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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
80 90 42 7 58 148
Imperial Stout by Founders Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
10.50 % ABV

Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body. Serve this guy at cellar temperature. Put another log on the fire, sit back, and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer. 

Review by James Kitchens on 01/21/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 16 5 8 2008
I can't let Surly Duff's 42 rating be the last review for this great beer.

This is a 2008 bottle, and this one certainly seems to stand up to cellaring as good as any RIS. Color as expected - black. Smell is more muted than fresh, again as expected. But you can still pick out the usual RIS notes. Taste is still very good, and again gives the usual notes. Chocolate, roasted grains, bitter/sweet, ever-so-slight hint of alcohol. Feel is still sticky. Overall, this is one of my favorites to cellar. And one to enjoy fresh as well.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 01/27/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
42 2 5 6 3 5 2009
Bottles say 10.5% now vs the 10% that this beers profile lists here. Bottle at Hair of the Dog.

Pours a jet black as a good RIS should. Small deep brown hear quickly settles and leave just a bit of oil on the walls of the glass.

Deep chocolate, hint of coffee, some dry sweetness, light caramel and coffee are all there. Not overly strong in aroma like most imperial stouts. Preset subdued.

Smooth malty body. Medium sweetness wth toasty malt being first and foremost. Some sweetness that gets to be a bit much as it warms along with caramel and some coffee flavors at the end. Chocolate is there to make up a big portion of the flavor. No bitterness from the chocolate or coffee. No sign of the alcohol in the aroma or flavor. Very drinkable but not one that stands out.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2006
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-12-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for the trade!

Must be an 06’ bottle.

Pours very dark with a quarter of an inch of light chocolate foam.

Aroma is of roasted barley, chocolate malts, bitter chocolate, anise, cocoa, a bit of dark fruits, alcohol, and a touch of wood notes.

The taste follows the aromas very well; very good roasted profile with some coffee, chocolate, anise and wood (maybe hints of oak?). Carbonation is still very lively in the mouth.

A very good RIS, and one I am looking forward to trying again with some more age on it. I think this will easily join the list of my favorite russian imperial stouts.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 03/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2008
Pitched dark brown on a thick syrupy pour. Sits in the glass a nebulous black with a dark brown pitch. A heavy pour produced only a very thin, dark cocoa colored cap which slipped away quickly revealing its low carbonation and oily body as some residue glare-coats the glass in the areas its touched with tiny dots of lace speckled about.

Aroma is set within a deep chocolate alcoholic ester, stiff and portly with rum soaked prunes and hefty dark caramel. Slivers of molasses add to its neutral helm but keeps quite the incense of EtH over the top on this.

Solid roast and light burnt flavors make the forefront. Chocolate is brief. Quickly taking charge is scorched pruney heat laced with blackened malts and green hop bitterness. Deep coffee roast ensues into the finish with spicey molasses and dark caramel. Fruit woven tender parts inlay the back end while roasty coffee bits singe with the alcoholic heat. Smears into a curmudgeon of oily roasted/blackened dark fruit as it fades off with a showing of hop bite, heat, and throbbing in the throat.

Ample supplies of roast, bitterness, and heat add to the never ending load of oilyness the full bodied feel has. Beefy, bold, even a slight rough edged and brash in its character. It lets you know you're encountering something with heft here. Hold on to your taste buds, they're gonna get a load of roastified heat and dark sweets. 12% is hardly noticeable while drinking it down. Although the heat does lets you know to calm down for a minute and take it all in as this stuff works its magic. Drinkable; but dangerously so on the scale of head swimming delirium.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mar on 02/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2008
thanks to nucular. bottle said 10.5%. deep black pour with a thin espresso head that fades to a ring fast. thick nose of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and dark fruits. nice thickness with a great flavor of coffee, bitter chocolate, dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
Review from 01/13/07

A - This one pours jet black, I mean really black. There is no light peeking through this one and it might even suck up light. Small chocolate colored head on the pour is now only a ring around the glass. Nice spotty lacing.

S - Deep bittersweet or maybe baker's chocolate. Lightly roasted dark malt. Rye bread? A bit of coffee. Very nice.

T - Very nice. Tons going on and I don't know if I will do this justice. Starts our with dark, lightly roasted malts and barley with a nice sweet taste to it. Then it works into huge chocolate tastes. Baker's chocolate and burnt chocolate cake. Slight tastes of dark fruit poke through. A slight hoppiness works it's way in, slightly citric. Finishes with rich expresso bean.

M - Full bodied and thick. Smooth, creamy carbonation.

D - This is a very nice Impy Stout. Even though it's a big beer, I could probably put down a few of these without too much effort.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
Color is black. Motor oil black. Can't see through it even up close to a light. Strong smell, with roasted malts. Kind of a burnt smell. Taste is strong also. Same toasted malt and barley taste as the strong smell. Decently strong alcohol finish to it, with a notable bite.

Not sure I could drink too many of these in one night. Maybe I'm a light-weight (maybe?). But this suits me perfectly as a one-and-done end to a weekday night.

Served In: Pint Glass

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