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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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch motor oil black. A half finger of a deep brown colored head. Nice alcohol legs.

S- Extremely roasty. A touch of hops. A slight chocolate and toffee. Nice stuff

T- A big hop bitterness at first with some subtle fruity flavors. This beer is extremely roasty. A big thick earthy charred flavor on the palate. There is a slight bit of chocolate in this beer and some caramel as well. A perfect balance between bitterness, alcohol and roasted flavor. No alcohol flavor.

M- A thick beer, Nice alcohol feel but no taste. Roasted dry finish. Nice hop bitterness.

O- A world class RIS. The best it can get without aging.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours like motor oil, thick and pitch-black with a very little dark tan head/ring, bordering on mocha coloring. The beers body is blacker than night allowing no light to pass through it, and only allowing one to gaze into it and ponder what horrifying eldritch terrors must lie in wait within the glass. The beer’s lacing is long and curtain-like, though medium in thickness upon the glass. On the nose, the beer smells big and powerful, shoving sweet roasted malts into your face alongside bitter black coffee, a touch of dark chocolate, and oh-so-slight black licorice and sweet alcohol. On the tongue, the beer tastes big, roasted, chary, and bitter. The beer begins with intense sweet roast before opening into huge bitter black coffee flavors with only a faint touch of black chocolate and char. The finish is big with black coffee and alcohol and big char which lasts in the mouth like you bit into an ashy coal. On the mouth, the beer feels thick and chewy, oozing across the tongue like smooth velvet while its flavors brutally assault the palate. The mouth is left dry and charred, though a little saliva scrims the tongue. Overall, this beer is intense. Big and intense. It has some wonderful flavors, but they are all a little too amped up for my palate. I think this beer will do beautifully with a little bit of cellaring, but for now it just is too much to enjoyably drink. It’s a good experience, but it needs to tone itself back.

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3.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: talk about a beautiful beer, coal black like used motor oil, with a deep brown head. One of the best looking stouts I have seen!

S: Alcohol, roasted malt, licorice, chocolate.

T: I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in this one! Roasted malts, chocolate, hit of molasses. And a Very warm alcohol finish.

O: for me the alcohol was a little bit too overpowering on this one, and with 10.5% ABV it not to surprising it has a strong alcohol presents. It's just I have had imperial stouts that were way better balanced than this one. But aside from that it wasn't a bad beer. Leaves a fantastic lacing on the glass. Defiantly a sipper.

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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This specific review took place exactly a week ago on this years arrival to my area though ive had it many times and I still have 3 left :) we will say winter/January 2013

2013 release: brown stubby bottle Founders style(stout bottle I believe they call it). Beautiful label and one of my favorite label designs from Founders. I love the Founders IS Bird badge! Poured into a tulip style pint glass/stout glass.

A - darker than a moonless winter night. Viscous black liquid, thick and luscious. Massive brown head sit atop like a thick brown pillow that left a stickiness that literally grabbed the walls of my glass. I love the one of a kind thickness Founders stouts always have. Their way of crafting stouts is pure class and this had it from the start.

S - Bittersweet chocolate with oven baked dates. Some roastiness in the backdrop with alcohol creeping up to give it a warmness in the nose. Small whiff of licorice that's barely noticeable. Some faint fruity notes of blueberry and a whiff of molasses with a roasted oat/graininess.

T - flavor was spot on with the aroma. Massive chocolate bittersweetness with a good dose of roasted grain and oats. Burnt dark malts with a slight syrupy molasses note. A small but for certain blueberry fruitiness hit the tastebuds but barely. There is the typical, but sublime Founders black coffee richness to the flavor. Alcohol warms the bittersweet finish with a delightful linger to finish off a brilliant flavor.

M - massive and thick, big and smooth body.
It coats the entire mouth and let's you enjoy every single sip. The thickness is almost indescribable. It's as thick and luscious of a mouthfeel a man will ever find. An incredibly enjoyable brew and does a wonderful job of balancing its complexity.

O - one of the best imperial stouts ever made. Maybe even the best. It's been a favorite of mine on cold winter nights for a few years now and is in my top 3-4 of the RIS style. Founders Imperial Stout is a massively thick monster of a stout. Black as hell, rich, and as thick as anything you'll ever come across. It holds it's own in the founders stout family and is truly a beer worthy of anyone's glass. This black liquid, scratch that.. It's thicker than liquid, more oil based.. Anyway, this ridiculously thick black fluid is down right scary good from its rich black color to its overwhelmingly delicious taste is one of the best imperial stouts any person could ever get their hands on and will be brought into my home years and years to come. Another big stout treat from one of my favorites. Founders.. Enough said.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An inky black viscous look with only a thin brown head. Good lacing, however.
Smell: Very pleasant aroma of dark chocolate, a slight hint of roasty coffee, and a big sweetness of cream, caramel candy, and vanilla.
Taste: Milk chocolate, massive malts, dark fruit, and a hint of hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light for a RIS, it almost feels more like a porter, and note that the alcohol is well-hidden also.
Overall: A very good example of the style, highly recommended.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/20/12

A: Pours a viscous pitch black with a very small dark brown head

S: Very malty and roasty, with some notes of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee

T: Follows the nose. Again, very malty and roasty, with notes of dark chocolate, anise, bitter coffee, and even a very light fruitiness (or maybe that's just more anise). Finishes bitter and ashy, with a hint of astringency. Very little alcohol presence

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Near motor oil consistency

O: Not the most complex RIS, but damn good. Surprisingly easy to drink for a 10.5% imperial stout, and the price is also very good ($11.29/4-pack). Definitely wish this was available for more than 2 months (if it even lasts that long on shelves, which it almost definitely won't). Founders just doesn't disappoint

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A viscous pour yielding a jet black brew with about one and a half fingers of head. The rich, khaki-colored head fades to a glass-clinging ring with some spotty lacing. Aroma features a good amount of "char" - roast malt astringent notes. Plenty of rich, dark chocolate and just a bit of espresso. Some grassy hop aroma is there but well hidden under the immense malt character. Detracting just a bit is a weak but noticeable solvent note.

Most apparent on the palate is a near perfect balance between sweet and bitter. Founders has found a very happy middle ground between sugar bomb and hoppy stout. Tons of chocolate and roasted malt yield notes of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Balancing hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is very stealthy, hiding in the shadows without any boozy flavor notes. Mouthfeel fits the bill perfectly for an imperial stout: chewy, a but syrupy, well carbonated but not prickly. Carbonation has good longevity, so you can sip leisurely without it winding up flat.

Being available in 4-packs, and at a very reasonable price to boot (only $12 for me), this is an outstanding imperial that's also a great value. For now, Founders Imperial Stout has jumped to the top of my non-barrel-aged stout list.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,903 ratings
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