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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,372
Reviews: 1,657
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 594
Gots: 1,655 | FT: 125
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005

90 IBU
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12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a velvety used motor oil black while yielding a thin, short-lived mocha / cinnamon toned head. nose offers strong notes of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt. the usual RIS players are present and accounted for. nothing really sets it apart, however.

flavor follows the aroma. big dark chocolate / roasted maltiness are the headliners, but plenty of other characters including the molasses, coffee, and even a hint of cherry. full-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, simply an excellent RIS; no two ways about it. i'd stop just short of calling it world class, maybe, but no doubt it's upper echelon. i might even prefer it to the breakfast stout.

(originally reviewed: 12-19-2011)

Photo of Hophead717
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated 12/15/11 poured into a snifter.

A: As dark and thick as motor oil, with a half inch mocha head. Beautiful beer.

S: Big notes of chocolate and burnt chocolate malts. Coffee is very lightly present in with the bitter notes. There's a definite bitterness coming in the nose.

T: Lots of roasted malt upfront with tons of chocolate mid-sip. The finish is very bitter for a stout, most certainly a combination of the lots of hops and burnt malt. I remember this being less bitter on tap, though.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with a good/slightly low level of carbonation. Works very well.

O: A really good imperial stout from Founders! It definitely compares favorably to Ten Fidy and GLBC Blackout, two of my favorites!

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4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is the darkest black I can imagine. Pours with the consistency of oil leaving nice lacing and a minimal head.

S - I get notes of cocoa and chocolate accompanied by aroma of roasted malts. The scent is controlled and executed brilliantly.

T - As far an imperial stout goes, this brew is perfection. The only stout that I have that surpasses it is the Founders CBS. Amazing mix of complexity with an initial taste of roasted barley and malts which is followed by sweeter notes. This is a great warmer and at 10.5% ABV, all I can say is damn... well done Founders.

M - Perhaps a bit "hot" for a stout, this is thick and dense, yet recedes beautifully.

O - A fantastic brew from Founders. To be concise, get this beer if you ever have the chance.

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,372 ratings.