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 MysticMoose
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stemmed stout glass. The pour was a thick, almost molasses looking drink, like I'd expect from a heavy imperial, but it had much less head than I expected. The head that it did have was dark and rich.
Founders Imperial's smell is dominated by sweetness, more caramel than chocolate.
The taste was less than impressive. Packs the expected punch of an imperial, but it lacks depth. You get the alcohol and hops up front, but the flavors don't really develop on the back end. The aftertaste is predominately bitter, which surprised me for a beer with such a sweet smell. There are definitely chocolate undertones, but that's about as deep as it gets. This is certainly a beer that would benefit from aging.
The mouthfeel is excellent. It has the warm thickness of an imperial, and sticks with you well after you gulp it down.
Overall, I expected more out of this beer, being a big fan of Founders in general. I felt, however, that the flavors here were quite basic for an imperial stout. It was strong, hoppy, and close to overpowering, but didn't have the back end complexity of a truly great stout. I have a couple bottles in the cellar, and hopefully they get wiser with age. As it stands, I just can't call this beer a top 100.

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Photo of beersgud
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stem stout glass, appearance was little to no head. Head that was apparent was beautiful tan cream. Opaque color (black/brown). Smell had chocolate and coffee notes. Taste was much smokier than I had anticipated. Very boozy as well. Sifts in mouth extremely well, despite overwhelming character. Overall an above average beer that I see aging well.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Zdrummer15
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Appearance: pitch black with no transparency whatsoever, thin mocha colored head that dissapates quickly leaving only a ring with spotty lacing

Smell: very roasty. chocolate, caramel, hints of coffee and dark fruits

Taste: largely matches the nose. Some hop bitterness right off the bat followed by the dark chocolate. Finishes with a bit of coffee and then some alcohol warmth, as expected being a big, fresh RIS

Mouth feel: thick, full-bodied, light carbonation

Overall: very solid stout from Founders. I've come to expect nothing less from them. It doesn't blow me away like their American style offerings, but that's not to take anything away from it as American Imperial Stouts are one of my two favorite styles. As far as Russian Imperial Stouts go, this is probably the second best I've had the pleasure of enjoying, right behind Ten Tidy, and just ahead of Old Rasputin

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Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BA_Berto
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%

Photo of addiwilliams
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jho3325
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of doremite
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SFNC
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,873 ratings.
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