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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

5,633 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,633
Reviews: 1,587
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 506
Gots: 1,353 | FT: 117
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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ArtZan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-14-2014 20:28:12 | More by ArtZan
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Motor oil thick, black pour. Thin deep brown head retains some with decent lacing.

S/T - Espresso roast, bitter dark chocolate, milk chocolate sweetness, pine hops in the long finish. Moderately bitter. Alcohol stays extremely well hidden, adding a pleasing warmth.

M - Spectacular. Rich, full body, low carbonation, silky smooth.

O - Price tag makes me hesitate, but it's worth it.

02-14-2014 14:24:39 | More by garuda
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-14-2014 05:39:53 | More by Abe_Froman
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OneEye78

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-14-2014 04:35:13 | More by OneEye78
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Mikecap

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-14-2014 02:19:35 | More by Mikecap
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J_Dub

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-14-2014 01:59:54 | More by J_Dub
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LGB362

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-13-2014 23:13:56 | More by LGB362
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Roy1586

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-13-2014 22:47:54 | More by Roy1586
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astronautjones

Michigan

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-13-2014 21:52:04 | More by astronautjones
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-13-2014 21:42:35 | More by GetTheYayo
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nrweigand43

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.4%

02-13-2014 19:36:49 | More by nrweigand43
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dave317

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-13-2014 19:07:29 | More by dave317
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FFreak

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-13-2014 17:34:05 | More by FFreak
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Bone53

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +3.9%

Served from a bottle into a snifter at around 50°F

Appearance: Motor oil black with no light coming through whatsoever. One finger brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Rich, quality chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol comes through as it warms.

Taste: Starts off with subtle dark fruits, then rich bittersweet chocolate in the middle, followed by espresso, roasted malts, and a little smoky at the end of the palate. Very rich and complex

Mouthfeel: Dense, chewy, rich and full is what comes to mind. a meal within itself really

Overall: I love this beer and the rich flavors and mouthfeel that goes with it. It's smooth and hides the bitterness and abv. well. Founders has never disappointed me and this beer is no exception. It's up there with my favorite stouts and truly world class! Cheers!!

02-13-2014 10:13:18 | More by Bone53
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Farnswurth

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-13-2014 04:01:19 | More by Farnswurth
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Punisher

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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Dshep1340

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Scepter

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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HOMEPL8

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-13-2014 00:33:04 | More by HOMEPL8
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jeffwright

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-13-2014 00:19:54 | More by jeffwright
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Xandrose

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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YieldToNothing

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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hansenm72

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-12-2014 20:38:25 | More by hansenm72
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Scalawags

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-12-2014 18:38:44 | More by Scalawags
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,633 ratings.