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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,556
Reviews: 1,708
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 619
Gots: 1,774 | FT: 140
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

90 IBU
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ksimons
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a silky ink black with just the fainest dark brown highlights. This also has one of the darkest heads I have ever seen, a dark mocha that leaves a bit of lace on top.

S-rich roasted malt, roasted black coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate

T-taste matches the smell well but is kicked up a notch in all the categories. Rich roasted malts, espresso, molasses, and dark chocolate. Really excellent.

M-full body, milk shake quality, perfect amount of carbonation, leaves a dry roasted feeling

This might be the best RIS I have had, huge flavors, full body, and while the alcohol leaves a slight warming there was no burning sensation. Amazing.

Photo of BierFan
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce short brown bottle into a pint glass. The bottle says 10.5% abv and 90 ibu's.

Appearance: Thick black body with a nice brown head. Good head retention.

Smell: The smell is disappointingly light. Roasted and burnt malts.

Taste: Roasted and burnt malts with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety.

Not the best imperial stout I've had but it's still better than most.

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3/5  rDev -31.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled Nov 20, 2009. Pours thick black with a one finger dark brown head into a Duvel tulip. Reduces to a whispy covering with large bubbles along the edges.

Aroma is deep dark roasted malts and dark chocolate, these dominate with some dark fruits underneath.

Flavor is rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, then some milk chocolate. Some minor notes of molasses, licorice. Incredibly strong chocolaty flavors overall. A bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very rich, full-bodied but not overly so, leaving it quite drinkable for a big imperial stout. Excellent overall.

Photo of axeman9182
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, allowed to warm for half an hour before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Founders Imperial Stout pours, as one might expect, ink black. The foam cap is almost intimidating in how dark a caramel color it is. The head rises to about three fingers in height and manages to stick around for a decent chunk of time. There's a great ring of lacing right at the beer's high water mark, but below that it's just a little spotty. The nose is heavy on fudgy dark chocolate, with notes of molasses and anise present as well to add some balance. Unfortunately that molasses is lost in the transition to taste, because all I find here are that same great rich dark chocolate flavor dominating, with some licorice notes present as well. I'd have liked to see a little bit more besides anise (one of my less favorite stout flavors) acting as a counterpoint to the rich malt base. The body is wonderful though, very rich and full, and it accents the fudgy flavors well to further the impression of a decadent dessert beer. The carbonation is just a hair too dull to finish things off though, it doesn't quite make an impression through all the sweetness. Founders Imperial Stout is a great beer, maybe second only to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout in terms of readily available RIS's

Photo of meathookjones
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After having this on tap at the brewpub and being completely wowed I promptly bought some to bring back home. As I finished up my second bottle I was left wondering what was missing from the bottled version. The tap version was great, the bottled version was good but not quite wowing good. Typical inky black body with slight brown head with some staying power. Nice roastiness backed with light dark fruit sweetness and some dark chocolate. Sweet fruit flavors with a big chocolate and roastiness. Some coffee going as well. Sweetness though seems a bit over done here. Light bitter finish. Mouthfeel is just ridiculous, motor oil indeed is not doing it here. The thick creaminess makes this go down quite easy. If the sweetness would be toned down a bit it would have helped. Good brew all around that I look forward to drinking again.

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being a fan of FBS, I knew I had to try this...

A. Pours jet black with a creamy espresso creme head

S. nice chocolate and coffee on the nose. I like the faint scent of hops and resin from thia beer. glad to see it isnt absolutely mellowed out and still has some spink. What you would expect with an RIS

T. The same coffee and chocolate notes, with a presence of hops and a cloying bitterness that exists from the first sip after the swallow.p

M. Syrupy with an astringent finish. Nice and pleasant

O. Not the best OR worst RIS I have ever had.though it definitely is up there with the tastiest. Would definitely order again

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Black with a small chocolate brown head.

Aroma: Chocolate liquore with a little bit bit of maple and roasted malt.

Taste: Much like the aroma, it tastes like a dark chocolate liquore with and a nice roasted malt finish. The bite from the 90 ibu's does a good job balancing the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy body with light carbonation.

Overall: Imperial has long been been one of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts. This is a very nicely crafted ale that is somehow both simple and intense.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12 oz. into a Duvel tulip...

Pours so dark there's actually a purplish-black currant hue to what otherwise looks split down the middle between a triple espresso shot and spent 40 weight. Cinnamon-brown sugar head is about 1/2 finger and goes rather quickly with moderate lacing.

Carbonation provides sweet alcohol burn at first. Then the incredibly huge chocolate (and many others, apparently) malts take over. Big coffee and dark chocolate tones with woody, piney hop presence and slight sweetness. Oooh, the complexity of it all.

This has a great balance between the huge dryness of all this roasted malt, a decent alcohol wallop (sweet but clean) and the stealth grass and pine hoppiness. I'd be interested to see how it mellows with age. Give this one some warmth to calm down the slight alcohol burn.

If the alcohol hits anywhere it's on the palate feel. The slight burn is mitigated by huge malt and hop presence. Finish is long and full.

This is best enjoyed at cellar/room temperative and by sipping and savoring. Having said that, it drinks very easily for its weight class.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dim I had to crack one tonight.(The label design is awesome ) A fresh Bottle poured into a snifter produced a short lived tan head that settled to a thin ring around the glass. The body of the brew was a typical tar black.

Aromas are nice malty bourbon nose with some alcohol detected. You also get some coffee and chocolate as normal in an IMP stout

Bitter coffee flavor with some vanilla sweetness a little alcohol heat is on the tongue as well. You can tell there is some hops in here as well with a nice hoppy bitter as it finished nice medium feel in the mouth with little carbonation just the way a stout should be.

I had the bottle sitting next to me and figured what the hell so I cracked it open. I was rewarded with a good drinking experience. I think it is a good RIS and worth your while to try

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass...

A - pours big black and tick like motor oil...leaves almost an in of very tight and frothy, very dark and intimidating khaki foam. again, this is pitch black, absolutely no light getting through.

S - very dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, some fresh coffee, vanilla, dark fruits...successfully runs the gambit of the classic RIS scents.

T - insanely bold with dark roasted malt, bitterness jumps out right away...chocolate, earthy hops, some coffee, oak, malted candy...substantial alcohol punch, warming through the finish

M - crazy thick and syrupy, nice subtle carbonation...everything just coats the mouth and the flavors stick around for quite a long time.

D - great imperial stout, only thing lacking ere is a bit of grace as all the flavors just fight out over who gets attention. this one should age and mellow quite nicely, which ill have to do given the great price and availability of fantastic RIS.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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