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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,883
Reviews: 1,600
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 536
Gots: 1,420 | FT: 122
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%

RMoeNay, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of SheepNutz
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with half a finger of coca-cola colored head that dies away slowly. There is just a tad bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is of roasted coffee with a hint of mocha. The smell fills the nostrils nicely. The taste starts out with burnt malt, a little espresso, and leads to a trace of hops. A bit of smoke to the finish, but with a salty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, and pretty smooth too. The drinkability is a little low due to the 10% and aftertaste. You sure can't beat it for being free. Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for a great present!

SheepNutz, Jul 28, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Skunkdrool, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Vdubb86
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

Thanks to The Stretch for sharing the growler I got for him at the brewery with me.

This is my second review of this beer, because IT GOT BETTER. This has the blackness of the abyss of space with a brown foam that is amazing. The smell is rather vacant, but has hints of coffee and molasses. The taste is a combination of lots of molasses, some star anise, coffee and lots of cocoa powder. This is really smooth going down. I can't believe it lasted this long in the growler (4 months). It's really really tasty. Overall this is one of the better imperial stouts that I have had the good fortune to have. It goes to show that at the right temperature Imperial stouts can be one of the best styles around. I love this thing.

Vdubb86, May 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Sazz9, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

amishbooze, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

schmidtmattsays, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Booner818, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of beerdrifter
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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3/5  rDev -31.2%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

costanzo_mike, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of GRPunk
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a nonic pint glass.

A- It poured a near-black body with hints of dark brown at the edges. The 1-finger, brown head that left beautiful lacing and sticky spots all down the glass.

S- The aroma was full of roasty notes with a raisn-like sweetness.

T- The flavor was just a touch on the sweet side. It had a lot of roasty flavor and roasty notes. There was a lighter chocolate accent.

M- It was quite smooth, outside of a slight alcohol twinge.

D- It's a definite sipper, but so good that I'd love to drink it again.

GRPunk, Feb 03, 2009
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

ArtZan, Feb 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Snifter.

The beer pours a viscous, sludgy texture out of the bottle, jet black in color with a nice dense caramel colored head, about a finger high that has moderate retention but leaves behind a great network of sticky lacing. The aroma is very nice, roasted coffee and burnt chocolate that eases up into some nice sweet grain and dark pitted fruit. The complexity is a bit lacking, but with the simplicity comes a very nice balance. The flavors are rewarding as well, big roasted coffee with bitter dark chocolate jumps out, molasses and a bit of licorice follow behind that help smooth things out and bring out some nice rich grain and sweeter dark cherries that also provide a hint of tartness that is very pleasant. The body is thick and chewy, rich and fairly smooth, just enough carbonation to prop up the flavors and to give this beer just enough lively prickliness but yet still have an easy smooth finish.

Verdict: A Very nice Russian Imperial Stout from Founders. It’s big and robust yet smooth and rich and while the flavors aren’t that developed, clearly with time this beer will evolve into a really flavorful and special beer.

kevanb, Feb 04, 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mkennedy119, Jan 13, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very little carbonation, looks like motor oil, very dark and thick.

The smell just from the bottle was amazing, very obvious chocolate, pretty "yummy" aroma. The aroma on this is amazing, just excellent.

Woah.... mouthfeel is great, flavor is coffee and chocolate. Melds together very well. There is a nice creaminess in this which effects the taste and mouthfeel, very nice.

Finish is nice, lasts a pretty good amount of time and is quite tasty.

If you like Russian Imperial Stouts you will not be disappointed with this.

Hypersomnia, Jan 09, 2010
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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Bockerdoppel91, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Casey3236, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Giggy, Jul 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

HopsHopenstein, Jan 14, 2012
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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