Founders Brewing Company Imperial Stout (365 Day 108)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Founders Imperial Stout

For those of you that know anything about American craft beer, you have heard of Founders Brewing Company and their crazy list of outstanding beers that they brew. Based on what they bottle, I think I am pretty close to hitting them all with 13 different flavors tasted: this includes two version of their annual release:Nemesis.

I had a brief stop at their brewpub about a year or so ago but didn’t have time to imbibe. I know, I am still kicking myself in the butt for that one. I also wanted to make the KBS release this past weekend, but went on a family trip, which is much more important than beer. After hearing the debacle that was the 2011 KBS release, I am glad that I put my family first. It is also this type of disaster that is slowly eroding my enthusiasm for short releases. I even passed up the chance last night to pick up two bottles of KBS from a local store. Is this blasphemy. 😉

Founders Imperial Stout is one of those stouts that I can’t wait for each year. I really look forward to it as the beer is spot on, solid. In spite of the high ABV it doesn’t affect the beer and the nice roasted, chocolate notes just keep me coming back for more. Not a perfect imperial stout, but damn good and in the team photo. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.0

Useless Fact: Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month? A. Conception.

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