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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Photo of Samuel906
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to try this. I have heard no end of great things about Founders stouts an d this certainly did not disappoint. Pours absolutely sheer jet black with one of the darkest brown heads Ive ever seen. head dissipates quickly leaving behind the viscous, oily brew. Rich creamy mocha greets you on the nose complemented by toasted malt, and chocolate covered cherries. Taste is a tidal wave of bittersweet chocolate up front with a mellow finish of earthy tobacco, and roasted coffee. Feel is thick and oily, coats every inch of your mouth. A bit sticky. but it comes with the territory. Definitely a slow sipper. Overall, one of the kings of the heavy stouts. Great in all aspects.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. This beer comes out a dense black color, with basically no highlights at all, it's pretty impressive. The color of the head is chocolate milk with extra syrup. Some pretty decent lacing.

When I cracked this open, I held it six inches or so from my nose and I could start to pick up the aroma and I knew it was going to be good. Smells like there is a good combination of malts, but the strongest is certainly chocolate, a semi-sweet dark chocolate. There are also strong notes of a natural roasted barley. Hint of smokiness and a touch of alcohol that warms your nose.

The taste is truly excellent. The large amounts of malts are even more detected in the flavor profile. It tastes like a blend of bittersweet, semi-sweet, dark, and milk chocolate all blended together if that makes sense. Big flavor, slight smokiness again, but not as much as the smell. A natural sweet roasty flavor. This is truly a tasty beer, like chocolate milk for adults.

The mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. It's certainly full bodied, and super smooth. Actually, smooth is an understatement, this sets a new standard for me, silky smooth sweetness. Excellent carbonation level and really not a bite from the alcohol which stands at 10.5%; it's barely detectable. Very easy drinking beer, anybody could polish this one off with ease.

Founders does it again, I have 2 left that I'd like to put a little age on to see how they do. Its the end of May right now, I'd love to see how an aged one taste in the winter, who know's maybe I'll edit this and give it another 5 or two.

*Still good after a year in the cellar, but probably a little better fresh*

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel in the Black Booty 5 BIF. Into an Epic snifter.

A: Inky black with a slow to rise brown head that bubbles up to almost half an inch and recedes into the murk almost as fast leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No lacing left behind.

S: Chocolate first then some burnt barley, a bit of caramel as well as a few plum like notes. Lots of coffee and char in here as well. Smells like it should, a huge imperial stout. A bit of an earthy hop profile. All around just smells like a huge beer.

T: Everything I ask for in an imperial stout, massive sweetness that is balanced by bitter roasted/burnt malts and a bitter, resinous hop profile. Tons of molasses and caramel blend in nicely. Long lingering flavors of burnt malts, plum skins, and hop resins make me take another drink entirely too fast. This should be one to savor, but it is just too damn tasty. Really impressive.

M: Absolutely nailed it here, thick and chewy, perfectly balanced between overly sweet and dry, so it doesn't leave an acrid ashy feel in the mouth. No booze warmth at all. Excellent.

O: This is definitely one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. Everything works so well in this beer, that is hard to imagine it getting much better. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Photo of jslot38
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easier to get a hold of versus all of the other Founders high octane stout options... and more than holds its own for me.

12oz bottle to Bell's tulip glass. Very thick on the pour, minimal head, some good lacing though especially for a high ABV brew. Needless to say, black as night body, mocha colored lacing.

Aroma has a bit of a burnt note to it, not quite ash like, but very roasted, deep and complex. Molasses, touches of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Strong roast flavor. A bit of dark fruits run throughout - dates, maybe plums. In the middle of a sip comes some coffee and baker's chocolate. Just a touch sweet, no noticeable alcohol presence, outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, low carbonation, velvety.

Overall: One of my favorite imperial stouts. I'll let everyone clamor for KBS and CBS and keep drinking this.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 5 - Menacing. Pitch black with this mean-looking cinnamon head than thins out.

Smell: 4.25 - Malt and a super dark chocolate; like one of those 85% dark chocolate bars or something. Smells nice.

