Stay In Stout
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #889
Ranked #4,442
4.25 | pDev: 5.88%
Saturday at 12:46 AM
Dec 20, 2023
Imperial Stout with chocolate, hazelnut flavored coffee & fudge flavored coffee aged in Bourbon Barrels
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle to snifter

look: black, but not pitch....some light comes through
aroma: nice coffee, hazelnut, cocoa
taste: cocoa, coffee......slight off metallic taste in finish, but otherwise sweet and tasty.
feel: a touch under full body. ok carbonation. smooth sipper.

Saturday at 12:46 AM
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown to black color with ruby edges and a finger of beige head. The nose has note of both chocolate and marshmallow. However, there is no hint of barrel aging in the nose. The hazelnut and fudge notes come through in the flavor profile along with a modest bourbon presence. The body is hearty enough to carry the alcohol, but still remains thin for the style.
Feb 21, 2024
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of roasted malt, toffee, caramel, hazelnut and bourbon. Sweet chocolate, hazelnut and toffee taste with bourbon, vanilla and oak.
Feb 15, 2024
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark Brown color with a 1F head in a snifter.

Strong aromas of coffee, ,chocolate, and Hazelnut coffee.

The MF is not smooth or viscous as in a lot of stouts. A bit too carbonated for the style.

The taste has added chocolate to the taste profile.

Very well done. The recipe is excellent. Delivers as described on the bottle: coffee, chocolate and coffee.

However, not my fav stout from Founders. I prefer a head-on strong bourbon barrel oak taste in an aged stout. Excellent taste profile.
Feb 13, 2024
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with a pinky of mahogany colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, vanilla & hazelnut cream

T: Follows the nose, mocha notes & dryness as well up front. Rich milk chocolate notes & vanilla once warm & nice hazelnut creamer as well. Finishes with some dryness, plenty of vanilla, hazelnut & rich chocolate

MF: Fairly chewy, low-ish carbonation, some warming notes. The carbonation picks up once warm & helps with drinkability

Great for what this is. I like this more the Hazelnut KBS. Better drinkability by far. Picked up in Kansas. Not sure this was ever getting down here...
Feb 11, 2024
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a completely jet black color with a massive rich, tan head. SRM of 24. (4.25)

Aroma: Stronger of cocoa, budge, and coffee upfront. Rich chocolate, balanced by a coffee, roast and hint of hazelnut. Some vanilla and hazelnut linger. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong and rich flavors of fudge, sweet chocolate, cocoa. Smooth and balanced by hazelnut coffee and vanilla cream. Coffee, roast balances, but the sweetness lingers and ultimately finishes multi sweet. (4.25)

Feel: Heavier body, appropriate, carbonation, smooth and sweet. (4.25)

Overall: A big Stout from Founders. I'm not a fan of coffee in beer but also know Founders makes great beer so sort of reluctantly picked this one up. I also don't like them too sweet or with artificial flavorings such as hazelnut.
However, this is a nice surprise. It drinks exactly as described. Fudge balanced by hazelnut coffee. The difference here is that all the flavors melt together well without any of the artificial sweetness I get in these type of beers so often. It's a perfect stout balanced by just the right amount of coffee. Sort of like an imperial version of their Breakfast Stout. I've learned not to underestimate Founders. This is a fantastic Stout. . (Rating: 4.19)
Feb 10, 2024
Rated: 4.39 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Feb 04, 2024
Rated: 4.23 by Monkeyknife from Missouri

Feb 03, 2024
Rated: 4.41 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2024
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Completely black pour with three fingers of light brown head. Retention is very solid and long-lasting. Eventually it settles into a half inch creamy foam with lacing that clings in ring-like sheets.

S: Deep and rich fudgey aromas. German chocolate cake, fudge sauce, dark chocolate truffles. Coffee pokes out from behind the thickly layered chocolate to briefly bring a rich mocha and hazelnut note. Salted caramel chews and hints of smoke. Soft bourbon, nougaty oak vanillins. Hazelnut coffee begins to pull forward more with warmth.

T: Follows the nose. Big wave of chocolate sauce, fudge, and nibs up front. Very rich and sweet. Coffee is more assertive than the nose initially let on, and it firmly owns the mid palate and helps to balance with bitterness. Lots of mocha, gas station hazelnut coffee, smoke, and beans. Brief interjection of hop bitterness. Bourbon rides up and takes center stage briefly with some wet barrel character. Not as assertively as it does in KBS, but enough to be a definite factor. Char and nougaty vanillins, caramel chews. The barrel flavors stay front and center through an off dry finish.

