Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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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Reviews:
1,921
Ratings:
7,931
pDev:
8.49%
 
 
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Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours pitch black with visible viscosity. Forms completely opaque black body with a half-finger, dark-brown head which dissipates to thin lacing.

Smell: Typical imp. stout nose of damp earth, smoke, and coffee.

Taste: An outstandingly well-balanced tongue with damp earth, sweet roast malt, and cafe mocha all forward. Back of the tongue has a lingering black coffee bitterness with a tiny hint of vanilla and honey.

Feel: Heavy body with light carbonation, lingering syrup on the tongue. A very weighty beer that definitely leaves you full.

Overall: Founders never fails to deliver great brews, and their imp. stout hits all the notes the style should while minimizing the weaknesses.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robfohl
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great stout.. thick, roasted malt, dark fruit, touch of vanilla.. nice!

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Photo of Shaneb818
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmukid87
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goofster
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NightINgale
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hophazzard
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metacog42
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted with ~6 years of age on this one

L -- Pours a motor oil black body with a small brown head produced with well-aerated pour. Minimal retention and good lacing
S -- Molasses, caramel, toffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, well-roasted malts, walnuts, and a touch of booze
T -- Largely follows the nose. Practically no bitterness. Tastes like a cup of dense hot chocolate beside a campfire
F -- Nice, velvety mouthfeel without being super boisterous. Medium- carb. Restrained, semi-sweet finish
O -- Fabulous candidate for aging. Six years old and still no sign of oxidation. Up there with Trillium's Affogato for the most drinkable >10%ABV brew I've had

86/100

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of igl
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of delegeferenda
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glorious. I might (just) prefer this to Founders KBS.

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Photo of Davidpaul37mn
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mishi_d
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sethcroisant
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomguzow
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From draft, pours an exceptional black liquid with a tan cap that remains. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and oak. It's texture is creamy and thick, like melted ice cream. It's taste is full of dark chocolate nibs and cocoa. A truly exceptional example.

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Photo of Mikey2333
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trentt2
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dharmelink
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nalid66
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSexLove
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a sexy stout. Dark, strong, thick, complex, smooth..... Like drinking a not too sweet chocolate covered cherry. I've been quite fond of most everything I've tried by Founders and this beauty takes the prize (thus far).

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Photo of Playboymanbaby
3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmurphy7
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

wow. this one has a kick. 10.5% ABV and you can taste it. That said, it is a very smooth experience. great looking dark stout. leaves a bit of a malty aftertaste that lingers, but in general a very strong IS.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a pitch black color and leaves the same color body with a one inch tan foamy head that rises a bit and drops gently to a centimeter’s worth of head. Lacing is foamy and ringy, lightly clingy. The smell has coffee, malts, dark chocolate and just a bit of licorice really slightly in the background, all combined nicely and coming through in a robust sort of way. The taste is sweet and bitter at different times to show a fantastic complexity between the coffee to the malts, chocolate, and licorice. The palate is medium and smooth. It leaves a bitter aftertaste and finish. It is very drinkable. Overall, this is an absolutely awesome beer for its style and for me.

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Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,931 ratings