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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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5,383 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,383
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 482
Gots: 1,288 | FT: 111
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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wyatt13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-31-2013 03:54:40 | More by wyatt13
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mscudder

Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:25:48 | More by mscudder
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-03-2014 02:02:04 | More by JellyJacket
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

5/5  rDev +14.4%

04-09-2014 23:57:22 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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Agold

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-14-2011 09:10:37 | More by Agold
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Beer21

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.4%

03-08-2014 07:31:40 | More by Beer21
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-22-2012 03:05:22 | More by Mark000
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

08-26-2013 02:41:51 | More by Kaveman
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JKV96

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3%

09-29-2013 21:09:19 | More by JKV96
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thankyou to kmpitz2 for this bonus.
I can locate quite a number of their brews in my area...unfortunately, this one did not make the shelves.
Pours like molasses...black as night w/ just a thin layer of cocoa colored head. Lacing is thin, but has nice cling.
Aroma is filled w/ chocolate malt, coffee, rum raisins.
Taste is just what I expect from Founder's...a style pushed to the extreme.
Filled w/ coffee (no Breakfast Stout mind you), semi-sweet cocoa, with a nice balance of hops to finish off. Alcohol is so well hidden until it works its way to room temperature. Smokiness flavor works its way out after warming up as well.
Mouthfeel is a thick, but refreshing feel...a little bitter, but finished slick and sweet.
Can't say drinkability is up there as this baby is 12%, but I would enjoy a couple in an evening. Thanks again kmpitz2...giving me a chance to try this one.

Edit: Had one of these with a year on it and it would score just shy of a perfect 5!!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 00:23:24 | More by warriorsoul
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Beerenauslese

California

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is very dark brown, with a tan head that dissipates to a ring.

Smells rich, with lots of charred malt, dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste follows the nose: first, strong chocolate milk, then coffee, and a bit of tongue tingling charred malt astringency, finishing dry and somewhat hoppy.

Body is medium and carbonation is subdued. Creamy at first, but gets flatter as it warms.

Overall, a very good IS/RIS. Very rich, the 10.5% ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 05:29:21 | More by Beerenauslese
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-01-2012 03:13:10 | More by TastyIsBeer
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-05-2013 20:28:29 | More by xdefeatsy
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Piddmeista

California

4/5  rDev -8.5%

08-20-2013 04:17:05 | More by Piddmeista
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-31-2013 02:52:31 | More by Boston_Steve
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:13:46 | More by SawDog505
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-06-2013 14:32:59 | More by browniewithnuts
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a thick tan head, that settles to a small film on the surface. Lacing is minimal.

S: Very roasty, with notes of chocolate, espresso, and burnt toast. The booziness comes through on the nose as well.

T: Taste is very much like the smell. Chocolate, coffee, and toast are most apparent up front. The alcohol is also present. It is rather hoppy on the finish, drying and pleasant.

M: Full-bodied and very viscous, along with a warming booziness.

D: This brew is quite drinkable, but one that I would consume as a nightcap on a cold evening like this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 06:36:17 | More by WYVYRN527
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Gtreid

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to headyhops81 for this one. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip. Notes from Friday night BBQ.

A: Pitch black. The pour produces two full fingers of light brown head appears and retains well. The lace is sticky and spidery.

A: Right on par with the sytle. I get chocoltae, coffee, molasses, roasted nuts, and licorice. Very nice earthiness to it.

T: Just a touch let down here. Don't get me wrong, I think it tasted very good, I was just expecting a little more from a big Founders brew. Coffee and chocolate shine, but there is a distinct bitterness from the earthy hops that do balance the beer.

M: Heavy body, good amount of carbonation give it a little bite on the back end.

D and overall impression: At 10.5% ABV this one's a sipper. Overall, this is a very good beer, I'm just not blown away with it. There is not much originality here. One par with the style, I just wanted more. Maybe a little age would do this one some good. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 12:25:45 | More by Gtreid
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this bottle from iconoklaztor. Thanks, again Don! I've been drinking a lot of your beer lately.

12 oz bottle, vintage unknown (although it was waxed on top, so maybe Don has some knowledge of it's age) pours a viscous black-hole black into a tulip glass. Thin, dark brown head is produced, and doesn't stay for long. Only leaves tiny spots of lacing here and there. A good swirl leaves a thin film of brown liquid on the glass...now thats what I like to see...the ultimate test of an Imperial Stout. If it stains your glassware...it's good to go.

The nose is strong on toasted malts and chocolate, light bitter coffee, vanilla and alcohol. There is a lot of complexity going on, but it's a little more muted than I would have hoped.

Taste is pretty much the nose but vamped up. Everything is more defined, and the complexity of the malts shines through in this one. Alcohol is nowhere to be found (contrary to the nose) and notes of vanilla and chocolate come out. Tasty!

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, thick and rich. Very low carbonation is appropriate for this brew. Slides down my throat, beckoning me to drink more. Drinkability is great, the age on this (whatever it is) has done away with the alcohol and made this an incredibly drinkable brew.

Overall, another great beer from Founders. When this hits Minnesota, I'm definitely getting more of this. It's not a world class Imperial Stout, but it's definitely a good one, and one that I will be drinking a lot more of.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 08:40:11 | More by Mistofminn
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

05-31-2013 21:51:21 | More by woodchip
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baklo

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-28-2014 04:34:14 | More by baklo
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-24-2013 03:49:01 | More by Houser
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3%

04-10-2014 21:15:09 | More by HoppySeb
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a midnight, jet black color with a slight, brown head that goes away pretty quickly. No lace. Not a very lively brew.

Smell: Deep roasted malt, coffee, leather and a pinch of hops. The label indicates 90 IBUs, so they must not have spared. Licorice is in there, too.

Taste: Extremely roasty flavor is indicative of burnt toast, charcoal, and dark espresso. A hoppy bitterness further accentuates the roasty feeling. Mild sweetness and a nice belly warming feeling.

Mouthfeel: Lots of roastiness and warming alcohol. Medium bodied with little carbonation action.

Drinkability: This beer is okay. It's bold and powerful, but feels over-attenuated without much flavor complexity. Worth consuming, but there are better RISs.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 11:57:54 | More by Risser09
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,383 ratings.