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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 6,541
Reviews: 1,705
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 616
Gots: 1,766 | FT: 137
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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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Photo of howard12
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 12.29.11, poured into founders snifter

A -- motor oil; dark, dark chocolate almost black, but lacing leaves hint of brown.

S -- sweet chocolate coffee malt, and something else i cant quite put my finger on it.

T -- bitter chocolate coffee malt; but coffee and malt dominate with bitter choc. aftertaste. delicious but boozy.

M -- full-bodied, carbonation is not too high, milky-smooth (but thick), melted dark chocolate bar, slight bite

O -- delicious. can't tell as of now whether i like this or the breakfast stout more; will have to compare at some point, not now. i highly recommend this beer

Photo of musicforairports
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled five months ago; poured into a small snifter.

Very black color. Dark brown head. Looks serious. Decent lacing.

Smells of dark roasted coffee notes and lightly sweet chocolate for sure, maybe some citrus-y hops too.

Flavor is robust and full of dark roasted character. Dark chocolate, coffee, black licorice. ABV is noticeable, but not more than expected.

Full mouthfeel. This is a big beer.

Overall, this is a great stout. Does Founders make a stout that isn't far above average?

Photo of beerboy9960
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #3 courtesy of BarrytheBear! Thanks again man! 12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black in color. A paper thin mocha colored head appeared after a bit.

S: Roasted malts and bitter chocolate dominate the smell. Also picking up a little bit of sweet notes along with some booze.

T: This beer has a very thick texture to it. A very full bodied beer. Lots of roasted malts and booze on the initial taste followed by a very bitter chocolate aftertaste.

O: Another very solid offering from Founders. Always love trying their beers!

Photo of Gobzilla
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some milky lactic character stood out on the first whiff and had lost of chocolate, roasty notes, a tad of maple syrup, slight coffee, and some malty sweetness.

T: the chocolate character was more intense on the palate alongside roasty malts, coffee, slight lactic milky notes, and sweet accents.

M; the brew wsa meduim to full in body with a fair amountof carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, milky, and silky finish.

O: I would for sure get more of this elixer and was solid all around. founders kills on them stout brews.

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

Poured the most viscous black brown I've ever seen in my short craft beer life. Simply amazing, like chocolate syrup. Big thick dark espresso colored head. Crema.

The nose is full of roasty, dark malts and dark chocolate and big coffee.

First sip...and...goddamn this is creamy and smooth and the taste is out of this world. Coats the tongue with unsweetened dark cocoa powder mixed with crushed coffee beans, yet the coffee flavor is not that strong. Amazing.

This is so creamy and so viscous and so mind blowing that I almost gave it a perfect score. My only qualm was a sharper bitterness that threw me off.

This one seems like it will age well, so I put a few in the cellar. Bet that bitterness goes away and this becomes one of the best aged RIS out there.

Photo of going_todash
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mugsy62388
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of juhl31
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-good and black with a nice brown colored thin head

-roast mixed with dark chocolate hit me right off the bat and stick around and chill for awhile

-wow! that is really good. i was expecting a good taste, but not as big and bold as this. a ton of dark chocolate flavor and the roast in the background. there is a hint of coffee grounds as well and some good malt sweetness. enough bitterness comes through to make it taste like dark chocolate over milk

-i am loving how thick this is. it leaves a big thick saliva feel in the back of the throat as well

-i am completely fine with drinking this beer. it's 10.5 yet doesnt blast your mouth out. i wish this was more accessible to me

Photo of yaksurf
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of NickyDee21
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of coachdonovan
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12/22/11 bottle, it's obviously pure black. One of the darker heads I've seen in a while too; it starts out about an inch thick and fades to a thin layer of mocha foam, solid lacing. This is the picture you find in the dictionary next to "Imperial Stout."

Nose is equal parts coffee and unsweetened chocolate. A little tingle of alcohol is there, but just barely. The malt brings to mind the aroma of roasted chestnuts on a New York City autumn afternoon.

First pull from the glass is smooth and viscous. The aroma themes are still there - roasted coffee and bitter chocolate - but this flavor profile goes much deeper. There is a juicy fruitiness that balances all that darkness, and now I find the 90 IBUs referenced on the label. The roasty notes come through again in the finish.

I'm taking my time with this one because I want to enjoy all the flavors, not because the 10.5% abv is obvious. This is simply really really good. If the coffee flavor was dialed back just a bit, it might be perfect.

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hopstermonster1
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of EmmetD
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Blaze5445
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of pentasyllabic
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ghostwalker
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 12/29/11.

Appearance is outstanding. Dead black body with a solid dark brown head. Just beautiful in my CBS snifter.

Nose is bitter chocolate and coffee. I'm getting quite a bit of hops as well.

Flavor is all about bitterness and intensity. Hops are prevalent. Bitter chocolate. This brew hits the palate like a shot!

Mouthfeel is rich and somewhat oily. Slick and moderately coating.

Overall, this is a fantastic RIS. The hop loading is reminiscent of Storm King, but the overall drinking experience is even better.

Photo of jayp82
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of djwhit24
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Peyton5410
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of sleuthdog
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a bottled on date 12/22/11 poured into tulip glass

A: This Founders offering pours a dark black with about a one fingers size head. The head color reminds me of the color of chocolate ice cream. I see some tiny bubbles fighting to squeeze in between each other along the edge of the glass. Seemed to pour rather thick as it seemed to "chug" out of the bottle. There is some nice moderate to heavy lacing.

S: Upfront I get the roasted/char character. I also get expresso/coffee beans and dark bakers chocolate. There is an ever so slight hop character present and very light alcohol scent.

T: On first taste I get the charred/roasted characteristics and the chocolate notes. This has a very distinct bitter chocolate taste like dark chocolate but more like unsweetened dark chocolate. I definitely get the hop bitterness on both the initial taste and the swallow/after taste. The alcohol is almost non existent.

M: Not as viscous as I thought it would be after pouring. It has a nice balance between the carbonation and what I'm used to in a big stout for a change of pace. This beer leaves the palate fairly quickly after swallowing, which also surprised me.

O: I enjoyed this beer as a change from other stouts, probably because of the bigger hop character. I also enjoyed the lack of sweetness as a change of pace. I have 3 more in the cellar and am interested to see what some age does to this one.

Photo of Rckmo10
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of rumorsofsurf
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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