Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of sneaks2210
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours as black as a witches soul with a dark frappa head that holds very well as it clings to the glass. A dark espresso ring forms with lots of dark lacing.

S - Smells like a glass of crushed whoppers and the strongest chocolate milk in existence, very bready, vanilla, full on leather, the most leather I've ever smelled in a beer. Earthy, doughy yeast, maraschino cherry juice, chocolate cake batter.

T - Chocolate cake batter, undercooked fudge brownies, charred cherries, roasted nuts(covered in chocolate of course), very yeasty, coffee comes through on the back end with some rounding bitterness. Finishes is dry with some acidity mixed in.

M - Thick and viscous to the max, full creamy body, a flood of silk, dry roasted finish.

This is one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had the opportunity to drink. Every time I drink, I like it better. Its a bold yeasty chocolate bomb in your face. There are so many layers to this beer. Do not pass this up!

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Budlum
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ms11781
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/09/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a solid black, dark as night, with a minimal dark brown head. The head eventually becomes a very thin, lighter brown ring of foam around the glass. Small wisps of lacing left on the glass, just enough to note.

The nose is full of dark and roasted aromas. Dark chocolate is present along with a ton of roasted malt character. There is a lesser amount of coffee here but still enough to note. There is also a hint of molasses and a sort of underlying sweetness.

Tons of flavor in the taste. Dark chocolate, coffee, some caramel sweetness, brown sugar, molasses. There is a huge roasted character in the taste that is stronger than the nose and seems even a bit smoky at times. There is also a nice bitterness towards the finish. It seems like it from either some bitter chocolate or some burnt coffee flavor.

A thick body with low carbonation gives this beer a very heavy mouthfeel. It's thick and viscous and rich and creamy all at the same time. Finishes very smooth and leaves a bit of a lingering bitterness.

Drinkability is great with this one. Very thick and heavy, definitely a one and done, but very enjoyable. A good beer to sit and sip over a few hours over a winter evening while fresh and also one that might improve with some age.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jwswigs
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours thick like motor oil, is jet black and has a minimal tan head, with a bit of lacing. The aroma of strong brewed coffee and a hint of chocolate. The flavor profile consist of coffee and chocalate and is pleasantly bitter. This full bodied brew has higher carbonation than I am used to in a RIS, but it is a good thing. This stout is a very good sipper.

After ageing for a year the flavors really mellow out. There is a lot more dark fruit, and more sweetness. I highly recomend aging this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mattycasey
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tvghost
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Photo of mcrawford
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of stumac
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great brew from a great brewery

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

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 12/15/11

A: Really dark, quarter inch really dark tan head, some lacing

S: Coffee, chocolate, malts

T: Complex, roasted malts, coffee, bitter

M: Smooth, carbonation is visually there, but I didn't notice it in my mouth

O: Very nice imperial stout, don't think I've had one this bitter before, Founders definitely has their stouts down

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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