Taste: 4.5 - Holy smokes! This beer is absolutely loaded with flavor. That super dark chocolate on the nose is there on the taste and stays there. BIG beer. Not overpowering with alcohol like a 10.5% could be, but this is obviously a sipper. There are some coffee notes on the back end, and a mild smokiness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: 5 - This things is the creamiest beer I've had yet. Silky smooth, creamy, thick, AHH! This beer reminds me of a Rolls-Royce Phantom. You see one of those things "driving," i.e, sailing on the road, and you just know that it's the smoothest ride of your life. Well, yeah. This.

Overall: 4.65 - A solid A beer. This isn't something I would drink but maybe once a month. It's so good, but so massive I feel like I'd overwhelm myself with more frequent consumption. Badass brew.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A motor oil black body with absolutely no highlights. A thin, 1+ finger tan head has some nice staying power and left dots of lace all over. A very pretty stout.

Mostly bitter dark chocolate nose with anise, molasses, slight espresso, plums and a significant roasted malt aroma. This is a big, full nose that is quite aromatic.

A very nice balance of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, and smooth espresso. There is a big bitter component in the flavor. The chocolate and hops really smack the palate. 90 ibus is no joke for this RIS. A very slight bit of alcohol creeps in on the back end as the beer warms.

Smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Really fills and coats the mouth. Not as oily as I would have imagined but big and bold nonetheless.

The 10.4% really catches up with you even though it is so well-hidden. With such a robust and full flavor profile and body, this is a sipper for sure. A joy to drink.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours absolutely black with a tan head, but even with a jhard pour i can only generate about a 1/2 inch of head. Some lacing as well. The aroma has lots of licorice, some chocolate, and a touch of espresso. Rich flavors that are seemlessly integrated and very smooth and silky in the mouth. Nice flavors of licorice, chocolate, fresh cream, and some lovely roastiness. I love the superb silky, creamy mouthfeel. This one is a winner. Maybe the creamiest of all the RIS.

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Photo of CTAID
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aight yo. I have no special interest in tracking down uber-rare CBS/KBS'es, so this is the Founders Imperial Stout that I'm going to stick with. Poured into the finest diamond imbued goblet of Silenus. JKJK typical beer stein. Pours black as a black cat on a cloudy night without a moon. Where there's no stars or anything. Really quite black. That's what I'm getting at here. Maybe a hint o f brown? Smells like coffee. I can already tell that I'm in for a treat. Hop bombs are nice, but malt bombs are somethin' else. Speaking of, this label reads '90 IBUs'. I haven't a clue where this number comes from, but certainly not the taste of this beer or its smell. The taste follows the nose - oatmeal, coffee, a little booziness, just enough hops to keep things in check. The mouthfeel makes this beer to me, it washes down like cream. Like it enters your body on a carpet of clouds and leaves behind Care Bears. This shit is dangerous, it weighs in at 10.5% ABV but feels like it should be maybe 7-8%. Bravo, Founders!

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Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 10oz stemmed clear glass snifter at beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Completely opaque black with burnished cakey brown 1/2-finger of head with good retention and lines of lace sedimenting the glass.

S: Black forest chocolate cake with a light cherry cordial glaze is my best stab and encapsulating the aroma. The dark bread aroma is unique with a delicious bittersweet dark chocolate punch and plenty of cold black coffee to go around. The breadiness is a definite departure from FBS. Hops are tobacco and earthy.

T: Flavor is deep and rich with chocolate and coffee mingling with that same cakey, dark sweet bread flavor that finishes with an ample dose of earthy hoppiness. The dark maltiness is not underplayed a bit, and alcohol is not detected. This went excellently with the double chocolate cake for a wonderful dessert.

M: Full-bodied without being overly viscous or oily. Rich and creamy it has a palate-coating quality that flows seamlessly.

D: A fantastic imperial stout. Without a doubt, I will have to find some of these bottles when they come around and stash them away. Compares very closely in quality to Bell's Expedition Stout, but Founder IS definitely lands on the sweeter, breadier side of the style versus more roasted and hop-aggressive.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12.22.15

L - Pitch black motor oil. Thick and creamy! 1/2 a finger of tan head. No lace sickness

S - Dark chocolate and roasted malts

T - Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Not overly sweet. ABV is hidden. Dried fruits and well balanced.

