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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,326
Reviews: 1,647
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 592
Gots: 1,627 | FT: 123
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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: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005

90 IBU
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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, pure black. No color when held up to the light. Has a thin deep brown head.

Coffee and roasted malts on the nose with some charcoal.

Big bitter black chocolate taste up front. Overwhelming yet delicious. Impeccably blended dark malt flavor with incredible hop balance. Bitterness is big and nice. Huge slick mouthfeel. Flavors are abundant with lots of coffee, licorice and dark chocolate along with the oddities brought on by the hops.

Touches of charcoal and leather come through on the taste as well. Flavors can be a bit harsh and undesirable at times. Smooth velvety texture of the brew is nice though.

Hop presence is pretty killer (in a good way, but at times in a bad way)

The beer is big and complex but doesnt beat the beauty of breakfast stout. Still a great easy drinking RIS though. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden with only hints of it on the breath.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very viscous black, thick and unrelenting, with just a trace of burgundy fizz. Yes, the head is almost red, a dark red.

S: Aroma is heavy with licorice, bitter coffee bean and dark chocolate. There's something almost funky on the backbone, it could possibly be rotten walnut but it's almost mildewy like oyster, which has indeed been done before.

T/M: It tastes very thick and coats the mouth. Bubbles are rare but complementary. More coffee, nut and chocolate are prominent up front with some licorice on the back end and just a touch of alcohol on the finish.

The thickness is what strikes you with this one, there aren't many this thick. A really good imperial stout.


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 12/22/2011 into a standard Founders pint glass.

A - pours a dark, inky black with a half finger of dark brown head.

S - lots of roast character. Dark bitter chocolate notes also present

T - Taste bud overload - such a nice beer. Tons of roast from the beginning to the end. Chocolate up front with toffee in the middle and just a touch of caramel on the end. A very firm hop bitterness that lingers slightly on the palate. Slightly warming. Slightly chalky or minerally

M - full bodied with just a slight slickness. A touch of chewiness.

D - low

Overall, a fantastic beer I enjoy immensely. A lot of imperial stouts seem to shy away from being overly roasty - this one delivers in the roast level. Just another kick ass beer from Founders.

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

Tasting note founders imperial stout

12 oz bottle poured into mad elf tulip

Aroma strong bitter coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted barley

Appearance black,black, and more black.  Mocha head lacing that lines whole glass

Flavor coffee, bittersweet chocolate, rum, toast, raisins

Mouthfeel/Drinkability nice level of carbonation, not as smooth as breakfast stout but not bad.  Might be able to drink two at a sitting

Overall once again founders doesn't disappoint.  Can't wait till febuary for kbs!!!

Photo of phils93rul
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SawDog505
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel giant tulip, bottle dated 12/22/11 thanks Founders. Pours pitch black with and amazing 3 inch dark mocha head, beautiful lace that settles into a half inch foam. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, bread, and a hint of liquorice. Wow the smell good, but the taste is among the best. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee are the main draw, with a very strong hoppyness. Mouth feel is big, drinkability is high, great amount of life for a large ABV, and not crazy dry. Founders please distribute to N.H. some day. Every thing you do is so consistently good and often GREAT. A treat for RIS fans.

Photo of frenchblood21
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Goose Island Tulip.

Appearance- Pitch black with a half finger of dark tan head. Beautiful looking stout.

Smell- Chocolate and coffee...not much else.

Taste- Same as the nose, but throw in some malty alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Just wonderful! Thick and creamy...like drinking delicious used motor oil.

Overall- Great beer...Not as good as Breakfast Stout, but not much is.

Photo of MichaelBurns
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tatums1984
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

12 oz bottle.

It pours a thick, viscous black with a creamy and foamy dark tan head. Quintessential look.

The smell is pretty good. Nice raw barley character with some caramel, coffee, and cocoa. That typical "imperial stout" scent is there which I equate to herbal alcoholic root beer in a good way.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous and the flavor is dead on for what an Imperial Stout should be. It is bitter, roasty, not too sweet. A gem

Photo of Troville1990
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jhb138
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 12/15/11

A: Really dark, quarter inch really dark tan head, some lacing

S: Coffee, chocolate, malts

T: Complex, roasted malts, coffee, bitter

M: Smooth, carbonation is visually there, but I didn't notice it in my mouth

O: Very nice imperial stout, don't think I've had one this bitter before, Founders definitely has their stouts down

Photo of beertasterb
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cps98
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Super dark midnight black, nice 2 finger toffee colored head. Really good lacing.

S – Light coffee, milk chocolate notes.

T – Had some burnt malt character along with heavy dark coffee and some dark chocolate.

M – Nice full bodied beer with really good carbonation.

O – This was really nice although I prefer the Breakfast Stout over the Imperial.

Photo of Egor1020
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of cquinn17
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a snifter, bottled 12/22/11, tasted 1/23/12

A- The darkest brown possible, almost black. Very little head but its a great dark brown color. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts up front, bitter chocolate and coffee notes with some sweeter vanilla-esque notes towards the end.

T- Really rich roasted chocolate malts with some great coffee bean flavors. A little sweeter chocolate towards the end and finishes with some nice bittering hops. The 10.5% is hidden extremely well.

M- Very thick slick mouthfeel the whole way through. Very lightly carbonated. Feels like a RIS should feel.

O- One of my top 3 favorite readily accesible Imperial Stouts. Founders does stouts as well as anyone IMO. Can't wait till next years batch.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color. It poured like motor oil with a thin mocha head that quickly vanished, leaving only a think ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The beer has flavors of dark roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer itself can be overwhelming, but it pairs well with cookies.

Photo of swatsjon
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours like motor oil, black with 2 finger brown head and thin blotches remain on the glass.

S- lots of coffee and roasted malts and pine hops.

T- bitter chocolate, coffee, smoke and bitter pine hops.

M- full body and creamy, low carbonation.

O- amazing RIS! Similar to breakfast stout but fuller with some smoke/char to it.

Photo of Scout11
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark black with very little mocha head that dissipated almost instantly.

S: Aromas of roast malts, cocoa and a hint of figs... the alcohol content is detectable in the nose.

T: The alcohol overpowers a little bit in the taste of this beer though I can also detect dark malts, chocolate, and some bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light to no carbonation and some dryness.

O: A little too intense to have multiple of these in an evening... I was slightly disappointed as I had high expectations from the brewery that brought me KBS & CBS. Not as smooth as I would have liked though I could see it pairing well with a dessert.

Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Brutesling57
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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