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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,469
Reviews: 1,579
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 491
Gots: 1,309 | FT: 112
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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:
90 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005)
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-04-2013 23:45:32 | More by Jeffrey2310
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

90 IBUs
Bottled 11/27/2009; Sampled 12/28/2010; 12 oz bottle poured into a 25 oz snifter.

Pours thick and tar black with an excellently formed very very dark brown head. The head retention is great and the lacing is fantastic too. Looks just as good as any other, or better!

Molasses, sweet alcohol, roast, and massive coffee notes stand out; it should be noted that the coffee, although strong, is nowhere as strong as in the Breakfast series.

Coffee forward taste with a very bright & coffee-like acidity. Bitter on the palate, and with good amount of roast too.

Silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriately low; full of roast but still not harsh; finishes sweet but can't be called cloying over a reasonable serving size; and warming.

In my memory, fresh Founders Imperial is more coffee forward and in that sense it has aged for worse.

Overall, an excellent stout and it's tough to choose any other over this, within the same style.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 09:20:10 | More by tewaris
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jnardone235

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-20-2014 03:16:57 | More by jnardone235
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Lucnifter

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-13-2014 03:04:05 | More by Lucnifter
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aubuc1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a sticky tan head.

Smell is roasty, earthy, and a whiskey like strong aroma.

Taste is a smooth, warm, roasty with a light alcohol warming.

Very creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinkability.

This is a great stout. Not pure coffee, but plenty of richness.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 00:39:30 | More by aubuc1
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

05-14-2012 17:32:52 | More by JohnnyMc
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mixed_master7

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-31-2013 02:21:03 | More by mixed_master7
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innominat

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-22-2014 21:31:02 | More by innominat
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Giggy

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-22-2014 18:33:44 | More by Giggy
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-25-2013 00:39:43 | More by scxcrunner
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brownbeer

Missouri

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

2009 vintage

Oily, black pour with a big, pillowy abyss of very dark brown head that's gonna leave some lacing. Very nice.

Hefty nose of hops, bitter coffee, oak, dark chocolate, sawdust?, maybe leather. Alot going on here for sure.

This one is not for the faint of heart. Thick and milky in the mouth, coating all surfaces with intense dark chocolate, alot of hop flavor for the style,an earthy dustiness, and a nice little alcohol burn to warm ya up to go with the long, dry finish.

This is a hoss and a sipper for sure. I'll be putting a 4-pack of it in my cellar shortly.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 00:56:10 | More by brownbeer
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very black color pour with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that diminishes to a nice thin ring,and leaves some good lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malt, light coffee, faint toffee, and sweet dark fruitiness.Flavor is very roasty malt driven, coffee,bitter chocolate notes some wood or maybe grain,very balanced. Medium-bodied light carbonation, slick mouthfeel with a dry, bitter-roasted finish that features just a touch of alcohol. As always Founders makes it Yummy !

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2009 22:22:21 | More by WakeandBake
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Mersh

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

04-10-2014 00:52:08 | More by Mersh
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denimdemon

Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.4%

01-18-2012 00:22:33 | More by denimdemon
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Khazadum

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-12-2012 00:26:41 | More by Khazadum
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OgreSanchez

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-05-2014 02:56:30 | More by OgreSanchez
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-16-2014 13:01:07 | More by appetiteforparis
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MarkJBurch

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-26-2013 21:15:16 | More by MarkJBurch
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PhineasGage

Iowa

5/5  rDev +14.4%

12-14-2011 05:10:04 | More by PhineasGage
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-10-2014 06:28:34 | More by schmidtmattsays
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mjw1200

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of different aromas. some espresso and chocolate. Its a roasted smell.

Flavor is what separates this beer. Impressive hop flavor in an RIS. Love that it takes more than one drink to take in the different flavors. love the dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

The end leaves a good flavor, the beer is so smooth it does not hang around as long as some. Also a good pucker at the end, almost too much sourness.

great beer. glad I found it. Excited to see how it develops with time.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 20:14:58 | More by mjw1200
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Birdlegs

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-27-2013 15:38:33 | More by Birdlegs
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imyourhero21

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

04-01-2013 19:21:43 | More by imyourhero21
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-16-2014 11:21:40 | More by HoppyBastard2
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GregSVT

Texas

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

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: An aggressive pour of a deep black liquid produces a huge tan head with good retention and leaves tons of lacing as it recedes.

S: The aromas are cocoa, coffee, and a hint of hops. The hops give it an almost earthy aroma which I find very unique. It's also slightly smokey as well.

T: The taste is earthy as well which is odd for a RIS. After that I pick up a lot of cocoa/bakers chocolate and a hop bite on the finish. Very interesting flavors.

M: The feel is thick and creamy with great carbonation for the style.

D: ABV at 10% and the hops in the flavor are the only thing hindering this from being highly drinkable. It's a lot like Old Raspy but a bit better IMO.

Worth a try for sure. I'm grateful for the opportunity from one of my trading partners.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 01:52:57 | More by GregSVT
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,469 ratings.