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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,775
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 515
Gots: 1,398 | FT: 119
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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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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this one as an extra from bulletburke. Thanks again Andrew...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger dark brown head on a fairly aggressive pour. Love the color of the head. Head retention is decent and there is some slippery lacing to be had.

S - Pick up coffee, chocolate and some sweet caramel. Scent is very inviting...

T - Coffee and dark roasted malts assault your palate up front followed by the sweeter tastes of molasses, caramel, various dark fruits, and chocolate. A little hop presence makes it appearence in the finish. I usually don't like a noticeable hop presence in my RIS's; however, it works really well here. The hops are not overdone, but are just enough to give you a taste. No heat comes through in the finish. Smooth and tasty...

M - A good creamy viscous brew with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Alot more complex than I was expecting this one to be. Definitely something I would recommend to someone that is into the style, or is interested about the style. Founders brewed a solid brew here.

comfortablynumb1, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of camp0474
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black with a chocolate colored head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Bitter chocolate, coffee, faint sweet dark fruits and molasses. Raisins and prunes. Hints of alcohol.

T: Sweet molasses and dark fruits lead the way, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee support the middle, and nice bitter hops appear in the finish. Raisins and prunes. Faint detectable alcohol, but not much for the 10.5% abv. Sweeter than I expected from the nose. Good display of complex and balanced flavors; showing roasty, sweet, and bitter.

M: Thicker syrupy body with medium carbonation. Perfect for this beer. Has a nice warming from the abv that goes great with this beer. Surprisingly great finish, not overly dry like some imperials.

D: Very drinkable and well balanced. Easily rose to the ranks of one of my favorite imperial stouts that I have tried. Great beer at at a reasonable price, hopefully they don't start wax dipping these bad boys. Great cool weather beer.

camp0474, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of mdogg
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a beer i've always enjoyed over the years, but only truly appreciated recently....

look: dark as midnight, with a tan head that sticks around as lacing.

smell: coffee dominates, with chocolate bringing up the rear, and a faint whiff of booze

taste: sweet malts and coffee, with faint hints of chocolate. a little booze in the finish, but not much.

feel: Perfect. creamy throughout, without being too thick

One of the better ris's ive had. You would do well to pick this up.

mdogg, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kelly88/Exiled for each sending me a bottle of this.

Pours a super thick super black color with a very small 1/2 dark chocolate colored head that fades to nothing. Little lacing here and there on the glass. Smells very nice with coffee/espresso, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, and slight soy sauce. Oddly, I also get a distinct aroma of onion dip. Taste is very rich with strong brewed coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and slight licorice. Slight coffee bitterness after each sip. There is a tiny bit of alcohol burn in the throat. Low carbonation makes this a very thick and creamy beer that coats the mouth. Overall, a great RIS that I am very happy I got to try.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Roke87
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature

Appearance - Pours a pitch black with no light penetrating this brew, very little head that quickly dissipates to a thin lacing.

Smell - Right of the bat you get the usual stout smells of the roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee, definitely smells very sweet.

Taste - You definitely taste the chocolate and coffee a little bit throughout, and it finishes with the roasted malts, At cellar temp I could also taste the alcohol content in this stout.

Mouthfeel - Definitely a very smooth stout for the ABV, goes down good and is a very good representation of a perfect stout, but again I could absolutely taste the alcohol in this one.

Overall - A great stout, I'm not sure if it's the best I've ever tasted but it is at the top of that list for sure, a little strong on the alcohol taste and a little muted on the others. All in all if you get that chance to taste this bad boy, it is really worth it, I would definitely drink this again!

Roke87, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off to see Death Angel - FUKK YEAH!!!

This beer, thanks to excellent trader Brian44556, I have no idea on price, but it's 10.5% ABV...Hell YEAH!

All I can say is: if you can possibly track this beer down, you should. It's hands down the best straight up Imperial Stout I've ever had...yes, that includes Old Rasputin...The folks at Founders may have well converted me to a disciple....Their beer is incredible...

