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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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4,949 Ratings
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Ratings: 4949
Reviews: 1548
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%

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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Photo of hagbergl


4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rodman's in D.C. still had four packs of this dark beauty lying around a couple of weeks ago, so I had to pick up one to enjoy before it disappeared. It's been several years since I've had Founders Imperial Stout, so I'm really excited to drink it and do a proper review of it. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (5/5): Pitch black and with a one-finger milk chocolate brown head. Alcohol legs when you tilt the glass. Just gorgeous, and just about the best looking Russian Imperial Stout I've seen.

Smell (4.25/5): Lots of roasty notes in the nose with a healthy dose of dark chocolate and espresso and some fig. Alcohol is clearly present–a little too present in my mind, but it's not offensive by any means. I would have liked to smell a bit less of it, but bottom line is: this is one intense, very good smelling beer.

Taste (5/5): Wow, follows the nose but adds layers of complexity on top of the original notes. Drop dead gorgeous flavor profile: dark chocolate in the foretaste flexes hard before giving way in the middle to really nice brown sugar and molasses flavors. Deep roasty notes then dominate the back end: espresso, burnt malt, dry and bitter in the finish; far more bitterness in the flavor than you would find in your garden variety stout, which reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin. And, for all the alcohol in the nose, I can't taste a drop of it. Only a little heat in the finish betrays the fact that, at 10.5%, this is a huge beer. Not a highly drinkable beer–you won't be having more than one–but that's fine, because the beer really opens up it warms. This is one intense, flavorful take on the Russian Imperial Stout style. I love it.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Velvety smooth all the way through, until you hit the very dry finish (I can't tell whether it's the hops or roasted malt that adds the drying bitterness to the beer; maybe it's both). Full bodied, medium-low carbonation, true to style.

Overall (4.75/5): I guess Founders really knows the art of brewing imperial stout, huh? Founders Imperial Stout, with its abundance of espresso-esque roastiness, dark chocolate decadence, and interesting brown sugar/molasses undertones, is without a doubt the most intense and flavorful example of the classic Russian Imperial Stout style that I've had the pleasure of drinking. Sublime. Let it warm up and witness a beautiful evolution of flavor!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 17:51:47 | More by hagbergl
Photo of Shroud0fdoom


4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz. Bottle*

Look: Black body, 1 1/2 finger deep mocha frothy head.

Smell: Huge roasted barley, nice toffee sweetness, espresso hints of oats.

Taste: Burnt coffee, sweet roasted malts, smooth chocolate, bittersweet finish, alcohol is not present in the flavor but you can feel the heat.

Feel: Almost syrupy smooth body, soft carbonation.

Overall: For this being at 10.5%, it is incredibly drinkable to the point that it should be illegal. Smooth body, balanced between bitter and sweet that aches for constant gulps. This is a prime example of what a great Imperial Stout should be. Highly recommended.

* Originally Reviewed on 7-11-2013

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 17:00:47 | More by Shroud0fdoom
Photo of M_C_Hampton


4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (dated 12/7/12) into a pint glass, used motor oil black with a short thick dark tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: big nose of chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet, coffee, molasses, dark brown sugar, cinnamon rolls, vanilla

T: bitter sweet chocolate and coffee mingle with vanilla, middle sweetens with molasses syrup flavor, cane sugar, finish dries with a tangy hop bitterness, flavor lingers for some time

M: thick and oily, the alcohol is barely detectable, carbonation is on the lower side

O: I opened this to celebrate some special news. This beer has aged beautifully. Flavors abound as it warms gaining sweetness. Aged this is arguably as good or slightly better than FBS. Buy it if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 03:48:14 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of Pegasus


4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Opaque obsidian body crowned with a fairly large, very dense dark tan head, which retains superbly. Thick, fine-beaded lacing in unbroken sheets adorns the glass walls. The head retention is excellent.

Aroma: Rich dark chocolate aroma with massive roasted barley and freshly-ground coffee. The high ABV (10.5%) is only faintly notable in the aroma, and lacks any unpleasant solvent aroma.

Taste: Opens with very strong bitter cocoa and anise, soon after, strong, rich freshly-ground coffee flavors assert themselves. As with the aroma, the high alcoholic content is very gracefully presented, notable only for a mild, pleasant warming character, and a subtle vinous character. Late in the taste, a wave of bitter herbal hops appear, though even at 90 IBUs (per the label), the hops seem quite understated against the massive malt presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, velvety.

