Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Adamdc:
4.85/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had on tap at Redbones. Thanks to fellow BA's for posting that it was being served there!!
A: Jet black pour with 1/2 inch dark tan head. Nice lacing.
A: Incredible blend of choc, roast, malt, maple syrup, molasses and vanilla.
T: Taste is same as aroma but with a little alcohol (well-hidden for 9%) and some hops in the backend. The amazing thing is how all the flavors combine together. It's just a 'big' blend of all the flavors with none really dominating!
M: absolutely smooth and creamy with just the right amount of body. I've always felt that Kate the Great was one of smoothest stouts I've had--this one is right there with it.
D: see above. The smoothness and the well-hidden alcohol make this very drinkable.
This was a fantastic drinking experience. A true standout beer. They need to start bottling this stuff!
Serving type: on-tap
06-27-2009 14:55:46 | More by Adamdc
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4.69/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Been sitting on my bottle for a bit, but it was at risk of becoming a beer so hyped I'd never find the right occasion to open it. Finally cracked it on one of our Polar Vortex evenings, while watching a movie.
A - Impenetrable jet black with a cafe au lait head. One finger and then it's gone. Comparable appearance to KBS.
S - Much stronger than KBS. There's not the subtle integration of vanilla, coffee and bourbon, but all of that is present. This is assertively sweet, massively smoky, and rich like espresso. Big, brash, alluring nose.
T - Sweet like a flourless chocolate cake or a dark chocolate mousse, what a huge burnt oak smokiness. The lighter vanilla, toffee, and maple notes only come later. It immediately obliterates your taste buds, but as it warms and you settle in the flavors integrate. By halfway through, it's an incomparable confluence.
M - Thick as oily, sticky and smooth.
I'd liken CBS to falling asleep in a humidor flooded with cocoa. This is a huge, baroque stout. I hear tell that fresh, this brew was dominated by coffee and maple. Those seem less present in this bottle, but I loved ever sniff and sip of it. I couldn't drink this every week (which I definitely could with KBS), but I'd love another snifter of it sometime. Fat chance, that happening.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 00:29:02 | More by TheCuriograph
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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