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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4908
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pDev: 8.47%


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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
90 IBU

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BoJengs

Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

4 pack bottles bought from Woodmans NYE. Plan on putting a few in the cellar. Bottle 12/14/13

Appearance - Pours a jet black, thick beer

Smell- Rich, dark, bold, hint of chocolate... just as I like 'em

Taste - Sweet start with a bold balance of malt and hop bite. Finish is sweet again with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Layered tastes that come across smooth for such a big beer

Mouthfeel - has my mouth full and happy

Overall - Excellent beer for a cold night. Currently 10 degrees here and this is working quite well. Thanks Founders and Woodmans for making this possible. - Signing out

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:38:25 | More by BoJengs
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottled 1/2/2013. Served in snifter.

A - Pours a pitch black with a thin reddish brown head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Big roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

T - Just like the nose. Big bold roasted malt and coffee. Slightly smokey with some booze in the finish.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth drinker.

O - Another great beer from Founder's. Full of big bold flavors. A very nice winter sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:25:11 | More by TreyIsWilson
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BreakfastStout

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So excited when the local store called to let me know the 2014 FIS was delivered today. Ran down there to pick up my 4 packs when they called. Pours black as oil from the bottle into my Founders Snifter. Excellent dark blackish brown head the subsides ever so slowly. Coffee, raisin, roasty, caramel notes dominate the nose. The first sip tells me I'm in for a treat. There's a lot of stuff going on here. This beer is incredible. Fantastic finish, with an incredible chewy mouth feel. I can't wait to see how this beer tastes with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:13:36 | More by BreakfastStout
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 11/28/2012. Served in a Teku

Appearance: Pours pitch black with less than a finger of a mocha colored head that dissipates to a thin ring. Body is completely opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, bakers chocolate, coffee, black licorice, earthy.

Taste: Follows the nose closely. Roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, booze and a slight smokiness. Really well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Still a sipper, but goes down relatively smooth.

Overall: Another winner from Founders. Super flavorful and pretty drinkable considering what a big beer this is. One of the best non barrel aged stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:32:43 | More by Jonada
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/20/12. Reviewed on 1/14/2013. So a little less than a month old.

A: Thick, viscous, tar black with a frothy, bubbly, medium brown head. Huge lace and awesome retention.

S: Huge dark chocolate aromas. Big roasted malt, charred wood, and some dark coffee/espresso. A bit of sweet booze.

T: Like the nose, big bittersweet chocolate flavors. Rich, dark, and creamy. Roasted malt and some smoke and wood show themselves in the second layer. Some booze and sweet, caramelized sugar. I get some of the hops and bitterness. Not cloying. Seriously awesome.

M: Way too smooth, massive flavor, and balanced.

O: Such a pleasure to drink. Roasty, bitter, chocolaty goodness. Lives up to the hype and expectations.

Second bottle from the bottling date of 12/20/12...reviewed on 12/30/13...so a little more than a year old!

Gorgeous beer. Seriously. Wow. Deep brown, luscious head. Dark, robust aromas of black strap molasses, the darkest and richest chocolate you can imagine, and freshly roasted malt that you scoop up with your hands and shove into your nose. So mellowed out with flavor that's just off the charts. Unbelievable, really. Insane amounts of roasted and charred malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar. And a delicious and welcome complement of warming booze. Incredible body with perfect carbonation. Drinkability is absurd! I could drink this all night (and regret it the next morning). Had to bump it up from a straight 4.5! This was incredible fresh but with some age on it, this beer just shines. Simple as that.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:20:27 | More by Gatch
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Gryphon69

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A- Thick, black, oily with no light coming thru. Very dark mocha 1 finger high head, after a few minutes its still completely covers the top, thick sticky lacing on the sides. Very nice

S- chocolate, vanilla, coffee, some light burnt sugar. some slight alcohol in the nose, but nice mixture overall.

