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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1,921
Ratings:
7,932
pDev:
8.49%
 
 
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Photo of micada
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Does Founders even make a bad beer? I haven’t had one yet. Found a small stash of these 2016 bad boys just sitting on a big retail bar/restaurant chain’s shelf, evidently for years. The barkeep didn’t even know they had them, despite being prominently displayed. That’s ok...I bought all seven to take home. Poured assertively, cellar temp to a tulip glass. Huge dark brown, three finger head. Lots of carbonation, fizzling down to moderate lacing. Nose is dark chocolate, roasted malts, light vanilla. First sips are ridiculous. Bursting with malty goodness, dark, sinister roasted. After a few seconds, you get a heavy hit of bakers chocolate. Entirely balanced. Alcohol bite is nonexistent, just all smooth flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, heavy, full bodied. What a delicious treat as I sit on my back deck, listening to the wind in the trees, snapping branches, enjoying my good fortune to have found these and to be in a content point in life. It would be nice to see a reprise of this!

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck1
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry to see it retired. Once of the better impy stouts that did not overdue the hops and let the roasted grain do the work. From bottle dated Nov 2016. Smell is roasted malt, soy, dark fruits.
Color black as midnight with a dark creamy head. Mouth feel is right on, smooth and thick,
Taste is dark chocolate , dark fruits, dates , raisins. A bit of char on the back end. More chocolate as it warms but with maybe a bit of licorice.
Just a classic imperial stout . Still have some 2015 and 2016 cellered to enjoy

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

Photo of Nass
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am getting some rich roasted malts, slight dark fruit, slight caramel. but mostly what I am getting is big dark chocolate notes. I am somewhat perplexed by this because I don't think they use any chocolate in this beer. Very smooth finish. Wow! this is one of the best non adjunct RIS that I ever had. I am glad that I decided to pick up 2 bottles of this. This beer has World Class written all over it. If you want to avoid a beer that has actual chocolate in it because you have type 2 diabetes then this is the beer for you. Cheers! A

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Photo of Tony210
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black, minimal head. Great chocolate and vanilla aroma. Great chocolate malt flavor, notes of vanilla, dark roast coffee, mocha. Velvety smooth and creamy. Overall I loved this beer - the bar aged this keg for 3 years before tapping it.

10/7/18
Draft at "The Yard" PGH. 2014 Vintage.
4.5 rating

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Photo of rickm818
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite widely-available imperial stout, although it was not released in 2018. Great mouthfeel; smooth, yet hefty. Really looking forward to seeing this barrel aged sometime in the future :)

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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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Photo of TheCrowsEye
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

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

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