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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,531
Reviews: 1,701
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 615
Gots: 1,761 | FT: 136
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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: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005

90 IBU
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2.88/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I am sure it is an excellent stout, but the high bitterness turned me off some.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After taking the bottle out of the fridge, I let it sit for about 10 minutes. I can smell the vinous tones before I even pour it out of the bottle. Black in color with a thick creamy tan head (after a hard pour). Aroma of malted barley, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, coating and extremely smooth. Things start off with a dark choclate flavor and move to a rich vinous taste in the middle, somewhat reminiscent of raisins. Hops make their presence known just before the finish. Bitterness seems appropriate and builds on the dark roasted barley and vinous flavors. Alchohol is not overpowering at all for a 12% Imperial Stout and the drinkability is remarkable. It goes down dangerously smooth. Nicely done!

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4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Blackish beer with a viscous, paste-like consistency. An extremely hard pour brings forth only about a third of an inch of head, which from the top looks like a smooth, slightly pock-marked, rich chocolate mousse. Possibly the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer.

I decided to start this one a bit cold and let it warm up. Smells a bit sweet when colder. Chocolate and hints of liqueor -- Amaretto? Kaluha? -- are dominant with hints of caramel. Lots of coffee and grainier, roastier aromas as it warms up.

Intense, concentrated liquid. Starts with sweet chocolate-covered raisins that really give a syrupy, sweet roundhouse to the taste buds. Rounds out with a coffee bitterness. Warmth really begins to bring out a bit of a hop presence that accentuates the bitterness and some alcohol and punches up the sweetness. Very oily and slick; combined with the thickness, this screams "imperial."

Definitely a nice, worthwhile effort from Founders here. For a "big" beer, it's got some nice characteristics. A bit hoppy, but not terribly so.

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4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/18/13

This Imperial Stout forms a viscous ribbon from the bottle to the glass. Pitch black with about a finger of chocolate milk colored head.

Huge roasted character in the nose. Roasted barley, semisweet chocolate, smoke, piney hop notes, and some booze.

Roasted grain is more prevalent in flavor, chocolate flavors have subsided into bitterness, smokey, dark ripe berry flavors, pungent pine flavor and bit hit of bitterness.

Feel is nearly perfect. Big, chewy, sticky.

Pretty good fresh but I'll look forward to this beer with some age on it.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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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.

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,531 ratings.