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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
1,911
Ratings:
7,904
pDev:
8.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Premo88
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter
("14213399131226B" printed on bottle; courtesy of @cavedave)

L: classic black-and-tan look with a thick head of beige/tan foam about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick; no major lacing/sticking; keeps a soapy bubbled collar of foam, the bubbles big and loose in cool patterns

S: chocolate, milk chocolate, very sweet but with a background floral note ... perhaps a hint of the load of hops in there? vanilla extract, sharp ... as it warms the floral note grows

T: chocolate, red wine and an earthy/woody almost bitter flavor that bites midswallow and hangs on through the aftertaste, the bitterness smoothing out and the wood flavor taking over ... can you rate *just* the aftertaste? It'd be a 5 ... the hops truly are kicking and at times produce a bitter floral bite right up front, then linger as the malt flavor takes over; the wood flavor midswallow ranges from almost raw oak to full-on charred BBQ wood, almost carbon

F: up front it's big and bad, heavy, thick, almost milk stout lumpy, but it smooths nicely into a silky finish; the beer is at least a couple years old but hasn't lost much carbonation, perhaps a little ... there's enough to offer a light tickle that lightens it into that silky feel

O: the load of malt and hops in this sucker is formidable; at times it's as sweet as a stout with chocolate added, other times it tastes like a fresh West Coast style RIS with hops nipping and bitting and generally causing a ruckus; I get why so many pledged allegiance to this brew ... it's as good as any raw RIS I've tried if not better; if Founders brings it back, I'll be first in line to get some ... until then I got two more bottles and will enjoy each and every sip (thanks, Dave!)

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Photo of beaulabauve
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Wolvmar
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 2015 vintage served at 52 degrees in a tulip glass on New Years Eve 2017. Happy 2018!

Pour: dark, dark brown with a beautiful full tan head that dissipates into a nice collar with some lacing throughout. Really pretty and inviting.

Nose: sweet malts, molasses, maybe some vanilla. Good but not outstanding.

Taste: first impression is molasses, caramel, some dark fruit, even a little whipped cream (maybe that’s the mouthfeel!). Sweet on the front end with some burnt toast and slight bitterness to finish. Even got a little black pepper late. Not much aftertaste, it’s surprisingly clean on the finish. Really, really good. Tastes like a barrel aged without the booze.

Mouthfeel: this is a milkshake with whipped cream on top. One of the best I’ve had. Can’t recall if it was this good fresh but, after two years in the cellar, it’s outstanding.

Overall: rating is probably positively influenced by the vintage. But, as I recall, this was a great beer even fresh. I look forward to Founders bringing this back. It’s definitely worth trying dreads and aging.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris1907
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sorry to hear that this is being retired very good imperial stout. I would love to see this recipe be brought back to be bourbon barrel-aged. Do it Founders, please!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Craig-er
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look- Poured into a tulip glass. Kicked up some nice rich colored foam.
Smell- Lovely chocolate malty.
Taste - Some bitter hops, chocolate and malt.
Feel- full bodied, the taste lingers in your mouth for a long time.

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Photo of Bajdog
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Helixoon
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jtryon11
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. Black appearance with dark tan head. Nice alcohol taste with bitter chocolate and smoky taste. I’ve not had a bad beer by the founders brewing company. They’re doing it right!

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

Photo of JulieMb
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Happyyb
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NathanBeets
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell of alcohol, chocolate, roasted barley, and dark fruits. Taste follows the smell, also a little nutty. The mouth feel of this beer is velvety smooth. An excellent pairing is buttermilk chocolate brownies.

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Photo of Marvicsin
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours pitch black with visible viscosity. Forms completely opaque black body with a half-finger, dark-brown head which dissipates to thin lacing.

Smell: Typical imp. stout nose of damp earth, smoke, and coffee.

Taste: An outstandingly well-balanced tongue with damp earth, sweet roast malt, and cafe mocha all forward. Back of the tongue has a lingering black coffee bitterness with a tiny hint of vanilla and honey.

Feel: Heavy body with light carbonation, lingering syrup on the tongue. A very weighty beer that definitely leaves you full.

Overall: Founders never fails to deliver great brews, and their imp. stout hits all the notes the style should while minimizing the weaknesses.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robfohl
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great stout.. thick, roasted malt, dark fruit, touch of vanilla.. nice!

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Photo of Shaneb818
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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