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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,548
Reviews: 1,707
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 616
Gots: 1,773 | FT: 139
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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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Photo of Stev0supreemo
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: oh man. jet black. nice dark brown head. really nice looking stout. plenty of lacing.

aroma: coffee, chocolate

taste: coffee, fruit, chocolate, low alcohol, light hops

mouthfeel: creamy, very nice

if only this was a year-round release...

Photo of Billakowski
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of headyhopzhead
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of awdturboiv
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Lukafer
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Keith238
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of kenlin
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of crashoveride
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of lurpy1
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always excited for a first try of a beer from maybe my favorite brewery out there. Picked up a rather expensive 12 oz, poured into a pint glass..

Like all Founders darks, Imperial Stout doesn't pour out, as much as it oozes out. It's a dark,like some evil muck from Dungeons and Dragons. Don't step in it. But sure is compelling to look at.

The smell is a roast orgy: Roast malt, roast coffee, perhaps roast nuts

Taste is predominantly coffee, some dark fruit thrown in for good measure. There's a slight hoppy bitterness to FIS, which really comes out if you eat with something sweet. This caused me to ding the taste score slightly, despite the awesome coffee notes.

As always, Founders kills in on mouthfeel. This is a 10.4 ABV drink? Really? Silky smooth, tremendously thick.

In the pantheon of dark Founders' brews, I rate this behind Porter and FBS. But still, a terrific stout. Wish the price point was a little better.

Photo of Brad007
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not sure how this eluded me for so long. I'm glad to give it a shot regardless.

Pours an inky black with a frothy chocolate brown head into my glass. Nice lacing too! Looks very appealing.

Cocoa, cream, dark fruit and roasted coffee all come to life in the nose. Alcohol isn't very prominent, which factors well into this equation.

Similar to a mocha-malt milkshake with a dollop of cream, touch of cocoa and decent amount of roasted malt. I couldn't ask for more. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Lingering cream, mocha and dark fruit round out the mouthfeel. Very nice finish!

Most certainly world-class in my opinion. I'm sure it would taste even better with some age but for now, it's very drinkable fresh!

Photo of SaintJonah
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of stevegregg
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours out like thick black ink. two fingers of dark brown creamy head sit atop. excellent retention and lacing from the head.

s: alochol and dark chocolate.

t: creamy dark chocolate with plenty of hops and alochol.

m: creamy full body, some hops bitterness, good carbonation and a warming effect from the alochol with a long bitter finish.

o: another good offering from founders. i didnt like it as much as stone irs, but pretty good. big thanks to duffmanohyeah02 for sending this as an extra!

5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of sommersb
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-18-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: On tap at Wino's Depot, Bowling Green KY

Served on draft into a shaker glass, there was almost no room for a head. Color is black as night and seemed opaque. Aromas are of chocolate, coffee and dark, roasted malts.

Taste is of strong roasted coffee malts, with the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate. Full bodied with low carbonation. A slow sipper due to the intense roasted character. The alcohol is hidden well.

Overall a solid imperial stout.

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Blacker than the Ace of Spades, with a motor-oil viscosity and 1/2 finger of dark brown foam, the result of a vigorous pour into a snifter. I swear, 1/4'' of this stuff in a glass would still be completely opaque.

S - Espresso, 100% cacao dark chocolate, and that's about it. The 10.5% ABV is well-masked. I wouldn't call it an overly complex aroma, but is it ever inviting!

T - Rich without being sweet, and complex without being alcoholic. Once again, you'd never know how strong this thing was. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee and a hint of black cherry with a great lingering bitterness. Complex and delicious.

M - Thinner than would be ideal. It lacks the ability to coat the tongue in the way some of its cousins do. The taste is so alluring that this doesn't detract too much, but a thicker mouthfeel would push this beer completely over the top.

O - I wish this was available more months out of the year.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as motor oil, it's one of the darkest beers I've seen in a while. Looks thick as hell coming out of the bottle. Produces a very thin layer of coffee brown head but it fades to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Roasted malt, chocolate, some roasted coffee beans, alcohol with dark fruits.

T- The flavor is massive, starts out with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, which quickly opens up onto a core of dark fruit, thick molasses and warming booze. The sweetness of the center slides into a dry finish of roasted coffee, chocolate, a touch of hop bitterness, and a warm alcohol feeling.

M- Full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O - An incredible beer, if I had to pick a go-to Imperial stout this would be a strong contender, at $12 a four-pack it's an awesome deal.

Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bishocr
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Single purchased at Spartan Sprits

Bottled on 12/29/11

Smell: The smell is faint but smells very good: burnt sugars, dark chocolates, and roasty malts. Its also a bit booze

Look: Great head, its not tan is straight up brown and pours about a finger and a half. About a half a finger hangs around for the rest of the taste. The lacying clings on thick around the top of the beer and in patches in already drank areas. The beer is pitch black and looks incredibly syrupy, literally the last drops seemed to cling to the bottle.

Taste: Moderately sweet and big tones of dark chocolates upfront and midway through. The roasty malts come out more towards the end. Alcohol isn’t well hidden and comes through starting midway through, but I feel like it shouldn’t be well hidden in Russian imperial.

Mouthfeel: I would have like it to be thicker (it seems about medium and its pretty close to room temp) especially since it looks very thick when being poured.

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,548 ratings.