What I like most: everything...

What I like least: Nothing...

Verdict: Find it at all costs, folks, it's worth every penny...NO I GOTTA GO THRASH!!!

SolomonGrundy, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a thin tan head that has light, but decent lacing, very little retention and moderate carbonation. This brew has a very strong chocolate aroma along with some coffee, dark fruits and sweet malts. The first thing I taste is some coffee followed by some dark fruits (raisins, and plums come to mind), and the taste finishes off with some bitter chocolate. The dark fruits add some sweetness that balances well with the chocolate. I can taste a little bit of alcohol near the end, but not real strong for a beer having 10.5% ABV. The mouthfeel is a nice creamy, but sticky brew that is lip smacking good. I enjoyed this one and will drink it again. This in my opinion is not as good as Old Rasputin or Thirsty Dog's Siberian Nights, but still worth getting.

DannyDan, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of gskitt
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ink black with a very dark brown head. Scent is not overpowering, but the roasted malts, chocolate and coffee notes are there. Taste is a deep, rich balance of those roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Very little carbonation, thick and creamy mouthfeel. This a really nice RIS. Founders rarely disappoints.

gskitt, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very black with a decent two fingers of tan head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with a big presence of chocolate and coffee. Hints of molasses, anise, and dark dried fruit. Very faint booze scent. A very vibrant aroma.

Taste: Sweet dark malts with big notes of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and anise. Light hints of dark fruits. The dark chocolate and anise stand out quite a bit here. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick and fairly creamy with a moderate level of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A very good and tasty version of a Russian Imperial Stout.

MattyG85, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of mechamifune
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a sifter, it has a jet black, almost oily appearance. Very slight brown head dissapears almost immediately. Decent lacing. Looks the part of a big ass IS, I just wish it retained a little bit of the head though.

Smell is a lot of sweet malt up front. Comes through a lot better for me than in a lot of other examples of the style. Coffee/Chocolate is there, but relatively muted... overall probably one of the more pleasant "sweet" smells i've found in a beer.

Taste is subtly sweet upfront, slightly bitter chocolate/coffee in the middle, and finishes with a little hop bite in the end to offset the sweetness (make no mistake though, this is not a "hoppy" stout). A wonderfully blended taste where it really feels like all the flavors have come together. No "off" flavors at all, and none of the slight lactic/sour finish I get in some Imp. Stouts.

Mouthfeel is the real standout here. Incredibly smooth and creamy without feeling too heavy. For the size of this beer, it is very easy to drink, and in that sense i think it is really the benchmark for the style. Never feels boozy or hot.

As a whole, this might be my favorite "normal" Imp. Stout. It drinks incredibly smooth, is sweet without being sticky, is creamy without being overly heavy, and blends together the traditional Imp. Stout flavors as well as any other example of the style I can think of. I was quite happy to be able to buy this beer for 10 a 4pack, I just wish there was more of it to buy. Drink this beer!!

mechamifune, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, coffee and a small roast. In the taste, big coffee and a nice roasted malt, sweet to dry. A smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry coffee coffee aftertaste. Big coffee, hides the alcohol, and quite fantastic.

OWSLEY069, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of heebes
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
No bottled on stamp.

Pours into a tulip a dark black with a very dark brown foamy head that has great retention. Nose is smooth, very appealing with lots of dark roasted coffee and cocoa notes, also a good amount of hops come through, as listed on the bottle at 90 IBUs. Taste is also smooth and complex; hits all the right flavour notes with burnt malts and an ever so slightly hop presence. A bit of heat felt in the finish is welcoming for the next sip on this cool afternoon. Heavily bodied and a creamy, lucious mouthfeel. A sipper of a RIS, meant to enjoy, no less because of only one 4-pack acquired on a rare trip into Michigan. Thorooughly enjoyed this beer, Founders just nail the stouts style so well and continually impress this craft enthusiast. Also sports one of my favourite Founders & overall beer labels.

heebes, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-A creamy,dense,1 1/2 inch,deep,mocha crown that stood it's ground for quite some time before giving way to attractive strands of lacing sits atop a syrupy,tar pit black body.

