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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dense, pitch black color with a heavy one finger tan head. Leaves intense, sticky lace with each sip. This beer is definitely a looker.

S: Mocha, heavily roasted malt, char, a hint of smoke, light roasted coffee, toffee and a little bit of Hershey's syrup. Fantastic.

T: Even better than the smell somehow. This stuff is legit! Lots of espresso and dark chocolate covered espresso beans right away. Middle brings some sweeter toffee, milk chocolate and dark fruit notes. Finish brings a sharp kick of anise, char and a bit of tobacco alongside a ton of heavily roasted malt. One of the best stouts I've ever come across and probably the best RIS I've had.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the progress of our country to have this beauty officially imported we are very lucky and it pours a pitch blackish brown hue with three finger chocolate laced head that stays all day long,the smell is mily chocolate,raisins,dark berries and light mocha,the mouthfeel is thick,slick and silky smooth with light carbonation which suits perfectly and on taste it's a nice mix of sweet milky mocha and punchy fruity hops with the ABV very well hidden and overall definately something you have to taste for yourself and yeah like it says put another log on the fire and sit back cheers.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wide mouthed tumbler.

A: The most unique characteristic of this fantastic stout is its color. All RIS are dark, but this one is DARK; pitch black, even. Almost like tar without the sludgy thickness. Very thin, mocha head which died out relatively quickly. Contrary to other reviewers, I noticed very minute frothing down the side of my glass.

S:coffee and smoke dominate this beer. Milk chocolate, caramel, and a hint of roasted nuts also present.

T:Quite sweet and chocolaty on the front end. Proceeds to a a smokey, roasted coffee/nuts and dark cherry taste, and finishes with a smokey, BITTER dark chocolate taste. The booze are slightly detectable in this well balanced stout.

M: Smooth and creamy w/ a hint of carbonation. Certainly not the thickest of stouts, but still one of the better RIS I have been able to try. Booze are there, but not over-powering.

O: By no means the greatest RIS i have ever tried, but still great nonetheless. Full flavored yet extremely balanced. Creamy, slightly carbonated, sweet, and bitter all at the same time. As a bonus, this beer also has a smokey profile. A great "dessert" to sip on after a long days hard work. Enjoy!

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,903 ratings
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