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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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aracauna
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Blackity black. Light tan head, not huge, but creamy and retention is good.

S: Roasted malts, smokiness, with that smoked scent going so far as to give it a bit of a meaty scent. It compliments a light anise and very soft chocolate aromas.

T: A hoppiness I don't usually pick up from the style... it adds a nice bitterness and a little touch of spiciness. Maltiness, unsweetened chocolate.

M + D: Medium heavy, but got a bit hot as it warmed and rightly so, I suppose Good beer certainly... but a bit too intense.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on a bottle of this. I've been wanting to try it for about 2 years now. Its always been tough to find in Columbus.

Bottled on 02/09/11

The head is super nice. Its a very dark tan with rusty shades of red thrown in. Very large and has an extreme penchant for lacing. The glass is completely coated in dark foam. The beer looks black as black can be. When the beer is swirled it moves slowly, like crude oil.

The aroma is this beer's weakest part. Its just nothing special. Lots of charred and roasted grains, some coffee and dark cocoa. A little bit of dark fruit helps to sweeten things up.

This is a very well crafted beer. We need more straight forward RISs that are this good. Things start off smooth and creamy with a nice dark chocolate and coffee bean combination. Dark fruits come in towards the middle as licorice rope is ushered in. A little bit of vanilla is seen. The finish holds charred malts and dark fruits, with some faint acidity and a nice, even alcohol flavor of rum soaked fruits.

Woah, this stuff is great as it rolls around the mouth. Low carbonation with a super full body. Some light alcohol warmth is felt in the chest and tip of the tongue. The beer is a little sticky, leaving residual charcoal flavors behind on the teeth.

This drinks very smoothly. Each sip leaves you wanting another. A very well crafted RIS. No frills, no gourmet chocolate, no espresso beans, no barrels, no weasel shit, just good brewing.

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Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Founders Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
bottled on 12/22/2011

A: Pours a viscous opaque jet black, that even with a very aggressive pour still only yields but a sliver of very dark mocha colored head, which quickly dissipates to leave only an outer ring. What little head that is present does leave a little bit of patchy lacing, but not much.

S: Heavy roasted aroma, a good amount of black licorice, an astringent/medicinal quality as well, some coffee characters and a bit of dark chocolate, an alcohol presence and there’s no hiding that. Good aromas, but you really have to work for them, otherwise you would likely just get roasted malt and alcohol.

T: Straight up roasted malt, with a grassy character, an ill defined nutty flavor, and some bakers chocolate on the backend that lingers for quite some time after each sip. Not terribly complex but enjoyable.

M/D: Very smooth, I love a smooth IS. Full bodied, coats the palate nicey with an oily mouthfeel, appropriately low carbonation, excellent job of masking the double digit ABV, and surprisingly good drinkability. Doesn’t get much better than this.

O: Overall this is a damn good beer. I’ve been really spoiled in that I’ve had the pleasure of drinking some of the finest Imperial Stouts on the planet over the last couple of months. This certainly doesn’t live up to the best of them (which to date I would claim to be The Abyss and Alesmith Speedway), but it’s a fine beer nonetheless and certainly worth a drink if you can find it.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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3/5  rDev -31.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of jp32
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this one on-tap at the Founders Brew-Pub in Grand Rapids, MI. These guys make a lot of very fun and interesting beers, I'm sure I'll be back there again soon.

Appearance : Very dark brown to black. It sort of looked like a really thick cup of coffee. Not much of a head, but the bit of foam that did work its way to the top of the glass was an orange-brown color.

Smell : Coffee and chocolate. I'm not sure what else I'm smelling but there is a lot more going on. Maybe molasses, and a tiny hint of some vegetable scent? I can also smell the alcohol... an awesome 12.00%

Taste : The taste is surprisingly very sweet at first, tasting like chocolate, caramel, and raisins. This is followed by a bitter coffee-like presentation that finishes quite nice.

Mouthfeel : VERY Heavy-Bodied. Might be the thickest beer I've had.

Drinkabiltiy : This beer is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Surprising, considering the high alcohol content and the style of this beer. Very easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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