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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 6,112
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 574
Gots: 1,471 | FT: 120
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from '09 (Fresh-ish bottle)

A-Deep rich black, not much head but what is there is a deep brown. It wants to leave some lacing behind but just can't. (Pours like motor oil, two finger deep brown head that leaves behind some lacing 4.5)

S-Mainly chocolate, some roasted malt and even some alcohol. (Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice 4.5)

T-Roasted malt. More coffee than in the nose. Chocolate is present. Even going on three years old bitterness is present. Coffee and chocolate blend well together. (Roasted malt and coffee, chocolate is there as well, nice bitterness almost like a Black IPA in some respects 4)

M-Medium bodied, thick but not much carbonation. (Light to medium bodied for an Imperial Stout, creamy, some carbonation)

O-A wonderful beer, now I'm going to have to hunt down a fresh version of this beer in January. (Fresh is was still a good beer, I think 6 months to a year would be optimal aging)

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

2011 vintage, poured into a tulip. Courtesy of gford217.

Appearance: Pitch black. Thick viscous pour, but I may not have been aggressive enough when dropping this into my glass to get a good mocha head. Good lacing, though.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, and more espresso. Dark fruit I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: Roasted coffee and chocolate. Molasses. The sugary nature brings to the dark fruit back to mind, and it bugs me that I can't identify it. Some alcohol on the back end of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Oily coating with enough carbonation to lift the beer off the tongue. The coffee bitterness lingers for a bit as does some harshness from the alcohol. Sticks to the mouth more as the beer warms.

Overall: More impressed with this the second time around. I would definitely appreciate having steady access to this if I lived on the East Coast. I would have liked to age this longer, however.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Pour is rich, deep, dark black. The tiniest of mocha-colored heads sits on top, but doesn't last for terribly long. Thin sheets of lacing remain attached to the glass.

Nose is quite roasty, giving this a big-time coffee vibe. Also present are molasses, bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, and a very faint citric hoppiness.

Flavor is sweet up front, with the molasses/chocolate/sugar combo playing a vital role. On the swallow, though, comes the bitterness. It's both roasty and hoppy in a way that I don't really know how to describe other than to say that it's, well, roasty and hoppy. There is an occasional boozy sting, but it's not frequent enough to be a deterrent.

This is a big beer. Full bodied. Maybe not Expedition-thick, but not far off. Low carbonation level keeps it from being too tingly. It's a beer that just slides down your throat, and at a decent rate of speed if you're not careful. I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time, and Founders did not disappoint.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,112 ratings.