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Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
#309
Reviews:
1,906
Ratings:
7,892
pDev:
8.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 7,892 |  Reviews: 1,906
Photo of kccraftenthusiast
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Songminx2
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachkrauter
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of theBubba
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Photo of Zaybertooh
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with a two inch ochre head. The head dissipated quickly.
Aroma of booze and roasted malt.
Better taste. Still very boozy, but there's coffee and chocolate there, as well as some charcoal.
Big-bodied, dry.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kbrady10
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stefko
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dms1767
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strohm
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 12/02/15, poured into a pint glass is black as night --the only color showing through light at the edge being a reddish cola color-- is bald, or headless. It just looks odd.
Aroma is all booze at first, but then stone fruit, roast coffee bean, and oak join.
Flavors match with a bitter hop touch at the end after the booze clears the pallette. As the beer warms to room temperature the booze comes on stronger and lasts through to finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and an oily finish.
Still pretty hot for 16 months. Two more in the beer corner for the future.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is black with a solid tan head that lasted a long time. Tons of lacing. This pours a beautiful beer.
S: roasted barley and coffee followed by a hint of hops and chocolate.
T: super balanced taste of coffee, chocolate, maybe some dark cherries or oak, plus some hop flavor on the back end.
F: medium bodied, but smooth and easy to drink.
O: this is a great regular stout will definitely be searching this out in the near future.

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Photo of gamblebc
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yuno
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wumpshire
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best imperial stouts I've had. Pours thick, not a strong aroma but the taste is huge. Chocolate, licorice, coffee with a soft mouthfeel. A solid imperial stout.

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Photo of wflamholtz
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i'm a big Founders fan, but not so much of this offering...

Out of the glass it looks great (and what a great start) - pitch black liquid leading to a dark tan head and lacing that sticks well to the bottom of the pint glass. The smell is a nice blend of booziness and distinctive stout odors that simply made my mouth water from the get-go. But here's were things went a little wonky for me. Though the mouthfeel was full-bodied and rich, there was enough carbonation to distract from the overall experience, then the taste was, well, less than great. In fact, it was by far the booziest imperial stout I have ever had - at least it tasted that way, and I've had stronger ones than 10.5% ABV. The booze flavor simply overpowered whatever else they were trying to do with this. I am a someone who leans towards these, but I'm looking for more complex and well-blended flavors, rather than a short of bourbon or whiskey in my beer. Anyway, it wasn't awful, just not something that tingled my toes. Overall, I like the beer, I'm sure I'll pick up more in the future, but it certainly isn't on the top of my list for imperial stouts.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a nice mocha head
S - Not overly complex, chocolate, coffee, earthy hops. Everything balanced.
T - Follows the smell with a nice bitterness and a perfect balance.
M - Perfect mouthfeel, thick, full bodied, well carbonated (I prefer slightly more)
O - A bold russian imperial stout, one of the best or maybe the best RIS on my list of regularly available brews.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,892 ratings
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