Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

BA SCORE
96
world-class
7,848 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,848
Reviews:
1,896
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.53%
 
 
Wants:
748
Gots:
2,453
For Trade:
144
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 7,848 |  Reviews: 1,896
Photo of s_wit
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of vcoggins
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ronin926
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of JJStout83
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of hombrepalo
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of carterbt
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Elprico
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Jet black appearance with a thin, tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

S-Bitter, dark chocolate and toasted malt, wood, and finally coffee and slight hops.

T-Starts off with a deep roasted malt flavor that moves into a nicely bitter aftertaste of coffee. I can see how some would see the flavor as too roasted, but it becomes more pleasant as it warms up. About half way through I began to pick up more of a raisin and plum like sweetness. This is meant to be sipped very slowly.

M-Pretty thick, but given the huge taste I thought it might be thicker. It's really creamy and easy on the palate, and for being over 10%, the alcohol is masked like no other.

O-It's hard to complain about this fantastic example of an Imperial Stout. It's almost like drinking a hot chocolate. Bitter and roasted and perfect for cold weather.

 830 characters

Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer goes through the roof when coupled with great chocolate. I'm serious, it was just OK with cheddar and strong cheese, but with dark chocolate it was great. You must drink this beer with high quality chocolate or with dessert as a night cap (as I am doing....) ha.

A: The pour is viscous oil, as thick as any or ted fidy, and black with a finger of mocha foam fades to a flat surface, leaving nice lacing.
S: Not enough, what there is, is good. Hops, coffee, chocolate, charred wood, roasted malt, esters. More bakery than deli. Better as it warms.
T: Follows smell, but bursts forward with abundance, with more hoppy bitterness melded with lots of chocolate that resolves itself with some roast char and a long, long balanced bitter finish, a great finish.

M: Very smooth, rich, and creamy and long-lasting. Satisfying. The finish on this beer is best part.

D: Great RIS up there with all the best, and yet original, more dessert like, more chocolate.

 966 characters

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mcrawford
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of HipHopsHooray
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ACB
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of lowfatevan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ellswrth
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of veganmaniu
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of DeFaz
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of squack
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of heystevec
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dsm45
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AndrewSmith
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thishops4u
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of nguasta2
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of pokey44
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe