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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: 7,897 |  Reviews: 1,907
Photo of MidwestBA
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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 StaveHooks
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Photo of ksimons
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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 ms11781
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +3.2%

Photo of Gemini6
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 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 bonkers
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
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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4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 MKrauss
3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

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 stumac
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 7,897 ratings
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