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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,117
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 575
Gots: 1,475 | FT: 118
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 andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for this great extra! Bottle is from 2009. This pours with just a small head if any at all, and is pitch black.

The aroma is full of chocolate and licorice. This smells delicious!

The taste is full of bitter coffee and just a hint of chocolate. This is nicely bitter with the emphasis on the roasted malts, with just enough sweetness on the finish to avoid being harsh.

The body is mediumish, and generally light for Imperial Stouts.

This is one of my favorites, as are most Founders stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Such a big bad bruiser of a stout from Founder BC. Thick, rich, and bitter with a touch of sweet malt to keep it balanced. Flavors of coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, malted milk, and bitter hops make this one a slow sipper. The aroma is similar, but not particularly intense. Not terribly complex beer, but a tightly knit masterpiece of stout flavors. The finish lasts for minutes. Absolutely delicious.

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4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 12/09/10
poured into snifter

A- jet black.. very very minimal head. Looks like engine oil. Would like a little more head, but i love thick thick stouts so this excites me.

S- Absolutely amazing. I would swear this is barrel aged. Heavy heavy oak smell.. perplexing to say the least. I smell oak, heavy chocolate and vanilla, coffee and burnt wood. This smells better than any "un-barrel aged" stout I've ever had.

T- in one word.. "complex". I get tons of chocolate and oak. A bit of coffee and decent vanilla. Alcohol is an afterthought at 10.5%. Hard to beat even in competition with harder to get stouts.

M- Big bodied stout we have here. Exactly what i want in a stout.. thick and syrupy that coats the tongue. Perfect

D- This is a sipper as expected. With that in mind, the alcohol is extremely well hidden and this one drinks unbelievably smooth.

O- This one was about a year old and held up amazingly. The smoothness of this one is almost unreal. I recommend to buy this one up on sight and at the price point it may be hard to beat.

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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ncmussell for this one.

A: Slight amount of tan coloured head over black liquid.

S: Alcohol, molasses, toasted malt, coffee.

T: Toasted malt, coffee and molasses with the taste of alcohol in the finish. Quite bitter.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with a low level of carbonation.

O: One of the more bitter Russian Imperial Stouts I have had, even with the alcohol taste it is quite drinkable.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Simply put, pitch black. It really takes a hard pour to get any head on this. A quarter inch of dark, extremely dense light chocolate colored head appears, and sticks around for several minutes. Only the slightest but of dark chestnut brown appears around the edges. The head fades to a thick, very thin layer.

Smell: Very surprised here, this beer almost smells like a barley wine. Overall, lots of lightly toasted malts, followed by a nice pleasant sweetness. A little brown sugar, a little molasses, and a touch of unsweetened cocoa. An extremely satisfying bourbon aroma comes out after some time.

Taste: Excellent roasted flavors. Malts, malts, and more malts. A faint, sweet, milk chocolate fights its way through. A slight bitterness at the end, accompanied by some alcohol burn. The dark chocolate/unsweetened cocoa really comes out the more this beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, low carbonation, just the way I like it. The body is very smooth, but not too heavy to the point where it is chewy. The carbonation level is low, but not off putting. Great constancy in the body, in the carbonation, all the way around.

Overall: Yet another home run from Founder's. The flavors in this beer really mesh. At 10.5% ABV, this beer is scary drinkable, and it is all but nonexistent, with only a faint hint of alcohol burn. I can't put this beer down.

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

Jan 2011 release into a tulip

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of dense brown head. Head has great retention and leaves a solids wall of lacing.

S - Big aroma of chocolate malt and roasted mats, along with some coffee. A faint sweetness and oily hop presence. Very nice aroma.

T - Nice bittersweet chocolate and earthy roasted malts, with a bit of milk chocolate. Some coffee, faint hops, and a bit of dark dried fruits. Very tasty.

M - Full, silky mouthfeel, with a hint of bitter dryness.

O - One of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery. Avoids the sweetness that kills many big stouts. Great in every aspect.

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4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh shipment. Poured into my new DFH goblet looking thing.

My god its thick. Reminds me of Marshal Zhukov. Very little carbonation produces no head. Initially there was about 1/8th of an inch of caramel colored head, but that faded rather quickly.

I smell loads of roasted grains, chocolate malt to be exact. Hops are surprisingly absent, which is odd for an IRS. The grains smell dry, and theres hints of coffee as well.

The thick body stands out immediately. I almost had to forcefully swallow it The roasted malts (and they had to use a ton of them) coat your mouth. They almost smell charred and burnt. Hints of smoke swirl around with soy sauce, leather, beef jerky, and oak. Odd, but I get a saltiness as well, like the husks of sunflower seeds.

Like I already said, its insanely thick with a full body. Definitely my favorite RIS.

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

A great extra from a recent trade...

Pours beautifully into the Lost Abbey chalice... A foamy brown head sits atop a thick black still liquid... Swirls coat the glass with the concoction...

Lovely dark chocolate and coffee aromas waft off of this... Very rich and indulgent smelling... Very similar in quality to the Breakfast Stout and I think this might be better... The roastiness of the malts seems more prevalent and the coffee isn't as forward...

Bitter dark chocolate, vanilla beans, roasted coffee, smooth roasted malts... It's all here and done superbly... Man, Founders does everything well, it seems. This is no exception. A delicious brew... It's rich and creamy yet doesn't feel too heavy while sipping. No booze whatsoever that I can detect. Amazing.

One of the better RIS that's I've had... A well-crafted beer that I will try to acquire some more of. I liked this a lot.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. (Aged approximately one year).

Appearance: Black and thick, with a really dark brown head (about 1 finger that dissipated rapidly). A beautiful pour.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, and coffee. A wondrous balance of aromas.

Taste: Dark fruit, chocolate, raisins, and coffee on the finish. Alcohol is present but not dominant.

Mouthfeel: Viscous with subtle bitterness. Coats the tongue and goes down smoothly.

Overall: Just heavenly. The best Imperial Stout I have yet found. No doubt the year of aging this bottle helped. First time I've ever tried this beer and would seek it out again.

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,117 ratings.