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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,550
Reviews: 1,707
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 618
Gots: 1,773 | FT: 140
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

90 IBU
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Photo of iadler
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/22/11. Poured into tulip.

A- Pours a jet black with a billowing two finger dark mocha head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin cap with some spots of lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, oak, roasted malt, coffee beans, burnt sugar, grassy hops and a hint of licorice.

T- Dark chocolate bars and cocoa powder upfront, followed by wood, roasted malt, coffee, burnt sugar, licorice and tabacco. Grassy and piney hops provide a nice bitterness at the end.

M- Medium carbonation and a smooth rich body. Finishes slightly dry and bitter. ABV is hidden very well.

O- Had this the first time last year and have been waiting in anticipation for it to get released this year. A top notch RIS with a wonderful mouthfeel and a unique flavor profile with minimal sweetness.

Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jabo134
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of bierbrauer
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($12.00/4). Bottled on 12/15/11, 21 days ago. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Very dense, dark brown with 3/4" dense, light brown head that settles slowly and leave irregular lacing. No visible effervescence.

S: Roasted coffee and malts, with bittersweet chocolate; some earthiness and licorice.

T: Chocolate, caramel/toffee and coffee; molasses; some alcohol and lingering bitterness.

M: Low carbonation and heavy body; very rich, smooth and creamy; somewhat viscous; dry finish; slight alcohol heat.

O: Another delicious, amazing stout from Founders. Right up there with their other offerings.

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled 22 December 2011.

A: The finger of head that forms is almost red clay in colour, with a creamy consistency. The beer pours viscous and black. Utterly opaque. Great lacing.

S: Deep, bitter, and alluring. Coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley...all the hallmarks of a great imperial stout. Maybe even some fruit.

T/M: Tasty, but not phenomenally so. Bittersweet, with a surprising creamy fruitiness. Smoothness is belied by the complex and august flavours within. Prominent black licorice lingers for ages on the aftertaste, along with a slightly chalky mocha. The flavours are delivered with a light touch, perhaps a tad too much so?

O: A great beer, but not close to being my favourite imperial stout. It's a little too...straightforward? Definitely recommended for all fans of Founders/stouts, but a beer I probably won't revisit if I can find, for instance, Expedition Stout, Yeti, FBS, etc.

27 Nov 2014 EDIT: No head, but otherwise smell and appearance are the same. Flavor is light, brief, and lackluster. Mouthfeel-- sticky. A couple of years later, I pretty much concur with my original assessment.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MASPuros
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JoshVandy
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.14/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of hotmanflab666
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sacrelicio
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of TheHopfather
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.

Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of buddyvelt
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of otto251068
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,550 ratings.