Mothership Series #5: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Mothership Series #5: Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutMothership Series #5: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
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Mothership Series #5: Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutMothership Series #5: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s hard to imagine our Imperial Stout getting any more complex than it already is. Well, until you introduce it to a bourbon barrel. We did just that and out emerged a gorgeous sipper featuring all the warm and roasted characteristics you love in a thick stout with the added richness of oak and vanilla notes from the barrel-aging. A beautiful beast of a beer.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#266
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
72
pDev:
6.39%
 
 
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57
Gots:
10
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of cp45
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - 2-finger mocha head atop a pitch black body.

S - bourbon, caramel, chocolate, vanilla.

T - follows the nose. Mild barrel, chocolate, roast, vanilla. Barely taste any alcohol. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb.

O - amazing.

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Photo of chillin
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Imperial Stout.

Glad to be able to try it.

Worth seeking out IMHO

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Photo of kimmelga
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goblue30
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NathanBeets
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wolvmar
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crowler purchased at detroit taproom by Alan. Thanks! Poured in highball glass.

Pour: dark brown, no head. Minimal lacing.

Nose: nothing distinct. Some chocolate, coffee, sweet malt/bourbon.

Taste: dark, semi-sweet chocolate. Bourbon, sweet malt, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick but mild carbonation keeps it feeling less than expected.

Overall: really good but slightly lacking relative to others like BA Expedition Stout. But enjoyable and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Masonz223
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: Rich, decadent barrel notes. Sweet creamy vanilla, toasted coconut, light oakiness. Fine dark chocolate, dark chocolate brownies, espresso, Dark roasted malts, coffee. Mellow bourbon notes underneath all of that.

Taste: The barrel and bourbon really shine and come through strong in the taste. Also some of the familiar tasting notes that are in the base beer aren’t lost, and work in sync with the barrel. There are some of those rich decadent notes upfront that were present in the nose. Coconut, dark chocolate, creamy vanilla. The vanilla adds a sweetness that is present in the mid palette. The mid pallet is where the base stout comes through and shows it hasn’t been lost in the barrel aging process. Dark fruit, umami qualities, smoked meat, the smokey savory quality blends really well with this sweet vanilla and really rich dark chocolate notes. The dark chocolate notes add a dessert brownie like quality to this beer, which is something I don’t experience this intensely in the base beer unless it’s been aged for at least three years. The bourbon also starts to become rather present. The finish adds a warm, smooth bourbon presence, along with smoked oak, dry wood, espresso, and a moderate hop presence.The bourbon is warming and can be felt in the chest and throat.

Feel: Medium to full. The beer is creamy, but also its feels big, intense and has a noticeable warming quality to it. This is a beer you sip on.

Overall: The thing that is so impressive about this is that the base beer isn’t lost, but there is a big, bold barrel presence that enhances the best qualities of the base beer. It makes it feel like your drinking the base beer with age on it, which I absolutely love. It really is impressive what founders did with this beer. You can drink this now or age this. The beer will definitely age well.

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Photo of grm1007
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chewy6935
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sauced4life
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Danielr26
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beersampler6
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is a hell of a beer. Big, bold, complex, heavy, fairly boozy. A great modification and aging of the original Imperial Stout. Tried this one on tap at Founders. Pours a deep, rich opaque black with a little nice tan head and smaller sheets of lingering lacing. Smells of bourbon, oak, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, nuttiness and caramel. Taste follows the nose, along with some malt, roasted nuttiness, brown sugar and some raisin and molasses. Smooth, rich, thick, almost syrupy, moderately creamy, decadent, coats the palate. Good amount of carbonation. An outstanding beer and although the high ABV is fairly well hidden, you’ll definitely want to slowly sip and savor this one.

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zaphog
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drunkenmess
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of loganburgh
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Mothership Series #5: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 72 ratings