M: Rich, decadent, and creamy, if not a hair thinner than expected. Very airy and velvety texture with a whipped feel. Carbonation is maybe a bit too apparent with that carbonic seltzery bite that begins to distract just a little. It does add lots of lift so that nothing ever comes close to being sticky or weighty. Brush of bourbon warmth and spice and an ever so slight astringency, likely mostly from coffee.

O: It's firmly desserty, but well put together and surprisingly drinkable for the size of it. It's actually pretty amazing how sweet the chocolate expression seems to hit the palate, and yet it doesn't feel anything close to syrupy or cloying. It stays nicely off dry throughout. This is the key to a good pastry stout/dessert stout. If I can't bring myself to finish the bottle for fear of diabetes, the brewer failed. This, in contrast, is a win on that front. My one problem is that the body is lacking a bit and the carbonation it a bit much. For another mild point of criticism, I will say that it doesn't come across as particularly creative or different, either. It feels rather close to a few other beers they've done at this point. Like they took Hazelnut KBS and played with the ingredient slider a little to iterate on it, while losing some body. Still, it's decent enough that good is good and I'm satisfied with the drinking experience even if it doesn't seem like a particularly novel concept and even if they didn't "stick the landing" as well as they usually do.
Jan 29, 2024
Rated: 4.47 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Jan 28, 2024
Rated: 4.23 by kuhndog from New York

Jan 28, 2024
Rated: 4.11 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jan 27, 2024
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Motor oil black appearance.
Medium light carbonation with about a medium body that has a bit of a slick oily feel.
Aroma is a huge hit of chocolate and hazelnut in a very pleasant way. Theres also malt,roasted malt, with a little mocha in the background.
Tqste definitely has some sweetness but its not syrupy or sugary. Chocolate and hazelnut is out front with the oil from the hazelnut adding and interesting flavor.
Its a great dessert beer
Jan 24, 2024
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Pours a foamy thick 1+ finger brown head, great retention, sticky lacing, jet black color

Nose fair amount of the base stout, some roast, dark chocolate, plenty of hazelnut, a bit biscuity cookie like, caramel, a little fudge, vanilla, starting to get a bit artificial, mild sweet hazelnut coffee in the background

Taste is a bit watery and milky surprisingly, but plenty of hazelnut, coffee, coffee milk, some chocolate wafer cookie, touch of bitterness, vanilla, some fudge cookies, hint of caramel, no real barrel notes though, condensed milk, touch of alcohol, a touch of roast, more coffee milk late with a lactose like drying finish, a bit sticky

Mouth si med to a bit fuller bod but somehow thin and watery, milky lactose, med carb, light warming alcohol

Overall meh, lots of artificial like flavors, thin watery beer, no barrel, I feel like Founders has gone downhill a lot in the past few years
Jan 22, 2024
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a moderately viscous black with an ample tan head. Chocolate and vanilla aroma. Very pleasant sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Moderate mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, a little on the sweet side but not off putting.
Jan 15, 2024
Rated: 4.43 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

Jan 15, 2024
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into pint glass in January 2024. There was a bottled on date of 11/27/2023 @ 15:39, so the beer was less than 2 months old.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick dark brown head. Head was about 2 fingers high, and lasted a minute. It leaves only a little lacing on the glass, and ended with a very thin tan head still on the beer.

Smell: Excellent aroma mix of chocolate/fudge, coffee, and bourbon, in that order. There is also some vanilla, caramel, and some other sweet aroma like black licorice, but overall the coffee and chocolate dominate the others. It is a very nice balance of aromas, and I expected the bourbon to dominate, which it did not.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the coffee, bourbon, and sweetness like chocolate and licorice flavors. The chocolate/fudge flavor is pronounced. There is some smokie roasted flavors, some caramel and vanilla flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence, which matches the 10.6% on the label, but it is balanced nicely by the sweetness. The taste is an excellent mix.

Mouth-feel: Thick like liquid licorice, but with a smooth body. Not overly smooth like a Milk Stout.

This is an excellent, complex, Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. This chocolate sweetness nicely contrasts the bourbon flavor, and is a nice balance to the high alcohol content. This is very similar to their "KBS - Maple Mackinac Fudge". I prefer the regular KBS and also Founder's CBS since the chocolate in this version overshadows the other flavors a little too much. Still, this is one of my favorite Founder's stout, and one of my favorite stouts overall. I just wish it was not so expensive.
Jan 14, 2024
Rated: 4.36 by rockrob from Massachusetts

Jan 12, 2024
Rated: 4.45 by Budlum from Maryland

Jan 07, 2024
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