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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4.75/5  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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Hamburgers
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor oil black with a one finger light brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rich chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. 10.5% ABV very well hidden. Extremely long and bitter finish. Complex stout. Perfectly balanced.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Save-On in Mentor, Ohio for $3.00 about a week ago into a clean, clear Voodoo Brewery pint glass. "01/02/13" stamped on the neck of the bottle with something else above it that I cannot make out. I am not sure if that is the bottling date...I suppose that it could be. This beer has to have at least a 5 year shelf life I would guess.

A Actually a deep, dark brown head over an absolute motor oil black body. I admit to being easily impressed with the look of a good RIS but really, can this be improved? It is foreboding and awesome! Oh, one more thing....the lacing left on the inside of the glass after repeated sips clinches my highest rating. 5.0

S Dark roast malt and dark chocolate. This promises to be very good indeed! 4.5

T Oh yes, this is the bomb! Deep dark roast malt, some chocolate notes and silky smooth. This is one badass Russian Imperial stout and as I repeatedly sip it I am thinking that it might be THE RIS to pour for someone to demonstrate the style. The alcohol is well hidden until you get into the aftertaste. After the silky smooth beginning and then the syrupy middle there is a burn left behind. Just great, really. 4.75

M Big, huge, thick, syrupy, silky. Everything that you'd hope for. This is the strongest feature of the beer. 5.0

D/O Drinkability is not good. The HUGE ABV, the mere size of the beer would limit me to one in an evening. Overall this is a world class Russian Imperial Stout and might be the example that I would point others to who are interested in the style. That being said, it may have surpassed classic favorites of mine, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy and North Coast Old Rasputin. That, for me, is saying A LOT! 4.5

Notes: Finally rated this one, bringing my total from the "Beers of Fame" list to 87 out of 100 I do believe. I have come to really like that list as there are some of my all time favorites on it. Additionally, I found 87 of them to be quite accessible seeing as how I don't really trade with other BA's.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours as black as night with a chocolate colored head

Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and barely. Also smell some dark fermented fruit - port like qualities.

Bitter coffee and chocolate dominate the mouth leave a smooth coating. Then some plumb and rum/raisin notes come forward kept in check by bitter herb notes. A rich, complex , tasty stout.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an ultra-viscous looking pitch black color. It's an amazingly heavy looking monster. The head is a one-finger dark tan color with fantastic texturing. Retention isn't perfect, but the level of lacing is downright beautiful. It just looks amazing.

S: Wow, this is one of the most chocolaty-smelling imperial stouts I've ever encountered. There are also notes of hazelnut, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and slight dark fruit. No frills, but fuckin' fantastic regardless.

T: It seems like Founders took the basic essence of a standard-issue RIS and distilled it into rapturous glory. I first notice flavors of cream, vanilla, and chocolate; before roasted malts envelop the tastebuds. The umami qualities on the finish are glorious, melding together with anise, tobacco, and pine flavors. It has just enough complexity to keep the palate guessing, while being simple enough that one can easily pick out the differing handful of flavors. Yum.

M: You wouldn't expect such a thick, creamy monster to be so drinkable - but the delicately dry finish and brilliant alcohol concealment means this will be all gone before you know what to do. It's not so dry as to render its aftertaste gutted, however; some syrupy linger remains without creating overpowering sweetness. One of the best RIS palate feels I've ever encountered outside of Nogne O's RIS.

O: Founders didn't reinvent the wheel, they just showed every other brewer how it should be made in the first place. A brilliant reminder why this is my favorite style out there, and a not-so-brilliant reminder that this was the only bottle I had. :(

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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