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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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5,883 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,883
Reviews: 1,600
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 536
Gots: 1,421 | FT: 122
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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

zenithberwyn, Oct 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

tarheels4life23, Oct 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

aged a year, absolutely delicious. you can hardly taste the ABV in this.

hbmertz12, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Benmitch5, Sep 29, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -5.5%

Evanheusinkveld, Sep 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

EdwardK77, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Creosote, Sep 29, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +11%

ironmaiden232, Sep 28, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Free beer at a friend's house, I believe he got in a trade.
He and I shared in sample glasses.
The appearance was a pure dark brown mostly closer to black in color. The head in my glass was a dark tan quarter finger head. No lacing was left.
The smell had a really nice roasted coffee coated chocolate. I did get some light licorice in there as well.
The taste was roasty, sweet and bitter. It leaves a nice sticky sweet roastiness in the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was smooth and bitter, slightly sticky and sweet rolled into one and then it rolls eloquently along my tastebuds in a really exceptional manner.
Overall, another stellar Founders brew. Though at the moment, this is only my second beer ever by them, this was quite an awesome brew. Makes me want to move to Michigan.

SitkaSteve, Sep 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Carl_R, Sep 28, 2014
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EEscobar, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
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Braseltonage, Sep 27, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dark tan head falls quickly off a black body. Has a pleasant and nuanced, milk chocolate, black licorice, and damp wood aroma. Taste is equally pleasant until bold woody, hoppy notes kick in-vigorating. Some prune, black licorice and chocolate cake feels it's way through. Yin up front and yang in the back and finishes perfectly balanced as one.

stephens101, Sep 27, 2014
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absoluthamm, Sep 25, 2014
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,883 ratings.