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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,763
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 514
Gots: 1,392 | 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
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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%

(bottle of unknown age, purchased cold, poured once at cellar temp into a balloon)

A: impenetrably black and thick as hell when pouring out, it erects a dense, almost mousse-y dark tan foam that holds like a fleece blanket for a long while, gradually sinking down, but leaving extra beer in its place

S: pretty much like a triple fudge chocolate layer cake... wisps of soft booze climbing up through the denseness, but also very much crushed underneath it

T: rich, bittersweet, dark chocolate up front hard-shfiting to a forceful flare of roasted barley in the follow through... a variety of charred sugars linger in the aftertaste while pungent, bitter herbal tones from the hops combine with the red flame of medicinal booze lifting off the palate to create an overall drugstore tonic essence that won't subside... dark roast coffee and an almost baked black cherry fruity ester also play into the dynamic residual taste

M: certainly has a thick and slick constitution, however, the raw, high octane of the booze tears through and fans out the flow, though it surprisingly doesn't leave much in the way of chest warmth... I would venture to suggest the feeling left after each sip is not too unlike that of a port wine(?)

O: just a superb American-style strong stout... packed with aggressive flavor, but well-crafted as to come across fantastically, drinkably light and enjoyable in numbers... definitely will hit this again when the pang aches

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,763 ratings.