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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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Realbeer1542
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours black and thick with a cocoa colored finger-width head. Fair retention, leading to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Nice lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Dark Chocolate, Coffee and luxurious.

Appearance - Dark brown head to interesting coffee like lacking.

Taste -Dark chocolate, rich cappuccino, light cream, sweet dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, full stout goodness. Low carbonation. Nice creaminess, flat dry finish.

Overall - Excellent! especially on the second day. Do not eat any food with this one. Enjoy this monster hours before or hours after dinner. Trying to pair with salt or sweet diminished the experience and created an over bitter taste. Drinking without food was fairly erotic and very satisfying. Wish my wife would try it with me but to dark for her. I really like this and enjoyed thoroughly on a cold winters night. The buzz is noteworthy as well if you stick to less than 3 pints. I will look for this again next fall/winter/spring.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty nut brown head poured big thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Rich roasted and charred dark chocolate maltiness, sweet coffee, some brown sugar sweetness, some sooty like smokiness, some dark fruits (blackcurrents, dates), pine and citric hop notes, toasted (maybe charred ?) fruit loaf, some earthiness, milky notes...

Taste - Dark chocolate, lots of roasted / charred bready malts, barely any alcohol noticeable, treacle sweetness, dark spicy fruits (raisins, date,some figs, red grape), piney and grassy hop bitterness, citrus hints, traces of piney resin, light liquorice, light sourness...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little sharpness coming through... fairly full bodied... for a 10% brew this is dangerously drinkable..

Overall - A pretty good Impy stout although in my view there are better examples out there... definitely worth a try though...

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Giving it a proper review (as I have recently started to spend more time mulling over and considering the finer points of all of these wonderful brews). Poured from 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Midnight black with a tiny cocoa-tinged head that was literally gone in seconds. The aromas were v. pleasant (even when the beer was v. cold); coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, and the slightest whiff of tobacco. The taste was perfect... molasses, dark fruit (fig?), some alcohol, and a crisp, clean bitterness. Slight coffee aftertaste. Genius in a bottle. Of course, a very viscous, heavy mouthfeel... so deep and satisfying. The key to the FIS is its big flavors, but the secret (and reason it is/will be one of my favorites) is the balance. Brilliant.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - BLACK, black hole even, no light will escape. Pour is super thick and viscous as sludge. Thin coffee colored head settles but remains as a small ring leaving coffee colored malt coating lacing.

S - Dark chocolate coated espresso beans, roasted malt on top of roasted malt, little smoke in the back. Honestly not the biggest nose on this one, pretty subtle and straight forward.

T - Big roasted malt flavor, double chocolate, coffee notes, sweetness from the malt, and a bitter finish with some hop bite in the end. This is hugely complex. Finish is like a double chocolate chip cookie laced with hops that give just enough bite.

M - Amazing, so smooth and creamy really coats.

O - One of, if not my favorite imperial stouts. Big roasted malt flavors and the expected chocolate and espresso notes and it's done so well. Nice hop bite at the end makes this one different in a good way and keeps it from being cloying.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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