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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 6,559
Reviews: 1,708
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 619
Gots: 1,773 | FT: 138
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of muletrane
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours jet black with no light coming through. Two fingers thick creamy dark tan head. Tight bubbles with good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and nutty roastiness. Some dark fruits as well.

T: A nice wave of sweet chocolate up front. Lots of roasty notes in the middle. Coffee bitterness comes out in the finish and lingers.

M: Incredibly smooth brew! Moderate to heavy body with light carbonation. Coats the mouth just right. Not too much and not too little.

One the smoothest RIS's I've ever had. Very tasty and easy to drink. A top notch representation of the style.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This is as close to perfection as a stout can get, in my opinion. Founder’s has developed into what I think is the country’s best brewery in terms of quality of each brew, and with the Imperial Stout they have created their superior masterpiece.

It pours a deep, dark midnight black and has a strong aroma that will linger throughout the enjoyment process. Goes down strong but smoothly and pleases the senses to the maximum level for anyone who truly calls themselves a stout lover. And the aftertaste? Well, that might even be better than the rest of the experience combined.

All in all, this is a frequent buy in home and considered at the top of the hierarchy of beers.

Photo of wells9uk
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MIP229
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of 57md
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitched black with a finger of tan head. The head dissipates quickly, but there is some fine lacing left on the glass as this beer goes down.

The nose is definitely of dark fruits and the upfront taste has a bit of that sweetness, but not as much as the on-tap version.

There is some hint of roasted malt on the finish, but the bottled version lacks the astringent alcohol taste that plagued the on-tap version I reviewed earlier.

As I have said elsewhere - one of the best renditions of an RIS out there.

Photo of andrewengler
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Ehrnstrom
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a deep black with minimal dark brown head, which itself disappears quickly. Little lacing.

smell: malts, chocolate, faint almond smell, carbonation is good and the smell is excellent. high alcohol content comes through toward the end.

taste: remarkably drinkable for a 10.5% stout. This might be better than breakfast stout, and that's no small feat. moderately full-bodied, but really rich and smooth, so the overall effect is very balanced.

mouthfeel: if there's a weakness, I suppose it's most fair to place it here. To be fair, this isn't the best stout there is, but it's still excellent.

overall: top notch. flaws. but minimal flaws.

Photo of HopJack
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Hindsight
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. 1cm brown creamy head with decent retention. Very oily and viscous with spotty lacing. 

Deep and rich nose. Dark bitter chocolate. Deep rich nuttiness. A touch of rum soaked dark fruit. 

Flavor is very robust and earthy. Rich and bitter cacao. There's an interesting alcohol character to it that I can't place. Bold espresso notes on the back end. 

Mouthfeel is very much full bodied and very dry with low carbonation. 

Overall it's a pretty good imperial stout. Not the biggest fan of how dry it is but the rest of the characteristics are solid, but not amazing. 

Photo of LynnHomeBrewer
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of brasky11
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of DerikC
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of smogfood
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of epicbeard85
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Dstring
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of Jose2412
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel in the Black Booty 5 BIF. Into an Epic snifter.

A: Inky black with a slow to rise brown head that bubbles up to almost half an inch and recedes into the murk almost as fast leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No lacing left behind.

S: Chocolate first then some burnt barley, a bit of caramel as well as a few plum like notes. Lots of coffee and char in here as well. Smells like it should, a huge imperial stout. A bit of an earthy hop profile. All around just smells like a huge beer.

T: Everything I ask for in an imperial stout, massive sweetness that is balanced by bitter roasted/burnt malts and a bitter, resinous hop profile. Tons of molasses and caramel blend in nicely. Long lingering flavors of burnt malts, plum skins, and hop resins make me take another drink entirely too fast. This should be one to savor, but it is just too damn tasty. Really impressive.

M: Absolutely nailed it here, thick and chewy, perfectly balanced between overly sweet and dry, so it doesn't leave an acrid ashy feel in the mouth. No booze warmth at all. Excellent.

O: This is definitely one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. Everything works so well in this beer, that is hard to imagine it getting much better. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

Photo of MrHolland10
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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