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:
7,862
Reviews:
1,901
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.53%
 
 
Wants:
752
Gots:
2,453
For Trade:
143
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Ratings: 7,862 |  Reviews: 1,901
Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Joebooh2
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 5EKF
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nickcal
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeff_whitman
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent example of a RIS! Founders proves that you don't need to barrel age to have the full flavor profile. Thank you founders

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Photo of Lesiks
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of LastMalkieri
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BoozyBear
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of offandennui
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EFischlein74
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 5 - Menacing. Pitch black with this mean-looking cinnamon head than thins out.

Smell: 4.25 - Malt and a super dark chocolate; like one of those 85% dark chocolate bars or something. Smells nice.

Taste: 4.5 - Holy smokes! This beer is absolutely loaded with flavor. That super dark chocolate on the nose is there on the taste and stays there. BIG beer. Not overpowering with alcohol like a 10.5% could be, but this is obviously a sipper. There are some coffee notes on the back end, and a mild smokiness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: 5 - This things is the creamiest beer I've had yet. Silky smooth, creamy, thick, AHH! This beer reminds me of a Rolls-Royce Phantom. You see one of those things "driving," i.e, sailing on the road, and you just know that it's the smoothest ride of your life. Well, yeah. This.

Overall: 4.65 - A solid A beer. This isn't something I would drink but maybe once a month. It's so good, but so massive I feel like I'd overwhelm myself with more frequent consumption. Badass brew.

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

Photo of mikehoffman02
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevChiTown
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic RIS, super heavy mouthfeel, yet smooth not boozy.

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Photo of soulcougher
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: motor oil in color and body out of the bottle. Huge mocha head, more head than body in the glass. Retaining for quite some time and lacing down the glass. Beautiful.
S: leather, tobacco, earth, coffee, chocolate in order of prominence
T: surprisingly hoppy with a huge presence of the scent and a bit of tartness on the backend
M: nice thick feel, right on par with what you would hope for with an imperial stout
O: so great. Breakfast stout is a bum compared to this one. Definitely a prettier beer, definitely a better mouthfeel and the smell and taste is a cut above too.

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Photo of Mojua
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oregonduck
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best Imperial Stout (non-barrel aged) that I have had. Nice bouquet of coffee and some vanilla. Texture is thick, creamy, and silky with a nice level of carbonation. Taste is so well balanced. Lots of coffee flavors and a little bit of sweetness, but not too much. I have found several stouts to be overly sweet and it just gets to be too much by the end of the beer. That was the thing I like best about this is the level of sweetness was dialed in perfectly. There is a light level of bitterness that lingers on the finish. Also this does not have any harshness like some of the other Imperial Stouts. The 10.5% abv is well hidden and it is easy to drink fresh and doesn't need age, although I do wonder if it would get even better with some age. I would rank this above the top competition like Expedition and Speedway (both of which I thought were very impressive) and the price is fair too as it is half the price of Speedway. This will be my go to non-barrel aged Stout.

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Photo of 30MinutesSouth
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k3lso
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

smooth as silk, creamy mouthfeel. you can almost chew this. roasted coffee up front , chocolatey finish.wonderful

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Photo of leefx
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,862 ratings.
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