Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#323
Reviews:
1,914
Ratings:
7,918
pDev:
8.49%
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Ratings: 7,918 |  Reviews: 1,914
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
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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

Photo of cmukid87
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of NightINgale
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hophazzard
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metacog42
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted with ~6 years of age on this one

L -- Pours a motor oil black body with a small brown head produced with well-aerated pour. Minimal retention and good lacing
S -- Molasses, caramel, toffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, well-roasted malts, walnuts, and a touch of booze
T -- Largely follows the nose. Practically no bitterness. Tastes like a cup of dense hot chocolate beside a campfire
F -- Nice, velvety mouthfeel without being super boisterous. Medium- carb. Restrained, semi-sweet finish
O -- Fabulous candidate for aging. Six years old and still no sign of oxidation. Up there with Trillium's Affogato for the most drinkable >10%ABV brew I've had

86/100

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

Photo of igl
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of delegeferenda
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glorious. I might (just) prefer this to Founders KBS.

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Photo of Davidpaul37mn
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,918 ratings