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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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours without a head and then a very thin head forms that quickly dissipated. Very thick black color. Smells like a typical dark stout. Nice slightly sweet taste without bitterness. Has a nice thickness to it. The 10% ABV shows up towards the finish. I really like this one.

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Photo of ThreeFishes
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jmitchell3
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of rderedin
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of salthemonster
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zimm421
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appears a pitch black with a thin, dark brown head. Looks great.

The nose is all deep roastiness, with coffee and chocolate dominating and the roasted malts coming through as well. The taste follows suit with huge roasted malts, lots of chocolate and lots of coffee. This is full of deep complex flavors and is absolutely wonderful.

The mouthfeel is thick, full bodied and creamy with some stickiness left behind. This is just what I'm looking for in an imperial stout, with tons of dark flavors, thick feeling and excellent complexity.

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Photo of h-bomb
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rmank
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of parkwood
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of swierczt
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of themind
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Hovawart
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had two highly rated Russian Imperial Stouts right before this one. This ordering highlighted the hoppier characteristics of a more American style Imperial Stout.

It poured dark brown with surprisingly little head. The head developed slightly after the pour, but I was surprised compared to the two Russians I had poured prior.

The feel was enjoyable, but I prefer a bit more carbonation.

The taste was excellent! It was smooth and bold. It didn't have an overwhelming chocolaty taste, which I appreciated. Instead it had a subtle hoppiness. I'm a total hop head, and have kept almost exclusively to IPA's for several years. I would say I was drinking 99 IPA's for one of anything else, so the hoppy note was great!

Overall: I will definitely drink this beer again!

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of silverblaze540
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark black, with very thin brown head. Head disperses quickly.

S - Chocolate, with hints of coffee and malt. Smell is nice, but not very strong.

T - Sweet at the front, chocolately taste. Quickly switches to mildly bitter at the end with coffee aftertaste. Nice balance. Alcohol taste is prominent but balanced by other flavors.

M - Very thick, creamy, and silky.

O - Very nice and balanced beer. Heavy, with a sweet smell and initial taste. The bitterness lingers for a while. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nesarebad
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jhlosito75
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Hulliday
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jbarletto
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ryan604
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of WMD-1002
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,870 ratings.
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