F - Thick bodied and medium carbonation.

O - An amazing Imperial stout. Get it if you can!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 12/8/13. Dark as a starless night pour with a big milk chocolate head. Magnificent lacing that lasts. Slightly sweet nose of dark chocolate with hints of plum, smoke and molasses over a rich roast background. Full bodied with a slick creamy texture - perfect. The flavor profile is complex and well balanced. It begins with a creamy slightly sweet dark chocolate, follows with notes of plum and molasses, progresses to a sweeter milk chocolate coupled with a touch of smoke and finishes with a nice burst of roast. The finish is smooth and ends with a light alcohol burn and taste. If the alcohol was better covered, this stout would be perfect.

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Photo of dannyhipps
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my beloved Tripel Karmeliet oversized tulip, otherwise known as the "The Chalice of the King", or "King's Chalice", if you're into the whole brevity thing...

A- Pours a dark fudgy brown, nearly black, with a small yet gorgeous espresso foam colored head. Thin cap hangs around, a good-looking beer throughout.

S- Wow! This beer smells fantastic! A pure sensory treat, breathing this in. Chocolate-forward roasty malts , sweet dark fruits, carmelized molasses maybe, and just a hint of alcohol smells oh so good... Begs to be inhaled over and over again. Brown sugar raisin bread, malty. Yum.

T- Sublime. Rich malts, a smooth milk chocolate and candy bar nougat quality shines throughout, until a perfect moderate hop bitter finish, reminiscent of dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and maybe the faintest hint of smoky barrel char wraps this present up perfectly. The beauty of this beer is that all the flavors come across as delicious and mellow, with no overpowering qualities.

M- The mouthfeel on this stout is truly perfect. Luxuriant, silky satin smooth and creamy, although a semi-sweet chocolate treat lies in the front and middle, the mouthfeel is never cloying or sticky, neither is it astringent in the gloriously, "just-bitter-enough" finish. A silky smooth mouthfeel that I feel couldn't be more spot-on for an Imperial Stout.

D- As drinkable as you could ever possibly find in the style. The only reason I'm not immediately cracking another one open this very moment is simply because I haven't anymore in my possesion. If I had alot more sitting around, I fear the sin of gluttony would be a very real possibility!

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Photo of fastsrt
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured 12 ounce bottle in a snifter.

A: tried to entice a head, but it came out like oil and left a thin deep brown head that lasted for a few minutes.

S: roasted malts, alcohol, citrus, mellow.

T: russian imperial stout at its best.

M: smooth creamy, rich, lingering.

D: this beer leaves an impression, it is perfect. this is a must try for people who somewhat like this style beer, I had this one draft as well the head was better, and had more carbonation. The bottle is better.

This beer is an A+ but, it didn't look as sexy as others.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch, motor oil black, with only a thin brownie batter type head. The foam fades to almost nothing. As it drinks, the beer coats the glass and leaving a touch of lacing.

S: The nose is sweet. Big malt backbone, with dark chocolate, licorice, and molasses shining through.

T: It's sweet to start with chocolate and mild raisin notes. Those flavors last into the finish, where I pick up some of that licorice. It gets increasingly bitter in the finish.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and coating from start to finish. Syrupy is an understatement. It's super smooth, with tons of residual flavors left on the palate after it has moved off the palate.

O: Excellent Imp stout. Founders rarely disappoints, and this beer is wonderful. I'll be drinking much more of this in the future.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark as night. Almost no foam even when poured from a foot above the glass...

S - Sweet chocolate, toffee, raisin and oatmeal and bourbon/alcohol notes.

T - Alcohol and sweetness are very present up front. If you let it linger you can

M - Flat, heavy, and creamy.

