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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rodlavers
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Founders snifter. Beautiful dark/mocha head, about a finger deep, some retention/lacing. Head recedes relatively quickly, leaving a very thin ring inside the glass. Completely black in color, looks like an absolutely delicious Imperial Stout. Roasty, malty aromas blend really nicely with coffee and chocolate notes. There is a small hint of heat, too, which at 10.5% is not all that surprising. Hints of molasses as well. Taste is really similar, and improves as beer warms in the glass. Alcohol "taste" is less present here, with roasted malt and coffee coming through most, with black strap molasses. Mouthfeel is great: super smooth and drinkable, slight carbonation and bitterness on the end. Overall this is an amazing beer, not sure whether it's better fresh or what, but this one is about a year old and is drinking really really well right now. It's my last one, so hopefully I can replenish with a case when it's brewed again (hoping January?). Founders Imperial Stout is really balanced. It's a must-try. Cheers.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Impy
Received in trade from the Midster. Cheers Allen!

Notes from 02-17-12
12oz bottle with a 10oz taster nonic

A: Pours a super dark black licorice color and even has that sort of sheen to it. Looks slightly viscous in the pour and yields a two finger thick dark mocha head. Some really tight bubbles. Lace coats the glass with each sip.

S: Smells of deep roast grains and chocolate syrup. Has a little bit of an earthy waft to it. Some alcohol vapors. But the roast and chocolates are nice here. I can smell the aroma from across the table.

T: Tastes has a real dark earthy roast to it reminiscent of coffee bean. A bit of sweetness with a deep rich dark chocolate character. Some char and a moderately high prickly hop bitterness. ABV’s are suggestive but not over the top in any way. Really fantastic stuff. What a great Impy.

M: Really nice balance between a frothy texture and slightly thicker viscosity. Mid-Higher body. Touch syrupy at times. Overall still creamy with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Such a nice big beer in a tiny bottle. Great roast character and chocolate flavors. Nice balance all around. Really great stuff.

Would be happy to receive this one again!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at C’est le Vin. Pours like hot tar into an imperial pint glass. ¼ in head quickly dissipates to a thin film. The film nevers quite goes away, sticking with the beer as long as it lasts, clinging beautifully rich and brown to the sides of the glass. Seems to be almost no carbonation.

Tastes wonderfully nutty, then dark chocolate and burnt coffee flavors creep up on you, before a warming alcohol and bitter coffee finish takes you home. Somewhere in there you also get sideswiped by dark, vinous fruits.

Smells like alcohol, cherries, and charcoal.

Mouth feel is pure velvet but perhaps a bit undercarbonated. A bit too bitter for my tastes too.

Drinkability. I couldn’t down more than one or maybe two of these in a sitting, iot’s too bitter and the alcohol shows through a bit too much, however, this beer leaves me quite happy and I would certainly enjoy another tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…

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Photo of number1bum
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolute pitch black, very thick looking, with a good three inches of dark tan head. The head is dense and creamy and seems to last forever, coating the glass beautifully. This is perfection in a glass.

Smell is very rich with aromas of fudge and dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and even some fruit, both a bit of dark fruit and a hint of citrus.

Taste is also very roasty and rich, with coffee and fudgy, dark chocolate flavors as well. There are layers of flavor in this thing, with the aforementioned components bursting onto the tongue with each sip. There is an fruity flavor but not as much as the smell; this baby is all about the roasty, dark malty flavors. There is a pretty good amount of hop bitterness in the finish to go along with the roasted malt and some espresso bean as well.

Mouthfeel is a viciously thick, chewy full body. Very creamy, and yet for its heft also so smooth. Where's the alcohol in this one? Does not reveal it's strength with any alcohol burn.

Wow, this is a great imperial stout plain and simple. I can't believe I haven't bothered to check this one out sooner. Shame on me. I won't make the mistake a second time.

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Photo of Bammer21
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of FrankHammer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikecap
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Big_Dave
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of colts9016
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from a BIF, thank you.

Poured into a nonic at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger dark tan head taht is creamy and foamy. The body of the beer is jet black. The clarity of the beer is opaque. The retention on the head didn't last long.

Nose: A very nice deep roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, espresso, wood, citrus, floral esters, and the burnt character.

Taste: A very rich deep roasted malt. The flavor in the beer are the burnt character, molasses, espresso, oaky, citrus, floral esters, molasses, it has a little phenol, and solvent

Overall: The body of the beer is thick and chewy. The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, smooth, and rich. The finish on the beer is almost full. I really like a good RIS and this beer has it. I love the chewiness, the thick full body, and the creamy smooth finish.

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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Founders Imperial Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a high viscosity motor oil black with a small dark mocha head that hangs out around the outside. Great lacing.

Smell - Rich sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some anise.

Taste - Rich creamy chocolate that is supplanted by some roasted malt and a touch of anise. Finishes pine some hops.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with high carbonation. Sticky. Warm and boozy.

Overall - Credit where credit is due. Simple yet effective, rich and glorious.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very thick and dark with little brown color around the edges (when in the light). VERY little carbonation. I must have expected much more carbonation because of all the Stone IRS I've been having lately. Very strong chocolatey smell to this one. Strong chocolate and sweet sugary scents. Taste strong dark chocolates and black licorice. A bit of hoppy bitterness at the end as well. Sort of a chewy mouthfeel, great for dessert. This is a very rich imperial stout...I could only image having one of these in a single sitting.

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spw109
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours solid black with minimal dark tan head and nice lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, oats, dark fruits, sugars, and hops. A great strong deep scent is balanced well with sweetness and some subtle hops.

Taste of roasted malts, dark fruit, sugars, maple syrup, oatmeal, leather, and hops. Finishes with roasted malts, maple syrup, tobacco, and hops. Definitely one of, if not the best example of an Imperial Stout, it was a painful six month wait to try this one again, but well worth it.

Mouthfeel full bodied, thick and syrupy, but surprisingly light on the tongue.

Extremely drinkable, but should be enjoyed at a relaxed pace to savor the wonderful lingering flavors.

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Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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