Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
96.4%
Liked This Beer
4.33 w/ 7,874 ratings
Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
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
Ranking:
#369
Reviews:
1,903
Ratings:
7,874
Liked:
7,589
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
8.55%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
755
Gots:
2,459
Trade:
143
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,874 |  Reviews: 1,903
Photo of Dharmelink
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nalid66
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSexLove
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a sexy stout. Dark, strong, thick, complex, smooth..... Like drinking a not too sweet chocolate covered cherry. I've been quite fond of most everything I've tried by Founders and this beauty takes the prize (thus far).

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Photo of Playboymanbaby
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmurphy7
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

wow. this one has a kick. 10.5% ABV and you can taste it. That said, it is a very smooth experience. great looking dark stout. leaves a bit of a malty aftertaste that lingers, but in general a very strong IS.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a pitch black color and leaves the same color body with a one inch tan foamy head that rises a bit and drops gently to a centimeter’s worth of head. Lacing is foamy and ringy, lightly clingy. The smell has coffee, malts, dark chocolate and just a bit of licorice really slightly in the background, all combined nicely and coming through in a robust sort of way. The taste is sweet and bitter at different times to show a fantastic complexity between the coffee to the malts, chocolate, and licorice. The palate is medium and smooth. It leaves a bitter aftertaste and finish. It is very drinkable. Overall, this is an absolutely awesome beer for its style and for me.

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Photo of ale_addin
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottlollis98
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spectacular stout. Feels like a milkshake. Tastes even better. Rich and loamy, followed by a nice alcoholic kick.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a single-serve into a stout goblet.

The beer pours with a viscosity that deserves a motor-oil-like designation and that's high praise for the style. An espresso-brown head that dies somewhat quickly, but gives way to as persistent a lacing as you could ask for. Such a dark brown that were it not for the tan head, it would look black. Exceptionally opaque. I rarely give "5's" on anything. This is a brutally beautiful beer.

Dark coffee/espresso and bitter chocolate rule the nose with boozy/fruity sweetness in the background. Well balanced.

Flavors, like the nose, are bold and straightforward. Classic bitter coffee and dark chocolate with a little bit of cherry and dark-fruit sweetness in the background. Excellent char flavors without getting to toasty. Astringent at the finish but not in an off-putting way.

As full-bodied and chewy as you could ever ask for, the carbonation and booze (which is well-hidden by-the-by) help it from being undrinkably heavy.

I've had this brewer's Breakfast Stout many times, and passed this one by because of how much I liked that offering. Big mistake. You must try.

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Photo of WaveDragon
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpenske
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anthony-s
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Mikkeller Shop. In Teku glass. Watching Looper. Amazing in all aspects. Thick, with a delicious dark fruits profile. I found myself drinking it in small sips so that it never ends

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Photo of EvoRich
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of moundbz
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hermit990
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kccraftenthusiast
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Songminx2
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachkrauter
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottled 11/30/16 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 10.5% ABV. The beer is as close to black as it can be with abundant chocolate colored head and close to 75% lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark malt and faint tobacco take turns appearing as the beer warms. The taste starts with semisweet dark malt, moves to dark chocolate and finishes with the rich tobacco note. Bitterness is a function of roasted malt more than any detectable hop presence. Mouthfeel is fantastic. It's soft with adequate carbonation, full bodied and finishes cleanly with no cloying qualities. Overall, excellent. I've had a lot of RIS but this is in the top two for me in terms of quality for price.

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Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of theBubba
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark color...WAY below sea level. And a lace that you can look at an hour after you've finished this guy. Smell is everything other reviewers have mentioned. Mainly what you would expect of an Imperial stout. And I didn't get the "booziness" other reviewers mentioned. Taste? Well not bad, but the bitter aftertaste that hangs on your palate is not something I like. To me 75 IBU's is a little over the edge for a pleasant tasting stout. I love deep dark beers, but with less of a hop presents and more on the malt side. Example...Black Boss porter. A wonderful Baltic brew.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 7,874 ratings
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