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:
7,870
Reviews:
1,902
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.53%
 
 
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756
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2,454
For Trade:
143
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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 nebula1999
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of snowmageddon
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ksimons
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a silky ink black with just the fainest dark brown highlights. This also has one of the darkest heads I have ever seen, a dark mocha that leaves a bit of lace on top.

S-rich roasted malt, roasted black coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate

T-taste matches the smell well but is kicked up a notch in all the categories. Rich roasted malts, espresso, molasses, and dark chocolate. Really excellent.

M-full body, milk shake quality, perfect amount of carbonation, leaves a dry roasted feeling

This might be the best RIS I have had, huge flavors, full body, and while the alcohol leaves a slight warming there was no burning sensation. Amazing.

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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 bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Modernrickk
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mmulebarn
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 timmy2b
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of HarmonMW
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of ricecracker420
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/27/13. $3.49 single. Poured into a Sam Adams Shaker Pint.

Appearance: Black, black, black pour. Half finger of a dark brown head that dies down to a slight ring on top. Lacing is decent. Looks thick, rich, sexy. Mmm, baby.

Smell: Depth. Serious depth in this brew. I don't normally pick up a laundry list of things in a beer, but this is one of the exceptions: coffee, char, milk chocolate, dark fruits, smoke... a huge amount of roast, but it manages to come off as sweet and inviting at the same time. A slight note of alcohol is there as well. Smells outstanding, but it's not quite as... bold as I was hoping, I suppose.

Taste/feel: Dear God, that's rich. FIS has a fantastic mouthfeel that coats the mouth right away with its sweet, roasty, chocolatey, fruity ridiculousness without being thick to the point of syrup. A slight alcohol warmth is also there on the finish, but it's not at all harsh. Aftertaste is of char, roast, and dark chocolate and it leaves a black coffee aroma on the breath.

I'll make no qualms about it, this is the best "standard" Imperial Stout that I believe I have ever had. It's not *quite* as mindblowing as their Breakfast Stout, but this is phenomenal.

Quick note: I really love this beer, but unlike most people, I prefer sipping on this one when it's a bit colder. As it warms, the alcohol becomes much more prominent as well as harsh, and the brew becomes really syrupy sweet. If I were to review this one at its recommended serving temperature (I'm not sure what it is, but probably quite warm), I'd not like it as much. I like it soon after it comes out of the fridge, because I pick up more desirable characteristics.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try this. Bottled 12/29/11.
Appearance: oh so black and perfect. Messy and decadent mocha topping.
Smell: lots happening. Subdued Ris Burnt malt, hints of chocolate, a mellow balance to it all.
Taste: very balanced, mellow, creamy adult milkshake. Mostly dry, chocolate, with a slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: tick, creamy goodness.
Overall: a different beast from the fabled coffee stouts, and stands as a great beer. Wondering what some age will do to this bad boy.

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Photo of msumike89
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of drone
2.76/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not bad. Interesting malt notes, but doesn't quite elevate.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SveNss0N
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid stout but fails in comparison to other standard imperial None aged stouts

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,870 ratings.
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