Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids, MI
I’m off from work today prepping my body, mind and liver for Brewvival, but with some major storms moving through South Carolina today I figured my only option for the day was to be a hermit and chill inside. Of course, it’s best to have a beer that matches the weather.
Some quick background: A few years ago – before I really dove headfirst into craft beer – Founders had a presence in South Carolina. I occasionally come across pictures of local beer stores stocked with 4-packs of various Founders offerings. Unfortunately, due to a shitty distributor, they’ve pulled out of the state (although I constantly hear rumors they’re making an effort to get back in). While you can still find cases of 2009 Curmudgeon (!!!) and 2010 Breakfast Stout (!!!!!) at local stores, the supply is slowly dwindling.
Thankfully, I have friends who live in states where they do distribute! Like my friend Josh, who recently traded with me for a bottle of Founders Imperial Stout. With the weather being as it is, it was a perfect to pull it out of the cellar and crack it open.
The appearance is a dank black and poured that thick, viscous way you’d hope an imperial stout world. There was a small, flat, dark brown head that dissipated pretty quickly, as you’d expect with a 10.5% stout.
On the nose is dark, dark chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. There’s a slight coffee quality to it, but the most prevalent smell is of chocolate.
The taste … damn. Super smooth from the start, with a slight bitterness but rich, sweet, creamy chocolate overwhelming almost immediately after the first sip. It’s velvety smooth and super rich. It coats your mouth with this really creamy flavor of dark chocolate, but on the back gives way to almost a burnt coffee kind of taste. It’s like eating an overly-roasted coffee been covered in dark chocolate.
If I’m going to be inside on a dreary day like today, this is the kind of beer I want to sit around sipping. Rich, filling and delicious. Shame it’s my only one, but I’m sure – or at least hope – it won’t be my last.