Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

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Photo of Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: Superior jet black, head was literally almost none. 1/10 of an inch (dark tan). Not really bubbly lack of carbonation is pretty evident.

Smell: Dark chocolate, and coffee bean. You put the glass down and you can still smell it.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, f'n good. Why it is hard to rate it a notch more is maybe the lack of carbonation but really mouth and taste sometimes go hand in hand.

Mouth: This beer is lightly carbonated, doesn't mean it is bad. It is not that hard to swallow and crisp taste just really sticks to you.

Overall: Put on your seatbelts and grab yourself your favorite beer glass and indulge in one of the finest beers period. Not full of bubble but full of crisp fresh and might I add incredible flavor. If there is one not I would do is maybe slightly more carbonated....screw it, it tastes excellent. Cheers to all!

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

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured the beer, thick like molasses and oh so dark black in color, into a snifter around 55-60 degrees. Everything quickly got better as the beer approached room temperature. Beautiful mocha colored 1/2inch thick head that did quickly retreat with some lacing. The aroma was quite alluring with hints of chocolate, toffee, maybe roast, and some hints of vanilla. Taste was to die for; coffee, fudge, bittersweet chocolate, and fruits. Thick and smooth with a velvet creamy mouthfeel on the palate. Founders, again, has impressed me with one of their brews. Truly one of the best imperial stouts out there; in my opinion. Highly recommend this one!

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of neckbracesub
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This is as close to perfection as a stout can get, in my opinion. Founder’s has developed into what I think is the country’s best brewery in terms of quality of each brew, and with the Imperial Stout they have created their superior masterpiece.

It pours a deep, dark midnight black and has a strong aroma that will linger throughout the enjoyment process. Goes down strong but smoothly and pleases the senses to the maximum level for anyone who truly calls themselves a stout lover. And the aftertaste? Well, that might even be better than the rest of the experience combined.

All in all, this is a frequent buy in home and considered at the top of the hierarchy of beers.

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Photo of Westyn
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cresant
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Duvel glass. Bottled on 11/20/09. A hard pour created a very delayed but huge head which was dark tan and dense and creamy. I've never seen a beer head develop so slowly. It left a sticky lace down the glass an a cap remained. The body was opaque and black/brown.

Smell was molasses and spices. Maybe cloves. Rich, but well hidden alcohol despite the high ABV.

Taste was chocolaty. Sweet at first but a gentle wave of bitterness arrives later. Anise and bitter coffee. Well hidden alcohol in the flavor too.

Mouthfeel was velvety and full bodied. Rich and creamy.

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Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12.22.15

L - Pitch black motor oil. Thick and creamy! 1/2 a finger of tan head. No lace sickness

S - Dark chocolate and roasted malts

T - Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Not overly sweet. ABV is hidden. Dried fruits and well balanced.

F - Thick bodied and medium carbonation.

O - An amazing Imperial stout. Get it if you can!

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Photo of NJB145
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of brittanylicious
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of tourdot
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours as black as a witches soul with a dark frappa head that holds very well as it clings to the glass. A dark espresso ring forms with lots of dark lacing.

S - Smells like a glass of crushed whoppers and the strongest chocolate milk in existence, very bready, vanilla, full on leather, the most leather I've ever smelled in a beer. Earthy, doughy yeast, maraschino cherry juice, chocolate cake batter.

T - Chocolate cake batter, undercooked fudge brownies, charred cherries, roasted nuts(covered in chocolate of course), very yeasty, coffee comes through on the back end with some rounding bitterness. Finishes is dry with some acidity mixed in.

M - Thick and viscous to the max, full creamy body, a flood of silk, dry roasted finish.

This is one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had the opportunity to drink. Every time I drink, I like it better. Its a bold yeasty chocolate bomb in your face. There are so many layers to this beer. Do not pass this up!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jwswigs
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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