Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Founders Imperial Stout

Beer Review #175

Sorry for the sporadic reviews lately. As we've entered the new year trail running has climbed back up my list of priorities while the beer takes a bit of a back seat. Today I'm tasting Founders Imperial Stout . Last year I reviewed Founders Breakfast StoutBackwoods Bastard  and Curmudgeon Old Ale , all excellent offerings from Founders Brewing Company.

Imperial Stout weighs in at a stout 10.5%ABV and 75IBUs.

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.
Whenever you sit down to a beer that boasts a high number of malt or hop varieties its natural to be a bit skeptical. I have very limited brewing experience, but it seems unlikely that a beer with 10 varieties of malts would taste much different than the same beer with only 8 varieties. There are limitations to the average human's sensory perceptions, and it seems like the stronger, darker malts would likely overpower the tastes and aromas of the lighter. Nevertheless, this 10 malt monstrosity is a damn good.

Founders Imperial Stout pours pitch black with an overwhelming head of clingy mocha foam that laces the glass even until the last drop.

The aroma leads with coffee, but immediately gives way to notes of wood smoke and molasses. This beer feels thick, creamy and warming in the mouth. Look for strong burnt coffee and chocolate flavors, plenty of hop bitterness, but also some surprising sweetness. A very solid Russian Imperial Stout.

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