Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1,916
Ratings:
7,925
pDev:
8.49%
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Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RacerX5k
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best brewery in the world, by far. Had a whole book typed out, hit some stupid fucking key and lost my entire review. Possible improvement to website, auto save your work? Don't know if that's possible but now I'm fucking tired. Great beer, 2016 version obviously has gotten (much) better with age as, years ago, I had this beer 1 years old then fresh the next year and hated both. So there are some examples of (highly hopped) beer improving with age by mellowing a bit. Please don't get me started that, sorry guys, your beer did not get better with age, just older.

Founders had the two best beers of 2017 that would be DKML and Doom, now the two best beers of 2018 KBS and Barrel Runner. And, again, don't get me started on the recent mediocre Barrel Runner reviews. My gosh people, if you don't like big boozy (but not harsh) rum barrel beers then don't drink them. Probably the same idiots who love Sunday Morning Stout (that is a horrible beer and I'm a local). Now this masterpiece, tried on draft last week at the bar, thought it was my hot wings but the beer tasted so good I seeked out a 4 pak. And now I'll get the other 4 sitting there wasting away on the shelf.

Masterpiece at 18 months of age the bitterness has faded into a perfect non barrel aged imperial stout. One of the thickest, most flavorful regular beers I've ever had with no bitterness or off flavors. Flavor profile includes chocolate, vanilla, heavy malts, molasses, pine, and a tiny bit of black licorice which is ok. Really very complex, which I'm sure I'll get more into over the next 3 nights while this 4 pak dissapears like my business.

And this beer was retired? Could've scored this one easy 5's across the board. Wow.

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Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gspeer711
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sauced4life
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kdouble
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hyea
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noooddle
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elohim
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coho11
2/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too much bourbon taste , for me

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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssgunbond
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Silky black pour, minimal head, but skin lasts. Big, full roast grain aroma, coffee, cocoa. Taste adds more of the chocolate, and ramps up the bitterness. Smooth, yet has a nice bite. Velvety texture. Dark and roasty.

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Photo of JoeLev
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VicBorghiani
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Had the opportunity to try the 2014 edition at my local bar.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just drank Founders Imperial Stout, ABV 10.50%, not at Founders, but at Prairie Artisan Ales in Tulsa Oklahoma. The funny thing is that it says it is "retired" here, but the Prairie Artisan Ales staff insisted that it had just been freshly brewed and shipped to them. Perhaps we should ask Founders? Anyway, freshly brewed or not it was a great stout.

Look: black with a thin mocca head

Aroma: chocolate, vanilla and coffee

Taste: The flavor is caramel, chocolate, vanilla cream, and a coffee like hop kick.

Feel: full bodied, thick creamy but silky

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4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks about a 44 on the SRM color index. 2 1/2 year old bottle. NIce mocha colored head with nice lacing. Smells earthy,figs,toffee,fresh tobacco. Tastes like stone fruits,caramel malts,whipped cream. Feel is moderately thick with ample carbonation. Feels smooth and fluffy. I remember when this was fresh and it was a bit rough. I am a advocate for fresh beer,(Lager must be fresh), but high ABV stouts and such are an exception. Overall I think this now extinct brew is world class.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Premo88
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter
("14213399131226B" printed on bottle; courtesy of @cavedave)

L: classic black-and-tan look with a thick head of beige/tan foam about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick; no major lacing/sticking; keeps a soapy bubbled collar of foam, the bubbles big and loose in cool patterns

S: chocolate, milk chocolate, very sweet but with a background floral note ... perhaps a hint of the load of hops in there? vanilla extract, sharp ... as it warms the floral note grows

T: chocolate, red wine and an earthy/woody almost bitter flavor that bites midswallow and hangs on through the aftertaste, the bitterness smoothing out and the wood flavor taking over ... can you rate *just* the aftertaste? It'd be a 5 ... the hops truly are kicking and at times produce a bitter floral bite right up front, then linger as the malt flavor takes over; the wood flavor midswallow ranges from almost raw oak to full-on charred BBQ wood, almost carbon

F: up front it's big and bad, heavy, thick, almost milk stout lumpy, but it smooths nicely into a silky finish; the beer is at least a couple years old but hasn't lost much carbonation, perhaps a little ... there's enough to offer a light tickle that lightens it into that silky feel

O: the load of malt and hops in this sucker is formidable; at times it's as sweet as a stout with chocolate added, other times it tastes like a fresh West Coast style RIS with hops nipping and bitting and generally causing a ruckus; I get why so many pledged allegiance to this brew ... it's as good as any raw RIS I've tried if not better; if Founders brings it back, I'll be first in line to get some ... until then I got two more bottles and will enjoy each and every sip (thanks, Dave!)

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4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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