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 kbutler1
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a growler my brother brought out to me from MI.
A: Pours a deep brown/black color with a reddish tan color head with small bubbles. Head slowly goes down forming a very small head on this beer
S: Bittersweet chocolote, malt, and coffee smell
T: Very heavy coffee/espresso flavor turing to bitter on the tongue. Very complex taste
M: Heavy, which I think is appropriate for this style
D: very drinkable. Definately a sipper that gets better as it warms up a little bit.

Bottle. 2009 vintage, it's been sitting in my cellar for a while. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark brown/black color with a big, think fluffy dark tan head that slowly settles down the glass. Nice left from the head. A big whiff yields some very strong notes of dark chocolate, molassess, coffee, and a slight hint of booze. The mouthfeel is surprisingly a little lighter than I thought with a nice medium, velvety feel. Dark roast coffee flavors mix really well with dark chocolate. There is some sweetness that is really nice in this. Some licorice notes as well. Very nice beer my only knock would be the mouthfeel, wish is was just a little heavier.

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Photo of msumike89
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the ber is pitch black. The thick chocolate hued head towers at least three fingers high and refuses to settle. After an excruciating wait thick gobs of lace are left around the glass. A one inch cap rests on top of the beer and never leaves.

The aroma is pure chocolate coffee cake. Roast malt with hints of molasses and dark fruit. So simple yet so spectacular.

The flavor is a mirror of the nose. Milk chocolate, coffee, roast malt, and hints of molasses. After some warming the booze starts to come through but not enough to be off putting.

Full creamy body. Hardly a trace of carbonation.

Overall a great RIS. This one deserves to be talked about more. Unfortunately the other big beers at Founders garner most of the accolades.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Rihup
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kdivers
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coming out of the bottle it is almost black. A finger of thick dark brown head forms in my snifter atop a body of total blackness. Thick lacing sticks behind.

Roasted coffee and brownies lead with some more caramel mixing with the chocolate giving some more sweetness to the aroma, and a touch of cherry.

It says 90 ibu's, but doesn't come off as a bitter monster. Slight hop flavor is still intact with some earth and grass. Big roasted malt envelops and doesn't allow for much sweetness. Served room temp there is a slight alcohol warmth present throughout the taste. Chocolate is there but not like in the aroma.

Drinks so smooth and viscous. It's a big beer. Finishes dry and gets sticky on the lips.

Home run stout here as the grade and amount of reviews indicates.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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 CaptainFleeker
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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 Jimmys
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 12/15/11.

A: pitch black and one of the darkest brown heads i have seen. good retention and leaving a sticky mess of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: rich dark chocolate. a little bit of roasted grain, but more chocolate than anything. just warm and inviting.

T: sweet cocoa and roasted grains right off the bat. very meaty. definitely some kind of oat flakes or something to make this thing taste/feel like a milkshake. a lingering sweetness, grain bitterness stays in the finish. all of the flavors are that of your typical RIS, however, the way these things meld together makes this very enjoyable.

M: frothy fizz on a full bodied stout is exactly what this style should be.

D: full bodied, full flavored, this is exactly what an RIS should be. very tasty and very pleasant and this thing isnt even a month in the bottle. glad i have a few of these.

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Photo of Danobold
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a dense creamy brown foam head. Smells like deep roasty chocolate, dark coffee, and dark fruit. The taste is full with dark chocolate, smoky dark roast coffee, and dark stone fruit notes. It's like a liquid bittersweet dark chocolate bar with dried plum throughout. Feels smooth and creamy, thick bodied with light carbonation. Great tasting, super chocolatey, and just strong enough without being boozy. Overall a really great imperial stout.

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Photo of TheBishopco
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: It's like a black hole, so dark that it absorbs the light around it. The pour releases a nice deep brown mocha head that is minimal and leaves rapidly with only a collar left behind.

S: Sweet with that characteristic RIS smell that immediately tips you off to know that it is world class.

T: Smooth, sweet malts with a bit of roast. This is just super easy to drink with only a slight bit of warming from the elevated ABV, but that is a part of the RIS and it isn't a burn.

M: Velvety smooth and just a bit viscous.

O: Reminds me a lot of Bell's Expedition Stout. This is delicious and I would gladly take this over KBS and FBS for sure.

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Photo of Thishops4u
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Boston_Steve
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of aracauna
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Surpassed only by the Rogue Imperial Stout in the appearance department. Perfectly opaque black body is topped by a beautiful creamy brown head. Very oily pour. This beer actually has a little carbonation to it. The aroma is equally exciting with it's huge but balanced mix of black chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and butter. The flavor is somewhat of a letdown unfortunately. The chocolate remains, but seems unsupported by a good roatiness. The flavor is surprisingly mellow and soft given the aroma. It seems a little flat and one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is actually worth mentioning (an aspect I rarely feel worthy of comment in most beers). It's a very airy and creamy feel on the tongue. Quite pleasant and something that makes this beer feel lighter than it otherwise would. I feel uncomfortable giving this beer such a relatively low flavor score, but I'm comparing it to other imperial stouts. In that category, it just doesn't match up.

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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