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Founders Barrel Aged Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by stumac on 04-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +9.2%

One of the best barrel aged beers I have ever had period!!!!!

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of sweemzander
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz. tap poured into a snifter @ Founders Black Party

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced a light layer of tan foam that dissipated after a minute.

(S)- A rich roastedness with some vanilla & brown sugar. Some molasses & raisin.

(T)- A light booziness that follows into a decadent vanilla butterscotch-like sweetness. Ends with some raisins & molasses. Bits of cocoa.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The only thing throwing off the balance is the potent level of booze-like alcohol heat from the barrel aging or something.

(D)- An interesting twist on their regular imperial stout. Tastes good, but I think their normal imperial stout is more successful particularly in the mouthfeel and drinkability department. I am glad to have tried this variation of it though.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 oz tap pour into a snifter and shared with Sweemzander at Founder's Black Party 2010.

A - The tap pour comes out completely black with a low dark tan head with fairly low retention. A thin coating of foam and small spots of lace coat the glass.

S - Huge bold aroma of dark roasted malts and wood barrel with almost zero hop scent. The aroma is incredibly sweet and not too heavily boozy but has a far amount of bourbon going on.

T - Bold roasted malts with hints of coffee and molasses that hide behind the powerful bourbon barrel flavor. It's not an overpowering bourbon flavor though, its actually well-balanced with a good flavor of the wood, not just the bourbon.

M - Full-bodied and smooth with a rich mouthfeel and creamy, smooth finish. Low bitterness from the roasted malts is set back from a warm, boozy sensation.

D - Boozy but not overwhelming, its a nice sipping RIS with a kick. The flavor blends well and results in one hell of a tasty treat.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this much to my surprise on tap at Brews Cafe in Granville. Couldn't wait to give it a shot.

Appearance- Comes off the tap the usual opaque black with a thin sheet of dark brown head across the top. This sheet sticks around for the entire drink too. Not bad.

Smell- Wow, really rich. Lots of strong chocolate comes of this one. Complemented with lots of vanilla, deep roast, and perhaps the slightest bit of coffee.

Taste- Huge notes of cocoa powder, rich bitter chocolate, and fudge really strike me. Incredible chocolate flavors that come out unlike most other barrel-aged beers that I've had. On top of the chocolate, there is more vanilla and bourbon, a little bit of tobacco, and again the slightest bit of burnt coffee. Absolutely no trace of alcohol either. Amazing and in the league of the best bourbon barrel imperial stouts that I've had to this date.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is rich and silky with enough carbonation to keep it moving. Really easy to drink. Though this was a heavy beer it went down absolutely fantastic and for the ABV, the alcohol was completely undetectable.

Overall, one of the best barrel-aged stouts I've had. And for the record, I had this against a bottle of KBS and hands down preferred this beer. Absolutely try this if you get the chance.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Checked out B-B Imperial Stout Keg Tap @ The Comet in Cinci..

Pours a black opaque color like a brick of motor oil but with a thin ring of chocolate head
smell is heavy of bourbon and smoke and roasted malts
taste is heavily whiskeyed with a great woody roasted malt quality and a heavy bitter chocolate through the middle and a roasted finish.
Finish is flavorful and wet with whiskey malt taste but doesn't stay long enough.
Drinks great not perfect as many may get hung up on the boozey bourbon flavor.

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Photo of mwa423
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hitting the keg of this at Comet, decided to come out to try it.

A - Black as night with a dark tan sticky head

S - Lots of bourbon, sweet rich chocolate and coffee.

T - Bourbon hits first and lots of it, then the flavor of the beer hits. Lots of coffee and chocolate with a hint of dried fruit in the aftertaste. Very thick and full bodied.

M/D - Mouthfeel is as full as it gets, rich and creamy. There is a bit of alcohol burn but that's not surprising. This is quite drinkable for the thickness and abv.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Founders. Jet black pour with a dense, lasting, 1-finger, tan head and good lacing on the glass. Lots of bourbon in the aroma. So much so that it sort of burns and lingers after you take a whiff. The aroma also has oak, burnt coffee beans, molasses, rum, alcohol, some ripe dark fruit and milk chocolate. In the flavor the bourbon really comes out first again followed by burnt, bitter coffee. There's a subtle earthy vinousness to the flavor as well as notes of milk chocolate, candied dates, a lasting bitter finish and some vanilla that start to come out as the beer warms. Oily full body with moderate carbonation and lots of alcohol burn. I love how this beer manages to bring out such big bourbon character without covering up the subtleties of the great base imperial stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Founders Brewhouse in July 2009.

