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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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6,019 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,019
Reviews: 1,606
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,443 | FT: 119
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

TomO23, Nov 12, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co., Glasgow (£4.00):

Pitch, opaque black with a still body & topped with a chocolate coloured head that's creamy & bigger than expected given the abv.

Strong with lots of coffee & roasted notes, strong chocolate too with some sweetness & a little alcohol. A big beer but the alcohol isn't overpowering & some dark fruits, smoky notes & sugars come through as well.

Strong again with big chocolate flavours & a smokey taste with some coffee. Touches of alcohol come through as well & a milky chocolate taste. Darker fruits appears towards the end with some strong malts & roasted flavours with some sweetness at the end.

Huge at 10.5% but incredibly easy to drink with most of the alcohol hidden. Silky smooth & full bodied with tonnes of flavour & almost no carbonation making it seem quite ceamy & boozy. A warming finish that is quite sweet too.

Another amazing Fonders beer, I'm disappointed I didn't grab more when I had the chance. Maybe not as good as their Breakfast Stout but still an excellent beer & a must try.

flyingpig, Nov 11, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. December 2013 bottle.

There's not a whole lot of head on this beer, just a light, fizzy, dark-khaki-colored foam that quickly dissipates. But damn if this beer isn't pure black gold. It's thick, viscous and creamy out of the bottle and sits in the glass looking like Texas Tea. It's quite lovely. 4.5

My mind says dark cherries with the first whiff. There's certainly a dark fruit element to this aroma. Deep dark malts have become sort of raisin-like and have an aroma that almost suggests oak. It's just a pungent, thick aroma. Dark chocolate shows up too. 4

Dark fruit and dark chocolate collide on the tongue with some caramelly notes and faded hops. I taste some vanilla but it's followed almost immediately by a bit of boozy heat. It's not offensive but it's there. Baker's chocolate lingers on the finish and leaves a great aftertaste. I couldn't quite describe it at first, but I there's a little bit of faint port flavor throughout as well. Damn good. 4.5

FIS feels exactly like the appearance suggested it would. It's smooth, creamy, and viscous. There's a slight alcohol heat and some bitterness on the finish and all this combination does is turn this into a great sipper. Excellent damn beer. 4.5

Did I say it enough, excellent damn beer? I'll say it again. Excellent damn beer.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 07, 2014
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,019 ratings.