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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,376
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 481
Gots: 1,283 | FT: 110
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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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-10-2013 04:42:16 | More by fehrminator
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-10-2014 06:28:34 | More by schmidtmattsays
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4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased from Julio's Liquors in Westboro, MA into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (02/25/10).

A: Pours dark black capped off with a tan head that rises about two fingers. Good retention and lacing.

S: Rich bouquet of milk chocolate, espresso, coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate.

T: Truly and exceptional flavor profile that is incredibly rich and well balanced. Decadent milk chocolate and cocoa start things off and the are followed by some roasted malt and some espresso. Some slight bitterness from the dark chocolate is apparent in the finish.

M: Great amount of creaminess and fullness with appropriately low carbonation. Silky, smooth and heavy.

D: This is a beer I could drink all day but unfortunately it is not available in my area. The 10.5% is hidden completely.

Overall I this is yet another wonderful and well-crafted Imperial Stout from Founders. Great depth of flavor and perfectly thick and creamy. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 19:35:40 | More by Lunch
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another beer given to be from Sideswipe. Thanks man.

Pours a deep black. This beer wouldn't give me a head no matter how hard I poured it. No lacing.

Aroma isnt much. Smells hot and boozy. Roasty.

The taste is awesome. I was worried for a min. Very smooth and sort of sweet. Nice and roasty with a bit of roasted caramel and sugars. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is great. Not too thick and great carb.

Overall I could drink more of this than other imperial stouts. I'll probably be trading for more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 06:28:58 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Opaque. Head is dark chocolate, 1 in, velvety, dissipates to cover the top of the beer. Medium/light carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Huge dark roast malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Light hop additions.

T: Big dark roast malt, followed immediately by bittered chocolate malt, then alcohol and light hops on the end. Aftertaste is bittered malt and a light chocolatey sweetness.

M: Full body. Viscous. Malt lays heavy on the palate, but bittered chocolate and alcohol help to cut this. Finished wet down the middle of the palate, but very dry on the edges of the palate.

O: One of the best RIS's out there. This beer is so good fresh, but gets better with age. Great balance, complexity, and flavor. Alcohol is noticable, but nowhere close to being overpowering and is cut nicely by the bittered chocolate, which is in turn cut nicely by the light sweetness. Will buy as much as possible given this is a once a year thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 13:42:28 | More by tsauce2
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-30-2013 22:33:28 | More by Goldfishman
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-28-2014 13:36:22 | More by Adkins1203
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-17-2014 10:07:58 | More by ChipMurray
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-25-2013 12:08:56 | More by mwbrady12
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-31-2013 00:18:04 | More by AOShabaz
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-10-2013 22:53:03 | More by midlifec
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-12-2012 07:11:23 | More by adamant1912
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3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

03-24-2014 01:29:05 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-27-2013 19:36:26 | More by OnryAndMean
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3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark black with a good milk chocolate tan head. The head is creamy and chick fluffyness.

S- Chocolaty goodness comes though, with a touch of vanilla and a good burnt roasty malt smell too.

T- The roasted coffee malt taste is very up front. The chocolate is very much there, but not too overwhelming. The finish is dry, and kind of chalky.

M- Thick, and yet works well. The dry finish is not my thing though.

D- Easy to drink, alcohol was well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 02:22:44 | More by Wetpaperbag
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-28-2011 13:32:10 | More by chcfan
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

02-17-2012 03:58:04 | More by Beezee
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-18-2013 04:56:51 | More by Callmecoon
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New York

5/5  rDev +14.4%

03-08-2014 20:59:24 | More by prisdefer
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-16-2012 03:46:19 | More by akttr
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-13-2014 03:04:05 | More by Lucnifter
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a persistent sticky, dark brown head made of cream, mousse-like bubbles.

S: Strong roast aroma and a good amount of coffee with a depth dark roasted grain aromas. Prunes and moderate citrus hops with the fresh hopped grassy note. There is some licorice and a moderate alcohol aroma.

T:Again lots of roast with some molasses and licorice. Firm hops bitterness with a good bit of roast bitterness and a moderately-light citrus hops flavor. There is a light malt sweetness but the balance is fairly bitter with a medium dry finish.

M: full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A thick, rich imperial stout that has a huge amount of flavor and complexity. I'm usually unhappy with licorice and molasses in beers because they usually seem to dominate but here there a part of the rich tapestry of flavors

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 02:06:22 | More by MadScientist
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New York

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

Review #400. Live.

Pours a dark black and beautiful opaque, with a finger of light brown head that ends up as a nice skim, and leaves oily lace on the glass.

Not a strong smell, but it is full on bitter hop, bitter roast, bitter chocolate, and milk chocolate. Just a hint of lighter roast, caramel, and spicy alcohol.

Woahhh, full on mouth attack of the bitter elements in dark roast malt, and high alpha hop.It starts the slightest bit sweet, with alcohol grabbing bitter chocolate, deep bitter roast, smooth burnt caramel, and ends with some drying pine and spicy alcohol battling for control of a clean and dry finish.

Not as thick as the finest RIS, nicely low carb., not complex in the finish, but leaves a clean and lasting dry cling that begs for more.

What a great beer. If not for the numerous super fantastic offerings in this style this would be the best. Delicious, and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:58:04 | More by cavedave
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-13-2013 19:58:24 | More by MordorMongo
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like ink with a brown head that stays around a while. Laces a treat, too.

Roasted malt fills the nose--- I'd almost say crunchy, but that doesn't make sense. It smells nice, regardless.

This is powerfully bitter; more so than I expected (despite the IBU's on the side). It's less than a month old though, so I guess it's to be expected. I have an old bottle that I will crack and review in the future. It's mostly straight up malt, there's a trace of that super-bitter chocolate that's labeled in percent cocoa big and bold on the front so you know it means business.

Nice and smooth; couldn't ask for more here.

Not to knee-jerk on cellaring, but this guy needs more time to suit my tastes. Into the closet with you and don't come out until July!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:59:41 | More by zaphodchak
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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