1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

6,342 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 6,342
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 594
Gots: 1,634 | FT: 124
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: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005

90 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 6,342 | Reviews: 1,650 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jdprmd
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Spiegelau snifter @ 65 degrees

A- poured black as night with 2 fingers of dark tan head. Head dissipates slowly and lovely lacing within the glass as it goes down

S - initial smell is subtle anis and dark roasted coffee. A bit of milk chocolate at the end as well. Smells roasty and sweet.

T- Dark milk chocolate, roasted coffee… almost an espresso taste. This is tasting great right now… subtle dark fruits are starting to pop through as they did in past vintages around this time. After taste is dark roasted coffee

M- Smooth and rich… exactly what your looking for in an imperial stout a full chewy milky mouthfeel. Goes down velvety smooth.

O - this is a great beer year and year again. Every year I wish I had bought more and aged it longer… This would be a fantastic barrel aged beer… hint hint nudge nudge (backstage series release)

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

Bottled 11/27/09

Appearance. Pours thick and black with just a skim of bubbly dark tan head that doesn't last.

Smell. Sweet and roasty dark coffee, some semi-sweet chocolate and a little soy sauce.

Taste. Dark roasty coffee, bitter cocoa, some hops coming through in the finish. Slightly oxidized but otherwise awesome.

Mouthfeel. Full body with low, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Awesome thick and rich stout here. Will seek out a fresh one someday to compare notes, but this was delicious.

Thanks mrbubbler!!

Photo of BigB415
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours pitch black with medium head into my Bruery snifter. Heavy lacing with heavy retention.

S: heavy roasted barley. The roasted smell reminds me of a goo cup of coffee.

T: smooth taste. It goes down very smooth and easy once it warms up. A lot of chocolate taste and more of the barley taste.

MF: heavy mouthfeel. A lot of the chocolate stays on my tongue and lips.

O: a fine example of an imperial stout. I like with this one how powerful the roasted barley is and how thick the mouthfeel is. Founders makes great beers and this is just another example o how strong their portfolio is.

Photo of FeelinSurley
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of scratch69
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance- Utterly black with a fingers worth of dark tan head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt and coffee with tiny hints of chocolate.

Taste- Good roasted malt flavor with a burnt coffee and bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with a creamy feel. Not much carbonation.

Overall- This is one of the better imperial stouts that I have tried. A good sipping beer for a cold night.

Photo of will1256
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jlove5
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GameFreac
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage from the Brick Store Pub cellar in Decatur.

Appearance: Pours a standard imperial stout pitch black color.

Smell: Smells of alcohol, chocolate, and licorice.

Taste - Smooth and chocolatey…so good. Just warming, not any alcohol in the taste. The only thing I don't really like it the slight licorice taste (just don't like any licorice taste in my beers in general) but it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Feels creamy and thick like your usual imperial stout.

Overall: My first aged beer on my 22nd birthday and it was very good. Not as good as FBS, still great on it's own if you try not to compare them.

Photo of marshmeli
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of blange3
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HoneyLamb
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of IlludiumQ36
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AaronKashtan
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of mcintire78
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of vic21234
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A- Pours pitch black with a nice fingers worth of caramel colored head. Lots of lacing along the side of the glass.

S- Most notable is the strong coffee aroma. I also get lots of roasty malt notes, as well as bits of chocolate. A little bit of alcohol sting is in on the smell, but not much.

T- Really nice stuff. Up front is a roasty and coffee like taste, similar to the smell. I get some hints of chocolate and maybe some vanilla also. The 90 IBUs are notable also, with some hoppy presence to finish out each sip.

M- Thick, chewy, a great sipper. An easy drinker for 10.5%ABV, as the alcohol is well masked within the taste.

Another great beer from Founders, and reasonably priced for a 4-pack. I’m planning on sitting a bottle or two down to see how it develops.

Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Another great beer from the Top Hundred Beers of Fame. Thanks to woodchopper for sending four of these beauties in a trade. Pours a dense black color with a small incredibly dark tan head (Ten Fidy color head). Full head retention is average but a covering remains on the glass throughout. Average lacing.

Smell is strong and very good. Roasted malts, sweet malts and a vanilla / vinuous aroma as well.

Taste is very good. Rich maltiness, a port wine like flavor (but not harsh like Le Coq) and some coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel is incredibly rich and smooth. A bit more carbonation would be nice. Alcohol provides a warmingeffect but no harsh alcohol presence.

Overall outstanding, a great sipping beer for a cold night. If I started early enough, two would be nice!!!!

Photo of dvanhandel
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of challenja
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Black Squirrel in ADMO, DC.

A: Pours charcoal black with a two finger dark chocolate mocha head. The head disappears quick.. good beer, good beer.
S: Straight up dark vanilla malts, dark burnt bourbon barrel. Dark black cherry mild Costa Rican roast with caramel and green banana peel.
T: The alcohol and in stringent black burnt coffee starts it off strong and lingers on for a long time on the palate. Charcoal black cherries. 90 percent dark African cocoa. Very strong malt backbone that smacks you is thorough throughout.
M: This is a high carbo swisher that mellows on the tongue.
The tingle is immense. Not for the faint of heart. Nice bourbon barrel heat burn.
O: A really strong punch in the mouth imperial stout that is dead serious in character and appearance. A slow sipper that could be a two and out.

Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DruD
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Nuke77
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black with a light tan head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass with good legs. The scent is all dark roasted malt and coffee with just a hint of cocoa. The taste follows the scent with a striking bitterness due to a tremendous amount of hops. Not as smooth as Founders Porter or Breakfast stout it is a good Imperial stout.

Photo of CummingsK21
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of garrisonp
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,342 ratings.