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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,680
Reviews: 1,738
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 639
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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Ratings: 6,680 | Reviews: 1,738
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Viscous black with almost no light even coming through the edges. Pours the consistency of cough syrup and has about a two finger dark tan head

S: Very, very roasty. I'm getting a bit of caramel and burnt hazelnuts. Also getting a little bit of coffee and dark chocolate

T: Very chocolatey, very rich and full of roasty nuttiness. I also got a bit of a hop bitterness right at the back and the aftertaste leaves you feeling like you just had a triple shot of espresso straight

M: Ultra smooth and creamy, super full body and is almost close to being a solid. Just a super, super thick beer

Overall this was excellent. Very aggressive in some aspects, but well balanced overall. Awesome stuff, Founders!

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

An excellent Russian Imperial Stout!

Opaque chocolatey-black colour is almost "immune" to light, without even highlights when held up to a bulb. Dark head is impressively thick - all in all a beautiful pint. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy without being cloying - a delight to drink.

Aroma of roasted malts, milk sugars and smoky barrel tannins - all the elements of a "Russian" style. These are also well balanced in the flavour, with a malt-forward sweet start blending nicely into a dryly hopped finish, with a smokiness that lingers for an impressively long time.

Would highly recommend!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice rich deep brown/black with good carbonation leaving a nce brown, frothy cap

S: Dark chocolate, milk chocoate and a nice roaste dmalt with a light hint of coffee and oatmeal

T: Wow. Nice rich milk chocolate upfront with some dark chocolate, a bit of booze mixed with roasted malts, oatmeal and some light pine resin. Delicously decadent, a FBS minus the big coffee. The finish is so smooth and easy to down.

M: Big, rich full bodied and down right fantastic. Loads of flavor, booze is well hidden behind the massive flavor

O: Outstanding in every aspect!

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

Appearance: Black glass shows some brown glow when back lit. Mud colored head holds a cover and gives some lace.

Smell: Bit of soy sauce, dark malt extract, dark roasted grain, tobacco earthiness, hint of hop leaf.

Taste: Mild sweetness grows as the hops fade out at the end of the taste. Roast and hop bitter manages to balance the rich malty base leaving a slightly smoky finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky

Overall: Yum. Great example of the style well executed. Strikes me as a more English version than American as the hops are dialed in rather than celebrated. Founders scores another solid hit.

Thanks to Illudium to for the sample!

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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