Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,865
Reviews:
1,901
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.53%
 
 
Wants:
755
Gots:
2,454
For Trade:
144
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Ratings: 7,865 |  Reviews: 1,901
Photo of zotzot
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders knows how to do Stout
Orange dark brown color
Sweet stout smell
Nice Carmel brown sugar taste
Nice!!!!!

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully smooth Stout from Founders. Drank from the bottle but could smell the aroma right away after popping th top off. Could not see the color. Enjoyed the smooth feel from start to finish. Great beer to enjoy a sunset or by a fire with friends. Drink slow and enjoy.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Is there a better decadent stout, when it comes to plain (I can't even use that adjective) ol' RIS, than Founders?? No Sir! This is the stuff stout dreams are made of! Rich, fudgy, loads and loads of dark fruits, smoooth dark chocolate.
Umm,ummm.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pitch black beer with a 1.5 finger tan head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, possibly some cherry. The alcohol is somewhat apparent but not overly so. Great RIS.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on April 4, 2017. Look is nearly black with a thick tan head and spotty lacing. Smell and taste is dark dried fruits and dark roasted malts. Feel is full in body.

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Photo of kitch
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 355ml bottle, bottled on 30th November 2016. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: It was black in colour with a nice one finger fluffy brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but left spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, cherry and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Roasty malts, rich bittersweet chocolate and coffee with hints of dark fruit balanced with some bitterness. Finish has a lasting ashy charcoal-ness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, velvety and full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Nice and smooth. A good Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ShortyTahoe
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dspader1
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeIquiades
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 7irondave
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black, with a massive fluffy khaki head that sticks around for quite a while.
Smell: Rich chocolate, cocoa, fudge, and syrup.
Taste: Rich chocolate cake, cocoa, molasses, and toffee.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, boozy.
Overall: A good no frills imperial stout with no adjuncts. It was a little boozy though.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Amguerra305
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours motor oil thick with an inch dark khaki head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves an intermittent ring around the edges. The nose on this beer is rather nice; big and bold. Notes of chocolate and coffee with a roasty back note and a tinge of alcohol. Taste follows the smell with a slight creaminess up front followed by a bitterness that is a touch shy of acrid from the roast but still pleasurable. It feels pleasantly thick with not much noticeable carbonation and keeps your lips sticky together. Overall this beer is great. Big and bold with complex roast notes that I imagine would get even better with age.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of sjrider
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DesertFox24
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jason_nwx
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NWHopinator
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bobert84
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevin3046
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark black with light brown head. Thick lacing that sticks to the glass. Mouthfeel is a great creamy chewiness and just the right amount of carbonation. The taste is sweet roasted malts with hints of chocolate, fruits, toffee, smoke, and caramel with a dry, hoppy finish. This is a great stout!!!

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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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