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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,541
Reviews: 1,705
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 616
Gots: 1,766 | FT: 137
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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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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Omeggang tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep oily black. Has a fat foamy brown head.

S- Smells of burnt malts. slightly chocolaty with a hint of hop bitterness.

T-Incredibly strong and rich. Notes of Chocolate, coffee, espresso, caramel, earthy hops, slight mint, and smoke.

M- Heavy and syrupy with a very low carbonation.

O- Am amazing stout. Very heavy and rich but definitely a stout lovers dream. Something I'm glad I bought in bulk.

Photo of natemort13
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour of this motor oily stout into a pint glass provides a thin mocha cap that dissipates into some puddles with a nice ring around the rim.

Nose is sweetly malty with underlying milk chocolate and light coffee notes and alcohol fumes. Pretty muted though.

Oh wow, slightly roasted intense malts. Lots of chocolate and understated coffee. Delicious cocoa. Fig and raisin as it warms. finish is superb with a smooth lingering chocolate maltiness. 90 IBUs come through in the finish as it warms with a vague bitterness.

Mouthfeel is super full and very slick. Borders on chewy.

First time I've had this beer. I have yet to drink a founders I dislike at all. Super solid stout. Refreshing to have a such a solid stout when it seems like everyone believes that anything not barrel aged isn't worth the time.

Photo of hoosier222002
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ryantho00
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oil blackness with a slick chocolate head becomes this beer once poured. I sniff cocoa, coffee, deep sweet maltiness, ester alcohol and some dark fruits undertow. The first sip gives way to the deep mocha flavors from a nice warm espresso and plumy sweetness to some deeper hops and a roasted smokiness that is warmed at the end by the alcohol. This brew is simply fantastic, as always perfectly balanced and artistically created from the genius minds at Founders. Good beer in the family of breakfast stouts/imperial stouts, from Founders.


Photo of MichPaul
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK, I'm somewhat new to the "Craft beer" world, and sometimes the "Appearance" category strikes me as funny. I guess I don't see how the appearance effects a beer all that much. I haven't really seen a beer where the appearance has made me stand off a bit. If a stout is black, how can you give it anything less than a 5?
At any rate, with this stout, black is beautiful! This thing pours so think also!
Really not that strong of a smell, but wonderful none the less.
The taste and mouthfeel go hand in hand here to a spectacular finish. Right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout for me. I LOVE this beer!

Photo of CamM
3/5  rDev -31.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black with a nice one finger dark mocha head. The aroma has a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts, with a touch of vanilla. The taste is fantastic, starts of with some chocolate and closes nicely with the bitterness of the coffee and (charred?) roasted malts. The mouthfeel is thick bodied with decent carbonation, and is pretty smooth and hides the alcohol well.

Very nice imperial stout from Founders, I was slightly disappointed by FBS (still a good beer), but this is outstanding. Have to find a CBS now to try.

Photo of HungarianCount
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Suds
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy a good imperial stout, and this one was better than most. It's an extremely black brew with a thin chocolate head. It's thick and viscus. The smell is truly intense. Dark fruit, berries, charcoal, coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol all mingle in the nose. The taste is equally intense...sweetness in the front, with plums, cherries, and dates...followed by an intense bitterness similar to bakers chocolate on steroids. Then, the warming sets in...huge ethanol warmth kicks things up a notch. The finish is lingering, bitter, and rich. Dark malt is abundant in the flavor as well...this is a very complex brew. The mouthfeel is engulfing...deep, thick, and dense. Overall, this one is spectacular.

Photo of TWStandley
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Portsmouth Brewery Tulip Snifter...

Looked like I was pouring oil into my glass. Jet black, shiny looking brew.

Smells of some dark and milk chocolates, dark fruits, roasted barley, and a tiny bit of expresso.

Taste is amazing. At first you are hit with a blast of roasted barley, like taking a stoke of a cigar. Then you are hit with some chocolate/vanilla flavors, which finish in a darker chocolate/coffee tastes. Not nearly as extreme of a coffee taste as FBS, more of a subtle flavor. Tastes like dessert.

Mouthfeel was exactly what was expected. Minimal carbonation, thick and syrupy, slight alcohol heat.

And yet another delicious Founders stout. I love the differences between this and FBS - which are now at the tops of my list of Stouts. Well done!

Photo of thefizzo
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nitro0292
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Founder's stout I am reviewing.

This is a far cry from the breakfast stout.

Appearance - pitch black. Huge head stays around forever and leaves chunky layers of lacing behind. Pours like motor oil.

Aroma - Smells of deeply roasted malts, bitter chocolate and spent coffee beans. Slight alcohol smell is apparent.

Taste - More of the same, but no alcohol. Deeply roasted malts, but without being overly bitter or astringent. Bitter chocolate and coffee mixed with dark caramel malts. Hides the alcohol very well - it is barely apparent. No real hop flavor despite the 90 IBUs the label boasts.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, but not overly so. This style should be heavy as it is a big beer, and a malt-forward one at that. Carbonation is light. No complaints and all things considered, the viscosity adds to the experience.

Overall this is a very good RIS. Definitely worth seeking out, especially if you are looking for a RIS to challenge the other forerunners of the style.

Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: motor oil pour, black and flat. The thinnest layer of chocolate foam rises for a moment, then vanishes.

S: Intense coffee roast, bready malts, whisp of banana.

T: Again, dominated by roasted coffee, bordering on burnt. Light sweetness, but nearly completely covered up by the bitterness. Some chocolate notes in the finish. Alcohol is quite hidden.

M: Medium body. Actually, surprisingly light mouthfeel given almost no carbonation. Quite dry and lightly astringent. Moderate linger.

O: It's within style, but this is a bit too dominated by burnt coffee flavors for me.

Photo of sculls65
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely thick black with a rust colored head that fades yet coats the tip of my tulip glass. Roasty malts, chocolate, molasses, maybe some vanilla and alcohol hit the nose. Tastes as rich as it smells, gives some warmth without being boozy. Mouthfeel is so wonderful its like breastfeeding. Wish it was more available like I do all Founders stouts.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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