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Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
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4.36/5
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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#309
Reviews:
1,906
Ratings:
7,892
pDev:
8.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 7,892 |  Reviews: 1,906
Photo of Octavarium77
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love this brew. I am a sucker for good Imperial Stouts, and this is one of the finest - definitely up there with the best of them!

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

by close call my favorite Imp stout to date. looks a superb deep black froth when poured, with dark mocha highlighting the edges and head.... smooth drink, roasted chocolate malts and bitters on the tongue, and boozy smokey coffee beans on the exhale. do i detect a hint of vanilla throughout? I think so. another founders gem.

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Photo of DarraghKS
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cappuccino head, almost crema effect with a wonderful rich nose of complex malts and alcohol. Taste is wonderfully rich. Slight smokey taste. Heavy roasting with coffee, chocolate and happy bitterness. Fantastic brew

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Photo of mmellow12
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The legend. Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE imperial pours black as sin with a medium brown head of dissipating foam that forms into a thick ring and oily thick lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, cream, heavily roasted coffee, sweet toffee, dark fruits, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors are a symposium of chocolate and coffee flavors awash in layers of cream, dark brown sugars, and deep roasting on all sides. Very coating mouth feel with light carbonation. Near perfect....not sure there is much more of a perfect imperial stout out there. Finish is lightly bitter from the roast and sweet at the same time with a light hop bitterness coming through as it warms. Deep character, rich and delicious. One of the best produced. Awesome as always!

CHEERS!

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Photo of HopsAholic79
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceeded my expectations!!! Mighty fine imperial stout. The best non BA stout I've had so far.

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Photo of Tiger1833
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enternalhoppiness
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, I love this beer.

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Photo of mmcurran
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a_Sasquatch
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmeGT
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was extremely surprised at how delicious this thing was. Thick feel, sweet after taste, TON of chocolate and roasted malt.

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Photo of Jon4than
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of slipperysoup
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color, with a small, bubbly head.

Smells of creamy coffee, roasted malts, hints of toffee and molasses. The aromas are very well put together, with rich, slightly smoked, milk chocolate, tying all aromas together. Well balanced between coffee and malts, coated up by slightly earthy chocolate.

Has a supersmooth mouthfeel, with a lower, fitting carbonation, revealing a medium bodied beer.

Tastes of dough milk chocolate among earthy malts, wrapped up by whipped cream. A gentle coffee bitterness acts as a convincing counterpart to the malty chocolate, revealing a decent dryness, which got a sour coffee whiff to it. Coffee bitterness changes the chocolate appearance into a bitter chocolate direction. Finishes with lots of cream and an intriguing interplay between crushed coffee beans and slightly slick, bitter chocolate.

All in all this beer convinces by its perfect composition, decent depth of different flavors with prominent chocolate and coffee, resulting in a great imperial stout. Both, coffee and chocolate, are on par, leaving a lot of space on the palate for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Aliiyoob
4.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Can not say enough good things about this beer. So dark you can't see through it, and smelled so rich coming out of the bottle. Overall, an amazing beer and one of the best stouts Ive ever tried.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mickmanhattan
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cbonzo
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 29mikoyan
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I ever had. The taste of fine Nicaraguan cigars, sweet molasses, sweet malt, rich sweet Belgian chocolate, and a beautiful fruit bouquet. Truely a beer to pair with a fine cigar.

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Photo of Stephen_Woods
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dandp88
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylerbrowe
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tamingthebrett
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tjsmith910
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

damn fine all around brew.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,892 ratings
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