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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 6,330
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 592
Gots: 1,627 | FT: 123
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a velvety used motor oil black while yielding a thin, short-lived mocha / cinnamon toned head.

nose offers strong notes of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt. the usual RIS players are present and accounted for. nothing really sets it apart, however.

flavor follows the aroma. big dark chocolate / roasted maltiness are the headliners, but plenty of other characters including the molasses, coffee, and even a hint of cherry. full-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, simply an excellent RIS; no other way of putting it. i'd stop short of calling it world class, maybe, but no doubt it's upper echelon. i might even prefer it to the breakfast stout.

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

This Jan 2011 bottle was poured vigorously into a Kuhnhenn snifter. A little surprised by the light brown 2 finger head. It sticks to the side of the glass as the froth wanes. Completely opaque and black. I smell coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits and pleasantly pick up the smell of saw dust. The taste has the same notes as the smell. Subtle bitter at the end of the sip. It has mellowed nicely since January. I still have 3 left and plan on trying them out over the next year. Mouthfeel is heavy and perfectly carbonated. I prefer this over Expedition Stout as I have reviewed both with the same amount of aging and I think the Founders is better. That may change as they both age more.

12/12/12 Edit- Had another of the Jan 2011 batch that I originally reviewed. Age does wonders to this beer. Everything has mellowed out even more. Still has a nice dose of chocolate, molasses and dark fruits but is much more evenly keeled. Very nice. Just add a touch of bourbon and I can see how this is the base beer for KBS.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,330 ratings.