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Founders Imperial Stout (2012)

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by mjshearer1, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Zaphog

    Zaphog Champion (995) Michigan Sep 23, 2011

    Great beer and very available every year in my area. I always go through a couple of cases of this while it's out. Still have 5 or 6 bottles from last year, may have to bring 1 up tonight!
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  2. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Savant (445) Michigan Dec 16, 2011

    I debated that when I posted, not sure whether to call it the 2012 or 2013 release, so I just went by the bottling date (obviously if it's going to be released on the first it was bottled in 2012) and called it good. A technicality I suppose.
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  3. I had a bottle from last year recently and it is just sublime. Hopefully I can get a pack or two this time around. It seems to age with the best of them.
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  4. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (650) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    One of my favorite Imperial Stouts hands down.

    Still can't believe Founder's is now stocked to the gills here in CT.!

    Cheers All and Enjoy..........
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  5. frazbri

    frazbri Advocate (600) Ohio Oct 29, 2003

    Hopefully the readily available part still is true. Sales of new releases keeps getting crazier and crazier.
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  6. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    Long time want of mine, can't wait to try it this year.
  7. I love this beer. It flew under the radar last year. Something tells me this may not be the case this time.
  8. reval

    reval Disciple (65) New York Apr 13, 2011

  9. jacob4999

    jacob4999 Savant (310) Michigan Dec 9, 2008

    I live in SE Michigan as well and I'll tell you right now that the availability of this is no where near that of Breakfast Stout. I'd say it's about the same as Curmudgeon maybe a little more scarce. I was able to get about 3-4 packs last year in the first week of it's release...went back to my stores the next week and it was all gone. This is one that most stores here but a limit on.
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  10. Honestly if you live in southeast Michigan just drive up to Founders in 2 hours and buy a case or two of it. They let you buy as many as you want at the Founders store and the beer is cheaper straight from them with no middle man.
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  11. This year will be my first time trying it. Can't wait. I love Founder's.
  12. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Advocate (650) Michigan Apr 3, 2006

    Looking forward to this again, one of the best.

    Side Note: I wonder if Wine Advocate members make fun of people for thinking that different vintages of wine are different?
  13. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Aficionado (165) Nov 23, 2012

    Assuming we get any here (and I'm hoping so, since we get Founders) I'll be picking it up. Might be the first time I let something age.
  14. hctap00

    hctap00 Aficionado (185) Maryland Nov 2, 2012

    You should not have any problems finding Imperial Stout in SE Michigan.
  15. I completely disagree with this statement. Last year I was able to score one 4 pack and the year before I believe I was able to buy 2 singles. Granted I've got the delivery days down a little better this year so hope to be able to score more this time around in SE MI but this is not a beer you are simply going to walk into the store and find laying on the shelves in our area. If you put effort into it I agree you should have no problem scoring some but SE MI has never been an easy score for Founder's specialty beers.
  16. Best no-BS imperial stout brewed in the US...
  17. hctap00

    hctap00 Aficionado (185) Maryland Nov 2, 2012

    You have more experience than me on this so I will trust your judgment. I am generalizing based on my experience. Last year in Ann Arbor, I walked into a store (Busch's I think) and casually found a 4 pack on the shelves. Maybe I got lucky. Best of luck to all in finding it.
  18. Yeah does seem Ann Arbor doesn't have as bad of a struggle as those of us more to the east. Here's to hoping this year will be easier for all of us!
  19. Just bought a 2013 4 pack from a store in Jersey. I believe hunterdon messed up and released it early. Bottled 11/29/12
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  20. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Savant (255) Ohio Jan 24, 2006

    It was scarce in Ohio last year.
  21. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Savant (305) New Hampshire Feb 19, 2012

    So happy we are finally getting Founders in NH and Maine. I hope this gets here not long after its release.
  22. Me too. Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville had it out today. Bottled 11/28/12.
  23. misfit1034

    misfit1034 Aficionado (160) Ohio Dec 29, 2009

    I am enjoying a 2011 right now. Can't wait for a 2012
  24. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Savant (445) Michigan Dec 16, 2011

    Found a local place still selling 2011 batch. Picked up a couple bottles, I'll be saving at least one for a side by side.