Drinkability/notes: Despite the massive dark malt backbone, high ABV (10.5%) and strong hop presence (90 IBUs), Founders Imperial Stout manages to be both well-balanced and over-the-top. Surely this is a "bucket list" beer, outstanding in its excellence.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas for $10.99 plus tax for a 4-pack of twelve-ounce bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:52:28 | More by Pegasus
Photo of bens0n


4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an oily, opaque black with a small amount of dark tan head. Not too much lacing going on, head fades pretty quick. Definitely passes the opaque test though.

On the nose I can pick up on an almost sweet caramel/toffee/butterscotch note. Little bit of chocolate too. Doesn't really smell like an imperial stout, but its got a real nice syrupy kind of thing going on.

Flavor wise, theres a sweet and subtle start, it finishes with a kind of bitter, smokey aftertaste, not very hoppy. Not boozy at all, really well blended.

Mouthfeel is just like you would expect, thick and syrupy, nice and smooth, low level of carbonation too.

Overall, excellent imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 04:29:22 | More by bens0n
Photo of dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

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

Poured the beer, thick like molasses and oh so dark black in color, into a snifter around 55-60 degrees. Everything quickly got better as the beer approached room temperature. Beautiful mocha colored 1/2inch thick head that did quickly retreat with some lacing. The aroma was quite alluring with hints of chocolate, toffee, maybe roast, and some hints of vanilla. Taste was to die for; coffee, fudge, bittersweet chocolate, and fruits. Thick and smooth with a velvet creamy mouthfeel on the palate. Founders, again, has impressed me with one of their brews. Truly one of the best imperial stouts out there; in my opinion. Highly recommend this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:45:37 | More by dpgoblejr
Photo of mfnmbvp


4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/27/2013 printed on the bottleneck. I am somehow just now finally getting around to reviewing this staple beer from Founders. Expectations are very nice.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a ridiculously thick solid opaque black with about an eighth of an inch of dark chocolate bubbles for a head. Thin ring of bubbles. One of the darkest thickest beers I've ever seen.

S - Smell is lovingly crafted and complex. Boozy alcohol heat, big fudgey chocolate, dark barley roast, cream, hitns of vanilla, & very dark boozy fruitiness - raisins, plums, black currants.

T - Taste follows the nose - bittersweet dark chocolate / cocoa / fudge, vanilla, dark bitter coffee bean roast, and dark boozy fruits. Intense bitterness, as was expected per the 90 IBUs.

M - Feel is smooth and silky. Lots of dark coffee bean bitterness / dark barley roast on the palate. Full-bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, an excellent imperial stout. I would love to see what some age would do to one of these bottles. Alcohol is noticeable, but you would never know it was 10.50% abv. Sticky, fudgey, and dessert-ish, but I suppose it would make for a nice breakfast beer if the occasion called for it. Recommended.

Founders Imperial Stout ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 05:29:10 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Moheban


4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle into snifter glass

A: pours thick, viscous, almost like chocolate syrup. No head on this, just a thin lacing around the rim.

S: roast, chocolate, coffee, booze, awesome.

T: follows the smell. Lots of complexity in the favors and everything works together really well. No discernible alcohol taste in this 2011 vintage. It's very smooth.

M: very thick and creamy as a stout should be. Perfect mouthfeel.

O: very good stout. I would have this over FBS any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:17:04 | More by Moheban
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 6 oz glass: color is solid black, head dark tan, with a great presentation where the head and beer blend together for the top 1/3 of the beer until segregating themselves.

Smell is big roast, hint of booze and something that seems off, maybe a slight cheese flavor, similar to a blue cheese, its not overpowering or really detering but it is present.

Taste is very solid roast and chocolate malts, lighter caramel and pale malts, hops are bitter but not detracting or overpowering, earthy flavors and light pine notes.

Mouthfeel is very good, nicely drying in the aftertaste and presence on the tongue, some lingering sweetness.

Overall, a very good RIS, something off in the nose to me, but great flavor and presence.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:20:19 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Flopjack


4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black with a half finger mocha colored head.

Smell - Dark roast coffee, subtle sweet chocolate, biscuit, slight alcohol.

Taste - Dark rich roasty flavors. Dark malts give a variety of flavors such as coffee, dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, bread, and biscuit. The end flavor and after taste are slightly smoky, and medium alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, mellow carbonation.

Overall - Good beer. This beer moves across a nice combination of characteristics both in the smell and taste. As it warms it also brings out more chocolate notes, slightly more alcohol, and also a bit more smokiness especially in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 17:23:35 | More by Flopjack
Photo of gangstafaceclay


4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is pitch black with no visibility through it and a thin tan head.

Smell is chocolate, coffee, a little bit of booze and roasted malts.

