Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
7,876 Ratings
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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Ratings: 7,876 |  Reviews: 1,903
Photo of EdgarGerik
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of jooler
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

one of the best stouts i have tried. very coffee and chocolate forward.

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Photo of bzach
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of craftaholic
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent Russian Imperial Stout!

Opaque chocolatey-black colour is almost "immune" to light, without even highlights when held up to a bulb. Dark head is impressively thick - all in all a beautiful pint. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy without being cloying - a delight to drink.

Aroma of roasted malts, milk sugars and smoky barrel tannins - all the elements of a "Russian" style. These are also well balanced in the flavour, with a malt-forward sweet start blending nicely into a dryly hopped finish, with a smokiness that lingers for an impressively long time.

Would highly recommend!

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of srw
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Thanks hoppymeal for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Very dark, just one shade below pitch black, which somehow allows for a minimal reddish highlight. Very dark, fluffy brown head, rather small but good looking, lots of lacing.
Very nice aroma, molasses, liquorice, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits.
Very close to full body, one step down from "chewy"; very flavorful although it lacks a bit of complexity to make it just perfect. Still, lots going on, with chocolate, more on the sweet side, some coffee, molasses, dark fruits, anise. Easy to drink, went down way too fast.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Founders tulip glass

A: Absolute pitch black with a finger of dark brown head. This is so dark it pours opaque black. The head retention is unbelievably good. It stays around forever.

S: A mixture of dark chocolate and hoppy bitterness. Very roasty with light licorice in the background.

T: Very similar to smell, but with more dark chocolate. This tastes like hoppy liquid dark chocolate. Quite tasty. Though you can taste the booze a bit, it certainly doesn't taste 10.5%.

M: Extremely thick - like chocolate syrup (in a good way). Exactly how I want my imperial stouts.

O: The more I drink this beer the more I like it. It's a bit hoppy at first, but the roastiness and dark chocolate flavors are really quite amazing. I wish Founders used this beer as a base beer for more beers.

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Photo of ahbithwabm
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Eman17
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Served from bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours an inky black, thick with very minimal/bubbly tan head. No significant lacing.

S: Whoa... big time aroma on this one, roasted malts, dark chocolates, and toffee. Hints of espresso.

T/F: It tastes like it smells, big time roasted malts, very smooth with minimal carbonation. A bit chewy with a dark chocolate sweetness at the finish which is well balanced by the roasted malts.

O: A very fine Imperial Stout, and yet another great Founders beer. At 10.5% this one packs too big a punch for a session drink, but is perfect for dessert or a special treat. Best at cellar temperature. May be even better with a little age!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage bottled 3 weeks ago

Pours dark dark brown. Almost black. A full finger of brown frothy head that disipates quickly leaving a thin layer of brown bubbly goodness across the surface. Smells very roasty and malty. Very sweet on the nose and tongue. On the tongue there is a lot of tange and sharp bitterness from the roast and light hops but there is a smooth full bodied malt profile. Very solid brew and a great mouthfeel to boot. Very drinkable as well

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,876 ratings
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