Founders Imperial Stout
Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Style: Imperial Stout
Wowza, hello chocolate lover’s dream!
This wonderful concoction pours a thick, syrupy, oily, completely opaque black. Much like a chocolate syrup or perhaps motor oil. It’s topped off with a thick, medium sized brown head that fades into a small film/ring that lingers until the end. Not too much lacing, just some little dots left behind on the glass. The alcohol is present in the nose as well as a variety of chocolates and a certain smokiness. The flavor is heavy in chocolate and warming alcohol. There’s also hints of licorice, espresso, and more smoke. Quite bitter but not overwhelming. To me it balances out the lactose/milk chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. In the end I’m left a delightful, chocolately warmness. This stuff rocks!