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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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5,371 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,371
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 481
Gots: 1,282 | FT: 111
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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Ratings: 5,371 | Reviews: 1,572 | Display Reviews Only:
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Jaysmittyland

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-18-2014 02:11:06 | More by Jaysmittyland
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Tirefan

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-18-2014 01:01:28 | More by Tirefan
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nh_hawkeye

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-18-2014 00:17:02 | More by nh_hawkeye
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flyersfan900

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-17-2014 21:28:16 | More by flyersfan900
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Cracker666

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-17-2014 16:56:23 | More by Cracker666
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter

Appearance- Jet black small tan head

Aroma- Deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit, a piney hop, licorice, alcohol present

Flavor, big roasted malt and coffee, chocolate, up front bitter but a sweetness comes in at the end. finishes dry. slight piney hops, alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel- Full and thick medium carbonation

Overall- Wow very good, one of my favorites of the style. This is a pretty fresh bottle, I have had a 1 year old bottle and the pine fades as the roast and dark fruit deepen.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 03:45:22 | More by LI_PO12
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ChefHopMeister

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-17-2014 02:35:21 | More by ChefHopMeister
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Tonerelia

New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark with appearance of motor oil, very very thin line of chocolate colored head

S: immediately chocolate, as it warms up though more smells permeate, I get a bit of licorice, small hit of coffee,

T: licorice with a decent kick of alcohol behind it. The hop character is very prevalent especially after swallowing along with a strong hint of maltyness which helps bring this beer to a well rounded finish.

M: Has a decent consistency a bit thicker and creamier than say and IPA but definitely not as thick as some other RIS.

O: Thank The Lord I bought a four pack of this because I would love to taste this beer over different periods of aging. Magnificent character and a much have for any RIS enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:05:48 | More by Tonerelia
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Vogey77

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Sam Adams glass. A Dark Dark brown, with a lighter brown thin head

S- Smells of chocolate and coffee

T- Tastes of chocolate, coffee and slight vanilla. All are blended very well together.

M- Very smooth for the alcohol content, creamy

O- My first ever beer by Founders. Can see the hype behind their beers. This leaves me definitely wanting to try their other varieties of stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:58:47 | More by Vogey77
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-17-2014 01:22:55 | More by whoneeds8
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BierJager89

California

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

A: Pours black and viscous, like motor oil, with a medium brown head.

S: Licorice, dark roasty coffee, dark chocolate and a touch of citric hop presence in the nose.

T: Licorice, a touch of alcohol, dark roasty coffee and dark chocolate, quite bitter, but not unpleasantly.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: One of the best non-barrel aged imperial stouts out there. Founders is a great brewery, and I wish they distributed to california.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:31:12 | More by BierJager89
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moarmare

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-16-2014 23:26:16 | More by moarmare
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jw1978

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-16-2014 22:48:45 | More by jw1978
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-16-2014 22:27:10 | More by RummyRedbeard
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I_Like_Beer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-16-2014 21:25:07 | More by I_Like_Beer
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SenorEsteban

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-16-2014 20:41:57 | More by SenorEsteban
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JessxSpikes

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

01-16-2014 16:53:58 | More by JessxSpikes
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chubby2u

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

01-16-2014 16:11:38 | More by chubby2u
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Abbbp

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-16-2014 07:03:28 | More by Abbbp
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iliotib

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-16-2014 06:57:40 | More by iliotib
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

01-16-2014 06:29:52 | More by RayOhioFelton
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-16-2014 05:57:07 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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brissonm

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-16-2014 05:36:31 | More by brissonm
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 04:32:58 | More by don1481
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edhizdeid

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-16-2014 03:59:30 | More by edhizdeid
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,371 ratings.