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Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013 poured into Founders snifter.

A: This puppy has an amazing appearance. Deep, rich black with a very frothy brown head. The head seems to hang around for ever, and the lacing is amazingly thick. Sticks to the side of the glass and almost appears to not move at all. Very, very impressive.

N: The nose is chalf full of dark, almost burnt malt with a touch of smoke and hops. Very dark chocolate followed by a wonderful balance of vanilla and cream.

T: Roasted malt are ever prominent on the tongue, followed by rich chocolate, bitter molasses and marsh mellow sweetness. There is a touch of alcohol on the back of the tongue, but is well hidden by the complex layers.

M: Inky, squidy, oily texture, that coats the mouth, yet washes away clean. It's actually a bit "thin", but doesn't lack by any means. The carbonation is right on, and is lively in the mouth.

D and O: Founders Imperial Stout fresh, Expedition Stout with a year on it. That's how I feel. This beer is the definition of the style, IMO. It's absolutely fantastic, and does not disappoint on any front.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is as close to the be-all-end-all of its style as it gets. Ticks off every box in but does so with finesse. Pours an utterly impenetrable inky black, the pours barely rising above a whisper as it motor oil-like stream penetrates its small, creamy wisp of dark brown foam. Aromas are immediately reminiscent of the times that I've entered the doors of an artisanal chocolatier. If that chocolatier had coffee breath and was charring marshmallows over a fire, this is what his shop would smell like. The taste is as rich as it gets, with lots of very dark chocolate on the front palate, followed by mocha then espresso on the mid palate as the sweetness dims, and finishes with a taste of burnt chocolate and day-old coffee grounds that lingers long. Super high viscosity meets uber-silky feel. An amazing sipping experience.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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

A: Jet black with a one finger mocha head that hangs around for a long time. A little surprising for a 10.5% beer.

S: Chocolate is the first and most powerful thing smelled in this beer. There is some heavy roast notes in the background in the aroma.

T: Roasted grain is in the front of this beer. Next there is some chocolate, earthy, and toffee flavors that come and go. The finish was a little disappointing with an almost lager-like flavor that I did not enjoy. Overall still great.

M: A little thin but great carbonation.

O: A great beer that has come room for improvement. Worth trying for stout lovers.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (12/14/13) into DFH signature glass with an agressive pour

a- huge 3 finger light brown head, beer is pitch black, left some great lacing on glass
s- roasted malt dominates,chocolate
t- dark chocolate, roasty, a bit of sweetness, some hop bitterness on the finish and booziness in the back of the mouth
m- quite heavy, decent carbonation, a bit creamy
o- seems a bit harsh, to be honest, maybe will smooth out with some age on it

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4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Motor oil viscosity, thin head, minimal carbonation and decent lacing.

Aromas of alcohol, espresso, and dark cocoa.

Resinous pine and some bitterness. There is milk chocolate and vanilla, like a café con leche. A bit smoky perhaps. Picking up on alcohol (really a bit more than I like) and star anise.

Very creamy with almost no carbonation. Coats the mouth with a nice milky sugary coffee feel.

Not really wowed at this time, ONLY considering all the blathering poured over this brew. Right now I feel the alcohol distracts. In saying this, I believe with age, this will be truly good.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,878 ratings
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