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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 6,112
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 574
Gots: 1,471 | FT: 120
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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Photo of mobius387
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a founders pint glass

appearance: jet black, no head

aroma: not much nose some burnt notes with a malty background

palate: very smooth yet a full bodied beer. feels warm in the mouth actually

taste: the burnt flavors come out strongest, and if this was a blind tasting id say this was a smoked beer. some chocolate undertones, but the taste isn't balanced enough

overall: a good stout, but im not that impressed. founders is my favorite brewery, but this one doesn't live up to the hype and isnt worth the $4 per bottle i paid. dont get me wrong, this is a very good beer and im enjoying it right now, theres just better stouts out there for cheaper (looking at you obsidian).

Photo of nsmartell
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of aorloski
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - WOW one of the darkest and viscous beers i have ever seen. To call this motor oil is an understatement. Nice chocolate fluffy head.

Smell - Awesome bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, hints of vanilla and coffee

Taste - Chocolate, big time. Right up front you get hit with the bitterness which leaves room for the roasted malts and subtle notes of coffee and vanilla to come afterwards. What i like the best is the lingering flavor of melted dark chocolate in your mouth from this.

Mouthfeel - Awesome, coats the mouth and leaves an amazing taste for you to long for more.

Overall - Another fucking amazing Founders stout.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.25/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ink black, with only a sliver of a chocolate head evident. Minimal lacing on my CBS snifter. Truly one of the darkest looking beers I've seen. The nose is mainly coffee, bitter chocolate, malt, and that's really about it. Not quite as good as Breakfast Stout's nose. The taste is... interesting. Not sure whether I love it or hate it. There are a bunch of malts, anise, burned biscuit, coffee, and some hops. After half a bottle... I don't think I'm a fan. The taste just doesn't taste.... well... good. None of the 10.5% ABV is evident. Feel is smooth, creamy, and goes down like butter. The feel is definitely the best part of this brew for me. Overall, I have to say- I'm not a fan of the taste of this beer. I probably will gift the other three bottles away to friends. This is like a Breakfast Stout gone awry... and I love just about everything Founders does. I won't buy this again though. Cheers.

Photo of stbo101
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of wschmit
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Wow. Even as it poured, it was like draining oil--pitch black and viscous. A gorgeous thick head, almost a deeper brown than any I've seen, tops the opaque body and lingers. Fantastic.

S: Lots of toast, black patent, a sort of Platonic imperial stout. Good, somewhat grassy hop notes, too, but nothing overwhelming. Quintessential, if not very strong, nose.

T: Starts off with just a touch of chocolate sweetness, followed by good bitter malt and hops towards the finish. A little bit of acidity in there--not sure if it's a lemony hop note or something else. Rich and full and spot-on.

M: Thick but not too thick, and with pretty good carbonation for the style. Not sweet or underattenuated. As with other aspects of this beer, quintessential.

O: Hard to feel bad drinking this. Founders really nails most of their beers, melding quality and finesse in all sorts of styles. This is no exception.

Photo of VAcrossr
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bdeast1
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/22/2011
Poured in to Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours solid black with a small thin dark brown head. Head settles into small brown ring and stays throughout the whole session. Impressive lacing that, by the time I finished, was completely stuck to the side of the glass

S - The coffee aroma was the first thing I smelled out of the bottle. There was also dark fruit, slight chocolate/cocoa, definitely some sweetness. This was followed by some serious roasty malt aromas, some hops, and a slight booze smell as the beer warmed up.

T - The taste was very similar to the smell. Loads of rich coffee, almost espresso like, rich dark roasty malts. The initial taste is all coffee and chocolate, with some subtle dark fruit flavors hiding in there as well. The front end has a decent amount of sweetness. This was followed by some serious hop flavors and slight alcohol warmth that rounds out some of the sweeter flavors. The finish is somewhat bitter and leaves loads of bitter roastiness behind. The alcohol was a bit more prominent as the beer warmed.

M - Feels like thick silk with every sip. There was a small amount of carbonation, but this beer has quite a heavy mouthfeel that coats the entire mouth.

O - Overall this is another fantastic brew from a fantastic brewery. This is a Double Imperial Stout all the way through. Anyone who is a fan of big roasty stouts will be a big fan of this beer.

Photo of iadler
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/22/11. Poured into tulip.

A- Pours a jet black with a billowing two finger dark mocha head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin cap with some spots of lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, oak, roasted malt, coffee beans, burnt sugar, grassy hops and a hint of licorice.

T- Dark chocolate bars and cocoa powder upfront, followed by wood, roasted malt, coffee, burnt sugar, licorice and tabacco. Grassy and piney hops provide a nice bitterness at the end.

M- Medium carbonation and a smooth rich body. Finishes slightly dry and bitter. ABV is hidden very well.

O- Had this the first time last year and have been waiting in anticipation for it to get released this year. A top notch RIS with a wonderful mouthfeel and a unique flavor profile with minimal sweetness.

Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jabo134
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of bierbrauer
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($12.00/4). Bottled on 12/15/11, 21 days ago. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Very dense, dark brown with 3/4" dense, light brown head that settles slowly and leave irregular lacing. No visible effervescence.

S: Roasted coffee and malts, with bittersweet chocolate; some earthiness and licorice.

T: Chocolate, caramel/toffee and coffee; molasses; some alcohol and lingering bitterness.

M: Low carbonation and heavy body; very rich, smooth and creamy; somewhat viscous; dry finish; slight alcohol heat.

O: Another delicious, amazing stout from Founders. Right up there with their other offerings.

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled 22 December 2011.

A: The finger of head that forms is almost red clay in colour, with a creamy consistency. The beer pours viscous and black. Utterly opaque. Great lacing.

S: Deep, bitter, and alluring. Coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley...all the hallmarks of a great imperial stout. Maybe even some fruit.

T/M: Tasty, but not phenomenally so. Bittersweet, with a surprising creamy fruitiness. Smoothness is belied by the complex and august flavours within. Prominent black licorice lingers for ages on the aftertaste, along with a slightly chalky mocha. The flavours are delivered with a light touch, perhaps a tad too much so?

O: A great beer, but not close to being my favourite imperial stout. It's a little too...straightforward? Definitely recommended for all fans of Founders/stouts, but a beer I probably won't revisit if I can find, for instance, Expedition Stout, Yeti, FBS, etc.

27 Nov 2014 EDIT: No head, but otherwise smell and appearance are the same. Flavor is light, brief, and lackluster. Mouthfeel-- sticky. A couple of years later, I pretty much concur with my original assessment.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,112 ratings.