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Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
7,897 Ratings
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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12 oz bottle. Thanks Samp01 for sharing. Pours dark brown with short lived, creamy, brown head. Aroma is of bready malt, raisins, plums, cacao, vanilla and brown sugar. Body is full and creamy. Taste is burnt grain, bready malt, herbal hops, dark fruit, brown sugar and some alcohol. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice RIS.

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I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a short fat snifter.

A= This ale poured a deep dark black-brown color with nearly zero light penetration. Maybe a hint of ruby color near the edge when held up to light. The dense, light brown head rose about an inch and a quarter with a solid pour, and the head lasted a loooong time, leaving behind some nice lace when it did eventually fall.

S= A lot going on here. I smelled coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, toffee, some dark fruit, and maybe even a hint of smoke and leather. Really complex and wonderful in the nose.

T= Much like the smell, complex and intriguing. I found the coffee/chocolate flavors to be in balance with each other but not overpowering the rest of the nuances in the beer. There was also a slight smoke character that I assume came form the use of black patent malt, and which was subtle/well done. The dark fruit flavors added complexity with out overpowering. Bitterness was high, both from hops and the sheer amount of astringent/roasted grains in this stout. Overall it was all in balance for the style and quite delicious. This had a long chewy aftertaste that made me want it more and more.

MF= Heavy bodied, with a firm carbonation. Spot on in my opinion.

D= Really a nice beer to sip while reading a good book. Very drinkable despite the abv and the big bold flavors.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,897 ratings
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