Pours a deep black with a rich, high mahogany head. Plenty of lacing is it goes down. The smell is uber strong with plenty of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a slight woodiness. The same notes come out in the taste, with a little bit more of the barrel-aging present in the taste. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, yet still quite creamy. Alcohol is hidden well. Drinkability would be the one drawback, as it is quite good, but nowhere near as good at making me compulsively sip as something like CBS.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Founders 8/15/09.

Listed on the chalkboard as Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout 11%

A: Served a shade of black that can only be described as pure evil. Dark espresso crema colored head never really got thicker than 1/3 finger. The foam sloooowly melted down to a thick and bubbly ring that left a bunch of lace specks in the glass.

S: Some guy at the bar kept looking at me funny because I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass! I kept inhaling and shaking my head in disbelief. Heavenly aromas of bourbon, nuclear blackened malt, dry/bitter chocolate, and booze soaked dark fruit.

T: See above. Large patches of toasted oak, bitter dark chocolate, bourbon blended with dark fruit, and bittersweet cocoa nibs. Just when you think the taste can't get any better than the smell. Don't be a naysayer. They are absolutely masterful at Founders.

M: Sweet and smooth with a dry bitter bite. Alcohol presence is there but not intrusive in the least. More of a pat on the shoulder than a slap across the face.

D: All I wrote down in my notes was, "Disgustingly good!" It was.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 17Aug09. On tap at Founders.

Pours was extremely dark, nearly pitch black, with thin tan head that faded quickly to a thin film. Lacing was minimal, leaving some thin wisps behind.

Smell; oak and bourbon hit me as it was set in front of me. I knew it would have a good bourbon presence but wow. Vanilla and some faint dark fruits come through once I get used to the bourbon.

Taste; the bourbon is definitely a dominant feature to this beer, but it's not as overpowering as the aroma led me to believe. Bourbon, toffee, chocolate, vanilla and dates. Just layer after layer of flavors. I could drink this all night I think, and still pick out something new I think. I ordered this hoping the barrel aging would not destroy a great Imperial Stout, but this one surpassed my hopes.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is full bodied and luxuriously smooth, and the drinkability is deceptively good, as this disappeared all to quickly from my glass.

I had a couple other barrel aged beers, including KBS earlier in the week while visiting, and I thought this was best of them all.

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Photo of ROBORB
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. It was served in a snifter with a nice 1 inch beige head. The smell was fantastic! I could pick up vanilla, espresso, bourbon and heavy malts. It was served a little too cold at first and the bourbon dominated the taste. As the beer warmed up the complexities came through with vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. It went down easy and had was very easy on the palate. Man, I hope they bottle this sometime as it is a fantastic brew.

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Photo of maximum12
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled liberally at the Founder's taphouse on 8/14/09. Two glasses. You'd think one of any barrel-aged stout would be enough, but nooo. This was too good.

Dark black, just like the regular imperial stout. Smell fantastic, the bourbon laying over what was already a good, malty, chocolatey stout.

Taste great. The bourbon creeps into the stout & infuses it with goodness rather than overrunning its positions (like less subtle BCS-type BA brews do). Dammit, this is great. Rich as all get out with the bourbon, malts, chocolate, vanilla, & a nice dash of bitterness at the end that might have been a jab of coffee, or perhaps a dash of hops. Great end to it though.

Top-shelf, excellent beer. I could have had these all night long.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Absolutely pitch black with a thick and creamy brown head. Syrupy thick and gorgeous.

S- Not very aromatic at all until it gets closer to room temperature. Loads of vanilla and some chocolate.

T- Absolutely wonderful. Super smooth with a massive amount of vanilla and smooth dark chocolate. Very roasty with a hint of alcohol in the tail end and some sweet maple syrup hints.

M- Smooth and creamy with a nice carbonation bite.

D- Sweet and smooth with great vanilla flavor. A big sipper. This would make an excellent desert beer.

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