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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,675
Reviews: 1,737
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 639
Gots: 1,837 | FT: 146
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: mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

90 IBU
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Ratings: 6,675 | Reviews: 1,737
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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pure black motor-oil like body with 1 finger mocha head with lots of lacing.

S: Roasty and nutty. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Smells amazing.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, bitterness from coffee and hops, acidity. Did I say hops? I think hops almost takes away a bit from the beer. I think this beer will taste much better with some age.

M: Thick and syrupy. Slightly drying.

O: Another solid offering from Founders. I have another bottle in my cellar - I will revisit this one in about 2 years.

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4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated (12/22/11) enjoyed on 7/8/12, served in a snifter.

Pour: Pitch black with barely a finger of khaki head. Recedes quickly, leaving the glass looking like it's full of motor oil.

Smell: Dark bitter chocolate, smokey roasted malts, coffee. Some latent dark fruits as it warms.

Taste: Bitter chocolate. Very, very roasty. Slight hoppy bitterness accompanies the bitter chocolate. Dark fruits again come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, slick consistency. Definitely a sipper. No trace of alcohol.

Overall: Pretty darn perfect RIS

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a CBS Snifter.

A: Pours dark black with a dark mocha 1 finger head. Minor retention and lacing present.

S: Smells of dark malts, chocolate, vanialla and a hint of coffee.

T: Huge hit of dark sweet chocolates, followed by some bitter coffee. Malts and hints of vanilla at the end.

M: Full body minimal carbonation. Very silky smooth.

O: Wow, Founders knows stouts. IMO, this is KBS minus the bourbon goodness. Excellent Imperial Stout.

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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Thanks to redbird!

This beer pours out black, with next to no head. The aroma is full and roasty, with loads of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of tops. The taste is over-the-top roasty at first, with some dark fruits. There's also a decently large dose of earthy hops at the end. The late finish yields a great coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is slick, with a slightly lighter body than expected. Overall, this is a great imperial stout. It really doesn't do anything out of the ordinary - so it makes a great benchmark stout.

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3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review for a bottle that once I removed the cap I saw the old twist off cap style bottle. (Courtesy of HimerMan.) Must be at least 3 or 4 years old because I believe they changed bottles a decent time ago.

Pours a thick, dark, opaque liquid, reminiscent of Hershey's syrup in color with a super tiny head that is nutty in color that immediately dissipates. Carbonation is super low but I am guessing that is because of the age factor.

Aromas begin very sweet and caramelly to the start, fading into a calming alcohol presence. Hints of dark, unsweetened chocolate and a subtle whiff of coffee. Zero no hop presence and an emerging soy sauce molasses astringency that can only come from a super old beer.

The initial taste first brings a cornucopia of flavor to the palate all at once. Bitter dark chocolate, milk chocolate, bitter coffee and a that odd astringent twang I got in the aroma. Aged hops, doubt it. Must be the super oxidated dark malts creating a slight stale coffee grinds, soy sauce astringency.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is super syrupy and neither to sweet or too dry.

Overall this is a super complex beer that I believe this vintage I possess is slightly passed it's prime. Too much sweetness and deteriorated dark malt soy sauces flavors. Not sure how this is fresh but this is a testament to not waiting too long.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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