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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of popery
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes, 10/31/10. Very good imperial stout. Lots of chocolate, roast and coffee, particularly in the taste. The aroma is a bit weaker - heavier on the roast with some dark fruit flavor and a bit of unfortunate rubbing alcohol. Great creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is present but mostly warming and pleasant (just a bit of harshness). Appearance is pretty much black wall to wall with a small brown head. Oddly, I’ve now rated both the Imperial Stout and Breakfast Stout higher than KBS - weird science and rather unexpected.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of BigCheese
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Ink black, small dark cardboard head. head dissipates quick but it leaves some nice patches of lacing.

S: Deep Roasted Espresso, and super dark chocolate, I get some dark fruits and vanilla too. some molasses and maybe toasted marshmellow.

t: has a very roasted smoky taste to it. dark coffee. tastes like coffee grounds. some tobacco spice to it. burnt bread, some toasted marshmellow. very charcoal/smokey. Rather bitter, not overtly sweet. some earthy/spicey hops in the finish. Very unique stout, much more bitter/dry than I'm used too. the hops definitely come through. Its interesting but not for me, not sweet enough, tastes too much like burnt coffee.

M: Very thick/velvety soft. High carbonation for style, very creamy. ABV is insanely well hidden.

O: Flavor profile just isnt for me, I like my big stouts a bit sweeter, no off notes, and very complex flavors so i cant hate. seems like a polarizing stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Onyx color black with a full, thick, creamy, meringue, cafe colored head. Very nice retention that settles into a nice caking of lace.

S - Loads of chocolate, mostly dark and bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. Some coffee/mocha aromas. Earthy, roasted malt and a touch of hop bitterness. A faint hint of licorice.

T - Starts with a strong dark chocolate flavor. Touches of dark coffee flavors in the background. Slight licorice, possibly rum/brandy soaked dark fruit, twang. This gives way to a strong earthy roasted malt flavor. No astringency or harsh bitterness from the roast. Finishes on a strong chocolaty note starting with dark and bittersweet and ending with a subtle creamy sweetness.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Extremely drinkable RIS. Alcohol is only subtle on the tongue and not really hot at all. Flavors meld together very well. Goes down very easy and has me wanting more after each sip.

Notes: Bottle 12/07/12. Great RIS. Full of all the stout flavors that you expect from an RIS. Everything just works. A benchmark RIS for me. Recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Ive bee mnemonic looking forward to this brew for a while.
Pours an oily jet black with tan lacing. Its so thick and actually feels heavier than a typical beer.
Big roasted chocolate malt aroma and a big hop presence.
Taste is bitter roasted malts with some chocolate and again huge hop flavor. Its very hoppy bitter. Its a huge stout and you deff notice it.
Its a great brew but I guess I had higher hopes on this. Still worthy of praise...

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Her's my second review:

Pours like motor oil--thick and dark. Great beige head. Only spotty lace remains on the glass. Very dark brown where no light shines through.

Chocolatey with a touch of coffee. Strong chalkiness to the nose.

Strong French Roast coffee smell. No chocolate in the taste. Very bitter from the burnt malt. The aftertaste goes for a long time...almost chewy. The body is rich, but the alcohol is well hidden. Thick but with a good level of carbonation.

First review:

Dark beige head--perhaps the darkest one I've ever seen. Very thick. Leaves a coating of lace like a blanket on the glass. The liquor is nearly black.

Lots of chalky cocoa to the nose.

Dry, coffee flavors up front. Although it is potent at 10.5% abv, the alcohol warmth is missing--very deceptive. There's a touch of cream to this beer. The body is extremely rich, like light cream. The carbonation is low so it is exaggerated.

It's too dry to be a dessert beer; it's too rich to be a regular brew. But it is a special beer, worth seeking out.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: completely, entirely black, with a finger of creamy brown foam on top. Some of the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer. Just beautiful.

Smell: sweet aroma with a real malt character to it, plus chocolate aplenty. Yummy smelling, but not a lot of complexity here.

Taste: sweet malt and alcohol hit me first, then a roasty, burnt flavor with almost an ashy aftertaste. Chocolate is good here, but subdued in comparison to the aroma. There are also vegetal hops at the end of this one, which is par for the style. I think it's quite good, if, again, lacking in some of the complexity I usually enjoy in a RIS.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a low but style-appropriate carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue; good stuff!

Overall: I like this beer a lot, and I would definitely have it again, but it doesn't quite have the rich complexity which I love in a Russian imperial stout. A very good beer indeed, but perhaps not up to its very high potential.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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