Beer: Imperial Stout
Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Opaque dark-dark-dark brown body with a deep orange-red edge. No head to mention.
Scent: This smells absolutely incredible, with waves of deep dark chocolate and espresso. This might be the best smelling Stout of the month!
Flavor: I know we have used the term bitter Baker’s chocolate time and time again, but this actually tastes like someone melted down twenty bars into liquid form. There is also a unique combination of deep, almost ashen malt and a slight twang of bitter hop in here. If you take away anything about Stouts this month, let it be that allowing a Stout to sit for even just five to ten minutes will provide you with a whole new set of delicious flavors to experience. After five minutes, this Imperial Stout has transformed from bitter chocolate to a smoother, impossibly rich, dark chocolate.
Feel: Medium, viscous body with appropriate carbonation (i.e. just feels right).
Concluding remarks: This is one helluva solid beer. This might be the best straight-up Imperial Stout I have had this month (not counting derivations such as coffee stouts–ahem, AleSmith). I can totally imagine Catherine the Great going to town–er, St. Petersburg–to acquire Founders Imperial Stout by the keg. Oh, but your Highness, tis only 10am! Are you sure you desire another Founders? To which she would reply, заткнитесь вы ничтожные наложницу и принеси мне моем десятом основателей имперского толстый! сейчас!
All in all, this is a quintessential Russian Imperial Stout, from its rich mouthfeel to its dark, roasted, dare-I-say decadent complexity. This is beer opulence at its best!