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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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Photo of Andrew61923
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 1/5/13 poured into my Duvel tulip. Had been planing on aging this one a bit longer, but oh well.

A: Black as night and pours as thick as motor oil. With an aggressive pour. leave a finger's worth of tan head that dissipates rather quickly into some random bubbles and a thin halo along the glass' edge.

S: A lot of smoked malts resulting in a meaty aroma. A hint of chocolate sweetness.

T: Still a bit of meatiness in the taste, but there is a whole lot more bitter chocolate going on with the palate than there was in the aroma. This will only continue to grow in complexity as it ages and I'm excited to see what it tastes like moving forward.

M: As mentioned before, this was a thick pour and has a thick mouthfeel. That being said, that should be the goal of an imperial stout and this beer does it well. It coats the tongue well and leaves me yearning for another sip. I'll indulge that craving.

O: I'm excited to see as this beer develops. I have two more from this bottling date and another from the year before. All of them should provide great drinking experiences and I would venture a guess that I will enjoy it even more next time I revisit it.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as night, thick as motor oil. Head is tan, there isn't much of it.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and molases.

Slightly bitter, very thick, and pretty much a meal in a bottle. This is the kind of beer that warms you up on a cold night, but drinks as easy as a hot chocolate without being 'flavored'. The hops add to the body and the texture, keep things smooth and buttery. Very little of the initial bitterness remains in the finish, instead, the heat from the 10.5% ABV gives you a tingle on the palate.

Overall, it leaves something to be desired from other comparable offerings from Founders, but it certainly stands its ground as an exceptional Russian Imperial.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my second time trying this beer. A lot of imperial stouts try hard to be balanced an master the style, but few succeed. The midnight color and tan fizzy head personify this classic style. Carbonation is nice and dances everytime I swirl the glass. Smell is somewhat muted. Dark and roasty malts, but nothing really pops out. The taste is what sets this beer apart. There is a lightly roasted mocha caramel blend that would be an awesome Starbucks flavor if it could be implemented. The roast is subtle, not overcome by coffee like our KBS cousin. The acidity is lax as well which exemplifies the creaminess of its texture. I'm drinking this on a highly humid night where it's more that 75 degrees outside and enjoying the heck out of this beer. Stouts aren't just for warming you up, especially if they are as well crafted as this one.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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