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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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97
world-class

6,680 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,680
Reviews: 1,738
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 638
Gots: 1,843 | 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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12 oz bottle. Pours a dark black small with a small dark tan head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty, with dark chocolate, earthy hops, coffee, as well as a light plastic note that is a bit strange. The taste has light sweetness and is quite roasty with dark chocolate and coffee. The finish has light bitterness and leaves a lingering roastiness. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Pretty solid for a regularly available imperial stout. Not terribly complex, but quite enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a velvety used motor oil black while yielding a thin, short-lived mocha / cinnamon toned head. nose offers strong notes of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt. the usual RIS players are present and accounted for. nothing really sets it apart, however.

flavor follows the aroma. big dark chocolate / roasted maltiness are the headliners, but plenty of other characters including the molasses, coffee, and even a hint of cherry. full-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, simply an excellent RIS; no two ways about it. i'd stop just short of calling it world class, maybe, but no doubt it's upper echelon. i might even prefer it to the breakfast stout.

(originally reviewed: 12-19-2011)

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Poured into a snifter. Thanks, cvm4

A: The darkest brown imaginable. Slightly lighter ring around the glass. A tan, half finger head that left in the blink of an eye. Thick lacing.

S: Licorice, burnt malts, dark chocolate. Figs.

T: Very light coffee that morphs into toffee. More chocolate as it warms. Rich, robust, smooth. Heavy coffee finish.

M: Thick, chewy. Medium carbonation.

O: One of the smoothest stouts I've tried. Even better towards room temperature. Perfect with Monterey Jack cheese. Very nice with spicy chicken tenders.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,680 ratings.