Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
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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  rDev -8.3%

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black as night with a three finger nice brown head with incredible retention with incredible lacing as the head falls like no other beer I have drank. Smell is forward dark fruits, burnt malt, and a little black liquorice, Taste is just like the nose and doesn't let up. The head is still there which is amazing for any beer I have drank. Really a tasty stout that is like no other. Mouthfeel is really thick. Basically this beer is the epitomy of a great stout as it has an ever lasting head with great taste and really nice thick mouthfeel. Although it's not my favorite tasting stout it is one of the best I have seen. Hard to beat.

I have never seen a beer with such nice lacing, Totally incredible.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter

Appearance- Jet black small tan head

Aroma- Deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit, a piney hop, licorice, alcohol present

Flavor, big roasted malt and coffee, chocolate, up front bitter but a sweetness comes in at the end. finishes dry. slight piney hops, alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel- Full and thick medium carbonation

Overall- Wow very good, one of my favorites of the style. This is a pretty fresh bottle, I have had a 1 year old bottle and the pine fades as the roast and dark fruit deepen.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark with appearance of motor oil, very very thin line of chocolate colored head

S: immediately chocolate, as it warms up though more smells permeate, I get a bit of licorice, small hit of coffee,

T: licorice with a decent kick of alcohol behind it. The hop character is very prevalent especially after swallowing along with a strong hint of maltyness which helps bring this beer to a well rounded finish.

M: Has a decent consistency a bit thicker and creamier than say and IPA but definitely not as thick as some other RIS.

O: Thank The Lord I bought a four pack of this because I would love to taste this beer over different periods of aging. Magnificent character and a much have for any RIS enthusiast.

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4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Sam Adams glass. A Dark Dark brown, with a lighter brown thin head

S- Smells of chocolate and coffee

T- Tastes of chocolate, coffee and slight vanilla. All are blended very well together.

M- Very smooth for the alcohol content, creamy

O- My first ever beer by Founders. Can see the hype behind their beers. This leaves me definitely wanting to try their other varieties of stout.

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4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black and viscous, like motor oil, with a medium brown head.

S: Licorice, dark roasty coffee, dark chocolate and a touch of citric hop presence in the nose.

T: Licorice, a touch of alcohol, dark roasty coffee and dark chocolate, quite bitter, but not unpleasantly.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: One of the best non-barrel aged imperial stouts out there. Founders is a great brewery, and I wish they distributed to california.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 7,874 ratings
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