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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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5,928 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,928
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 547
Gots: 1,430 | FT: 123
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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Vintage 2009 poured into a snifter. Thanks to sweemzander for thinning his supply and cellar cleaning and tossing one of these my way.

(A) Pours black and opaque. Sits pretty thick in the glass. Some brown head upon pouring but it quickly diminishes to just a light ring around the edge of the glass.

(S) There is a decent amount of dark fruits and black cherry. Biscuit. Some decent coffee aromas and some cocoa.

(T) Cocoa and coffee are quite pronounced. Dark and chocolate malts mix with a roasted character to blend in with the dark fruits and sweetness you get in the end of the taste and into the aftertaste. Some licorice.

(M) Somewhat dry. Full body. Smooth. Really fills the mouth and sits with substance on the palate. Coats your throat.

(O) Good solid stout. Seems like this would be the base beer for the KBS, CBS, and FBS. Has a lot of the same qualities with the exception of the added flavors in the other blends.

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A-Deep rich black, not much head but what is there is a deep brown. It wants to leave some lacing behind but just can't. (Pours like motor oil, two finger deep brown head that leaves behind some lacing 4.5)

S-Mainly chocolate, some roasted malt and even some alcohol. (Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice 4.5)

T-Roasted malt. More coffee than in the nose. Chocolate is present. Even going on three years old bitterness is present. Coffee and chocolate blend well together. (Roasted malt and coffee, chocolate is there as well, nice bitterness almost like a Black IPA in some respects 4)

M-Medium bodied, thick but not much carbonation. (Light to medium bodied for an Imperial Stout, creamy, some carbonation)

O-A wonderful beer, now I'm going to have to hunt down a fresh version of this beer in January. (Fresh is was still a good beer, I think 6 months to a year would be optimal aging)

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,928 ratings.