    I figured this would happen. Always seems to be you east coast guys that have Founders "accidentally" drop before it's release date. Pretty sure this happened with Bolt Cutter too. Bastards. ;)
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  25. OnWisconsin

    OnWisconsin Savant (355) Wisconsin Aug 14, 2012

    Misterid-Where in Green Bay? I picked up 2-4 packs about a month ago of the '12 but haven't seen anymore since I picked these two up. Thanks for the help!
  26. kylelenk

    kylelenk Savant (350) Michigan Apr 17, 2012

    This is not always the case. Sometime, beer is more expensive. Bolt Cutter, for example, was $26 from the store and I saw it as low as $19.99 a few places here in town. Same with Backwoods Bastard, a little more expensive at the company store.
  27. Yah, I have to say my favorite Imp. Stout To date.
    Especially with a little age.
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  28. Hate to say it, but I have yet to try this beer. Hopefully it's as awesome as people make it out to be, but I have no reason to doubt Founders.
  29. founder26

    founder26 Savant (450) Michigan Sep 9, 2009

    if you don't like hoppy/bitter stouts be warned that fresh it is just that, however with a year on it its amazing, hops fade and the coffee/chocolate dominate.
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  30. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (535) Michigan Jun 30, 2009

    Pretty much exactly my thoughts as well. Too harsh fresh IMO.
  31. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (640) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member

    I had a fresh one the other night. I like hoppy bitter stouts though.. I would imagine it will be good with age on it.. So I bought 3- 4packs.
  32. Lare453

    Lare453 Champion (770) Florida Feb 1, 2012

    I think this years is thin and artificial tasting...






    Jk. It's delicious.
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  33. I usually find it damn near year round back home cuz it sits. Easily one of the best non BA stouts I've had. Definitely gonna try for a case this year
  34. this RIS is a good beer to keep in the cellar, it starts off great and just keeps building on that as it ages.
    I wish that I could keep some longer than 3 years just to see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  35. Rob-P

    Rob-P Aficionado (125) Iowa Feb 29, 2012

    I found some that was bottled recently and released early. It is absolutely fantastic. In my mind quite a bit better than the Narwhal, Expedition, Ten Fidy, and Old Rasputin I've been drinking the last couple months...which says a lot because I love all of those...especially the Ten Fidy.

    At 90 IBU it isn't as hoppy as I expected, but hops are definitely there. Nowhere near as hoppy as Nightstalker.
  36. kylelenk

    kylelenk Savant (350) Michigan Apr 17, 2012

    Found a 2011-2012 bottle the other day. Saving it for a 3 year vert.
  37. RichD

    RichD Advocate (640) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012

    Just grabbed a 4 pack bottle on 11/29/12. Very excited to try this for the first time.
  38. lotsaswigs

    lotsaswigs Aficionado (230) Indiana Jan 24, 2006

    In my experience it peaks around 2 years and then starts to lose a little something after that. The rich chocolatey flavors start to thin out a bit. Not saying you shouldn't try it, it's pretty affordable so worth a try. I still have at least 4 years of it in the cellar but really thinned out my older bottles once I felt they were starting to fall off.
  39. Gmr75

    Gmr75 Savant (380) Connecticut Apr 30, 2002

    Seems like it hit the shelves early here in CT, and disappeared quick. I was able to get 2 4-packs. I've only had a bottle so far, but I found it much more enjoyable young than this years Breakfast Stout - which wasn't at all what I remembered from last year. Still good, but a bit sharp in flavor. I've never cellared the Breakfast Stout - does it "round out" a bit with a little age? I still have 11 bottles.
  40. SourAddict

    SourAddict Savant (300) Wisconsin Jun 18, 2012

    where in Green Bay if you don't mind sharing. just moved to fondy. not a single bottle shop within a half hour of here

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