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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,672
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 638
Gots: 1,837 | FT: 147
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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: mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

90 IBU
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Ratings: 6,672 | Reviews: 1,736
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. 1cm brown creamy head with decent retention. Very oily and viscous with spotty lacing. 

Deep and rich nose. Dark bitter chocolate. Deep rich nuttiness. A touch of rum soaked dark fruit. 

Flavor is very robust and earthy. Rich and bitter cacao. There's an interesting alcohol character to it that I can't place. Bold espresso notes on the back end. 

Mouthfeel is very much full bodied and very dry with low carbonation. 

Overall it's a pretty good imperial stout. Not the biggest fan of how dry it is but the rest of the characteristics are solid, but not amazing. 

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel in the Black Booty 5 BIF. Into an Epic snifter.

A: Inky black with a slow to rise brown head that bubbles up to almost half an inch and recedes into the murk almost as fast leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No lacing left behind.

S: Chocolate first then some burnt barley, a bit of caramel as well as a few plum like notes. Lots of coffee and char in here as well. Smells like it should, a huge imperial stout. A bit of an earthy hop profile. All around just smells like a huge beer.

T: Everything I ask for in an imperial stout, massive sweetness that is balanced by bitter roasted/burnt malts and a bitter, resinous hop profile. Tons of molasses and caramel blend in nicely. Long lingering flavors of burnt malts, plum skins, and hop resins make me take another drink entirely too fast. This should be one to savor, but it is just too damn tasty. Really impressive.

M: Absolutely nailed it here, thick and chewy, perfectly balanced between overly sweet and dry, so it doesn't leave an acrid ashy feel in the mouth. No booze warmth at all. Excellent.

O: This is definitely one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. Everything works so well in this beer, that is hard to imagine it getting much better. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

Photo of MrHolland10
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having most of the Founders big stouts, finally getting into this one.

Looks like a stout. Dark, some foam, it fades, scraps of lace.

Roasty, bit of coffee, malty backbone is right there balancing, if not particularly sweet. Boozy enough to open the sinuses, but not to a fault.

Much like the nose. Roasty, nip of coffee, malty richness balancing even if not quite sweet, and slightly bitter. Kind of a definition of what a basic (no barrel, coffee, vanilla, etc), solid, Imperial Stout should taste like.

Plenty carbonated, fully body, medium viscosity, and mild bitterness in the finish.

Really good Imp Stout. Balanced, complex, smooth and moderately complex. Unpretentious, but solid and reliable. Well done.

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ShanePB
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Motor oil black pour from the bottle with a huge frothy, foamy and creamy looking brown head. Huge amounts of lace rings around the glass, as well as a retention ring. Simply put this beer is absolutely killer looking. Deserving of the high score for the category.

S: Bitter dark chocolate, whole roasted coffee beans, chocolate malt, caramel and a bit of nutty sweetness. Really a very well done, straight-forward Imperial Stout.

T: Wow. I don't normally get "excited" for regular Imperial Stouts but this beer is on an entirely different level. A semi-sweet/bitter dark chocolate is up-front and quickly moves into a very balanced roast flavor. There's hints of coffee, smoke and just a bit of sweet caramel on the back end. This is incredibly layered and just a simply superb drinking beer.

M: Great coating feel and just a bit of warmth in the chest from the alcohol, but it's not noticeable in the taste at all. Almost there with a completely full body but there's just a bit of thinness as it sits in my mouth.

Completely blown away and surprised by this beer. It drinks so easily and the taste is incredibly balanced. There's tons of flavor going on here without barrel aging or adding any additional flavoring. Probably the best straight-up Imperial Stout I've had to date.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

First beer I've had from Founders. I wish we could get this stuff here in CA.

Inky black/brown, caramel colored head. The head was the most impressive part. Amazingly deep color.

Maybe too cold, but the aroma was typical deep roasted malts and little else.

Excellent flavor of mostly roasted malts with some coffee... although not too much. Toffee, sweetness, finished up with strong bitterness that nails the equilibrium.

Heavy body for sure, good carbonation. I should probably give all good RIS's 5s for this category since the mouthfeel isn't really going to get any better. I just don't prefer heavier beers.

Top notch.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Thingus
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle into small Delerium tulip...

Appearance; pours an incredibly thick, oily, inky black color... Solid in the glass, and I only managed to get a third of a finger of lush brown head with a fairly vigorous pour. Retention is basically nil, with what little head there is falling in about a minute... Lacing is really good with a lot of sticky light khaki head...

Smell; Cofffee and chocolate jump right out at me, hints of alcohol and roasted malts...

Taste; definitely in line with the smell, an ever so slight warming sensation from the alcohol, but the ABV is very well hidden!

Mouthfeel; velvety and lush, thick and viscous, undoubtedly full bodied, a stout you can really sink your teeth into... Beautiful.

Overall; this is yet another incredible beer in the Founders portfolio... Absolutely fantastic and worth seeking out

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: True deep black body under a 1 inch copper/brown head which retains well and clings to the glass for what seems like eternity.

Nose: Chocolate, coffee, black toast and burnt roasted malt.

Taste: Roasted and burnt malts with an excellent chocolate support and a slightly bitter coffee taste all of which fade into a smokey finish

Mouthfeel: Flows like molasses in winter time, it's thick and extremely present, almost heavy, on the palate as it rolls around. This is a truely excellent body.

Overall: A truly excellent RIS, and amazing for the price, not truly perfect because I would like to see a bit more sweetness and a bit less smoke in the taste.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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