Taste is fantastic. Creamy chocolate, coffee, hints of Carmel, smokey-wood, roasted malts, and a bit of saltiness! It's great. The high ABV is pretty well hidden. Very complex and balanced!

Mouthfeel is very thick full bodied, creamy and smooth.

Overall, another nearly perfect stout by founders. They seem like they can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:11:14 | More by gangstafaceclay
Photo of martyl1000


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


I'm making special note that this four-pack is 10 months old, as the Founder's release schedule for "Imperial Stout" is January.

This one has tipped the scales. It has cracked my Top-5 list of all-time favorites. (Actually, I don't know how I can talk in such hyperbole, when only two weeks ago I declared the same about Mikkeller Black Hole. But that was $14 for an 11-oz. bottle, so I'm sure I NEEDED to like that one a lot.)

Second-blackest beer I've seen this year (after Dark Horse Reserve Special Black). Pours into a tulip glass with a chocolate meringue-like brown head that leaves lacing plastered on the glass.

Dark chocolate and burnt coffee in the nose, first. Then a cascade of stone fruit, especially overripe cherry and black plum. Boozy vapor cuts the sweet.

I just the other day had their Founders Porter on tap, and am now struck by the particular roasted coffee flavor in the mouth, here. Except of course this comes with an undergirding of sweetness to replace the bright/tart hop bitterness in the porter. The massive corn-syrupy, fruit-cake and pecan flavors remind me of Southern Tier Mokha, another of my favorite double stouts. The alcohol politely makes itself known on the backend.
I come to this beer today with doubts, as I'd been sorely disappointed a couple months ago after spending $10 on a 10 oz. pour of it at Coopers Tavern (Madison). I don't know how to account for that discouraging experience. Was it something I ate? Was it emotion: was it my reluctance to support businesses that overcharge for beer?

Whatever. This brew today renews my faith in my tastebuds. I'm thrilled to have brought home two four-packs just now. It's freaking awesome. One 4-pk. is going in the cellar. The other down my gullet.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 18:45:59 | More by martyl1000
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/18/13 at 40 Degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma – toasted malt with coffee, slight alcohol fumes
Head small (1.5 cm), tan, creamy, fully diminishing to an incomplete 1 mm layer
Lacing OK
Body dark brown/opaque
Flavor begins with toasted malt bitterness, no fruitiness, no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol. Ends quickly with a light bitterness as alcohol burn begins in the stomach
Palate full, oily, soft carbonation

A not particularly flavorful example of the style

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 12:58:38 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of mlhyatt


4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A- jet black. Motor oil. Not an ounce of light gets through.

S- chocolate. Dark chocolate comes through so well and melds greatly with the malt. On the back end there is hints of coffee and roastiness but its mainly chocolate.

T- chocolate comes through up front and then turns into some coffee roastness that hits pretty hard after the chocolate. It ends with more dark chocolat.

M- thick and creamy. Barely any carbonation. Just the way i like it.

O- a very very delicious beer. The smell matches the taste perfectly and the balance between coffee malt and chocolate is amazing. Personally i prefer this to the breakfaat stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:13:27 | More by mlhyatt
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 12/8/13. Dark as a starless night pour with a big milk chocolate head. Magnificent lacing that lasts. Slightly sweet nose of dark chocolate with hints of plum, smoke and molasses over a rich roast background. Full bodied with a slick creamy texture - perfect. The flavor profile is complex and well balanced. It begins with a creamy slightly sweet dark chocolate, follows with notes of plum and molasses, progresses to a sweeter milk chocolate coupled with a touch of smoke and finishes with a nice burst of roast. The finish is smooth and ends with a light alcohol burn and taste. If the alcohol was better covered, this stout would be perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 20:15:24 | More by tillmac62
Photo of brutusmuktuk


4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown stout with a flat tan head. Has a malty aroma and a nice roasted malty flavor with some dark chocolate and bitterness thrown in. This is a beer I look forward to revisiting after aging a bottle. Very complex, very smooth, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 17:46:00 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 12/8/13. Poured into a large 22 oz brandy snifter.

Appearance - As I begin to pour it, I'm struck by just how inky and black this beer looks, as close to used motor oil as I've ever seen in a beer. I finish the pour a little aggressively to coax a bit more head out of the beer and am rewarded with a one-finger head the color of rich, decadent brownies. The foam fades after a few minutes, leaving a sudsy rim and mottled film of dark sepia and bits of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass, like mini chocolate chips.

Smell - This is probably the best-smelling non-BA imperial stout I've ever inhaled. Heck, it's up there amongst all stouts, period. A decadent layering of rich roasted barley, charred toast, baker's chocolate, fresh french roast grounds, molasses, burnt caramel, and even some faint hints of smokiness. The depth and complexity of this beer just continues to amaze, and I'm all the more impressed at the fact that it accomplishes such complexity without the aid of the boozy notes that will often accompany stouts that sit in liquor barrels.

