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Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout
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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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Ratings: 7,897 |  Reviews: 1,907
Photo of brewcrew76
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is about 1-2 years old.

A - Solid black wit ha small creamy mocha head. Spotty lacing left behind.

S - Dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, espresso. Some soy sauce notes present from the age but in a good way.

T - Roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, slight hoppy bitterness. Hints of tobacco and leather.

M - Full body, slick, a bit oily. A nice sipper.

D - Tasty

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Photo of MikeWard
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BigTrubble
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of teromous
3.41/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: Bottled 12/15/2014 so it is less than a month old

Appearance: Oily black body. When pouring it came out as a viscous oily substance that I had to adjust my "pour stream" to prevent it from falling out of the glass. It's not necessarily good or bad, just noteworthy. There is a thin dark brown head that fades out rather quickly.

Aroma: The aroma is almost non-present. I pick up the scent of pure alcohol mixed with what smells like chocolate brownies. It probably sounds great, and it does smell good, but it's like smelling the pan that brownies were cooked in rather than the brownies themselves. It is the whisper of a ghost.

Taste: Fortunately that chocolate brownie aroma made it into the flavor. It is here and it is nice, but it is very faint. It tastes as if this beer has been aged for a very long time despite how young the "bottled on" date is. If you've ever aged a truly fresh beer you will know what I mean when I say that the flavors have melded and faded away from the foreground. The alcohol presence is gone which is fantastic. Nothing stands out in this, however in its subdued splendor it is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: it is thick and coating like brownie batter. Lovely presence on the palate. It could not be better. It has very low carbonation and it works nicely with the nice thick body.

Overall: My overall experience with this beer is that I like it a lot and I would drink it again. Although it is fresh it tastes faded, but somehow it works. Was the beer aged extensively prior to bottling? I don't know. I would recommend drinking it "as is" and not aging it further. I would drink another bottle of it, but I probably wouldn't keep a sixer around.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of cadaugherty
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12.22.15

L - Pitch black motor oil. Thick and creamy! 1/2 a finger of tan head. No lace sickness

S - Dark chocolate and roasted malts

T - Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Not overly sweet. ABV is hidden. Dried fruits and well balanced.

F - Thick bodied and medium carbonation.

O - An amazing Imperial stout. Get it if you can!

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreightonSM
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tourdot
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of snowmageddon
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TBonez477
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 draft pour. Believe the hype about age on this one. The three year old pour was so amazingly delicious!

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh, yum!
Pours pitch black with a half finger of very thick dark tan foam that melts pretty slowly in my glass.
Aromas are thickly coffee and dark chocolate.
Flavor is fantastic. Dark sweet chocolate moves to dark cream and coffee then back to dark sweet chocolate and melting towards some dark candied fruits then alcohol.
Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy., full,..and smooth.
Aftertaste is chocolate and dark fruit with the alcohol warming your chest.
Love this Imperial Stout.

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Photo of 98green
3.56/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Maybe this is where imperial stouts used to be, but these days I want more/different from these. Look smell and taste are all solid for a RIS, but nothing new or unique. Overall solid and the rating reflects it

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Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of PG2G
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as motor oil, it's one of the darkest beers I've seen in a while. Looks thick as hell coming out of the bottle. Produces a very thin layer of coffee brown head but it fades to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Roasted malt, chocolate, some roasted coffee beans, alcohol with dark fruits.

T- The flavor is massive, starts out with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, which quickly opens up onto a core of dark fruit, thick molasses and warming booze. The sweetness of the center slides into a dry finish of roasted coffee, chocolate, a touch of hop bitterness, and a warm alcohol feeling.

M- Full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O - An incredible beer, if I had to pick a go-to Imperial stout this would be a strong contender, at $12 a four-pack it's an awesome deal.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another knock out from Founders. Just what you would expect from an Imperial stout. Rich, dense, chocolate, roasted, sweet and bitter...and delicious. Cheers!

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Photo of WesM63
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a CBS Snifter.

A: Pours dark black with a dark mocha 1 finger head. Minor retention and lacing present.

S: Smells of dark malts, chocolate, vanialla and a hint of coffee.

T: Huge hit of dark sweet chocolates, followed by some bitter coffee. Malts and hints of vanilla at the end.

M: Full body minimal carbonation. Very silky smooth.

O: Wow, Founders knows stouts. IMO, this is KBS minus the bourbon goodness. Excellent Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ALC82
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,897 ratings
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