Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Drazzamatazz:
4.33/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed this one before going out to Novare with Brez07.
A: Pretty much what you'd expected, thick and dark with a smaller mocha cap.
S: Even though he had allowed the beer to warm on the counter before opening, we both agreed it got even better as it sat in our glass. Initial impression was bitter chocolate with a deep roasted character. As it began to open though the maple started to come out along with typical barrel notes of vanilla, oak, and spice. Its a lot more subtle than I had imagined
T: Once at the proper temperature it was really like a delicious glass of liquified chocolate covered espresso beans dipped in maple syrup. I was pleasantly surprised by the balance, I was really kind of expecting this one to be a little too syrupy and sweet, but the roasted coffee and bitter chocolate notes kept things in check.
M: Big and creamy. Full body means slightly lower carbonation, not really an issue though. Bitter drying finish goes well with the creamy body and maple notes.
O: This is one I have been wanting to try for a long time. Once the announcement of bottling came out I got really excited...then I saw the fiasco behind the release and had kind of given up on try this one. Really glad I've now lined up a bottle for myself.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2011 18:53:58 | More by Drazzamatazz
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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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