Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
96.4%
Liked This Beer
4.36 w/ 7,874 ratings
Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#314
Reviews:
1,903
Ratings:
7,874
Liked:
7,589
Avg:
4.36/5
pDev:
8.49%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
755
Gots:
2,460
Trade:
143
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

Pours a deep, dark impenetrable black. As opaque as they come. Mocha-colored 2 inch head rises up mightily, to recede 5 minutes later to nothing. Small amount of lacing.

Smells like dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and espresso.

Incredibly roasty malt in the flavor, delicious. Bitter dark chocolate, licorice, fudge, vanilla, slight smoke, dark fruits, slight pine from the overwhelmed hop profile. Just one of the richest, most complex stouts on the market. It's amazing how good this is and how easy it is to find.

Full, creamy mouthfeel, incredibly drinkable for the ABV. You don't feel the alcohol at all. It's mind-blowing really. Full bodied. Thick as hell.

One of the best Imperial Stouts, for sure. This one flies under the radar between the other Founders stouts, but it's just as good, if not better. Near perfection.

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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter... (bottled 12/7/12)

A : pours a thick, opaque, black; light brown, one-finger head leaves some rings of lace.

S: dark roasted malts; dark chocolate; molasses; dark fruits; a lot of darkness in the aroma.

T: where to begin... dark chocolate - super dark semi-sweet chocolate; dark roast coffee; notes of chicory; pretty big bitter finish, too;

M: full full full bodied; moderate-high carbonation; chewy, creamy texture.

O: one of the better (best?) imperial stouts I've had; will get this again and seek it out in the future...

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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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