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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,807 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,807
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 523
Gots: 1,400 | FT: 121
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: 5,807 | Reviews: 1,597 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

jaycar06, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

rudabegga9, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jbird_1973, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jaymo18, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

tabascosigned, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

johnyb, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ChipMurray, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

alwaysplayin, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Mcwill51
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Mcwill51, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of mjurney
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Pitch black color. Thick brown head, looks very creamy.

Aroma:
Fudge, brownies, some dark fruit, a little expresso.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Very rich, deep roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, woody, coffee, burnt toast, with some black cherries. Finish is bitter and dry. Body is full, syrupy, dry, smooth, warmth.

Overall:
It's a world class beer.

mjurney, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ScotNH, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

RIKIM, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Roguer
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The most immediate visual feature of this beer is a massive, chocolatey dark brown head. It pours motor oil opaque black, as expected. The head has excellent retention and leaves nice thick lacing early on.

The aroma is initially dominated by cocoa and chocolate malt, grape-tinged booze, barley, and cream. As it warms, the significant hop presence comes through in earthy, citrus, and resin tones, taking on a slight black IPA aspect.

Smooth flavor: the major bitterness and roasted flavors come through on the back-end and are well-balanced. Up front, there's chocolate malt, cream, barley, and dry cocoa.

Smooth and full mouthfeel, although it's not so much chewy as it is slick. Coats the mouth for quite a while, with the hoppy bitterness shining through. Excellent balance, with a huge back-end bite and dry, earthy hoppiness.

This beer carries a significant back-end bite, but it never unbalances the flavor.

Considering I just had a Narwhal last night, I can certainly put this beer in context of great (non-BA) imperial stouts. My senses' consensus is that, yes: this is a great, great stout, worthy of enjoying along with any of the big boys out there. It's not a coffee stout, and it's not excessively chocolate-focused; it's just a solid, basic, but exceptionally well-crafted imperial stout. No more, but certainly not less.

Roguer, Feb 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

KFrank729, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

GRap, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

HoppyBastard2, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Wsherry1, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

tylerstravis, Feb 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

RusImpStoLuv, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

HardyA, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

tard24, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought a 4-pack of this today ($12.49) at the Co-op in Brattleboro VT.... back home, watching some Olympics, and laxin'...

Poured into a small tulip, it is a North Sea crude black, with a creamy, mocha head topping it off. Nice lacing is present, but no chance at seeing any carbo... Aroma is actually not too strong, but some coffee and choco are noticeable here. It is satiny smooth going down, and the body is medium-full, almost bordering on being chewy.

It starts semi-sweet, with some dark choco, bitter, roasty coffee, and a smidge of dry cocoa and Ovaltine. Almost has a smoky edge to it, as well. This action doesn't last long before the hoppiness makes itself known. It is quite floral, with a hint of rindyness, and lingers well in the finish. Quite nice, and warming too!! Prosit!!

4.18/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Bierman9, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Gregwa, Feb 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

ShameAndFailure, Feb 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

frosted33, Feb 15, 2014
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,807 ratings.