Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours black with a small chocolate head that didn't stick around long. Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Full bodied and smooth. Sweet up front but the roasted malt quickly take over. Coffee heavy in aftertaste. A more manly, less sweet breakfast stout.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint.

A: Very dark beer, dark brown head. Strong lacing with good fingers.

S: Roasty, alcoholic, semi sweet.

T: Roasty, chocolate, coffee and slightly sour.

M: Good carbonation, solid malt feel. This is almost chewy.

O: A really good stout.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Founders snifter.

I know I've used the term jet black before, but this is like...oil black. The blackest I've seen. Submits but an 1/8" thick mocha tinted foam cap. The smell is really roasty and dry. No coffee, no vanilla, no chocolate. This is a straight up stout with no additives for certain. The hops are present, but mellow. I usually can't detect hops in stouts, but this is a different animal. The taste, for being without any of the aforementioned flavors, is still quite solid. There's a touch of smokiness to this, but this is otherwise a very bold, unapologetic, straight forward stout, and it's excellent at being that. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, albeit dry. It leaves a decent amount of bitterness behind, courtesy of the hops. Overall, this is a very nice beer indeed. I can see why it's so well received.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, Dark, Dark,. Poured half into snifter. Coco colored head dissipates quickly. Aroma faint. Thick syrupy mouth feel. Hints of bittersweet chocolate coffee but overall quite sweet. Very Good one year old. Bottled 12/10/2014.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,865 ratings.
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