T- Wow, thick, roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, a certain sweetness but not quite sure what it is. Finishs with a certain piney bitterness.

M- Beautiful, thick, syrupy, smooth and slick. This beer sticks to everything in you mouth that it touchs. Slight fizziness but nothing to complain about.

O- Ive been waiting for awhile to try this and its lived up to all the expectations and surpassed them. Right from the pour you can see the beauty in it. Thick, full, smells wonderfull and tastes better. Going to get some for the shelf for sure, Highly recommend this to anyone that likes Good Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:56:18 | More by Gryphon69
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cambabeer

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slow and thick like engine oil. Beautiful deep brown red head on a totally black body. Lace clings to the glass nicely. Smells sweet and fruity, very cherry-like along with the dark chocolate and coffee and other mixed berries. Toasted malts and obvious alcohol in the nose, especially with bigger whiffs. Certainly a strong smelling brew, warms to the core.

The first thing to hit the palate is toasty malt bitterness, which is followed by a sweet and very creamy berry dark chocolate taste. Heavy on the malt body with the toasted bitterness from that overshadowing and mild hop taste that might be there, but both are balanced if not controlled by the sweet and creamy character or the malt. Alcohol obviously noticeably and warming.

Mouthfeel has a nice simple carbonation that doesn't do anything to mask the ultra creaminess provided by the malt.
This beer is delicious, a great wintertime stout to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:55:06 | More by cambabeer
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Half finger dark tan head on a jet black body, some lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, banana bread, coffee, vinegar, roasted malts and soap. Not very sweet smelling, mostly bitterness. Flavor is much better with a nice balance between confectioners semisweet dark chocolate and espresso beans, coffee bitterness on a roasted malt background. Thick body with carbonation a little greater than I want fore the style. I like the degree of earthiness and bitterness. Some of these has too much vanilla sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:52:59 | More by kylehay2004
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Willi Becher.
Pours oil can black with a dark caramel head half a finger high.
Smells are deep dark roasted malts, caramel, chocolate.
Taste is right in line with aromas. Alcohol forward, touch of spice on the finish.
Mouthfeel was silky and mellow carbonation.
Overall, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 23:17:46 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4 - I give it a 4 because I was drinking out of the bottle. Who really cares what it looks like anyway. A beer can look great and still taste like shit. I imagine it's dark brown/black with a nice mocha head that leaves good lacing...
S - 4.5 - cofee, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts
T - 4.5 - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, like a balance between FBS and espedition stout
M - 4.5 - heavy, alc covered, aftertaste is roasty coffee, burnt marshmallows, roasted malts
O - 4.5 - Great beer, on par with Bell's expedition stout. Wish I could get it back home.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 23:41:31 | More by ISmith87
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magictacosinus

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sending this to me back in April. Perhaps 10 months old at this point. Big want on my list. Expectations are extremely high.

Pours a sludgy beast of an RIS - poured like motor oil with about a half inch of mahogany covered head. No light shows through. Every swirl and sip left behind a shrapnel-like consistency of foam at the sides of the glass. While it's not the most astonishing RIS, it's one of the most monstrous I've ever laid my hands upon, and it gets full credit for that.

The aroma is unbelievable, especially as far as RIS styled beers go. VIVID notes of burnt brown sugar, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted cocoa nibs, light coffee, as well as some notes of dark dried fruits, ranging on prunes, figs, and blackcurrant. Molasses, light licorice, leather, tobacco, and dried orange blossoms range underneath, with a bit of pine. The alcohol does not make itself hidden, to be honest. It provides the extra assertive sweetness but does so at the consequence of slightly burning the nostrils. This is highly refined stuff, even here. It's seemingly on the verge of sweetness, and indeed, it could have been, but those 90+ IBUs hold the fort down beautifully well. This has to be the most complex and pleasant aroma I've ever had on a RIS.

