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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,804
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 522
Gots: 1,399 | 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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Photo of don1481
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Ol' Trusty Pint Glass.

Appearance: Holy blackness. I hold this up to the light and NOTHING gets through. And with a chocolate-colored head. Wow. This clearly means business.

Smell: Lots of coffee here. Some hints of chocolate, smokiness. I don't really smell alcohol here.

Taste: Tastes like coffee with hints of chocolate coming through. I'm not really tasting any of the alcohol, which is surprising. None of the flavors are particularly overpowering - it's a little more... subdued... than what I expected from other reviews. I expected to have to sip this one a little more, but it's going down MUCH more quickly.

Mouthfeel: Pretty clean. Taste doesn't linger at all. Not sticky afterwards.

Overall: Ohhh boy. This is dangerous - I can drink this MUCH faster than the other stouts I've recently reviewed. I'd say that this goes down almost too easy, but since when is that a bad thing when in the confines of one's own home and not driving back from a bar?

don1481, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of hbmertz12
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

aged a year, absolutely delicious. you can hardly taste the ABV in this.

hbmertz12, Today at 03:39 AM
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Benmitch5, Yesterday at 04:56 AM
Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

EdwardK77, Yesterday at 01:45 AM
Photo of ironmaiden232
4.84/5  rDev +11%

ironmaiden232, Sunday at 08:31 PM
Photo of SitkaSteve
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Free beer at a friend's house, I believe he got in a trade.
He and I shared in sample glasses.
The appearance was a pure dark brown mostly closer to black in color. The head in my glass was a dark tan quarter finger head. No lacing was left.
The smell had a really nice roasted coffee coated chocolate. I did get some light licorice in there as well.
The taste was roasty, sweet and bitter. It leaves a nice sticky sweet roastiness in the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was smooth and bitter, slightly sticky and sweet rolled into one and then it rolls eloquently along my tastebuds in a really exceptional manner.
Overall, another stellar Founders brew. Though at the moment, this is only my second beer ever by them, this was quite an awesome brew. Makes me want to move to Michigan.

SitkaSteve, Sunday at 07:56 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Carl_R, Sunday at 05:27 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

EEscobar, Sunday at 03:48 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

jeremiahoden, Saturday at 09:00 AM
Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dark tan head falls quickly off a black body. Has a pleasant and nuanced, milk chocolate, black licorice, and damp wood aroma. Taste is equally pleasant until bold woody, hoppy notes kick in-vigorating. Some prune, black licorice and chocolate cake feels it's way through. Yin up front and yang in the back and finishes perfectly balanced as one.

stephens101, Saturday at 01:36 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Nat1975, Friday at 09:02 PM
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3.96/5  rDev -9.2%

LakersGotRings, Friday at 02:05 AM
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3.8/5  rDev -12.8%

Beestin, Friday at 01:28 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

absoluthamm, Thursday at 04:54 PM
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

pwdiamond, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

kidzord, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

aflies, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

JStewart00, Sep 24, 2014
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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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