Big Luscious
Founders Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,274
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,679
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
275
Ratings:
1,616
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Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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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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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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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mschrei from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +8%
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
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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
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AllAboutTheStout from Arkansas

4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
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
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Sigmund from Norway

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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greenhousedrummer from Tennessee

2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
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
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Stout_lady from New York

5/5  rDev +25.3%
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
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dcotom from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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enleeten from Michigan

2.44/5  rDev -38.8%
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
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Tshane from Michigan

4.99/5  rDev +25.1%
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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders Brewing Co. "Big Luscious"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 09.29.20 0817 2" AND SAMPLED ON 01.28.21
$4.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The body is an opaque blakc even when held to the light, and the head is a rocky caps of light brown. The head retention appears to be excellent. Surprisingly I get more sweet red raspberry in the nose than I do dark malts. The taste brings in the malt but again, it's surprising well heeled for such a dark beer. There' a lot of chocolate, both lighter and darker, and a roastiness but it's not nearly as intense as the appearance might suggest. That helps to balance against the raspberry. I should note, by the way, that it contains real raspberries and dark chocolate - no flavorings. A median to moderate bitterness keeps it in check and although it finishes a touch sweet it's far from cloying. In the mouth it's medium-full in body and delicately zesty before warming in the mouth to become creamy-smooth. It truly is a "big" and "luscious" beer that can act as an ingredient in a dessert, a dessert itself, or a beer just for drinking at almost any time of the year.
Review #7,179

Jan 29, 2021
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GrumpyDad from New Hampshire

1.86/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer sucks. You’d have a better time drinking a bottle of NyQuil. they taste similar. How could a brewery that makes such delicious stouts create this absolute trash.

Jan 23, 2021
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours black with a pretty tan head that falls to a ring with a Pangea sized island in the middle of the glass. Initially it looks like an espresso with the foam on top.

The aroma hits hard with raspberry of the jammy variety, but there is a fresh raspberry smell as well. There is a suspicion of chocolate, but I don't know if I really smell it or am just expecting it to be there. Hmmm...seems a bit one dimensional here.

The flavor is absolutely intense. Raspberry like a filled candy, tart and sweet with a fresh raspberry character layered on lending some tea notes. Chocolate much bigger than the nose led me to believe, and it is really good chocolate. It strikes me as milk chocolate, but with some bitterness on the back end. Underneath all that there is all that you would expect from a Founders stout. Plenty of toasty malty goodness and a little acrid, almost but not quite burnt, flavor. The alcohol is well hidden, but you know it is there with the slight warmth it produces.

This is definitely a sipper but mainly due to the intensity of the flavors than the barely noticed alcohol. There is enough tartness from the raspberry to prevent this from being a nuclear sweet bomb. It is lighter bodied than I expected, not syrupy, but the raspberry and chocolate leave a tiny bit of stickiness long after the sip. It actually is a little dry, to me.

Well, alrighty then...overall I like it, I generally don't like tart combined with a stout, but this stops well short of being sour. I find it fruit dominant like some chocolate covered raspberry jammy thing with fresh raspberry as a bonus. High train wreck potential, but it somehow all works. A good beer as a treat, but if you don't like raspberry save your money.

Jan 19, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market of Choice.

Jet black with a dense, brown head with good retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is surprisingly good with the raspberry being only an accent rather than an overpowering note. Bitter dark malt, dark chocolate and raspberry are in balance, with soast and some chicory notes. Mild dark roast coffee. The palate opens fruity and bitter with a fruity, mildly juicy but also acidic raspberry note, mildly jam like, covered with a dollop of bitter dark chocolate and nice roasted malt. A mild licorice like note pairs nicely with the raspberry. Fruity and roasty on the finish, this beer is medium in body and softly carbonated, with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Quite excellent.

Jan 08, 2021
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gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: black with big mocha foam

smell:

taste: tart chocolate, I think this is a great combo and indeed an innovation! I love the taste

feel:

overall: love it, cheers Founders!

Jan 05, 2021
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet: color is solid black, head is tan with fine bubbles, presents 1 finger thick and then dissipates to thin top with ring along the glass.

