Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.95/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Split with some close friends. You guys are welcome.
Appearance: Jet black and viscous as all get out. There is no light around the edges whatsoever. Poured somewhat aggressively to get a decent head, which remained throughout. The head is a creamy mocha with tight bubbles and quite attractive. Better yet, the lacing sticks to the glass as if it holding on for dear life. Basically, this is everything I look for in an Imperial Stout. The beer pours like molasses... at the very least like motor oil. Delicious molassesy motor oil. Mmmmm.
Smell: A vast array of aromas emanates from the glass. You get tons of coffee up front, with cocoa. There's definitely a vanilla and bourbon presence but they're kept in check and subdued by bouquet of smells. All too often, bourbon barrel aged beers go for too much bourbon and turn me off. CBS found a brilliant medium, second only to The Abyss. There's also a welcoming maple aroma blended in. It's definitely a boozey smelling beer but that is to be expected. Overall, it doesn't take away from the complexity and deliciousness of the beer. As it warms, the maple comes out a little more.
Taste: Suffice it to say, CBS does not disappoint. This baby lives up to the hype. Everything you get in the nose is very apparent on the tongue. A very aggressive assault to the taste buds. There's vanilla and bourbon, coffee, chocolate, smokeyness (though rather subdued) and maple. It's sweet and bitter, both at the same time. Moreover, it's bittersweet when you realize you've finished your bottle. As it warms, the boozey qualities seem to diminish, though still noticeably present. As with the nose, the maple shines through when it warms.
Mouthfeel: Did I mention this bastard is viscous? I did? Because that's an understatement. This thing feels like pure syrup in your mouth. It's thick, chewy and sugary. I usually like thick type beer but this is slightly too much. I never thought I'd ever feel like a beer was too thick until today. I still love it, it's just past it's optimum thickness. Although I have one more, I can't see myself finishing a whole bottle alone.
Overall: Viscous, vicious and voracious Canadian Breakfast Stout is simply wonderful. It's almost everything that a barrel-aged stout should be and more. Part of me wishes I could go above and beyond 5s on some these measures. Believe the hype, CBS is that good.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2011 18:04:17 | More by Bmuncy
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