When I thought the aroma had reached near perfection, in certain respects, the flavor goes ahead and does the job for me in my review. Seriously, why go on when enough has been reviewed to death about this?? At first, the mouth is immediately awash with a thick, syrupy like chocolate consistency, with some notes of coffee and burnt toffee. Usually, these kinds of beers take a nosedive into sweetness, but not this mofo. Roasted flavors and bitterness immediately abound, showcasing degrees of roasted dark chocolate, espresso, pine, orange peel, tobacco, leather, prunes, blackberries, and black strap molasses. In all seriousness, this is the beer equivalent of the Brazilian brigadeiro, which consists of butter, cocoa, and milk, with a fudge/caramel consistency. Truly incredible stuff - dry at the finish rather than syrupy or wet, and filled with a bitter momentum that increases the complex flavor profile. Other than a warming afterglow, the alcohol is stupidly well hidden. It's relatively well carbonated, but it's thickness and silky flavor makes this akin to a liqueur rather than a RIS. Luckily, however, the roasted and bitter flavor maintains this as a beer, rather than anything else, and it's really unbelievable for it.

When I already thought Founders had proven everything to me in the book about good roasted stouts, this comes along. What a monster of beer. Showcases every aspect of roasted malt, spice, fruitiness, sweetness, and consistency that the style should have. Definitely a sipper in its own respect, and it's high ABV and bitter flavor is not for the faint of heart. One of my new favorite strong stouts of all time, here and probably forever.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:31:23 | More by magictacosinus
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a vintage from early 2012.

The beer is black in the glass and has only a slight, froth-ring the color of molasses.

It is almost a dead ringer for dark chocolate, with a little bit of brown sugar mixed in. This is not boozy at all, only a very subtle tobacco scent.

This beer has a huge dark chocolate flavor that suits it nicely. The mid-palate introduces a wave of brown sugar and molasses, with some roast and tobacco in the finish. The age has really brought the chocolatiness and brown sugar forward, and made the tobacco and leather notes an artistic stroke of subtlety.

The feel is pretty good indeed. It does not have a truly long finish, and it is a bit dry. This could also be creamier and more hefty, even though it is already a big beer.

The flavors with two years of age are really coming together, the dark chocolate and slightly sweet and roasty flavors are fantastic. I bet you could set this aside for another year or two and still see that roastiness get even more whispy. It will never be a truly sweet stout, but it is hearty; and it is great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 10:33:12 | More by Pintofbrown
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joe1510

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz Bottle
$10.99 4-Pack
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL

Bottled 1/7/13

Founder's Imperial Stout is black as the ace of spades. There's no seeing any light through this body. A milk chocolate head rises easily to two fingers while staying dense the whole time. It finally settles to a finger+ while leaving chunky intricate lace down the glass. Not often do you run across a stout this big that shows retention like Founder's version. Bueno.

Baker's chocolate and ripe, dark berries draw me in immediately. Heavily roasted coffee and heavily roasted malt keep my sniffer in the glass. There's even a nice touch of that mild lactic vanilla that sets it all off. Chocolate? Oh, yeah. Fudge, of course. This beer is packed to the gills with everything a big stout should be.

Everything I mentioned in paragraph up are involved here. Bittersweet chocolate wraps itself around a gangload of dark berries. Coffee, light on the cream flow through the middle. Rich, dense fudge brings up the rear. This stout is so perfectly balanced I have no idea how it's even possible. Nearly perfect.

The mouthfeel is out of this world good. It's soft but there's still a perfectly velvety feel to a body that's big and bold. The roastiness adds enough bitter to fall in the moderate+ range and the finish is surprisingly dry. There's no sweet stick going on here.

For years now this has been my favorite imperial stout on the market. Better than most limited releases that people praise. Founder's version is all at once bold, rich, dry, and fucking awesome. Oh, it's available too, 48oz for $11. Show me something better, I'm all ears.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 08:24:33 | More by joe1510
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BrownNut

Florida

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2012 version aged 1 year. I thought I had my review from last year on here when I had it fresh but I guess not. I was going to compare them. I can't remember what I thought last year other than liking it. Oh well.