O - A great example of an Imperial Stout. I won't make it a regular (like Founder's breakfast stout), but it's certainly an every now and then sipping beer to keep in the rotation. Prost!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terminal blackness describes the appearance, full-on ebony, covered by a toasted brown cap.
Aroma is all things you want in an Imperial Stout, mollases, carob, anise, mostly chocolate, with undertones of coffee, rich, complex and deeply dark....a tickler for the nostrils, there's a fullness of flavor in the smell of this, that simply must be savored at length. I want to stave off the sipping, just to bask in this olfactory delight.
On the lips and off the tongue, it's a thick, rich sensation...a fullness in the mouth, comes in grand force and takes over the cavernous reaches of the mouth...sits in command on the palate, as excess dark deliciousness drips over...a kingpin of the Imperial Stout variety, though certainly no Dark Lord...I don't taste any 12%, but it's making it's way assuredly onto my system, I can nice drinkability on it, too, despite the high octane booziness...it doesn't feel too bad on me, at least, not until I try to stand up...whoop=wha---whoa!!

much thanks to Chaz for the bottle...a happier day will fall when Founders is available locally!

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Photo of SLOTHLIFE
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well god damn, this is a fine beer. Thanks to Jammyman for the trade. Dark as sin with a bold toasty roasted tasty feel and vibe. Not too showy on any level, just a solid imp stout. Dig.

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Photo of warnerry
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 2011 release into a tulip

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of dense brown head. Head has great retention and leaves a solids wall of lacing.

S - Big aroma of chocolate malt and roasted mats, along with some coffee. A faint sweetness and oily hop presence. Very nice aroma.

T - Nice bittersweet chocolate and earthy roasted malts, with a bit of milk chocolate. Some coffee, faint hops, and a bit of dark dried fruits. Very tasty.

M - Full, silky mouthfeel, with a hint of bitter dryness.

O - One of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery. Avoids the sweetness that kills many big stouts. Great in every aspect.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured out like black ink and oil, with an totally brown head. The head doesn't last long, thinning to a skim then a crown within a minute. Utterly jet black in appearance.

Burnt marshmallow, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and hops mingle nicely in the nose. Hardly a trace of that 10.5% alcohol at first, but with a little warming and settling it does start to make itself known.

Flavor is big and bold, but not brash. The hops definitely make their mark, but at 90 IBUs, that's expected. They're on the citrus rind-y side, exerting a grapefruit-like essence, but that's carefully balanced and offset by healthy dark roast coffee bitterness, charred grain, more burnt marshmallow, graham cracker, big gooey milk chocolate (I'm getting that s'mores thing here)...and traces of dark fruit (fig, grape). Alcohol underlines all of that, and gives it a nice warm edge. Fantastic. The finish features the coffee and hops, mostly.

As fantastic as it tastes, it feels even better. Can I give it a 6 out of 5? Rounded, ultra-creamy, thick, gooey...oh yeah.

A total knockout from the one the finest breweries in the world. Seriously good stuff.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip:

A: It ours midnight black, completely opaque, with a generous three finger tan head. I did give it a strong pour as my tulip is oversized and I wanted to stare at the beauty of it. Head retention is out of this world, and the lacing is caking on the glass ridiculously!

S: Out of the glass leaps an incredible waft of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and leather. This is an imperial stout to the tee from the smell of things. As it makes its' way to room temperature there is a hint of the bittering hops. The head has still not faded, we are at the 5 minute mark and counting...

T: This beer is just full of roasted goodness. Caramel and chocolate jump out on the palate, followed by a distinct roasted malt character. It flirts with being to acrid, but manages to hit the breaks just in time. There is a sweetness at first that transitions smoothly to a dry hoppy bitter finish with a reminder of the alcohol content. One finger head, at 8 minutes...

M: Thick and viscous. This stuff is like motor oil on acid.

D: For me this is one of the best Imperial Stouts I have had the pleasure of trying. Founders never disappoints when it comes to the malt forward beers. If it wasn't 10% the drinkability would be through the roof. Cheers.

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Photo of philbe311
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a still flat obsidian black as night color with a very limited head to start, then out of the abyss a dark charcoal grayish brown head emerges and cascades from within itself and take on chunky, thick, and frothy characteristics and displays excellent retention... Completely still... Loads and loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Roasted malts... Sweet milk chocolate... A slight hints of licorice and coffee... Quite pleasant and inviting...

T - The tastes mirror the ol' factory... Milk Chocolate... Roasted malts... Coffee... Just the slightest kiss of licorice... Smooth, even, and consistent through each sip and sip after sip...

