Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 6,903
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 659
Gots: 1,965 | FT: 149
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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:
Beer added by: mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

90 IBU
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Ratings: 6,903 | Reviews: 1,781
Photo of Plower
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good stout, up there with the best of easier to obtain ones. I mean, it's not like a legendary beer and its not hard to get, but its damn good. Solid 4.5+ for anyone who likes stouts. People just underrating because its common.

Photo of gottalovebrando
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

"look" and "feel" ratings not accurate.

Photo of bgold86
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing that a stout could bring up so many different notes (coffee, chocolate, vanilla), without actually having any of those ingredients!

Absolute world class, drink fresh, cellar, doesn't matter .

A perfect 10/10!

Photo of Octavarium77
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love this brew. I am a sucker for good Imperial Stouts, and this is one of the finest - definitely up there with the best of them!

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

by close call my favorite Imp stout to date. looks a superb deep black froth when poured, with dark mocha highlighting the edges and head.... smooth drink, roasted chocolate malts and bitters on the tongue, and boozy smokey coffee beans on the exhale. do i detect a hint of vanilla throughout? I think so. another founders gem.

Photo of DarraghKS
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cappuccino head, almost crema effect with a wonderful rich nose of complex malts and alcohol. Taste is wonderfully rich. Slight smokey taste. Heavy roasting with coffee, chocolate and happy bitterness. Fantastic brew

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The legend. Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE imperial pours black as sin with a medium brown head of dissipating foam that forms into a thick ring and oily thick lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, cream, heavily roasted coffee, sweet toffee, dark fruits, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors are a symposium of chocolate and coffee flavors awash in layers of cream, dark brown sugars, and deep roasting on all sides. Very coating mouth feel with light carbonation. Near perfect....not sure there is much more of a perfect imperial stout out there. Finish is lightly bitter from the roast and sweet at the same time with a light hop bitterness coming through as it warms. Deep character, rich and delicious. One of the best produced. Awesome as always!


Photo of HopsAholic79
4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceeded my expectations!!! Mighty fine imperial stout. The best non BA stout I've had so far.

Photo of enternalhoppiness
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, I love this beer.

Photo of bmeGT
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was extremely surprised at how delicious this thing was. Thick feel, sweet after taste, TON of chocolate and roasted malt.

Photo of aleigator
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color, with a small, bubbly head.

Smells of creamy coffee, roasted malts, hints of toffee and molasses. The aromas are very well put together, with rich, slightly smoked, milk chocolate, tying all aromas together. Well balanced between coffee and malts, coated up by slightly earthy chocolate.

Has a supersmooth mouthfeel, with a lower, fitting carbonation, revealing a medium bodied beer.

Tastes of dough milk chocolate among earthy malts, wrapped up by whipped cream. A gentle coffee bitterness acts as a convincing counterpart to the malty chocolate, revealing a decent dryness, which got a sour coffee whiff to it. Coffee bitterness changes the chocolate appearance into a bitter chocolate direction. Finishes with lots of cream and an intriguing interplay between crushed coffee beans and slightly slick, bitter chocolate.

All in all this beer convinces by its perfect composition, decent depth of different flavors with prominent chocolate and coffee, resulting in a great imperial stout. Both, coffee and chocolate, are on par, leaving a lot of space on the palate for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of Aliiyoob
4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Can not say enough good things about this beer. So dark you can't see through it, and smelled so rich coming out of the bottle. Overall, an amazing beer and one of the best stouts Ive ever tried.

Photo of 29mikoyan
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I ever had. The taste of fine Nicaraguan cigars, sweet molasses, sweet malt, rich sweet Belgian chocolate, and a beautiful fruit bouquet. Truely a beer to pair with a fine cigar.

Photo of tjsmith910
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

damn fine all around brew.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great feel with balance throughout. Loved it! Great job!

Photo of TBonez477
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 draft pour. Believe the hype about age on this one. The three year old pour was so amazingly delicious!

Photo of Mone1000
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amen amen. Amen amen amen. They wanted words

Photo of ManBearPat
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional RIS!!!

Thick and gooey- hung strong on the side of my tulip.
Glad I got a 4 pack!

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic imperial stout with heavy notes of chocolate and roasted malt both the aroma as in the taste.

Photo of Oldlogin
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A much smoother finish than other stouts. A plesant first sip and a decently good swallow---

Photo of von_kaiser
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dear Lord, if they could only barrel age this stuff..

Photo of lipster
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass, short-lived espresso-like foam head. Visibly thick and viscous while being poured. Smells like dark roasted coffee and red wine. Tastes like a deep mocha with notes of tobacco and smoke, nice delicate balance of bitter and sweet, clean finish. Silky and decadent mouthfeel. Fantastic imperial stout.

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

2013 bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp. Very dark, one-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves beautiful lacing. Outstanding body for a non-BA stout. Thick and chewy, as it should be. I absolutely love this stout and the only thing holding it back for me is the slight smokiness that I would happily trade in for a touch more sweetness. I prefer this to the Breakfast Stout and am glad to see that the cellar is treating it well.

Photo of Dnayew
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid baseline RIS, on par with Stone, and top 10 for sure.

Photo of Spinaltapped
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/6/14.

Look: Pitch black with a small dark khaki head.

Smell: Not my strong suit as a reviewer. I get a lot of roast, a bit of dark fruit, and toffee. Alcohol is present as well.

Taste: Initially some burnt roast bitterness that quickly gives way to dark fruit and a bit of alcohol sweetness and coffee.

Feel: Silky, creamy, but just a bit too thin to be a 5/5 in my book. It does have a nice viscous feel on the tongue and goes down nicely.

So yeah, my first BA review. A 4.4/5 for me. I think with another few months, this will be INCREDIBLE. I'm not a big super roast guy, and that flavor seems to be on the out in favor of dark fruit, coffee, and toffee. Luckily, I have another few bottles in the cellar.

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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