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

Photo of drone
2.76/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not bad. Interesting malt notes, but doesn't quite elevate.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.97/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was really let down by this brew. All hyped up and took me nowhere. Poured out to a pitch black color with only notes of a head. Nearly no carbonation at all, not to mention that any lace was a long shot. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and dark rotted fruit. Nothing amazing so far. Flavor was abrasive and acidic, with strong indications of alcohol and burnt malts. Mouthfeel was good and thick, but wasn't enough to save this beer from being a disappointment. I'd probably pass on this if offered again. I may re-review again, but as for now, this brew was a course in undesireable beerdom. Pass on it.

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Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, cvm4

A: The darkest brown imaginable. Slightly lighter ring around the glass. A tan, half finger head that left in the blink of an eye. Thick lacing.

S: Licorice, burnt malts, dark chocolate. Figs.

T: Very light coffee that morphs into toffee. More chocolate as it warms. Rich, robust, smooth. Heavy coffee finish.

M: Thick, chewy. Medium carbonation.

O: One of the smoothest stouts I've tried. Even better towards room temperature. Perfect with Monterey Jack cheese. Very nice with spicy chicken tenders.

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Photo of Rihup
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of msumike89
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, with deep brown/dark red edges. Head is tan and runs on the small side. Pours thick and dark. Head also has a reddish tint. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Cocoa, booze, and tons of roasted malts. Nice compliment of toasted malts to keep things interesting. Coffee, oak, vanilla. I swear it tastes barrel aged. Loads of sweet malts. Plums. A touch of burnt malts.

Taste: Oak and tons of it. Big hit of sweet fruit, plums, followed quickly by vanilla and cocoa. Lots of tobacco once it warms up a little bit. Roasted malt profile is crazy. Lots of complexity going on here.

Mouthfeel: Thin, dry, and very little carbonation. I like the carbonation as it smooth things out a little, but the thin body is a big let down. With all the flavor, a fuller body would have helped elevate it.

Overall: Solid, but a bit of a letdown overall. Complex malt profile is weakened by the overly thin mouthfeel. Still, it's worth drinking and hunting down every year when it comes around.

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Photo of tourdot
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brystmar
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 2011.

A nice looking stout; could use a little more head but the rest is right where an imperial stout should be. Aroma nails the style: strongly roasted malts, bitter coffee, hints of chocolate.

Taste is straightforward: they saved the complexity for their Breakfast Stout variants while proving they could brew a magnificent RIS base base. Tons of roasted malts and bitter coffee mix perfectly with the booze character to create a pleasant sensation of alcoholic warmth as it descends.

Another home run from the crew at Founders! A shining example of how to nail the RIS style on a macro scale.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tclipse
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SveNss0N
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timmy2b
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of impending
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budinetz
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of kbutler1
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a growler my brother brought out to me from MI.
A: Pours a deep brown/black color with a reddish tan color head with small bubbles. Head slowly goes down forming a very small head on this beer
S: Bittersweet chocolote, malt, and coffee smell
T: Very heavy coffee/espresso flavor turing to bitter on the tongue. Very complex taste
M: Heavy, which I think is appropriate for this style
D: very drinkable. Definately a sipper that gets better as it warms up a little bit.

Bottle. 2009 vintage, it's been sitting in my cellar for a while. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark brown/black color with a big, think fluffy dark tan head that slowly settles down the glass. Nice left from the head. A big whiff yields some very strong notes of dark chocolate, molassess, coffee, and a slight hint of booze. The mouthfeel is surprisingly a little lighter than I thought with a nice medium, velvety feel. Dark roast coffee flavors mix really well with dark chocolate. There is some sweetness that is really nice in this. Some licorice notes as well. Very nice beer my only knock would be the mouthfeel, wish is was just a little heavier.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

12 oz bottle, bottled on 12/15/11.

A: pitch black and one of the darkest brown heads i have seen. good retention and leaving a sticky mess of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: rich dark chocolate. a little bit of roasted grain, but more chocolate than anything. just warm and inviting.

T: sweet cocoa and roasted grains right off the bat. very meaty. definitely some kind of oat flakes or something to make this thing taste/feel like a milkshake. a lingering sweetness, grain bitterness stays in the finish. all of the flavors are that of your typical RIS, however, the way these things meld together makes this very enjoyable.

M: frothy fizz on a full bodied stout is exactly what this style should be.

D: full bodied, full flavored, this is exactly what an RIS should be. very tasty and very pleasant and this thing isnt even a month in the bottle. glad i have a few of these.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the ber is pitch black. The thick chocolate hued head towers at least three fingers high and refuses to settle. After an excruciating wait thick gobs of lace are left around the glass. A one inch cap rests on top of the beer and never leaves.

The aroma is pure chocolate coffee cake. Roast malt with hints of molasses and dark fruit. So simple yet so spectacular.

The flavor is a mirror of the nose. Milk chocolate, coffee, roast malt, and hints of molasses. After some warming the booze starts to come through but not enough to be off putting.

Full creamy body. Hardly a trace of carbonation.

Overall a great RIS. This one deserves to be talked about more. Unfortunately the other big beers at Founders garner most of the accolades.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coming out of the bottle it is almost black. A finger of thick dark brown head forms in my snifter atop a body of total blackness. Thick lacing sticks behind.

Roasted coffee and brownies lead with some more caramel mixing with the chocolate giving some more sweetness to the aroma, and a touch of cherry.

It says 90 ibu's, but doesn't come off as a bitter monster. Slight hop flavor is still intact with some earth and grass. Big roasted malt envelops and doesn't allow for much sweetness. Served room temp there is a slight alcohol warmth present throughout the taste. Chocolate is there but not like in the aroma.

Drinks so smooth and viscous. It's a big beer. Finishes dry and gets sticky on the lips.

Home run stout here as the grade and amount of reviews indicates.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of 98green
3.56/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Maybe this is where imperial stouts used to be, but these days I want more/different from these. Look smell and taste are all solid for a RIS, but nothing new or unique. Overall solid and the rating reflects it

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,865 ratings.
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