Big Lushious | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big Lushious is a deep, rich stout that’s packed with flavor: roasted malts, all-natural dark chocolate, a subtle suggestion of burnt coffee grounds and a kiss of tart raspberries. At 7.8% ABV, it’s big, sumptuous and extravagant, but also balanced

Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
1,456
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
422
Trade:
40
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Photo of KMcGrath
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle

Pours dark black with thick sticky lacing. Fades away to a nice surface layer. Minimal oily lacing there after.
Smells of sweet chocolate, little to none burnt malt and raspberries (of course). Taste is sweet burnt chocolate up front followed quickly by abundant tart raspberries. Yet nothing overpowering. Almost considered a dessert stout if anything. Like Lizard of Koz but with raspberries instead of blueberries, but not as sweet. Time has calmed this beer it seems. Nice creamy mouthful. Medium to low carbonation.
Big flavor for such a low abv stout.
Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djcira
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Coffee black with a thin tan-red head.

Smells like chocolate covered coffee beans. A little earth, some raspberry chocolates.

Whoa. Very cloyingly sweet. Wasn't expecting that from the smell. A sour raspberry note hits first, following with some syrup, and then the syrup gets bitter as it enters coffee territory with a flavored fruit-coffee taste. Firm hop bill comes forward like a wall. The sweetness gets cloying pretty fast, but you don't get the sugar flavor from it, it's like you're eating a dozen candy bars but you don't fully taste them. It's like a sugary, bitter raspberry syrup with sips of breakfast coffee. Actually it grows to be downright gross after a little while.

Buzzing carbonation with a firm, thick body.

Overall, it's okay for the first couple of sips. After that, whew. This is rough.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rating from notes taken Spring 2015 in Austin, TX:

High B (3.75) / GOOD

***
Review from notes taken Fall 2015 in Austin, TX (I think at Bangers bar).

Served on-draught.

HEAD: 1 finger's worth of head height. Gorgeous tan colour. Fantastic creaminess. Boasts a stellar full consistency of good thickness, even and smooth. Supple and soft in appearance. Good (~5-6 minute) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid ink-black. Clean, lacking any visible yeast(s)/lees or sediment within.

Appears aptly carbonated for the style and serving method.

Not unique within the style, but attractive for an imperial stout.

AROMA: Tart raspberries, dark malts and accompanying sweetness, creaminess, powdered sugar, chocolate.

An inviting aroma of average strength with no overt yeasty notes, alcohol, or off-notes. Definitely to style.

TASTE: Raspberry, some berry puree, dark malts, faint specialty chocolate malt, creaminess, pale malt sugars, schwarz malts/specialty dark malts. Lacks sufficient chocolate given the beer's premise, and roasted barley never makes an appearance, which is unfortunate.

Strangely imbalanced. The fruit emphasis doesn't work well.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Not at all a complex or subtle expression of the style. It's not bad work, but one does expect better from Founders - especially when it comes to an imperial stout.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, lightly creamy, and unfortunately a bit thin and overly light-bodied for the style.

Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific flavours.

Suits the taste okay. Fairly soft.

OVERALL: Downable but underwhelming considering the brewery. I wouldn't get it again (at least not fresh on-draught). A rare disappointment from an oft-terrific brewery, and very overpriced for what it is.

I definitely prefer the bottled version.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of Samp01
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a viscous black with a large brown head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet chocolate covered raspberry and dark roasted malts. Taste similar to aroma, mostly chocolate and raspberry flavors with some underlying dark roasted malt notes. Palate is medium to full body, creamy and smooth going down. Finish is sweet chocolate and raspberry flavors mild dark malts. A sweet beer, alcohol is well behaved with some lingering notes of raspberry. Overall a very good full flavored and tasty brew. very nice.

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Photo of axf4129
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Timc32
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours thick into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger of dense dark tan head that fades slowly to a small pool with some lacing
S: Smells of raspberries, chocolate, slight coffee and roasted malts with some slight sweetness
T: Taste is tart raspberries and bittersweet dark chocolate with hints of coffee and roasted malt. Swallow is more jammy raspberries, roasted malt, coffee, and lingering chocolate
M: This beer is thick and slightly syrupy on the palate with soft carbonation that is very adequate. This beer has a drying finish.
O: This beer is delicious. The raspberries play very well with the decadent chocolate and roasted flavors that this beer brings. Great complexity, flavors and balance make this one a joy to drink. I hope this beer makes a comeback.

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kevindp9
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Fake artificial like raspberries on the nose, with some cocoa and roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with much of the same. The raspberry flavor just tastes artificial and leaves an odd flavor on the palate.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Big Lushious from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,456 ratings