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Just had my first Founder's Imperial Stout....

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tectactoe, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    FIS is awesome, but too hot when fresh, IMO. It's much better with a year or two on it. I also love the thick milkshake mouthfeel, which takes the beer to another level.
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  2. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    Abyss is actually a combination of barrel aged stouts, so I guess FIS is your favorite non-barrel aged stout.
  3. Sadly I was out of town when this hit, and sold out of my local bottle shops pretty quickly. Founders has surprised us on more than one occasion with small restocks though.
  4. Bonis

    Bonis Advocate (565) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    Like a couple others said, take a few and throw them in the cellar. I did a vertical last year and enjoyed the velvety smooth layers of chocolate and coffee roast in the year old version. It is excellent fresh though, especially if you love a real bitter imperial stout. I am putting 5 in the cellar this year, have 2 from last year. I think I will sit on those until I can do a three year tasting. I am hoping it does as well as Expedition.
  5. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (695) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

    Founders RIS is DEFINATELY my favorite between Founders KBS, FBS, and RIS.

    Russian Imperial Stout is one of my favorite styles- and Founder's RIS is exactly what I think of when I think of the style- I find it to be good but it doesn't blow me away.

    I had a similar experience with Stone RIS as you have with Founders
  6. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    I have a bottle of it that I bought last week, twas bottled in August. That will be my first time trying it. My expectations are not high at all because I had high expectations about Ten Fidy and was very disappointed. Personally I found Samuel Smith's RIS way better than Ten Fidy.
  7. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Poobah (1,030) Kentucky Mar 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Hot and thick in your mouth...that was a premise to a movie I saw once.

    Buy yes, FIS>FBS. KBS>both.
  8. Zuidman

    Zuidman Savant (435) Illinois Mar 31, 2011

    I recently bought a four pack that was bottled in 2011. It was on sale for $8. I have had one so far and thought it was awesome. Wish I had bought more while I had the chance. I was 9 hours from home.
  9. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Savant (420) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    I was tempted to grab a 4 pack of it, but I haven't enjoyed any other RIS I've tried (Ten Fiddy & Old Rasputin). I figure I'm just not a RIS kind of guy. On the other hand, Breakfast Stout is a gift from the Gods above.
  10. dckepley

    dckepley Savant (400) Iowa Aug 13, 2006 Beer Trader

    What's the right price on this? I picked it up at my local shop for $11.99. Next door at the grocery store it was $17.49! Which one is more accurate?
  11. stayclean

    stayclean Savant (370) Wisconsin Mar 17, 2012

    I've always seen it for $9.99-10.99.

    Also, it's surprising to hear how fast it's selling where some of you are. Last release I saw it constantly until almost summer. I don't think it's even HIT Milwaukee yet.. hopefully it doesn't fly off the shelves before I even see it..
  12. Not a great comparison beer wise. But this imperial stout is def better overall and cheaper. Unfortunately I could only get a four pack as the total wine in WS only got one case.
  13. I got my 4 pack for 9.99 in NC
  14. I def prefer my RIS with a high ibu. Seems more balanced.
  15. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Savant (410) Oregon Jul 29, 2006

    I think its a great beer. Fantastic. Went in for some Bolt Cutter, and left with this as a consolation prize. No disappointments.
  16. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 Savant (435) Ohio May 13, 2008

    Might have to agree with you. Have been drinking BFast Stout for awhile now and heard amazing things about Imp Stout and I am incredibly impressed! Founders knows how to balance beers just right.
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  17. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (870) Michigan May 8, 2006

    FIS is a fantastic beer, I do not like it right out of the gate however. Give it a couple months and you're in business. It is a beer worthy of comparison to top tier Imperial Stout but it just does not surpass my personal favorites.
  18. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 Savant (435) Ohio May 13, 2008

    Keep this secret to yourself as long as you can my friend. Word will get around quickly.
  19. RandomBattle

    RandomBattle Savant (370) New York Jun 25, 2010 Beer Trader

    This beer is highly comparable to Zhukov IMO...while I like Zhukov slightly better, I drink this way more due to accessibility.
  20. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale ¡Bad Trader! (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 ¡Bad Trader! Beer Trader

    Well he did say that it is his 1st time trying it. He is saving that post for next year ;)
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  21. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Had it for the first time a couple days ago as well. Stunning. Very well balanced, I cannot wait to try it with a year on it.
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  22. Love this one and also say it beats FBS although FBS is nothing to sneeze at. I love hoppy stouts and this is one of my favorites
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  23. If you like hoppy stouts and that coffee kick then you might like this one better fresh. I've had these aged and fresh and prefer the fresh just because the happiness and coffee favors are more pronounced but hey it isn't terrible aged and u may like it better with age.. Cheers man
  24. FIS and Bells Expedition are some amazing Imperials. Thats all I have to say about that.
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  25. Welcome to beer.
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  26. Bakker

    Bakker Savant (340) Illinois Aug 1, 2010 Beer Trader

    just finished my last bottle from last year. time to replenish my stock for next year!
  27. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    It's gonna be one I buy every year. I love it fresh, just want to see what it turns into. This is for sure a favorite stout.

    CORKSCREWFISH Savant (325) Illinois Apr 22, 2011

    Founders needs to quit monkeying around with their Backstage stuff. Frangelic,Boltcutter.........weak! Put some FIS in some bourbon barrels and you'd have the beer of the year. No contest!
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  29. I love all things founders so I was slightly disappointed with this (expedition and ten fidy were both better for me). The mouthfeel was perfect but the flavors just weren't as bold as i had hoped.
  30. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Although I still thought Bolt Cutter was pretty good, bourbon barrel FIS would be heavenly.
  31. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Savant (290) Florida May 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Non barrel aged I'd have to say my top 3 are:

    #1 CCB Marshal Zhukov
    #2 Founders Imperial Stout
    #3 Bells Expedition Stout
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  32. It's called KBS ;)

    I just had my first FIS tonight. Wow this beer is awesome! This may be my favorite RIS to date.
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  33. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Feb 23, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Founders Imperial Stout and Terrapin Wake n Bake should both be in store this week.
    There goes the beer budget.
    (who am I kidding? I never stay within the beer budget)
  34. CHickman

    CHickman Advocate (540) New York Jan 7, 2009

    I like FIS better, but just slightly better than FBS. Both are solid beers and I'd love to try FIS on tap.
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  35. Founders Imperial Stout by a mile. FBS has a boatload of astringency, perhaps from the way they add the coffee. If you like the FIS now, just sit on it a couple months--it only gets better!

    Also: It makes a GREAT addition to bourbon chili to add complexity/flavor. (I've tried Ten Fidy in said chili also, but FIS seems to be the best thus far)
  36. As others have mentioned, Abyss is actually partially barrel-aged (and delicious).

    Other high IBU RIS which are not too difficult to find:
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy = 98IBU
    Surly Darkness = 85IBU
    Great Divide Yeti = 75IBU
    Smuttynose Imperial Stout(?)
  37. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    ISO 3 year old FRIS. :)
  38. After having a couple more of these I have to revise my opinion, I'm in love with this beer. It gets waaaay better as it warms a bit. The harshness drops off a lot and lets the chocolate come through a lot more. Superb.
  39. Bakker

    Bakker Savant (340) Illinois Aug 1, 2010 Beer Trader

  40. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    I just had my 2nd ever Founders beer, their Porter, and I thought it was amazing. I'm a big fan of "regular" type beers, since we can't really drink BIG beers every day. And this beer was just about perfect for the style as I've ever had in a porter - it was so balanced in the flavor profile and delicious to boot.
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