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

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of joeseppy
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of heatherwade
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jereb33
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of LBIsurf
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ShippinUpToBoston
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of NateMac13
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of mrzazz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of flipdog0
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MadScientist
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a persistent sticky, dark brown head made of cream, mousse-like bubbles.

S: Strong roast aroma and a good amount of coffee with a depth dark roasted grain aromas. Prunes and moderate citrus hops with the fresh hopped grassy note. There is some licorice and a moderate alcohol aroma.

T:Again lots of roast with some molasses and licorice. Firm hops bitterness with a good bit of roast bitterness and a moderately-light citrus hops flavor. There is a light malt sweetness but the balance is fairly bitter with a medium dry finish.

M: full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A thick, rich imperial stout that has a huge amount of flavor and complexity. I'm usually unhappy with licorice and molasses in beers because they usually seem to dominate but here there a part of the rich tapestry of flavors

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Raime
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a two finger dark mocha head. Left no lacing.

S - Bitter dark coffee, roasted and burnt malts, cocoa, molasses.

T - Dutch cocoa, bitter dark, dark coffee, Sweet and dark chocolate soon come into the mix. Alcohol makes it's way into the finish.

M - Slick, sweet oily body with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, I had no been disappointed by a beer I have drank tonight and this is no exception. It's a great bitter stout that would fair well with a well-done steak on a cold winter night.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,870 ratings.
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