M - Full bodied... Ultra Thick... Exceedingly smooth... Easy drinking, especially considering the 10+% ABV and intense stout flavors... Delectable... Chewy... I can't wait to take another sip...

D - Another exceptional and stellar offering from Founders... An exceptional stout whose mouthfeel and drinkability are off the charts... I will gladly pick up a 4-pk every winter and strongly advise that you do the same... Just stellar all the way around...

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Photo of fitzy84
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a black appearance with some slight brown in the light. No head, but some patchy brown foam on the sides. Aromas are fantastic: roasted nuts, coffee, mocha, malts, vanilla, and some strong alcohol. Taste follows the nose with some added dark fruit, like plums and raisins, with a roasted flavoring as an after taste. Really creamy, but crisp; great balance that helps bring out the warm alcohol from this drink. Overall, a fantastic beer to end the night on.

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Photo of waldowin
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black, like used motor oil, with a nice brown head that fades to a very thin ring.

Smells of figs, raisins, coffee, and chocolate. Thick, sweet, smoky, and heavy.

Tastes of dark chocolate, espresso, and a hint of figs and roast. Definitely let this warm up a bit from the fridge. A very smooth and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and wonderful. Massive but not harsh.

Drinkability is insanely good for a 12% beer. You can't see that there's any alcohol in here. That said, one of these will definitely be enough for me, I have to be conscious tomorrow.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a very dark chocolate color that is almost black. Pours very little head that is a dark brown and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell:
Dark chocolate mixed with roasted malts and cocoa. A small and barely noticeable hint of alcohol with a bit of hops.

Taste:
Sweet dark chocolate and a cocoa taste mix and dominate the palate. The under and after taste mainly consists of hops with some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel:
Very little carbonation. The beer is a little thick but goes down smoothly.

Overall:
An excellent stout if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well.... Looks like I made it to review 100, its been quite a journey and I figured I would celebrate this milestone by cracking something a little special. I picked up a four pack of this a couple weeks ago at a store I very rarely go to. I found this 4 pack sitting on the dark bottom shelf covered in dust. I have never seen this brew around before, so I figured I better give it a try. I asked the lady working there how old they were and she said they got them sometime in 2008. Poured from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. 08 vintage

A= I like the label on this beer, looks like a medieval crest. I know for sure this bottle is pretty old since it had a twist off cap, I have never had a founders that wasn't pry off. It made a nice pssst sound to let me know there was still some carbonation left in her. It poured a pitch black used motor oil color with a half of finger worth of brown head that died down to a super thin ring that left no lacing.

S- The aroma is pretty robust. Lots of heavy roasted grains that let some nice chocolate and coffee come through. I also pick up some molasses which makes the aroma a little on the sweet side.

T- As soon as I took my first sip I was hit with tons of sweet robust chocolate. In the middle I pick up some dark fruits and molasses that make the flavor just about as sweet as the aroma. All those flavors come together very nicely and well balanced. I can barely taste any alcohol in this beer, which makes it pretty deadly.

M- This a full bodied beer with ok carbonation, I know not to expect much carbonation in big stouts like this one especially aged ones.

D- This has to be the smoothest, easiest drinking Imperial Stout I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. It might be mainly impart to the age, but this beer is not boozy at all, in fact I can barely detect any alcohol.

Overall I thought this was a world class Imperial Stout and the best I have ever had. The flavors were incredible, as was just about everything else about this beer. Founders knocked it out of the park with this brew. I am glad I took the chance at that store and gave this beer a shot. I think age helped this beer out a lot, but I can't be sure since this was my first time trying it, but I will try one fresh when the new batch hits the shelfs, which should be shortly, I will edit it with my thoughts of it fresh. This is a kick ass beer that should be tried by every BA, and if you got the patience age them, you will not be disappointed. Founders is pretty much the king of stouts and one of the best brewery's in the USA.

EDIT- 1/30/12 I bought a fresh four pack this year and while the aged version was a little smoother, I found the mouthfeel and appearance were better so I adjusted the score because of that. This has to to be the best looking RIS I have had. I got three fingers worth of fluffy mocha head that left tons of lacing, this is the best looking RIS hands, as far as I am concerned this is the best RIS made in Michigan.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.
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