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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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odd or interesting or whatever that Founders would have so many different imperial stouts. So close to one another and yet so different... This time it's their IS - an RIS. Deep and black, totally opaque. Very small head despite a vigorous pour.

Smells of smoke and sour apricots.

OK. Tastes like an RIS, mostly. Smoke, coffee, licorice, milk chocolate, citrus peel bitterness. Well. Citrus pips, anyway.

In the style it's a bit more reserved than many. Why, I can see how this might be drinkable and good at that with only a year in the cellar. As it is, it's over the top on the smoke and bitterness.

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3.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

founders FIS, fresh

a 3.5 tiny cocoa colored head above a very dark body. transient grainy lace.

s 3.5 char, dark chocolate, hops, some alc. almost smells like a black ipa.

t 3 the hops are clearly there, flavor and bitterness-wise, much more so than in the 11-month cellared bottle i tried before. this makes the beer a very different beast than even the slightly aged version. the finish is still predominated by a dry char that i do not find nearly as charasmatic as that in tres. can't say i'm loving this, but it is certainly bolder and more interesting than the cellared bottle.

m 3.5 medium to full body, a bit more viscous than at 11 months. the harsh finish is still bugging me.

o 2.5 a beer that i have tried to like now in two forms. still not succeeding. does not seem to come together at all and adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

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3.12/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. a little dark and heavy but good all around stout

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3.16/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color. Small tannish foamy head. Aroma is chocolate. Dark roasted malts. Choclately and slightly sweet. Touches of smoke, vanilla and dark fruits. Nice balanced. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice example of an imperial without being over the top.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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