Served just cool in a tulip.

A - 4.5 - Black, thick medium tan head that lasts several minutes on a moderate pour.

S - 4.25 - Interesting, this smells very similar to the Nogne O imperial stout I had last night, a mix of kinds of chocolate and fresh-baked malty chocolate baked goods but...

T - 4.25 - ... the taste is much different. This one has a lot more of that classic imperial stout black malt char note, a pretty stiff backbone of it. There's a substantial bitterness to it. This is 90 IBU, surprisingly, but the bitterness seems to be from that char, not from hops. The chocolate takes a faint back seat, enough to temper the char, but not to compete with it. The alcohol is not evident to me on the nose or really even on the palate, but gives a decent heat in the throat later as fumes wafting up. Glad to see it's 10.5% - I like something with some ooomph. The aftertaste is lingering char bitterness with a hint of baker's chocolate or cacao nib bitterness.

M - 4.25 - Body is somehow medium yet viscous at the same time. I couldn't call it heavy bodied.

O - 4.25 - This is a robust, stiff, powerful tasting, no-apologies imperial. It's good. When you want to feel it, like when you take a good belt of whiskey or tequila and feel that harsh goodness, this is one to grab. It's still very well composed, but unmistakeably muscular.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:00:24 | More by BrownNut
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to CaveDave for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color, no translucence at all, and just barely the thinnest cap light brown head that had zero retention and just traces of lacing.

The aroma was mostly roasty malts, but there was a a sweet aspect (a little maple-ish?) and some alcohol. On the tongue, the beer was nearly identical, but there was a slight coffee tone to the roasted facet.

The body was thick and full, as expected for the style. Drinkability was good, for a 10+% Stout, it's a sipper, not a slammer. Overall, a very fine brew indeed. It's not really significantly different from a lot of other big Stouts out there, but it's definitely worth trying when you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:39:47 | More by beertunes
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice deep jet black color to it. It has a nice thick dark mocha head that dies down very slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of chocolate, coffee, espresso, roasted malts and some vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some definite dark chocolate, coffee, bitter espresso, roasted malts and some faint vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 00:30:26 | More by SebD
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MCain04

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10 month old bottle poured into a Half Acre snifter.

Pours a pitch black body with a mocha head of 1 finger depth, great retention and lacing.

Immensely chocolately and roasty aroma. Also notes of coffee and some bitter hops. Dark fruits are subdued but present.

Taste is on par with the smell, more sweetness than expected, but still a nice chocoalte, coffee, and roast presence in the taste. High hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, appropriately carbonated, coats the tongue, a touch dry on the finish but very sticky throughout.

Overall, one of the, if not the singular, best non-barrel aged non-additive imperial stouts in the world. An absolute staple every time it is in season.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 04:49:12 | More by MCain04
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dowen17

Alabama

4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black with a huge milk chocolate colored head. Insane retention and lacing.

On the nose is bitter coffee and huge dark chocolate. Some dark roast malts as well. Very complex. Dark fruits linger in the background.

Taste is char and roast malts. Some bitter roast coffee as well. The chocolate doesn't come through as much in the taste as it does in the nose.

Big chewy mouthfeel as you would expect from this style. Very good.

