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 bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jklecko2
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of Mattyb79
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of scxcrunner
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of shand
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Thanks to redbird!

This beer pours out black, with next to no head. The aroma is full and roasty, with loads of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of tops. The taste is over-the-top roasty at first, with some dark fruits. There's also a decently large dose of earthy hops at the end. The late finish yields a great coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is slick, with a slightly lighter body than expected. Overall, this is a great imperial stout. It really doesn't do anything out of the ordinary - so it makes a great benchmark stout.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brams17
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Beer4B
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
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%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the thickest black pours i've ever seen, topped off with 1/4" of dark brown head. lots of licorice and dark chocolate hit the nose immediately, sugary sweet, dark fruits. the flavor is that of bitter dark chocolate at first but after a second turns into sweet milk chocolate with a slight lingering bitterness throughout. tastes of brown sugar, mocha-latte, toasted grains, slight licorice.

a full body stout with a slight amount of carbonation. creamy on the lips, slightly chalky after feel. this is an excellent stout that you shouldn't pass up trying. sure, it's not as good as their barrel aged stouts, but it's still DAMN good.

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Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black and oily. Momentarily a thin brown head that dissipates leaving only the faintest of rings of foam around the top of the beer.

Smell has aromas of milk and dark chocolate, prunes, raisins, and roasted malts.

Taste follows the nose with a nice blend of milk chocolate, prunes and raisin flavors. Roasted malts are prevalent with some dark chocolate, cocoa, and maybe a slight coffee note. Slight booze taste, but its certainly there as the beer warms the mouth as you drink it. Ever so slight hop bitterness on the back end provides a nice dry finish.

Feel is very nice for the style. Real heft on this beer with a nice smooth velvety feel. Minimal carbonation.

Overall an outstanding Russian Imperial Stout. Wonderful complex flavor that doesn't rely on coffee. Nice mild hoppy bitterness. Just all around really good.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of scotorum
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought two bottles in Traverse City Michigan in June while on vacation/business. Saved them to age for cooler Fall weather.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a plain tumbler.

a: Pitch black with a half finger tan head which receded quickly to even surface foam and some peripheral lacing.

s; Dark malt.

t: Very dark espresso strength malt with hop balance lending a bitter bottom line which is not bothersome in the least because the malt flavor is so dominant. Very high ABV is exceptionally well hidden.

m: Medium, silky smooth.

o: Excellent stout, not quite as impressive-looking as the Old Rasputin I had last night, but heavier yet smoother tasting and with even more flavor. Not quite as easy drinking as a result, but a wonderful sipper that won't quit delivering great imperial stout flavor.

UPDATE 1/3/14: Had the other bottle tonight and differences noted:

Bottled 12/20/12, so this has a year on it.

Poured into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half brown head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

m: Medium to heavy, silky smooth. Now this is what I had hoped the Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil that I had recently would be like.

The rest of my earlier review was fully reconfirmed.

Anxiously awaiting the release of the 2014 model.

UPDATE 4/24/14: New fourpack bought a few months ago and saved for later. This is still great but the bitterness stands out more, the flavor a bit less. Lowering ratings accordingly: a: 4.5-4.25; s:4.5-4.25; t: 4.75-4.5; overall 4.75-4.5.

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,863 ratings.
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