S-The nose is great with tons of dark roast coffee,bruleed sugar and semisweet chocolate.

T-Creamy,sweetened,strong coffee,moderately charred malts and bitter dark chocolate.

M-Thick,creamy and unbelievably balanced with perfect bitterness and carbonation.

O-Stellar and dangerously drinkable!

StlHopHead77, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of AnPiobaire
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Founders Imperial Stout initially pours a rich inky brownish black with no hue coming through when held up to light. The head was a very thin, fine reddish brown head that quickly dissipates to a caramel ring with some minor lacing.

The nose is rich and complex with some chocolate and dark dried fruits. The alcohol makes its presence known as well.

The taste is rich and creamy and hits all the taste buds. It is not too boozy with a hint of tobacco and finishes with a nice pleasant bittersweet chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel as I said above is rich, creamy, and warms your chest as it settles in. A very nice imperial stout worth the taste.

Overall I would say that I have become a fan of Founders and am trying to neep myself from opening the bottle of KBS I have waiting til next winter. DO yourself a favor and make sure you try this Imperial Stout.

AnPiobaire, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours oily and a deep dark black. Even going straight down the middle foam barely raised only to quickly fade away.

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, sherry, molasses like roasted malts. Slight hop ting.

T: Hello hops! Hello ABV! There's a little bit of coffee picked up here that wasn't in the nose, but the chocolate really comes out along side even more of that dried dark fruit flavor.

M: Its not really as oily as it looks, just a big full mouthfeel with a surprisingly level of carbonation considering the somewhat lame appearance. Lots of alcohol warmth here, certainly not the thing for everyone.

O: I wish I had more of these to age. Its showing a lot of potential but its still quite rough around the edges, I'll have to try and track some more down to see what it becomes as it mellows out. Pretty balanced for what it is though.

Drazzamatazz, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a four pack of this at Julio's a few weeks back. No date on the glass whatsoever. Wonder what year this is....

A - Poured into my duvel tulip a motor oil black pour with a mocha coloured half a finger head that rapidly dissolved leaving a thin, tiny mocha halo.

S - Nice sweet, roasty malts here along with big chocolate notes. Big points for the lack of ABV on the nose here, just nice chocolate notes.

T - More big chocolate and roasted malt qualities. This is so distinctly stout. The ABV is present in the taste though, which is to be expected with the 10.5%.

M - Nice and creamy. Not quite as thick as I'd like but this is super smooth and creamy with the big ABV hardly noticeable.

O - Really wish I knew what year this was so I could rate accordingly. Its a nice imperial stout but I could use a bit more chocolate. Didnt get any espresso at all. Not too many cold days/nights left, now is the time to be enjoying these! Looking forward to seeing how the last 3 age.

rudzud, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Thanks StayWhatYouAre2 for sending this in a surprise box, along with a dozen other midwest brews.

A: Pours quite viscous, like unused motor oil, and is just about as black as well. It actually "glugs" a little coming out of the bottle. It settles as a completely still black body of liquid with almost no head at all; just a spotty film and thin ring of tight brown/mahogany bubbles. Moderate lacing is left on the glass after rolling it a bit.

S: Chocolate stands out immediately ... rich semisweet chocolate. Coffee and roasted malts are also prominent. The dark fruit aroma is a little less subtle than I was expecting, which is fine by me. There is definitely a good amount of alcohol in the aroma. This really smells a little hot and could probably use some age.

T: Chocolate and coffee are, again, prominent. Typical. There is a pretty strong presence of dark fruits (fig and plum) that last from the beginning to the end. Roasted malt, providing a subtle smokiness, sneaks in near the end. The contrast between sweet chocolate and fruit, and roasted malts and hops, would provide a well balanced finish if it wasn't for the booze. The alcohol isn't hidden very well at all and leaves a bit of heat and a burn in the throat.

