Big Luscious
Founders Brewing Company

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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,791
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,520
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 12.15%
Reviews:
280
Ratings:
1,343
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 13, 2022
Added:
Sep 22, 2014
Wants:
  93
Gots:
  434
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly "Big Lushious".

A rich and robust stout serves as the foundation for this decadent dessert beer. Raspberries lend a tart and refreshing sweetness while the addition of dark chocolate takes it to an indulgent level. Big, yet balanced, Big Luscious is perfect for sharing with friends and family. Or you can keep it all to yourself. We won’t tell.
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Forgot I had one of these in my cellar, brewed in 2020 and down there ever since.
Still true to form! Poured black with a light brown head that kept going and going.
The aroma was raspberry. That’s what I got. Fair enough, they said they used them.
The taste was: raspberry. Pure, sweet raspberry. Then it settles in and chocolate, not cocoa, chocolate muscles in and makes its presence known. I think I got some roasted malts at some point but won’t swear to it.
The feel was smooth, not viscous per se, but smooth and soft.
Tasty dessert beer, and it’s not even that sweet.
Jul 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a deep dark brown with a fairly substantial head that dissipates very quickly leaving the faintest of rings around the edge.

The aroma is heavy with fresh sweet raspberry. Chocolate peaks through with a little vanilla as well, but the raspberry takes centre stage.

Taste follows. Raspberry dominates. The chocolate comes though later in the sip. I get a slight cherry note on the finish as well. sweet, but not over the top in a pastry stout kind of way.

The body is fairly light.

This is nice. It goes well with day at home tending to a discontented five year old with conjunctivitis. I tend to shy away from berry stouts. They tend to be hit or miss with me and often the latter. This one is a hit.
Jul 04, 2022
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had Big Luscious poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped "BOTTLED ON: 10.29.20," into snifter.

Pours absolutely black with 1/2- to 1 & 1/2-finger dark-tan head, with decent retention, leaving some nce, sketchy lace. Mild aroma of raspberry off pour, which grows and continues, over some very mild malt. Begins with a bit of bittersweet chocolate, closely followed by raspberry, which takes over as the chocolate nearly disappears into the creamy mild malt texture, and then sweet raspberry and a bit of chocolate carry into what eventually becomes a mild roasted malt finish, signaling this is in fact a stout.

Not every stout has to be the biggest and baddest, and this one is simply a creamy raspberry chocolate dessert (beer).
May 11, 2022
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Reviewed by chikinhammr from Arkansas

1.58/5  rDev -60%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
One of the most disgusting beers I have ever tasted. I was shocked at how bad this beer tastes when Founders Breakfast Stout is one of my favorites. This stout is way too sickly sweet, way too over flavored with overly cloying raspberry and reminds me of a terrible clone of carbonated Jäegermeister spiked with Chambord and a dash of soy sauce. It stinks. I hate it. It’s the single worst beer I’ve ever tasted, and I’ve tasted Gennessee Cream Ale.
1. Looks great. It’s a stout
2. Smells pleasant enough
3. Tastes like Satan’s toilet scrapings.
4. Feel: I know this means mouthfeel, but it’s hard to tell when you’re literally spitting it out into your kitchen sink.
5. I HATE THIS BEER
Sorry Founder’s, I love you and most of your offerings. The ratings on this beer say differently, but for me, I’ve found my beer Kryptonite.
Apr 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by hopley from Massachusetts

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Whyteboar for this one. 12oz bottle (dated 9/29/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured the expected solid black color with an inch+ of tan head that good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma is a huge blast of chocolate and raspberries, two of my favorite flavors, with just a bit of grain and roast showing through.

Pretty similar on the tongue, with the roast popping through and adding a bit of bite.

The body was perhaps a bit thin for the style, smooth, and had a semi-sweet finish that the roast dried out after a few moments.

Drinkability was very good, one could easily sip down a couple of these.

Overall, a very nice brew. Worth grabbing if you see it.
Feb 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Feb 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Big Luscious pours a dark, opaque reddish brown with a lovely 2 inch dark tan head.. gorgeous look! The smell is raspberry-Raspberry-RASPBERRY.. with a chocolate note beneath. The taste is still raspberry prominent, but less so, as the chocolate rises in the mix, and dominates on the aftertaste. I get some malt notes, but this brew is all about the raspberry-chocolate synthesis. Lacing persists throughout the session, and mouthfeel is assertive, without becoming sticky. I am not a huge fan of raspberries.. to me, they have to presented in the right context, suitably ripened, paired with harmonious ingredients, and balanced with chef-like deftness. All of that culminates with tart/sweet indulgence
in Founders Big Luscious!
Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A beer that lives up to the name. Drank at room temperature, about 11 months old. Still delivers the adjunct flavors well. This one is all about chocolate and raspberries, and while it definitely brings the raspberries, the chocolate may have fallen off a bit. Still very good, better than it has been rated, I think.
Aug 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by odement from Michigan

Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown c color with a small head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of roasted malts and raspberries. Tastes of tart raspberries and black coffee. Not at all sweet. Smooth and creamy.
Jul 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by AllAboutTheStout from Arkansas

4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
It’s like a Godiva confection chocolate beer. Sweet, not overly so. Chocolatey. Smooth. A once in a while sweet treat. Smells and tastes of raspberries. And not in a synthetic way. I love all Founders beer, my favorite being the Breakfast Stout, Dirty Bastard, and Porter. This is of the same quality, a smooth, thick mouthfeel, subltle carbonation, dark dark dark.
Jul 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.68 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by Metalgod666 from Michigan

Apr 20, 2021
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Rated by BigIronH from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Smell is that of a chocolate dipped raspberry. Taste is that of a chocolate dipped raspberry. Not much else to say, another home run for Founders.
Apr 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Shared 750 ml bottle at local tasting, as Founders Big Lushious. Pitch black colour, large tan head. Interesting and delightful aroma of ripe raspberries and dark chocolate, hints of marzipan and coffee. Rich mouthfeel and flavour, raspberries and dark chocolate again, sweet but acceptable, smooth and creamy. First class!
Apr 16, 2021
 
Rated: 2.21 by Grupatre from Michigan

Apr 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Apr 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by greenhousedrummer from Tennessee

2.86/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
Oof, not sure if it's just my tastebuds or what, but it has a mustard-y, off putting flavor that I just cannot get past. It reminds me of those "suicide" sodas, where you just hit everything on the soda machine. It's like that but like if you did it with condiments. I hope that I just got a bad 4 pack but I'm not sure if I want to give it another shot down the line after this. Other than the taste, it seemed like it was going to be a special brew.
Mar 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by zbooks from Texas

Mar 13, 2021
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
De Hopt. En copa Teku. Jugando a Fortnite y The Touryst. Con queso de Codi. Posiblemente la mejor integración de frambuesas que he probado nunca en una birra, aportando estás su sabor característico pero sin la excesiva acidez que suele acompañarla e integrandose muy bien con las notas achocolatadas y cafetosas de la stout base
Mar 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Stout_lady from New York

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is just perfect. How perfect? It's so good that I felt compelled to make an account just to leave this review. Founders, please just make this a permanent offering. I will always pick this beer if it's an option.
Feb 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.86 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Feb 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by Sellen from Connecticut

Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a petite snifter. Aggressive pour yielded a stellar appearance: two-finger tan head atop a dark chocolate-colored body, both with an overall faint reddish tinge. Huge aromas and flavors of raspberries remain constant from fridge temperature to room temperature. This really hits its stride at just above cellar temp, with a perfect balance between slightly tart / sweet raspberry, dark chocolate, and roasty and bitter char. I wasn't all in on this until it warmed up a bit. Let it sit for a while after pouring from cold. You won't regret it.
Feb 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by shigg85 from Japan

Feb 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by robebo44 from Virginia

Feb 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bruno74200 from France

Feb 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Feb 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by prototypic from Ohio

Feb 07, 2021
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Reviewed by enleeten from Michigan

2.44/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
I love most Founders beers but this one is off-putting.

It has a distinct arby's sandwich with notes of horsey and arby's sauce.

Not sure if mine are just bad or what.
Feb 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Feb 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jan 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Jan 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by BdM from Netherlands

Jan 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Tshane from Michigan

4.99/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Five out of five out of five out of five out of five for a five. sweet and awesome and chocolatey and fun. Fun factor 100!

I would have to say a rich and robust stout serves as the foundation for this decadent dessert beer. Raspberries do lend a tart and refreshing sweetness while the addition of dark chocolate takes it to an indulgent level I've never experienced before. Big, yet balanced, Big Luscious is perfect for sharing with friends and family and even strangers on the street begging for money in Detroit with hardly any clothing or financial instruments like mutual funds or IRAs at their disposal. Unfortunately I'd rather keep my big luscious and give those guys money. Cash money. That's what they like. But I'm keeping my big luscious no matter what. I might even save it for five years and age it. You know, some of the experts specialty people at Whole Foods told me you can do that with some of these beers. I don't care if I run on and on about these reviews and these details, it's all for the big luscious. It's a sacrifice!!!!
Jan 30, 2021
Big Luscious from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1623 ratings