Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Mavigo
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been seeking out this beer for a while. Got it at Tom's party store in East Lansing. Not sure what to expect, pouring it slightly chilled into a nonic glass.

A: Pours with a somewhat oil type consistency, jet, opaque black with a short caramel head with bits and spots of similar colored lacing.

S: Scrumptious aroma of freshly brewed coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugars, malt sugars and barley.

T: Incredible taste, Dark and milk chocolates, coffee, toffee, rich sweet syrupy sugar taste, a hint of alcohol but very well hidden for being 10% ABV, almost barely noticeable.

M: Hardly any carbonation but that's a major plus for me, very, very smooth and rich taste, great flavors, superbly masked ABV, I could easily down a 6 pack of this with out even realizing how potent it is.

O: It was fairly pricey, $3 for one bottle, I guess they were sold out of 4 packs but it was well, well worth it. It was my reward for waiting so patiently, I was thoroughly impressed and delighted by this beer and any would should take the opportunity to try it if they come across the chance.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 12/07/12

A-Poured a thick jet black. Surprised to have no head what so ever in the poor. A incremental sized brown head formed for a moment than receded to the edges. Had this on draft a couple weeks ago and poured a nice foamy head. Complete opposite of what it is now. Hope that does not carry over to the smell and taste.

S-Smells like a great imperial. Roasted dark chocolate malts, mild smoked tobacco in their with prunes, raisins. Minimal hop presence in the nose which does not diminish at all the great aroma this beer has.

T-Roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, dark fruit on the palate. This is defiantly a malt driven beer with the hops for balance. Finish's mildly bitter on the end and leaves a chocolate burnt aftertaste. Very enjoyable brew. Taste great throughout than leaves with that burnt after taste which is not my favorite.

M-Medium bodied beer. Low carbonation. Finishes on the dry side. Great for this style.

O-A great beer overall. I enjoyed it much better on draft than I did in bottle however. The appearance did not resemble the first time I had it on draft and the tobacco burnt taste is more heavy on my bottled beer tasting. This is still a great beer overall but if I had reviewed it when I had it on draft this would have gotten a much higher score. Goes to show you that everything in the brewing process down to the packaging of the beer can take away from such a stellar beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Michael_D
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours black with a small chocolate head that didn't stick around long. Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Full bodied and smooth. Sweet up front but the roasted malt quickly take over. Coffee heavy in aftertaste. A more manly, less sweet breakfast stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Ri0
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Obsidian in color with a 2 finger mocha head. Slowly fades into a nice cap and thick collar on my glass. Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and rich dark chocolate. Dark fruit, some licorice and tobacco as it warms. Bitter chocolate, cocoa, hints of roasted malt and coffee. Some bitterness from the hops makes an appearance in the middle. Sweet molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit are faint. Thick body, chewy and sticky. Rich, smooth and creamy. Sensational. An absolute gem of a stout. Right up there with the best, world class indeed!

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Photo of ChadChaney
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap @ Zombie Burger in Des Moines and was less than impressed, bought a 4 pack and gave one a try tonight. Totally different beer.
Pours a jet black with a nice deep tan head that lingers. Has the thickness I crave in an Imperial stout.

The aroma is a little odd, some roast, chocolate and an odd anise or sambucca type smell finish it out.

The bottled version lacks the odd anise flavor at the tail end that the tapped version had. This is a big beer,lots of bitter dark chocolate with just a hint of roasted malt/coffee and a tinge of anise at the end. You can feel the Imperial in this beer, although I.detect no booze bite. Love the Flavor.

Overall, this is a fabulous beer, love the bitter chocolate notes and couldn't ask for much more. Going to grab some more to cellar for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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