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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,669
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 637
Gots: 1,836 | FT: 146
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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: mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

90 IBU
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Ratings: 6,669 | Reviews: 1,736
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!

Photo of adam42381
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ATPete
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a solid black color, completely opaque with an large brown head. Big roasty sweet dark malt in the nose, hints of coffee and a small whiff of burnt bread. Much is similar in this beers flavor, malty goodness with a nice high hop balance, his beer weighs in at 10.5 and 95 IBU, yea the hops shine through more than youd think. I love that character in an Imperial Stout, others may not. Medium bodied, lighter than you may expect, superbly drinkable.

Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of atpca
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to frozensoul327 for this one. It's been so long that we now carry it out here in the CT-MA area... but I still have a bottle of it cellared from 2005, and I am dying to try it soon.

This beer was very dark brown, almost black. Although I could tell it was clear on the pour, in the glass is was pretty darn opaque. What I had hoped for. There was almost no head, and what little there was died away quickly.

Aroma was of intense dark malt, raisins, mild sweet roasted notes, and bitter chocolate. Yum.

Taste was along the same lines. Strong roasted malt, almost burnt, like it had been halfway to charred. It was slightly sweet, and definitely hoppy, although it was hard to pick out hop flavors through the roastiness. Alcohol was definitely present.

Mouthfeel was thick, chewy, somewhat viscous. A beer you could sink your teeth into.

Drinkability takes a little hit, because of the intenseness of the flavors. Although I liked it, and will revisit it again, I couldn't have more than one at a sitting.

Photo of blabaer
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of leroybrown10
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of laxer8811
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of dasenebler
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/27/09. One of the thickest pouring stouts I've ever had, with a mud flow of shadowy goodness. Modest dark tan head laces extremely well.

Aroma is good and improves as the beer warms: roasty, surprisingly hoppy, and boozy.

Flavor is super rich and roasty. Medium coffee flavor is not nearly as pronounced as with other Founders stouts. This is a very bitter stout in which you can readily detect the 90 IBU hop presence. This bitterness is also a product of the huge roasty flavor. Finishes with a bit of warming alcohol, with a lingering dark fruit character. Really delicious stuff here. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Pleasantly low carbonation. Realistically drinkable for 10+ abv stout.

I enjoyed this Founders offering much more than either the Breakfast Stout or KBS. A.

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Impy
Received in trade from the Midster. Cheers Allen!

Notes from 02-17-12
12oz bottle with a 10oz taster nonic

A: Pours a super dark black licorice color and even has that sort of sheen to it. Looks slightly viscous in the pour and yields a two finger thick dark mocha head. Some really tight bubbles. Lace coats the glass with each sip.

S: Smells of deep roast grains and chocolate syrup. Has a little bit of an earthy waft to it. Some alcohol vapors. But the roast and chocolates are nice here. I can smell the aroma from across the table.

T: Tastes has a real dark earthy roast to it reminiscent of coffee bean. A bit of sweetness with a deep rich dark chocolate character. Some char and a moderately high prickly hop bitterness. ABV’s are suggestive but not over the top in any way. Really fantastic stuff. What a great Impy.

M: Really nice balance between a frothy texture and slightly thicker viscosity. Mid-Higher body. Touch syrupy at times. Overall still creamy with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Such a nice big beer in a tiny bottle. Great roast character and chocolate flavors. Nice balance all around. Really great stuff.

Would be happy to receive this one again!

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergeek279
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. stubby into a pint glass. The color is jet-black, with a wisp of tan head. The smell is chocolate sweet and alcohol. The taste is a rich semi-dry chocolate with a licorice character and just a bit of the roasty malt and a warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is oil thick. As for drinkability, just a bit too big and rich for sustained drinkability.

Thanks to trbeer for a bottle of this one. A nice rich imperial stout, and though it doesn't quite have the sustained drinking that maybe some of the other imperial stouts do, nonetheless it's a worthy beer and one I'd love to see in PA.

Photo of bjohnson
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

hoppymeal gets two big thumbs up for including this in a trade. Pulled from the cellar and served at temp.

A: Pours an absolute black a night. Eight ball black if you will. Head is a weird coca reddish color--melikes!
S: Big nestle cocoa notes with infusions of dark fruit of fig with chocolate covered cherries. Slight necco wafer chalky notes also.
T/M: Dark chocolate notes with a slight sweetness that like hot chocolate syrup. Bitter coffee flavors of expresso and extra bold coffee--these are also present in the finish. Sweet caramel notes round out other two. Milkyness is present for a second before the bitterness develops. Robust with a big body. Warming in the chest with the high abv and slightly boozy, but it's really masked by the larger than life flavors of this beer.
D: Yum. Only word I can come up with right now. It's thick and bold, warming but not overly boozy. Nice balance and easy sipping. Seek it out if you can as it's worth the quest.

Photo of Giggy
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of GPHarris
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring of lace throughout. the body was as black as oil and looked to be about the same consistency.
s - big chocolate malts with some roast and coffee too.
t - roasted coffee, chocolate, a hint of smoke. a little alcohol burn as well but pleasant.
m - it poured like oil and coated the tongue like oil might.
o - stupendous RIS.

Photo of TubaDan
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black and thick with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly; lacing is good

S: Lots of dark roasted malts and coffee; some toasty bready quality; the alcohol aromas and burnt grains peak through as well; a little bit of burnt rubber but it is pleasant enough

T: Burnt and roasted malts up front with some coffee; a touch of medicinal quality there as well

F: Sticky and viscous with great overall mouth feel

D: A great beer but the burnt roasted malts are a bit over the top; this is a good sipper and not too boozy but it's still not one you could drink all night

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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