M: Although it doesn't have the fullest body, it's pretty viscous and slightly sticky. Coats the mouth and tongue nicely. Very little carbonation adds to the creaminess. Finishes slightly dry.

D: Drinkability isn't very high at all as it is right now. Viscous stouts rarely are, and this one is just a bit to boozy to put down easily. I think with some age this could mellow out and become a very nice stout. That isn't to say that it's not good now, it's just a touch hot. Overall, it's still quite enjoyable.

Mississipping, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a bells tulip glass.

Appearance: Motor oil black body and a very dense dark brown head 2 fingers worth of head. Lacing is thick on the side of the glass.

Smell: Roasty coffee, smoke, caramel. Maybe a hint of hops.

Taste: First taste this beer is amazingly sweet malts fading into coffee and smokey bitterness that is also roasty that lasts midtaste to the aftertaste of this beer. It quite a tasty beer! The upfront sweetness surprised me with this beer especiallly at 90 IBU's. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer. Low almost reaching moderate carbonation. Very smooth beer that is chewy and boarderline syrupy.

Overall: This beer is my favorite non barrel aged RIS. Gives Old Raspy some serious competition. I might have to do a side by side to see which i prefer. Almost to close to call. Another exceptional beer made by Founders that reminds me that around the Great lakes area of the USA... they ARE the black beer authority!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of stckhndlr
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This is a very heavy beer. By that I mean it feels like it weighs alot in the glass. Pours a very thick pitch black. Dark tan head with lacing that holds the side of glass very nicely. Has the look of used motor oil it's so dark. Light will not get through this one.

S- Smokey caramel, coffee and dark fruit from this one. Has a touch of sweet scents wafting from it too.

T- Caramel and chocolate. Slight hint of smokey bitters to it as well. At over 90 IBUs that is to be expected. Swirling it in the glass intensified the caramel and chocolate flavor while actually reducing the bitterness on the finish. Finish was pleasant that lasted for quite a bit.

M- Thick and creamy but smooth.

O- I am not a huge stout fan but I would drink this again... That is if there was nothing else to drink and this was all I could get. Still better than others I have tried.

stckhndlr, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of stimulus
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 5.5 taster glass from a Founders tasting @ Tavern on Liberty in Allentown.

A: Pours an opaque black with a light tan head.
S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits.
T: Some hop bitterness starts off the complexity, followed by roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate, and later sips result in dark fruits, perhaps plums and figs. Finally, there is a strong alcohol burn after nearly every sip.
M: Well carbonated, full bodied, but has a rough finish with the alcohol bite.
O: This was a notch below KBS & CBS, and probably two below the Nemesis. The alcohol burn was quite noticeable in this beer, though it has a similar strength as the others. Very true to style.

stimulus, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks again to semibaked for this one... not sure how I managed to not try this one yet. Pours an inky jet black with hints of dark reddish brown at the edges. A vigorous pour coaxes out a few fingers of shockingly dark brown head that leave behind some beautifully sticky, gobby lacing.

aroma of chocolate malt, roasty, peaty, must and earth. molasses and bittersweet cocoa. a hint of wet leather and a hint of dog sitting on figs.

Taste is lusciously thick with rich, dark roasted malt notes, a strong, nearly cloying roasty sweetness... burnt caramel and scorched molasses. like a chocolate creme brulee that had been left under the broiler too long. maybe that's a good thing.

mouth is sticky, viscous and full with ample light and prickly carbonation that highlights the bitter and almost astringent notes... an interesting juxtaposition.

All in all, this one is solid. maybe a touch one-dimensional and a bit on the syrupy, sweet, and burnt notes, but i like that it's not intensely boozy and thick and rich. Definitely one I'll try to track down again.

djeucalyptus, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of bnes09
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly pitch black in color. Even as it pours into a glass, this monsterous brew absorbs all light that attempts to penetrate it. Creamy, milk chocolate colored head with excellent retention for such a big brew. Layers of sticky tan lacing clings to the glass.

Overwhelming aroma of dark fruits, dark chocolate, bold coffee and black licorice.

