Founders 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,862
Reviews:
1,901
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.53%
 
 
Wants:
752
Gots:
2,453
For Trade:
143
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Ratings: 7,862 |  Reviews: 1,901
Photo of andrewh995
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pitch black beer with a 1.5 finger tan head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, possibly some cherry. The alcohol is somewhat apparent but not overly so. Great RIS.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on April 4, 2017. Look is nearly black with a thick tan head and spotty lacing. Smell and taste is dark dried fruits and dark roasted malts. Feel is full in body.

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Photo of kitch
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 355ml bottle, bottled on 30th November 2016. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: It was black in colour with a nice one finger fluffy brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but left spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, cherry and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Roasty malts, rich bittersweet chocolate and coffee with hints of dark fruit balanced with some bitterness. Finish has a lasting ashy charcoal-ness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, velvety and full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Nice and smooth. A good Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ShortyTahoe
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dspader1
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeIquiades
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 7irondave
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black, with a massive fluffy khaki head that sticks around for quite a while.
Smell: Rich chocolate, cocoa, fudge, and syrup.
Taste: Rich chocolate cake, cocoa, molasses, and toffee.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, boozy.
Overall: A good no frills imperial stout with no adjuncts. It was a little boozy though.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yoshie
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amguerra305
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours motor oil thick with an inch dark khaki head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves an intermittent ring around the edges. The nose on this beer is rather nice; big and bold. Notes of chocolate and coffee with a roasty back note and a tinge of alcohol. Taste follows the smell with a slight creaminess up front followed by a bitterness that is a touch shy of acrid from the roast but still pleasurable. It feels pleasantly thick with not much noticeable carbonation and keeps your lips sticky together. Overall this beer is great. Big and bold with complex roast notes that I imagine would get even better with age.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nstygles
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DesertFox24
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NWHopinator
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bobert84
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevin3046
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark black with light brown head. Thick lacing that sticks to the glass. Mouthfeel is a great creamy chewiness and just the right amount of carbonation. The taste is sweet roasted malts with hints of chocolate, fruits, toffee, smoke, and caramel with a dry, hoppy finish. This is a great stout!!!

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 11/30. Drank out of a TEKU glass. Full disclosure, I drank this beer straight from the fridge as opposed to letting it warm up to cellar temp. Beer pours out super dark and inky. Pitch black in the glass with a solid finger of deep dark brown head. Aroma is explosive out of the glass. Tons of chocolate covered cherries which is surprising(and impressive) since I don't think that this beer has had any barrel aging. Just a hint of light roast coffee as well. Flavor is not nearly as fruit forward as the nose. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee with practically no sweetness, which considering it's 75 IBU is not surprising. Beer finishes with an awesome umami(think shitake mushroom) characteristic. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, in line with other stouts in this ABV range. Not the best stout I've ever had, but for a beer that is relatively easy to find, this thing is absolutely amazing. 97 points!

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Photo of SiepJones
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (2016) into a mini snifter. Pours like engine oil into the glass. A frothy cap or reddish brown bubbles sit on top. The head resembles a chocolate milkshake. Thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Tons of roasted malt on the nose with a touch of dark fruit and a little soy sauce. Tastes of roasted malt with some dark chocolate and a bit of ash in the finish. Chewy mouth with low carbonation. I really enjoy this beer, and I grabbed a couple of extra bottles to tuck away for the later.

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Photo of Timc32
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,862 ratings.
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