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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 6,355
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 592
Gots: 1,648 | FT: 125
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
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Rob315
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch as night, viscous looking as it flows into the glass. ! finger coffee colored head, light film swirls on top of brew, gorgeous.

Smell: Huge roasted coffee notes, chocolate, smokiness, oak, vanilla.

Taste: Super chewy, smooth, bitter dark chocolates, coffee notes left in the after taste.

Overall: Incredible. I enjoyed this one over the course of about 40 minutes, aroma and flavors really opened up as it neared room temp. I will be seeking plenty of these out.

Photo of XavierMuskies
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Puterguru
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a great looking consistency, and a thick, foamy, dense, creamy, milk chocolate colored head. Aromas are rich and deep, with a good blending of chocolate and coffee, as well as some roasted qualities and a slight boozey kick. Flavors are robust and full, with a heavy roasting, almost to the point of char, carrying a solid dark coffee backbone, with some bitter cocoa nib and sweet molasses and vanilla highlights. Very well blended, and extremely smooth despite the bitter coffee and chocolate notes. The aftertaste is more of the smokey/roasted character, with a touch of the bitter chocolate and coffee once again. This full bodied brew leaves a trail of rings around the glass, and is insanely smooth leading to a velvety soft, creamy finish, with a touch of drying bitter left behind for just a moment. Tremendous beer!

Photo of Rostie
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DangerDawg
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Illtryit
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like spent motor oil. Thick, black as night, and a brown foam 1/2" thick on top. Minimal lacing.

smells semi sweet chocolate.

Burnt toast kicks you in the face. Very dry, semi sweet chocolate. Strong alcohol kick to finish.

Mouthfeel??? You can chew this imperial. Burns from the alcohol.

Pretty good, but I cant get passed that I'm not altogether fond of imperials yet. Too much flavor!

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap Zeno's and served in a snifter type glass

Appearance – Deep black with a dark brown head of about 1 inch. The head was fairly persistent, but faded slowly giving some nice lacing. Swirling the beer in the glass gave indications of its wonderful thick body, as it seemed to cling to the side of the glass and slowly creep back to its resting home in the bottom of the vessel.

Smell – Strong roasted coffee mixed with a more bitter chocolate are up front and fairly persistent throughout the nose. A very smoky aroma then mixes in along with a bit of a sweet backbone of toasted barley.

Taste – Smooth. There is a roasted coffee flavor that meets the tongue with warmth. A sweet and smooth chocolate flavor then works its way into the profile and starts to take over the coffee flavor. Toward the end however, the roastiness of the brew comes back to take over the sweet, this time with an bitter chocolate and smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel – As anticipated from how the brew seemed to grasp the glass when swirled, the body is hearty and thick. It coats the mouth and tongue like a blanket; warm and comforting. The carbonation is lower, which suits the body quite well. Very nice.

Overall – Quite a great beer. It has it all; flavor, aroma, look and feel. One great brew to sit back and savor if you have the chance.

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass:

A- Motor oil black body with a one-finger, frothy, mocha colored-head.

S- Roasted, smoky almost burnt-smelling malt, hints of dark chocolate, and the ever slightest hint of coffee. Smells like a good RIS.

T- The first thing I noticed was an in your face deep roasted and smoky malt followed by dark chocolate and coffee that comes mostly on the finish. The big malt dominates. Quite bitter for a stout. Bitterness is lingering in the back of the throat. Get a little bit of the alcohol, but not at all overpowering.

M- Big thick heavy body with an oily feel that coats the mouth and throat with each swallow. A big beer like this needs body and it has plenty.

O- This is a very good take on a RIS. If the smokiness in the malt was toned down, I would like it better. Nonetheless this keeps the streak alive of never having a Founders beer that sucked.

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3/5  rDev -31.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with thin tan head in Stone IRS tulip. Lots of lacing considering such a small head.

Smell is heavy with dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste is nice toasted malt and dark chocolate. Good coffee flavor in aftertaste. A little smokey but not as much as I had expected.

Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. Full bodied. Not a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is a pleasant sipper.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of WankelEngine
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours motor oil black. There is a half finger dark tan foamy head which quickly recedes to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Leaves a small amount of spotty lacing.

S: Bitter, dark chocolate and coffee on the nose. Followed by roasted malt and smoke.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee are still dominant but the smokiness is much more pronounced. The bitterness takes on a grassy tone near the end. The finish is dry with a little bit of alcohol heat.

M: Thick and chewy. Mild carbonation gives a pleasant effervescence.

O: Not the most dynamic or complex imperial stout, but still big, bold and tasty. Very bitter.

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,355 ratings.