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:
7,858
Reviews:
1,898
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.53%
 
 
Wants:
752
Gots:
2,453
For Trade:
143
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Ratings: 7,858 |  Reviews: 1,898
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

Photo of Duff_Light
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A liquor store by my house had a few 4-packs of this on sale for 5 dollars each. I bought them all. I mention this because the bottled date is 11/24/15 so they were trying to move older stock. This stout still tastes incredibly young and will age extremely well. Much like everyone else has said:
Jet black in color with an awesome chocolate colored head
Aromas of chocolate and coffee, creamy, rich, thick and I'd even say decadent mouth feel.
Wonderful finish that lingers
You can tell some of the alcohol is taming down and the malts are blending together nicely.

Best Imperial Stout I've had.

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Photo of _Adam_
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of travelguy
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, with a thick head that looks like an awesome chocolate mousse. Truly a beautiful beer!

Smell is huge with roasted coffee and a bit of caramel and chocolate.

Taste is really rich and deep. Loads of coffee, some dark chocolate and a hint of sweetness. Nice, soft bitterness and even more coffee on the finish. As complex as any Impy I've had.

Mouthfeel is smooth, soft and thick. I would have liked a little more heft, but damn good.

Great, great Imperial stout. Layer upon layer upon layer of flavors, and one of the best looking beers I've seen.

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Photo of RichieRich1812
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Dmecca
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, two finger brown head, superb lacing, lots of carbonation.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, alcohol. Smells wonderful.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, lots of alcohol. Amazing taste!

F: Full bodied, rich mouthfeel, alcohol overdose.

O: This beer tastes amazing, if only it had half the alcohol. It's just too much. Otherwise it's close to perfect.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,858 ratings.
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