Smell is raspberry forward, syrupy, slightly medicinal, then some light roast and hint of chocolate.

Taste is raspberry forward with light malt and chocolate notes, not overly sweet or boozy, light roasted malt and chocolate is not as apparent as expected.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, moderate sweetness, light acidic bite.

Overall a lightly sweet, moderately acidic bite and a hint of medicinal quality to the raspberry flavor.

Jan 02, 2021
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Luscious is what I consider the first pastry stout from Founder's that I've had. It isn't labeled as such but has big sweetness with pronounced raspberry and chocolate. The beer is indulgent and thick, almost like biting into a raspberry bon bon with a dark chocolate shell.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Dec 31, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice dark brown with khaki head that persisted
S-sweet raspberry
T-a little too sweet raspberry, milk chocolates, minimal hops or malts
M-Medium body, slightly below average carbonation
O-nice dessert beer, but one and done for me

Dec 26, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the recent batch (October-November), poured into my Barbarian tulip. Reviewed from notes. Beer pours a jet-black color with no light shining through, not the thickest stout on the pour, with a small khaki colored head. There are tons of sweet, dessert-y notes in the form of milk chocolate, raspberry puree, caramel, cocoa, espresso, and roast; sweet and malty. Not cloying, comes together beautifully, and reminds me of a marriage between Southern Tier's Choklat and Founders Blushing Monk.

Dec 23, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours basically black with a little sediment at the bottom, showing off a frothy rich chocolate brown head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Lots of dark chocolate and sweet raspberry, like liquid candy, roasty, a hint of coffee, slightly earthy, and some brown sugar and toffee sweetness.

T: Sweet jammy raspberry comes right out, though there is also a very slight tartness behind it, immediately followed by a wave of rich dark chocolate fudge, with the base beer peeking through behind that, roasty, slightly earthy, hints of coffee, and some brown sugar sweetness.

M: Full body, moderately mild carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Checks 3 big boxes for me, Founders, stout, and berries, so I was stoked to see it hit distro in my area.
Super decadent, smacks you in the face with raspberry and chocolate like biting into a fancy truffle, so it makes a nice desert sipper. That said, the sweetness can build after a while. Not full cloying, but I'm not sure I could handle another full bottle to myself without a cup of coffee on the side to help cut it.

Dec 22, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at my favorite tap room in Greenville NC, Tapped.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Appears very dark brown almost black with a nice foamy head that settled in to a thin cap.
Smells biscuity, chocolate, raspberry
Taste, the raspberry is VERY upfront initially, a little too much for my taste.
As the beer warms, chocolate notes begin to show themselves.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall, a nice desert beer, but one of these is definitely enough.
I probably wouldn't order again.

Dec 22, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a brown head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate and roast. There is a hint of raspberries and low coffee grounds. The raspberries start to become a little more noticeable as the beer warms.

Taste: The raspberries and sweetness are forward in the flavor with coffee and chocolate. There is a hint of vanilla.

Feel: It has a silky medium full body. It has a sweet finish with some bitterness mixed in.

Overall, it has a good combination of flavors with the raspberries shining through.

Dec 19, 2020
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loudmacleod from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big and luscious indeed. Seriously rich and thick. Pours with a nice head and great aromatic fruit on the nose. First sip might as well have been raspberries dipped in dark chocolate. It’s got a nice, smooth flavor with soft mouthfeel.

Bottle / Teku glass / No food pairing

Dec 18, 2020
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jettjon from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass, this one pours engine oil brown with a thick dark brown head of tight bubbles with good retention. Nose of dark chocolate and dark fruit (raspberries). In the mouth there’s a pleasant fruity-chocolate flavor that borders on artificial sweetness. There’s a pleasant pipe tobacco note as well, which is something I have never noticed before in nearly 1000 reviews. Dry bitter finish. When the beer is cold, the artificial raspberry flavor is a bit cloying but as it warms everything integrates nicely, though the beer is a bit too sweet overall in my opinion. Mouth is solid for style, rich and semi-viscous. Overall, it’s very good though it borders on being overly sweet. Would try again.

Dec 13, 2020
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