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Founders Imperial Stout

Posted by jwpiper on January 25, 2009

I’d pretty much given up on getting any Founders Imperial Stout this season, but a trip to one of my favorite beer stores to pick up Hopslam and Bigfoot resulted in this acquisition as well. I’ll be drinking a couple of beers tonight in effort to get back into the swing of things after a drought on good beer while in India. I pour this one into a snifter at cellar temperature.
Pitch black with a 1.5 cm coffee foam tan head.
Tons of coffee on the aroma. Some other roasted flavors. Sweet. An inviting smell, though it makes me wonder if this one might be a bit too one dimensional.
Mmmm – roasty and delicious. Very warm. There’s a ton of coffee in the middle and coffee bitterness in the finish, but the start is malty sweet with a little nuttiness. This flavor is carried through with the roasted coffee flavors into the finish. There is tons of bitterness in the finish – which actually dominates a little too much for my taste, but enforces the bittersweet chocolate flavor. Ahh, just noticed the 90 IBU’s slapped on the neck label.
The first impression even before the flavor on the tongue was the feel past the lips – this beer is viscous – smooth, but thick.
The heat and bitterness limit the drinkability of this beer. This is an extreme sipper.
A good imperial stout, and one which begs for me to open a Péché Mortel for comparison. I love the mouthfeel on this, but the hop bitterness is a little too dominant for me. Perhaps with some age, this beer could be among the better stouts, but fresh it’s just a touch abrasive. Still a good IS.
$12/4pk ($3/12oz). I can think of some stouts I’d rather have at this or a lower price point: Bell’s Expedition, Siberian Night is better fresh but not as powerful. Not tons cheaper than Speedway Stout which is tough to top.

[edit]: Founders gets a much maltier sweetnes when smelled/tasted after the Péché Mortel. Even brings out some ripe fruits in the aroma and on the palate. I’m a little embarrassed to have even thought of Péché Mortel when drinking this beer.


One Response to “Founders Imperial Stout”

  1. Karissa said

    I’d like to note that I liked the Founders Imperial Stout better than the Peche Mortel from the get-go. 🙂

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