Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle with 11/29/2012 bottling date, poured into a Libby's stout/porter glass.

A: Pours black, with only a thin, mocha head that quickly recedes to a ring on top of the beer. Holding this up to the light, I don't even get ruby tints; this is just black and beautiful in the glass. Leaves some splotchy lacing as I drink it down.

S: I smell bitter chocolate, bitter roasted malt, bitter coffee, a hint of alcohol, and a bit more bitter chocolate.

T: Follows the smell exactly. The alcohol doesn't poke through too much, but I do get lots of bitter chocolate, typical RIS roastiness, a hint of coffee, and more bitter chocolate. A light vanilla sweetness shows itself here and there on the finish.

M: Full and creamy, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency.

O: I take this and Ten Fidy to be the best instantiations of the Platonic Form of a non-BA RIS. This beer is just a fantastic example of the style and would satisfy me any night of the week, any season of the year.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured dark black, little to no carbonation, slight tan head that didn't linger long

Smell - Rich malts and chocolate. A slight booziness but so many different malts its hard to pin them all down

Taste - Amazing complex malt bill here. Sweet, toasted malts dominate the pallet with a nice backbone of chocolate flavor as well. This is a true highlight of malts as the star and is done impeccably well

Mouthfeel - This is the best mouthfeel of any beer I have ever had. With the 10 malt varieties I'm not surprised that it was thick but boy was this a treat on the tongue. Hats off indeed

Overall - This is a fantastic and world class stout from a brewery that really knows what they are doing with stouts. This has to be the second best stout I have ever had (behind only Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout) and my personal favorite from Founders, yes even over KBS and Breakfast stout. Where this stout has less flavors, perhaps than the previous two, it makes up for it with the astounding mouthfeel and malt bill. If you are a stout fan then you must try this beer.

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Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,909 ratings