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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,519
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 494
Gots: 1,319 | FT: 113
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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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Hopyard57

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-26-2014 01:59:16 | More by Hopyard57
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-26-2014 01:56:29 | More by MichiganderHB
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BamfBacon

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-26-2014 01:17:13 | More by BamfBacon
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Jedi8625

Michigan

5/5  rDev +14.4%

01-26-2014 00:17:49 | More by Jedi8625
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Hitmanoo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-26-2014 00:04:10 | More by Hitmanoo
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mpeterdpt

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-25-2014 22:31:03 | More by mpeterdpt
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rabiddawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-25-2014 22:19:30 | More by rabiddawg
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dedbeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-25-2014 21:54:37 | More by dedbeer
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a viscous opaque black. Thick dense head of dark brown bubbles. Small islands of lace left after each sip.

Smells of dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee beans, and dried figs. Very slight hint of alcohol on the nose.

Big flavors of baking coco, yoo-hoo, espresso, and roasted malts. Dried fruits such as figs and dates. Thick sweet malt backbone. Hop presence melds perfectly with the bitter dark chocolate flavors. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden.

Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Although the head was dense, it doesn't come off as very heavily carbonated.

Overall an excellent RIS. One of the best I've personally had.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:13:11 | More by Ieatlambfries
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-25-2014 19:59:59 | More by rydev24
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PJKSR02

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-25-2014 19:57:50 | More by PJKSR02
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jnich2424

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-25-2014 18:30:10 | More by jnich2424
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Evarigan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-25-2014 17:08:07 | More by Evarigan
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teleforce

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-25-2014 16:49:29 | More by teleforce
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Theortiz01

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-25-2014 14:44:30 | More by Theortiz01
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ViragS

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-25-2014 06:28:51 | More by ViragS
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GR_Beer_Nut

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-25-2014 05:32:25 | More by GR_Beer_Nut
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Fakexican

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-25-2014 04:09:53 | More by Fakexican
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morrowd3

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-25-2014 02:22:07 | More by morrowd3
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-25-2014 02:20:21 | More by Brushkanna
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Benvarine

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-25-2014 02:01:22 | More by Benvarine
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

5/5  rDev +14.4%

01-25-2014 01:21:38 | More by Justinbshelton
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark as night. Almost no foam even when poured from a foot above the glass...

S - Sweet chocolate, toffee, raisin and oatmeal and bourbon/alcohol notes.

T - Alcohol and sweetness are very present up front. If you let it linger you can

M - Flat, heavy, and creamy.

O - A great example of an Imperial Stout. I won't make it a regular (like Founder's breakfast stout), but it's certainly an every now and then sipping beer to keep in the rotation. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 23:13:16 | More by Bowers-Brew
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macher0

Kentucky

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

Bottle to snifter.

This pours highly viscous, second to the likes of ten fidy, and jet black. A thick fine bubble amber head slowly retreats to a nice rim. A thick layer of amber remains when swirled or swiled.

The nose is very malty and a little hoppy. The taste follows the nose. The nose and taste are fairly basic but spot on: dark roasted malts, medium hops, domestic yeast and minor notes of marshmallows, tannins and booze. The booze is up front at this point but its only been in the bottle for a month. I assume the booze will mellow after time.

The feel is my favorite aspect of this ale. Very smooth. It's hard to craft an imperial ale that's super smooth but they accomplished the feat. Moderate carbonation, especially for an ris, and full bodied.

This is the first time I've had this ale and it exceeded my expectations. I enjoy this much more than the FBS, primarily because of the feel. Man this is smooth. The booze is prolific but it works. I think if it ages it will be even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 22:56:56 | More by macher0
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-24-2014 22:34:51 | More by drbenderdo
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,519 ratings.