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%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of bball208
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I used to LOVE this beer, but I just opened a 2014 bottle and it doesn't taste as good as I remember it being. The aroma is not spectacular. I get roasted malt, licorice, and a bit of coffee. Lets just say that at first sniff, you will know the taste will exceed the nose.

the pour is pitch black with little head that dissipates quickly. It looks thick as you pour it into a snifter.

The taste is... average. First of all, I love founders brewing and worship them, but I'm sorry... I must have come across a lot of beers in the past year because I wouldn't have believed I would say this back when I first tried this stout. This is in the same class as Tenfidy, except tenfidy outclasses this with a bit more complexity and more bold and robust chocolate and dark fruits. This one kind of fell short of the mark to today's my-standards. Perhaps using the word, "imperial," these days, I tend to expect a lot. It's just a stout. It's really just your standard stout, you get dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of dark fruits on the taste, and just dark chocolate and coffee on the exhale. Nothing more, nothing less. It is not world-class worthy. Maybe they fucked around with the original recipe for this beer, because it definitely is not worth remembering anymore. 8/10.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of N_Schleret
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark motor oil color. Virtually no head, just a light chocolate ring. No light is getting through this.
S: Malts, chocolate,dark fruits, and light coffee.
T: Big coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and licorice come out nicely.
M: Thick and creamy. Little to no carbonation. Alcohol is there but it still goes down smooth.
O: An excellent RIS that isn't hard to come by when released.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark roasty with brown lacing. Minimal head. No transparency.

S- Malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruits. Great S.

T- Chocolate, malt. This is a full body RIS. Lovely. Founders has this one down.

M- Medium to medium thick for non BA RIS. Great mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O- Top 5 non spiced and non BA RIS. Very well done!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Zatch90
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is exactly what you expect when you imagine an imperial stout. Great flavor upfront with a great stout finish. Not as choclatey as most stouts but it's an imperial so thats to be expected. There is a good coffee flavor finish. Great smell when opened, good coffee scent.Bought two 4 packs, one two drink immediately and the other to age. Overall one of my top 10 beers.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,859 ratings.
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