. The taste is so alluring that this doesn't detract too much, but a thicker mouthfeel would push this beer completely over the top.

O - I wish this was available more months out of the year.

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

A- Pours black as motor oil, it's one of the darkest beers I've seen in a while. Looks thick as hell coming out of the bottle. Produces a very thin layer of coffee brown head but it fades to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Roasted malt, chocolate, some roasted coffee beans, alcohol with dark fruits.

T- The flavor is massive, starts out with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, which quickly opens up onto a core of dark fruit, thick molasses and warming booze. The sweetness of the center slides into a dry finish of roasted coffee, chocolate, a touch of hop bitterness, and a warm alcohol feeling.

M- Full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O - An incredible beer, if I had to pick a go-to Imperial stout this would be a strong contender, at $12 a four-pack it's an awesome deal.

Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Single purchased at Spartan Sprits

Bottled on 12/29/11

Smell: The smell is faint but smells very good: burnt sugars, dark chocolates, and roasty malts. Its also a bit booze

Look: Great head, its not tan is straight up brown and pours about a finger and a half. About a half a finger hangs around for the rest of the taste. The lacying clings on thick around the top of the beer and in patches in already drank areas. The beer is pitch black and looks incredibly syrupy, literally the last drops seemed to cling to the bottle.

Taste: Moderately sweet and big tones of dark chocolates upfront and midway through. The roasty malts come out more towards the end. Alcohol isn’t well hidden and comes through starting midway through, but I feel like it shouldn’t be well hidden in Russian imperial.

Mouthfeel: I would have like it to be thicker (it seems about medium and its pretty close to room temp) especially since it looks very thick when being poured.

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of pocwolf
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of FoundersFanatic
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark black motor oil with a dark copper head

S- bitter coffee, chocolate, and a bit of anise

T- kind of confused by the label on the bottle, I thought this said Imperial Stout, and yet when I drink it, it tastes 95% identical to another Founders beer... Breakfast Stout. The only difference between the two is that the Breakfast Stout definitely has a stronger coffee flavor than this one. It is SO identical to Breakfast stout though, it's bizarre. This is also a bit smoother and more balanced in flavor then Breakfast Stout. No one taste stands out way more than another.

M- thick, creamy, and smooth

O- this beer to me is almost exactly like Breakfast Stout but slightly more balanced. Great beer.

Photo of denimdemon
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Tiger33
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tobelerone
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big foamy chocolate milk colored head on top of an opaque black beer, Excellent retention and tons of lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of espresso, chocolate, and dark, roasty malt. Very fragrant.

Taste follows the aroma closely, with tons of freshly brewed espresso flavor, dark chocolate, and roast. Full bodied, chewy, low carbonation, all around superb mouthfeel. Sticky, gently sweet, low hop bitterness just hiding underneath it all, emerging a bit in the finish.

Tremendous imperial stout, one of my favorites. Just a big chocolate and coffee beer milkshake.

Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of TTAmod
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: When pouring, it's very, very dark brown. Once it was all in the glass, it was pitch black. Even when held to the light, nothing shoes through.

Head is two-finger chocolate milk colored with ruby hues. Retention is really damn good.

S: Deep waft brings heavy bitter chocolate, a bit of coffee (but not as much as Breakfast Stout,) roasty malts, dark fruits, bit of hops, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Starts off with subdued roasted malts. Picks up steam midway with some dark fruit (plum) flavors. This beer finishes really damn good. There is coffee, hops, and bitter chocolate. Leaves a lingering, mocha aftertaste with a bit of an alcohol burn.

M: Honestly more carbonation than I'd like. The body is creamy and heavy, which is good for the style, but I feel that the carbonation takes away from the taste a bit.

O: A good RIS. The taste is nice and complex. The mouthfeel is a little bit off for me, but everything else is a prime example of a great RIS.

Photo of RedHunter
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Spiekerbox
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black as night with a thin dark brown head.

S- Dark roasted malts with a coffee/chocolate background....i have a bad sense of smell and this is a pretty strong aroma beer

T- Strong roasted malt is the backbone of this. There is a nice chocolaty flavor in this beer with a touch of that "dark dry fruit" flavor. A bit of a hoppy bitterness and alcohol warming comes out as you drink more of it and it warms up.

M- Thick and creamy with carbonation that you notice as you move it in your mouth. Nice alcohol warming that sticks around during the finish.

O- This is GOOD, by far my favorite RIS that I have ever had, not much else to say about it!

Photo of jackrodgers77
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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