Monday, April 03, 2006

Founders Imperial Stout

Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan has quickly become one of my favorite midwest breweries. They've come out with some amazing brews, including the awesome Breakfast Stout (double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout), Red's Rye, Black Rye, Rubaeus, the Imperial Stout I'm reviewing today and the very new, very limited Kentucky Breakfast Stout which was aged in bourbon barrels. Luckily my buddy kmpitz2 in KY grabbed me a bottle of that as I can't wait to try it. Check out Founders ASAP..they rock. Now onto the review.

2005 vintage. 10% abv. The Founders Imperial Stout pours from the stubby 12oz bottle a thick, syrupy charcoal black into my tulip glass with a small dark tan head that falls to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing left on the glass. Good deal! Aromas of dark vinous chocolate, raisins, big roasty sweetness and some caramel. Subtle burnt coffee and dark fruits.

First sip brings a dense dark roasty maltiness that weighs down the tongue. A big mix of vinous and milk chocolate flavors collide along with some mellow coffee flavors. Rich and a bit smoky with dark fruits throughout. Finishes with a touch of hops and a lingering burnt flavor. A tasty impy stout.

Mouthfeel is big, thick and a touch syrupy. Really mellow carbonation on this one works quite nicely. Goes down smooth with no trace of alcohol. I could sit down to a couple bottles and have a good evening. Yet another tasty stout from the guys up in Michigan. Keep 'em coming!

Overall I gave this beer a 4.3 out of 5. A wonderful imperial stout.

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