The flavor is insane! Starts off with a massive roasted coffee and burnt charcoal bitterness. Hops are huge also and rightfully so to be sensed under the nearly impenetrable fortress of roasted malt. Mid to late drink the flavor turns to dark chocolate which seems to dominate the experience thereafter. Dark fruits, prunes and raisins, provide a sweet character. Hint of bourbon in the back adds a gentle warmth. Spicy black licorice rounds it off and the hop spiciness lingers well into the aftertaste. Probably the most complex flavor I have yet to experience in a beer.

Lets get one thing straight, this beer is THICK! Feels like melted dark chocolate as it slides down your throat and sticks to your teeth. Well carbonated for the style. Velvety smooth and creamy despite the thickness. Finish is dry and satisfying. Rich texture allows all the savory flavors to linger for minutes after each sip.

It would be difficult to put down more than 1 or 2 of these monsters in a sitting. I think 1 will be plenty for me. Amazing appearance, smell, flavor and feel. As far as imperial stouts go, it doesn't get much better than this. A masterpiece!

bnes09, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of deeply roasted malts, and some rich dark chocolate.

Pours as syrupy and black as the night sky. Very little head, suggesting low carbonation.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I had expected. Taste is of very roasted malts (perhaps even burnt) and very dark chocolate. Unlike many others in this style, there isn't much sweetness in this beer. Small bitterness found on the backend on the sides of the tongue with lingering roast.

This is an imperial stout for those who don't like the uber-malty, syrupy RIS's. Thinner, and more focused on roasted and dark chocolate notes, I found it went down very easily. Alcohol pretty much completely masked. Not bad at all.

NODAK, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of BeerMaverick
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Poured into a Southern Tier tulip glass.

A - A beautiful dark brown (almost black) with about 1 inch of tan head. Some lacing deposits on the glass, but nothing to brag about. If hot chocolate was carbonated...

S - Pure chocolate and coffee...thanks roasted malts! The perfect head thickness captures the aroma very well, so once the head dissipates a little, the smell is in your face.

T - The best part. Milk chocolate with some coffee notes. The alcohol is there, but the overpowering roasted character defends its territory. Quite the feat at 10.5%.

M - Viscous and syrupy to the perfect degree. Not chocolate milk consistency, but almost that of hot chocolate. Coats the tongue in a layer of clouds...probably the numbing feeling from the high alcohol content.

O - Overall a great beer. Not as amazing as KBS, but hey, what is? I like this a little better than the Breakfast Stout because of its predominant smokey character.

BeerMaverick, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of haazer
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Start of a small Founders run with this one. Poured into a pint glass at about 50 degrees.

A- Viscous sludgey black liquid pours into the pint glass. 99% opaque with just a few hints of dark brown. The head is a brown chocolate fluff that pours about 1 1/2 fingers worth that takes some time to settle. Wouldn't expect any less of a look to a Founders stout. Decent amount of lace hangs around as the beer dissapears.

S- Creamy melted chocolate with a touch of vanilla. Ties in with some black licorice, deep roasted malts, and a roasty profile that smells 2nd to some, but just a few. No alcohol present.

T- Taste is a delicious blend of cocoa and kahlua. A tad bit of vanilla, followed with a very stringent roasty malt backbone. As the beer warms up the licorice flavor comes to the fore. There is some heat at the end of this, but it feels more in the form of the 90 IBU's jammed into this RIS. The alcohol is again well masked.

M- Mouthfeel is a light to medium, velvety smooth brew. Very lush on the palatte. Just about no astringency even with abv. Carbonation is near perfect. Like my stouts just a tad thicker.

O- A great RIS stout, and one of the best masked abv's I've drank. Normally a beer like this slows you down, not this one. Flavors and the forgotten "drinkability" make this excellent. I would've loved to try the barrel aged version. Founders is probably the best in the business in doing stouts. I cannot wait to try the KBS tommorow, and some day CBS. For the time being, I'd gladly settle for this.

haazer, Mar 30, 2011
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,775 ratings.