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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,804
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

jroberts8811, Jan 22, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel giant tulip, bottle dated 12/22/11 thanks Founders. Pours pitch black with and amazing 3 inch dark mocha head, beautiful lace that settles into a half inch foam. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, bread, and a hint of liquorice. Wow the smell good, but the taste is among the best. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee are the main draw, with a very strong hoppyness. Mouth feel is big, drinkability is high, great amount of life for a large ABV, and not crazy dry. Founders please distribute to N.H. some day. Every thing you do is so consistently good and often GREAT. A treat for RIS fans.

SawDog505, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Imperial Stout is a tasty RIS with some smokey character.

A: Black with good 15 mm head. 4.5

S: Smells malty with some roasty/smokey character. 4.5

T: Roasty malt and coffee and into a smokey aftertaste. 4.5

M: Thick and good. 4

O: Yum. Not as good as the KBS I just had though. 4

vandemonian, Aug 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

salthemonster, Feb 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

lonewolfcry, Feb 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

curlybird, Jul 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

comfortablynirm, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Ncpogs, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Walkerjgt, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

funkyaudio, Nov 12, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours jet black in color. It has a beautiful 2-finger frothy head, that is a perfect milk chocolate color. The head has nice retention, and leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass. This just looks awesome.

S - This smells of dark roasted malt and lots of chocolate. There are also notes of coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, a touch of hops, and some booziness.

T - The taste is dark and roasty. There are strong bitter dark-chocolate flavors present. Also, I am getting notes of coffee, molasses, toffee, caramel, some hop bitterness, and some booziness. The finish has a great smooth chocolate flavor, and there is also a hint of booziness throughout.

M - It has a nice full body and low-medium carbonation. It goes down very smooth, and in my opinion has the perfect body for this style of beer. There is some lingering bitterness, as well as a boozy warmth in the finish.

D - This has excellent drinkability. I have a hard time putting this one down, even though I'm trying to pace myself. This beer looks, smells, and tastes great. I really like this beer, and I will definitely be having more. I highly recommend this. Awesome job Founders. Cheers.

JizackFH, Mar 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

AlexChillton, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

EB1, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

stevec32, Jan 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Mersh, Apr 10, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, brown head, not much lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, charcoal, and a bit of molasses.

Dark chocolate, dark fruits, and molasses in the taste. Towards the end, turns dry and a bit chalky. Bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel silky smooth, very nice.

Charcoal and bitter chocolate were a bit heavy for my liking on this, but certainly worth a try.

Strix, Feb 19, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

tswater, Oct 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

HopsintheSack, Sep 01, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/22/2011. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass at cellar temperature.

A - Pitch black with a lasting dark khaki head. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Super roasty. Some smoke, leather and dark malts followed by light chocolate and coffee notes.

T - Similar to the nose. Starts off roasty and malty, but this leads to some very sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Given the 90 IBU's it does have a bitter finish, but not exceedingly so. Very smooth and velvety. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

O - Probably one of the best non barrel aged stouts I've tried. Really great roasty body with just the right amount of sweetness and hop bitterness to balance it out. The mouth feel is near perfect.

davey101, Jan 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

kushlash23, Feb 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

closisinthehouse, Apr 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

GennyCreamAle, Jan 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,804 ratings.