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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,774
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 514
Gots: 1,397 | FT: 119
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Agentveba, May 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

kushlash23, Feb 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Mersh, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

JKV96, Sep 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

gpblackgt, May 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

GuttaMane138, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of mscudder
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.

mscudder, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jsurfs82, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

amishbooze, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

MattSharpless, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Ristaccia, Feb 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

csustar001, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave (backfat) for this great extra. 2011 bottle. Cheers!

A - Pours thick and black as night. This beer doesn't allow any light to shine through. Half an inch of dark tan head settles to a ring which remains around the glass.

S - The aroma starts off with with roasted malt, black coffee and dark chocolate, which was expected from a brew that looks like this. A nice hop presence can be detected along with a light whiff of alcohol which picks up as it warms.

T - Definitely follows the nose. Dark, roasted malt, coffee and some dark chocolate. You can get a little smokiness in there as well, with a little heat from the alcohol. The bitterness from the hops plays well with the bitter, roasted flavors at the end. It continues to linger for a little while after the sip.

M - This beer coats the mouth immediately with its thick, viscous body. The first few sips had a medium to high level of carbonation that settled throughout the pour. Finishes a little sticky followed by some dryness.

Another winner by Founders. I really like the strong flavors this one brings to the table, especially the way the bitterness from the hops and roasted malt come together towards the end. It also has an excellent feel to it with a good amount of carbonation. Would definitely reach for this again if I had the chance. Thanks again Dave!

DSlim71, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

fuzzcherry, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. 1cm brown creamy head with decent retention. Very oily and viscous with spotty lacing. 

Deep and rich nose. Dark bitter chocolate. Deep rich nuttiness. A touch of rum soaked dark fruit. 

Flavor is very robust and earthy. Rich and bitter cacao. There's an interesting alcohol character to it that I can't place. Bold espresso notes on the back end. 

Mouthfeel is very much full bodied and very dry with low carbonation. 

Overall it's a pretty good imperial stout. Not the biggest fan of how dry it is but the rest of the characteristics are solid, but not amazing. 

MrVonzipper, Mar 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

tastymug, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

EB1, Oct 09, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with RepMichigan! Bottled 12/22/11. An aggressive pour yielded a beautiful , albeit small, caramel colored head that sat atop an absolutely pitch black body. The tiny head quickly faded and there was very little lacing. Huge roasty, cocoa nose with hints of black coffee, mocha, and dark chocolate. The taste is nothing short of heaven. Complex and extremely rich. Huge dark chocolate and cocoa up front with hints of burnt espresso, licorice, booze, and some subtle raisin, fig, and soy sauce on the finish. The mouthfeel is like velvet. Thick, creamy, and smooth as silk with just a touch of oiliness. Scary drinkability for such a big beer. Yes, it's a sipper, but I could probably sip several of these in a sitting. Overall this is probably my favorite non-barrel aged Imperial Stout. Founders can do no wrong!

beerdrifter, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

afksports, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

CarolinaKev, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Skunkdrool, Sep 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

prisdefer, Mar 08, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/27/13. $3.49 single. Poured into a Sam Adams Shaker Pint.

Appearance: Black, black, black pour. Half finger of a dark brown head that dies down to a slight ring on top. Lacing is decent. Looks thick, rich, sexy. Mmm, baby.

Smell: Depth. Serious depth in this brew. I don't normally pick up a laundry list of things in a beer, but this is one of the exceptions: coffee, char, milk chocolate, dark fruits, smoke... a huge amount of roast, but it manages to come off as sweet and inviting at the same time. A slight note of alcohol is there as well. Smells outstanding, but it's not quite as... bold as I was hoping, I suppose.

Taste/feel: Dear God, that's rich. FIS has a fantastic mouthfeel that coats the mouth right away with its sweet, roasty, chocolatey, fruity ridiculousness without being thick to the point of syrup. A slight alcohol warmth is also there on the finish, but it's not at all harsh. Aftertaste is of char, roast, and dark chocolate and it leaves a black coffee aroma on the breath.

I'll make no qualms about it, this is the best "standard" Imperial Stout that I believe I have ever had. It's not *quite* as mindblowing as their Breakfast Stout, but this is phenomenal.

Quick note: I really love this beer, but unlike most people, I prefer sipping on this one when it's a bit colder. As it warms, the alcohol becomes much more prominent as well as harsh, and the brew becomes really syrupy sweet. If I were to review this one at its recommended serving temperature (I'm not sure what it is, but probably quite warm), I'd not like it as much. I like it soon after it comes out of the fridge, because I pick up more desirable characteristics.

Alextricity, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ahbithwabm, Apr 30, 2013
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,774 ratings.