I have to admit that my experience with Founders beer started out a bit shaky.
I didn’t like one, then I’d like one, then the next one was iffy and so on and so forth.
For whatever reason, I kept going back for more. Over time, I’ve come to find that I enjoy more of their beers than I either disliked or felt meh about.
Founders does make some good beer. Just because I don’t like all of their beers doesn't mean they’re a bad brewery. It just means that I don’t like all of the beer all the time or some of the beer all of the time but I do like some of the beer most of the time.
Wow, I just totally brutalized Abraham Lincoln’s quote. Hopefully, you get my drift.
Even though Abraham Lincoln had a huge impact on shaping our nation, technically speaking, he was not a Founding Father. However, despite him not being an actual Founder, I’m pretty sure he was a beer drinker. In another quote that I did not abuse he said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”
Founders Imperial Stout (10.50% ABV) pours sable brown brown with a small but dense mocha colored head.
The aroma is bold with the essence of roasty malts with hints of dark chocolate and dark coffee. Dig your nose in and booziness wafts from the glass.
The taste is intensely dark roasted malts. There are undertones of dark chocolate and deep roasted coffee that add some bitterness, but not unpleasantly so. There's some underlying sweetness that is reminiscent of dried fruit. The alcohol presence can be tasted as well as felt, but not in a distracting way. It's mild and warming. The finish is gently bitter.
The mouthfee is full, creamy and smooth with little carbonation.
Founders Imperial Stout is a good example of the style. Bold and flavorful; a sipping beer, for sure.
Overall: very good.