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

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#322
Reviews:
1,914
Ratings:
7,915
pDev:
8.49%
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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

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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Photo of Claude-Irishman
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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Photo of beaulabauve
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

Photo of TomTrocc
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 2015 vintage served at 52 degrees in a tulip glass on New Years Eve 2017. Happy 2018!

Pour: dark, dark brown with a beautiful full tan head that dissipates into a nice collar with some lacing throughout. Really pretty and inviting.

Nose: sweet malts, molasses, maybe some vanilla. Good but not outstanding.

Taste: first impression is molasses, caramel, some dark fruit, even a little whipped cream (maybe that’s the mouthfeel!). Sweet on the front end with some burnt toast and slight bitterness to finish. Even got a little black pepper late. Not much aftertaste, it’s surprisingly clean on the finish. Really, really good. Tastes like a barrel aged without the booze.

Mouthfeel: this is a milkshake with whipped cream on top. One of the best I’ve had. Can’t recall if it was this good fresh but, after two years in the cellar, it’s outstanding.

Overall: rating is probably positively influenced by the vintage. But, as I recall, this was a great beer even fresh. I look forward to Founders bringing this back. It’s definitely worth trying dreads and aging.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris1907
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sorry to hear that this is being retired very good imperial stout. I would love to see this recipe be brought back to be bourbon barrel-aged. Do it Founders, please!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Craig-er
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look- Poured into a tulip glass. Kicked up some nice rich colored foam.
Smell- Lovely chocolate malty.
Taste - Some bitter hops, chocolate and malt.
Feel- full bodied, the taste lingers in your mouth for a long time.

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

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Helixoon
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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