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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7,903 |  Reviews: 1,910
Photo of Yancey82
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Bruno74200
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best or maybe the best RIS I've had to date.

L - Beautiful pitch black with a nice mocha head

S - Good complexity. With some chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, very balanced smell

T - Follow the smell with a nice bitterness and a perfect balance.

M - Perfect mouthfeel, thick, creamy, well carbonated

O - A bold but controled russian imperial stout. Really great stuff. Founders really knows how to make imperial stouts

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottled 1/2/2013. Served in snifter.

A - Pours a pitch black with a thin reddish brown head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Big roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

T - Just like the nose. Big bold roasted malt and coffee. Slightly smokey with some booze in the finish.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth drinker.

O - Another great beer from Founder's. Full of big bold flavors. A very nice winter sipper.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Served from bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours an inky black, thick with very minimal/bubbly tan head. No significant lacing.

S: Whoa... big time aroma on this one, roasted malts, dark chocolates, and toffee. Hints of espresso.

T/F: It tastes like it smells, big time roasted malts, very smooth with minimal carbonation. A bit chewy with a dark chocolate sweetness at the finish which is well balanced by the roasted malts.

O: A very fine Imperial Stout, and yet another great Founders beer. At 10.5% this one packs too big a punch for a session drink, but is perfect for dessert or a special treat. Best at cellar temperature. May be even better with a little age!

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Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of granger10
3.61/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Pours very dark, no light penetration. Good sized tan head that sits nice and tight on top. Tons and tons of sticky lacing. Beautiful! Aroma is residual sugars and alcohol combined with a thick coffee roastedness. Taste is simply too strong on the alcohol though for me to fully appreciate this beer. It's good. Nice thick chocolate malt syrup taste then a slight hoppiness but not quite enough. Alcohol is very apparent and there's a bitter espresso taste in the finish. Finish is acidic and lingers with espresso beans and alcohol. Surely a sipper. Body is very thick. Not a real complex beer but I think time might help both the complexity and alcohol intensity. I think this might be kick-ass in a year, but for now its just decent.

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured into a small snifter

Appearance : inky black in color. Small brown head froms with vigorous pour that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell : strong roasted aromas. Lots of coffee and bitter sweet coco

Taste: strong roasted taste with some smoky flavors. Hoppy bitterness comes though on the finish. Lots of coffee and bitter sweet coco. very well balanced beer that hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel : full body with little carbonation

Overall : great beer very well done exactly what I would expect coming Founders. This beer is definitely a beer I'll be having again and would recommend to anyone looking for a imperial stout.

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Photo of brocktune
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Localdrinklax
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.76/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of scotorum
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Gambyt20
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sposter4
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from the bottle into my Portsmouth Brewery Tulip Snifter...

Looked like I was pouring oil into my glass. Jet black, shiny looking brew.

Smells of some dark and milk chocolates, dark fruits, roasted barley, and a tiny bit of expresso.

Taste is amazing. At first you are hit with a blast of roasted barley, like taking a stoke of a cigar. Then you are hit with some chocolate/vanilla flavors, which finish in a darker chocolate/coffee tastes. Not nearly as extreme of a coffee taste as FBS, more of a subtle flavor. Tastes like dessert.

Mouthfeel was exactly what was expected. Minimal carbonation, thick and syrupy, slight alcohol heat.

And yet another delicious Founders stout. I love the differences between this and FBS - which are now at the tops of my list of Stouts. Well done!

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,903 ratings
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