Taste - Honestly, I'm so blown away by the smell that it's all but impossible that I wouldn't be let down by the taste. That being said, saying I'm let down isn't fair to the beer. Many of the same rich notes that are present in the aroma represent themselves well in the taste. Roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate, along with more subtle (but noticeable all the same) notes of espresso beans. Where I did not pick up the heat in the smell, I'm now able to detect the high ABV, but without the esters that can sometimes make a beer seem out of balance. There is a faint bitterness, but it works well with the sweetness of the malt, like a how good counterpoint will make two separate melodies sound as if they are part of the same harmonic expression.

Mouthfeel - About the heaviest-bodied beer I've ever had, and moderate-to-low carbonation, which is admittedly surprising for the style. Perhaps the pure chewy viscosity of the body has impeded the ability for the lacing to get any purchase on the side of the glass--it's just too heavy.

Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had in awhile. It's a take that doesn't rely on any crazy components like additives or barrel-aging, but instead is just a perfect example on how the art of brewing can create a wonderfully delicious beverage. It was good by itself, but could be easily paired with food. Sweet and big enough to be a "dessert beer", but with enough balance to drink just anytime. Right about now I'm wishing I had picked up more than a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 06:17:40 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of mjurney


4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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.

It's a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:29:19 | More by mjurney
Photo of Roguer


4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 19:43:09 | More by Roguer
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
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


Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:27:21 | More by Bierman9
Photo of hopflyer


4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/13/13

Pours pitch black barely any head. Just a ring of tannish ruby head.

Smell is smoky wood and alcohol, maybe some black licorice.

Really deep roasted flavors. Charred smoky wood and deep dark roast coffee are first impressions. ABV hidden exceptionally well. Some bitter aftertaste to round out the first few sips. Liking this one. A little bit of semi-sweet dark chocolate but very subtle. Some alcohol burn late in the glass as it warms.

Feel is very thick, heavy, mouth-coating. Moderate to low carb., fits the bill here.

impressed with this RIS. Complex and doesn't have really any dark fruits or prune notes which normally turn me off of an RIS.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 21:17:06 | More by hopflyer
Photo of CMUbrew


4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deepest black in color with a very dark brown head forming briefly. Looks quite viscous pouring into the glass.

S: Plenty of roast-char aroma, dark malt, and slight dark fruit aroma.

T: Darkly roasted malt with a nice charred edge. Solid bitterness that blots out any possible sweetness. Little to no alcohol is noticeable initially.

M: Thick, silky, and smooth to an extreme degree. Nearly perfect feel on this.

O: The best non-BA stout I've had, and likely one of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 04:52:03 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of titty_mcbitty


4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark dark black. More black than other doubles. Awesome color but not much head.

S: Good god. Chocolate, vodka or bourbon, cherries, malt.

T: Similar to the nose. Chocolate (dark), booze soaked cherries, raisins, cognac, cinnamon, syrup, toasty malt, bread crust, and butter. This is superb.

M: Damn near perfect. Thick and viscous. Creamy with some good carb as well. Has that booze burn to it, and it's not a bad one!

O: This beer is truly amazing. It reminds me a bit of Ten Fidy but less 'oily', if that makes sense. This brew has got a huge punch of flavors all at once, which makes it very complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 22:24:32 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of garuda


4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Motor oil thick, black pour. Thin deep brown head retains some with decent lacing.

S/T - Espresso roast, bitter dark chocolate, milk chocolate sweetness, pine hops in the long finish. Moderately bitter. Alcohol stays extremely well hidden, adding a pleasing warmth.

M - Spectacular. Rich, full body, low carbonation, silky smooth.

O - Price tag makes me hesitate, but it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 14:24:39 | More by garuda
Photo of Bone53


4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter at around 50°F

Appearance: Motor oil black with no light coming through whatsoever. One finger brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Rich, quality chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol comes through as it warms.

Taste: Starts off with subtle dark fruits, then rich bittersweet chocolate in the middle, followed by espresso, roasted malts, and a little smoky at the end of the palate. Very rich and complex

Mouthfeel: Dense, chewy, rich and full is what comes to mind. a meal within itself really

Overall: I love this beer and the rich flavors and mouthfeel that goes with it. It's smooth and hides the bitterness and abv. well. Founders has never disappointed me and this beer is no exception. It's up there with my favorite stouts and truly world class! Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 10:13:18 | More by Bone53
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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