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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Ratings: 7,874 |  Reviews: 1,903
Photo of cackalacky
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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

A- dark with a slight head and heavy carbination.
S- The aroma is sweet with a hard candy scent.
T- Chocolate and roasted malt, vanilla. Nice hop blending with a nice bitter finish.
M- Thick, and strong brew. You don't notice the abv. It's heavy and an easy drinker
O- very good

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Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Snifter.

The beer pours a viscous, sludgy texture out of the bottle, jet black in color with a nice dense caramel colored head, about a finger high that has moderate retention but leaves behind a great network of sticky lacing. The aroma is very nice, roasted coffee and burnt chocolate that eases up into some nice sweet grain and dark pitted fruit. The complexity is a bit lacking, but with the simplicity comes a very nice balance. The flavors are rewarding as well, big roasted coffee with bitter dark chocolate jumps out, molasses and a bit of licorice follow behind that help smooth things out and bring out some nice rich grain and sweeter dark cherries that also provide a hint of tartness that is very pleasant. The body is thick and chewy, rich and fairly smooth, just enough carbonation to prop up the flavors and to give this beer just enough lively prickliness but yet still have an easy smooth finish.

Verdict: A Very nice Russian Imperial Stout from Founders. It’s big and robust yet smooth and rich and while the flavors aren’t that developed, clearly with time this beer will evolve into a really flavorful and special beer.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of gcamparone
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a jet-black, oily opaque body with a generous fluffy dark mocha head that sticks around for a while and leaves some heavy chocolate lacing. Perfect!

S- Intense fresh coffee beans, cappuccino , milk chocolate, vanilla, mocha, toasted malt. Upfront and inviting.

T- Hugely bold roasted coffee, semisweet chocolate, heavily toasted, nearly burnt malt. These flavors are not subtle in the least bit, they shine through this beer and mesh together perfectly. Leaves a bitter roasty note on the tongue.

M- Medium-heavy body, medium low carbonation.

An outstanding interpretation of the russian imperial. It hits all the high points of they style. Another impressive stout from founders.

I personally like it better than breakfast stout. Recommendable.

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Photo of rtaps
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jacothom
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of CreightonSM
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
1.5/5  rDev -65.6%

Photo of jbcalc
1/5  rDev -77.1%

Photo of hungarianwax
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark and deep brown. Rich brown head

S: Smells almost a little sour and peaty. Smells a little less stouty than some similar beers.

T: Great malt, chocolately. Covers the alcohol content well. Lacking slightly in richness.

M: Feels very thin for a stout. Low carbonation.

Overall 4
Instyle 4

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Photo of AmitC
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the thickest pouring beers or stouts that i have ever had. Pours like thick engine oil. Dark brown in color while pouring. A highly viscous dark black color inside the glass. Head is about one fingers thickness and shining brown mocha colored. Good retention. Excellent lacing with each sip and receding head. Opaque.

Aroma is a little subdued. Ground coffee in abundance. Some heavily roasted and burnt malts. No alcohol hint whatsoever. Some licorice/chicory and subtle hops. Aroma is just not as excellent as the rest of the beer.

Taste is excellent. Full of burnt up malts and some ground coffee. A lot of hops as well, that provide it good amount of bitterness as well. One of the most bitter stouts i have had as well. This beer is drinker's delight. No apparent alcohol, not even traces. A good presence on the tongue, with roasted malts fighting with hops for dominance and the hops seem to have upper hand.

A very thick and full bodied feel. Low to none carbonation. Astringency for those who do not like burnt up flavors and hops.

One of the best stouts i have has. This is a winner.

Style Rate: 4.75
Personal Rate: 5

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Photo of Crunkle
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rodkin
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black, with a small off head. Pretty nice except something was in it. Not sure, but it was pretty gross.

Smells good. Chocolate, coffee, a bit of malty sweetness, slight bit of fruitiness.

Taste is chocolate, burnt coffee, bit of vanilla, light fruitiness, kind of smoky.

Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, medium thickness.

Very drinkable stout, and great for the price.

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Photo of c64person
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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