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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,767
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 514
Gots: 1,394 | FT: 119
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%

MarkJBurch, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

dsshuck, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Wayne17, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Birdlegs, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Zonian1
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Zonian1, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of WVUbrew
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

WVUbrew, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Risser09
3.6/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a midnight, jet black color with a slight, brown head that goes away pretty quickly. No lace. Not a very lively brew.

Smell: Deep roasted malt, coffee, leather and a pinch of hops. The label indicates 90 IBUs, so they must not have spared. Licorice is in there, too.

Taste: Extremely roasty flavor is indicative of burnt toast, charcoal, and dark espresso. A hoppy bitterness further accentuates the roasty feeling. Mild sweetness and a nice belly warming feeling.

Mouthfeel: Lots of roastiness and warming alcohol. Medium bodied with little carbonation action.

Drinkability: This beer is okay. It's bold and powerful, but feels over-attenuated without much flavor complexity. Worth consuming, but there are better RISs.

Risser09, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev -8.3%

ZachKelly, Jun 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Phigg1102, Jun 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murchmac bows head in silence for Younger35. As a couple of BAers were sitting round my table discussing founders and the imperial stout isn't being brewed anymore, Mr. FedEx rings my door and what do I get as an extra? Founders Impy. Thanks Daniel.

10.5abv, 90IBU? huh? Pours a dark black with coffee mocha ring around the collar.

Smells roasty toasty dark malts, as it warms up, dark chocolate. Always bet on black, Wesley Snipes did in White man can't jump and Woody lost all the money.

Tastes in order: Hops, thick dried dark fruits, leather, chocolate, toughness. Like if a gay chuck norris were turned into a chocolate easter bunny.

Fantastic when warms up. Chewy creamy aftertaste, with some burn in your throat. Feel the burn.

Murchmac, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a tulip style glass at the Craft Ale House in Limerick PA.

A: Jet black with a one finger light brown tight head. No light comes through this fine liquid. Full ring glass lacing.

S: Coffee, expresso, dark chocolate and a slight hop nose.

T: Follow the nose. Lots of dark coffee flavors inculding espresso, dark chocolate and dark fruits like cherry. Cocoa and milk chocolate come after with the sweetness and the finish ends up bitter with a nice slight hop bite. Alcohol becomes apparant on the finish.

M: Thick and creamy, very creamy with a full coating mouthfeel. Finish as I said has lingering bitterness. Medium alcohol can be tasted especially after it warms. Low carbonation too.

D: Low, this needs some time to balance out and let the alcohol subside and meld in with the other flavors. One 12 ounce glass was enough for me.

Overall a very good impy stout. Another quality beer by Founders, but not one I would enjoy every day like many of their other beers. Still very nice.

Kadonny, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours like motor oil. black and opaque with a super tan head of two plus fingers that fades pretty quickly and leaves a spotty lacing

Smell: chocolate with some slight roastiness and some hops and definitely some expresso.

Taste: sweet chocolate. lots of roastiness and dark malt character. end finishes up with extreme bitterness of hops and expresso.

Mouthfeel: very creamy mouthfeel. pretty heavy and very bitter at the end. lingering bitterness

Overall: great russian imperial stout. nice combination of bitterness and creaminess

SportsandJorts, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ThreeFishes, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ChipMurray, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

akttr, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Black... No light getting through this one. Really not much head, maybe half a finger. The head was dark, basically brown. It dissipated quickly, just a little lacing.

S) Lots of roast aroma, chocolate, kind of milky, hint of espresso and a touch of alcohol.

T) Sipped on this for a bit, and the flavors pickup nicely as it warms. Nice chocolate flavors, more like a milk chocolate than a dark. There was a hint of vanilla too. A touch of coffee, deep roast, little hops coming through, slightly burnt. A bit of alcohol on the finish and then some roast aftertaste.

M) This was thick, like a melting shake. Full bodied for sure, not much carbonation. This was very smooth and creamy. Top notch...

O) Founders clearly knows how to brew world class stouts. I personally prefer the CBS, KBS and FBS over this offering, but it is still highly recommended by this beer enthusiast.

RoamingGnome, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of jackndan
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

FounderÂ’s Imperial Stout: Pours a jet black, that no light can penetrate. Very nice, deep brown head, with some lasting power, and that leaves thick coating on the glass.

The aroma is very strong, with more than a little coffee/espresso aromas.

As is typical for any imperial stout, this is a heavy, creamy mouthful. The tastes are absolutely dominated by the strong dark malts, with thick tastes of espresso, and hints of toffee and dark chocolate to boot. There are some hops towards the finish that leave a oily mouthfeel.

Definitely not a session brew, but one to linger over. A good US example, but not up to the level of say the Rogue.

jackndan, Jun 09, 2003
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Based on the notes, this is a 2004 or earlier version. There was no date on the bottle or the 4 pakc carrier.

This pours a very dark and viscous black with a dense one finger head, that might be the darkest I've seen. It took forever for the foam to fade to a very nice cap, leaving behind a solid sheet of lace.

Smell; very good roasted malt aromas, with a solid presence of chocolate. There's some dark fruits, with coffee and caramel.

Taste; the roasted malts dominate the first few sips with te coffee and slightly over cooked caramel. After I let this sit for a while some very nice dark fruits come through with dates, prunes and raisins. To top it all off this finishes with a rich dark chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; this has a very full bodied mouthfeel, and I'm not surprised after the pour. Drinkability is very good, especially since the alcohol is barely detectable, but it's still a sipper for sure.

I've passed this beer up in the past, for reasons I can't explain. Never again though. Founders is definitely one of my top two or three favorite breweries.

RedHaze, Oct 25, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Hallertau, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

crowsnest, Sep 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

imyourhero21, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of bobhits
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Imperial Stout

Dark chocolate body, with a deep dark milk chocolate colored head. Huge thickness and creamy looking as hell. Simply amazing looking.

Light chocolate, coffee, sweet malt notes, with a mix of hops. Certainly a dark chocolate dominated beer with a nice hop floral finish. This beer doesn't jump out in flavors but I feel there's just something so flawless in how everything fits together.

Burn dark chocolate up front. Then it rolls down the tongue sweetening, with slight hop and alcohol burn. Mixed in is a bit of coffee, caramel, and toffee.

This is some of the smoothest most "pillowy" oatmeal like stout I've ever had that could still call itself imperial.

Like expedition stout this drinks like a milk shake, but damn this first beer of the night is going down like water.

bobhits, Mar 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Gtg642, Nov 16, 2011
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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