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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/18/13 at 40 Degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma – toasted malt with coffee, slight alcohol fumes
Head small (1.5 cm), tan, creamy, fully diminishing to an incomplete 1 mm layer
Lacing OK
Body dark brown/opaque
Flavor begins with toasted malt bitterness, no fruitiness, no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol. Ends quickly with a light bitterness as alcohol burn begins in the stomach
Palate full, oily, soft carbonation

A not particularly flavorful example of the style

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mlhyatt
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A- jet black. Motor oil. Not an ounce of light gets through.

S- chocolate. Dark chocolate comes through so well and melds greatly with the malt. On the back end there is hints of coffee and roastiness but its mainly chocolate.

T- chocolate comes through up front and then turns into some coffee roastness that hits pretty hard after the chocolate. It ends with more dark chocolat.

M- thick and creamy. Barely any carbonation. Just the way i like it.

O- a very very delicious beer. The smell matches the taste perfectly and the balance between coffee malt and chocolate is amazing. Personally i prefer this to the breakfaat stout.

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2/5  rDev -53.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Qbdoo
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A classic for a good reason. Black as night with a creamy head, like a chocolate milkshake. Very thick and creamy. My exact idea of what an imperial stout shoud be like. Taste is intense and powerful: lots of roasted malts, and hints of coffee, chocolate, and some dried fruit. A great beer that would be at the top of the heap if it were just slightly less roasty.

Update: I just had a few that were 6-months old and the roastiness had gone away. So just let this one sit a while and it will round out to an extremely smooth beer.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,848 ratings.
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