Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1,913
Ratings:
7,909
pDev:
8.49%
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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WOSean
3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blksab99
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rcunning
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the king of beers!

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great brew from a great brewery

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12-02-2014 and poured into a tulip

A: Pour is black as night with a head of brown foam that is 1 finger in size. The head quickly disappears into a thin collar that leaves a few streaks of lacing behind.

S: Right up front you get heavy aromas of roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is also a good amount of espresso and anise coming out as the beer warms. A faint smell of molasses as well. No hops detectable whatsoever.

T: Robust flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts with a smokiness to it. Coffee not as strong as it is on the nose but it is definitely present, along with a bit of sweet licorice.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation, leading to a silky smooth mouthfeel that seems to coat your tongue. Finish is somewhat dry with a good amount of bitterness.

O: Founders Imperial Stout is a solid beer with a big roasted malt profile that seems to have a smokiness to it. The mouthfeel is smooth and the alcohol is masked very well. I would highly recommend this beer and I will be drinking it again for sure. I would love to try this with some age on it!

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dry bittersweet, bakers chocolate. An amazing value for the price. Alcohol well hidden. Stock up on it while you can!

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Photo of Rideguy64
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dan3099
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derekgw123
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. Perfect Imperial Stout. So good and boozy I have to pace myself or I'll fall down.

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Photo of Lager_stout_87
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kraty1
3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JasW
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DJoe
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours a heavy, black liquid with a creamy, dark khaki head and a thick layer of lacing on the sides of the glass. It really is pitch black; you can almost feel the light being sucked into it. It smells of dark, toasty malts and mocha with a lovely burnt note at the end.

It tastes like a good Imperial Stout should: dark, smokey, slightly bitter, a bit creamy and rich. No dark fruits as some IS's have. Nice hit of umami unctuousness.

The feel is rich, thick and heavy; my mouth was coated thoroughly.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer that's a prime example of the style. I'll look forward to it coming out next winter as well!

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Photo of leantom
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is a beer that I've been waiting to try for a while. Founders has been disappointing me lately, but I still haven't lost hope. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Motor-oil black, one-inch black head that leaves a ton of lacing. Simply beautiful.

S: Exquisite. Lots of roasted malt impart smells of coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee isn't bitter, however; in fact it's quite rich and creamy smelling, almost as if there's a bit of lactose in here as well. Very fulfilling.

T: Follows the nose, with a faint hint of dark fruit at the back of the palate. Initial taste is one of rich coffee and decadent chocolate - perfect. This is followed by some dark fruit (e.g., raisins, figs, plum), but this taste is rather subtle compared to the dark chocolate and coffee. Lingering bitter coffee taste.

F: Thick and creamy. Great.

O: Great beer. Dark fruit detracts from the taste somewhat, but the coffee and chocolate simply overpower this minor inconvenience.

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Photo of Shinck14
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of electronic54reporting
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdeese21
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Jet black with almost no head but a rich brown foam develops upon swirling.
Smell: I can definitely pick up the bitterness in this beer (90 IBU's) as well as the usual RIS notes.
Taste: Very, Very good beer. I'm really not sure how they hid the booze so well as I'm only getting a minimal amount of warmth at the end.
Feel: Velvety, with a nice, thick mouth feel that I enjoy in RIS's.
Overall: Very enjoyable beer but the bitterness was a little high for me. I have a few to age and will try them intermittently over the next few years. Founders has been putting out some absolute quality stuff!

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,909 ratings