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 brystmar
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 2011.

A nice looking stout; could use a little more head but the rest is right where an imperial stout should be. Aroma nails the style: strongly roasted malts, bitter coffee, hints of chocolate.

Taste is straightforward: they saved the complexity for their Breakfast Stout variants while proving they could brew a magnificent RIS base base. Tons of roasted malts and bitter coffee mix perfectly with the booze character to create a pleasant sensation of alcoholic warmth as it descends.

Another home run from the crew at Founders! A shining example of how to nail the RIS style on a macro scale.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of tclipse
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of impending
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JDizzle
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that was about 8 months old.

Pours a very black, mocha tan head, nice lacing. Very enticing! I expected more head though(of course I did).

Smells beautifull! Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and oak. Smells as good as it looks. O can't smell hops even though the IBU's are way up there. Smokey on tap!

Taste of black burnt malt with espresso, coffee, chocolate and a slight alcohol burn. It all comes together so nicely. It does wear on you over time though. Not as smooth as Expedition from Bell's.

The mouthfeel is full and dry with minimal carbonation. Not the chewiest, but no where near thin. Oily with a nice sheen

I think this may be better with some age on it due to the fact the bitter hops never came through. $11.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 Budinetz
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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 John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of TBonez477
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 draft pour. Believe the hype about age on this one. The three year old pour was so amazingly delicious!

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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 teromous
3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: Bottled 12/15/2014 so it is less than a month old

Appearance: Oily black body. When pouring it came out as a viscous oily substance that I had to adjust my "pour stream" to prevent it from falling out of the glass. It's not necessarily good or bad, just noteworthy. There is a thin dark brown head that fades out rather quickly.

Aroma: The aroma is almost non-present. I pick up the scent of pure alcohol mixed with what smells like chocolate brownies. It probably sounds great, and it does smell good, but it's like smelling the pan that brownies were cooked in rather than the brownies themselves. It is the whisper of a ghost.

Taste: Fortunately that chocolate brownie aroma made it into the flavor. It is here and it is nice, but it is very faint. It tastes as if this beer has been aged for a very long time despite how young the "bottled on" date is. If you've ever aged a truly fresh beer you will know what I mean when I say that the flavors have melded and faded away from the foreground. The alcohol presence is gone which is fantastic. Nothing stands out in this, however in its subdued splendor it is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: it is thick and coating like brownie batter. Lovely presence on the palate. It could not be better. It has very low carbonation and it works nicely with the nice thick body.

Overall: My overall experience with this beer is that I like it a lot and I would drink it again. Although it is fresh it tastes faded, but somehow it works. Was the beer aged extensively prior to bottling? I don't know. I would recommend drinking it "as is" and not aging it further. I would drink another bottle of it, but I probably wouldn't keep a sixer around.

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Photo of RickS95
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Your eyes will never see anything more attractive that this RIP in a glass. Next time you go to have your oil changed, ask the service guy to let you see the spent oil. That's what this looks like. It's a thick pour, as dark as the darkest black. There's no head early on, it takes its time to form. When it does finally get around to being a head, it's brown bubbles a finger thick that retains well. It's a classic look.

Very malty as you might imagine. Very roasty grains, a skosh of chocolate and you can actually smell some of the 90 IBUs. A good amount of char, think burnt coffee.

As good as anything I've ever had. Plenty of malts and seemingly lots of different types. There's a party on the tongue and chocolate, expresso, coffee, caramel, vanilla and alcohol were all invited. The alcohol is fairly prevalent, but this is as good as it gets.

It's pretty smooth and creamy despite the ABV and heat from it. Thick and full bodied, it presents a sweetness followed by a drying bitterness. The bitterness lingers, but so does the chocolate and alcohol, keeping a decent balance during the whole sip...and at 10.5% ABV, I suggest you sip even though the taste is amazing.

Overall, it's one of the best beers I've ever had. It goes down easy, in spite of the high ABV and IBUs. Bordering on flawless.

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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 Thishops4u
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Warren2621
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Danobold
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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