Great beer. Another home run from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:17:39 | More by dowen17
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tarheels86

California

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

355mL into a snifter. Pours a used motor oil pitch black with a micro dark tan head that settles quickly to nothing. Crazy aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and almost overpowering spicy white alcohol. For 90 IBUs and 10%, the taste is incredibly smooth with some oak, espresso, roasted malt, and vanilla moving to piney hops with warming alcohol like whiskey. Velvety mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Crazy and insane. A lot better than KBS dumping the green coffee and tomato-ey bourbon stickiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 21:26:33 | More by tarheels86
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought two bottles in Traverse City Michigan in June while on vacation/business. Saved them to age for cooler Fall weather.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a plain tumbler.

a: Pitch black with a half finger tan head which receded quickly to even surface foam and some peripheral lacing.

s; Dark malt.

t: Very dark espresso strength malt with hop balance lending a bitter bottom line which is not bothersome in the least because the malt flavor is so dominant. Very high ABV is exceptionally well hidden.

m: Medium, silky smooth.

o: Excellent stout, not quite as impressive-looking as the Old Rasputin I had last night, but heavier yet smoother tasting and with even more flavor. Not quite as easy drinking as a result, but a wonderful sipper that won't quit delivering great imperial stout flavor.

UPDATE 1/3/14: Had the other bottle tonight and differences noted:

Bottled 12/20/12, so this has a year on it.

Poured into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half brown head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

m: Medium to heavy, silky smooth. Now this is what I had hoped the Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil that I had recently would be like.

The rest of my earlier review was fully reconfirmed.

Anxiously awaiting the release of the 2014 model.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 04:17:41 | More by scotorum
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snaotheus

Washington

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle split between two pint glasses. I can't find any codes or dates.

Pours black, with a medium-small brown head. Completely opaque, with a little bit of visible carbonation along the sides of the glass. Smell is chocolate, roasted coffee, black licorice, and alcohol.

Taste is black licorice, surprisingly sweet, some of the roastiness, very little of the chocolate or coffee. Bitterness that I can only attribute to hops (which is probably explained by the intriguing "90 IBUs" printed on the label).

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, but not watery. Still has some nice fluffy characteristic.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, and I'm not at all sad that I got a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:46:17 | More by snaotheus
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Gwalchgwynn67

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is black, very black. Like staring into an abyss ... only darker. Head, what little there is, is classic stout - cafe au lait brown. It's like espresso froth. Smell is mocha, nibs of dark chocolate with hints of coffee and orange. Taste is sweet toasty malt, balanced by dark cacao bitterness. Thick and chewy, creamy and yet with dark cocoa chalkiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 03:36:38 | More by Gwalchgwynn67
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz received in trade with igeunard - thanks! - Bottled 11/2011

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy/frothy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, roasty notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some roasted/smokey/burnt notes and a nuttiness and also some vanilla. I can pick up on the booze, but not all that much.

Overall - This bottle is going on a few years old but is still drinking fantastic. It has a lingering bitterness and you can tell it is made from quality ingredients. Not sure it's head and shoulders above some of the other good RIS's out there, but it is surely a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:06:22 | More by spinrsx
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EigenBeer

Florida

4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours pitch black and develops a brown tiny head that goes away quickly

S - The smell doesn't jump out at me, smells like any typical RIS with some roastiness.

T - There is a very rich amount of malt that comes through with an incredible blending of chocolate and coffee.

M - The body is big and bold with a very chewy texture. It makes the beer melt in your mouth.

O - One of the better easily available imperial stouts on the market.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:39:00 | More by EigenBeer
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. 12-oz bottle poured to tulip. Consumed 8-1-2013.

This pours thick and viscous. Opaque black, dark chocolate brown at the edges. 1/2-finger tan head. Great alcohol legs coating the glass. Almost no lacing once the head recedes.

I know this is not the base beer for kbs, but there are similar aromas at work - dark chocolate raisins, roasted malts. I dig the fruit aroma.

I do not pick up a distinct flavor. Malt sweetness with the bitterness of the 90 ibus appearing quickly. Very sweet red wine perhaps. With warmth, the sweetness becomes overbearing, akin to Dark Lord or Darkness, with minimal bitterness. Surprised by that.

Well-carbonated. Thick mouthfeel. This leaves a burn in my chest.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 22:54:08 | More by StoutItOutLoud
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,908 ratings.