Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by GRPunk:
4.97/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I've heard about "angels pissing on your tongue." This angel was loaded on Bald Eagle heads and Faberge eggs.
750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass on an unusually warm (hot) fall afternoon.
A- So rich. A normal pour created a 1-1/2 finger, dense, brown head. The deep, deep brown body looks nearly black through the middle of the glass. The head falls to a nicely covering, bubbly film. There are great sticky spots left all about the glass.
S- While really cold and in the bottle I got a chocolate and roasted aroma. It really opens up after the pour with a ton of vanilla and Bourbon-like qualities. There's a sweet, brown sugar scent that reminds me of a packet of "Sugar in the Raw." Sugary qualities begin to come out more like maple syrup. Medium-dark roast coffee. Somewhat of a "Coffee Crisp" chocolate bar at points. It's so complex. More semi-sweet chocolate later on. Even raisin-like at times.
T- Like Heaven on the tongue. Semi-bitter chocolate early. Brown or unrefined sugar and maple syrup. There are underlying raisin-like qualities at first. Smooth alcohol, especially in the finish. Vanilla notes I'd associate with a nice Bourbon. A hint of wood. There's the slightest of lingering sweetness. It's all very "dessert-like." I'm picturing a decadent, double chocolate fudge cake. There's coffee in the background. The raisins go away with some warmth leaving all chocolate, vanilla, maple, and some lighter coffee.
M- It's rich and creamy. VERY full bodied. There's some slightly warming alcohol that not harsh, whatsoever. Light carbonation. Velvety.
O- Absolutely no let-down here. While incredibly smooth days after purchase, I'd love to try some with a year or more on it. I'd also like to do this as a nightcap on a chilly evening. While pricy, I feel it's worth every penny. I got to a point with this where I was looking hard for a flaw and the best I've got is slightly poor head retention.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2011 21:38:05 | More by GRPunk
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4.25/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I purchased this bottle of CBS over two years ago, and shortly thereafter I heard that this would be retired. I already know this is going to be good...
Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of cinnamon brown foamy head, the body is opaque, and burnt sienna brown to black, no highlights at the sides. Gentle foam rings are left after each sip.
Smell - The very first whiff fills my nostrils with dark ripe fruits and dark soy sauce, then rich moist roasted malt, now some sweetened dark chocolate, a whiff of french roast coffee with a shot of booze.
Taste - This is so incredibly balanced - at the beginning of the quaff I get all of these flavors at once - really rich roasted malts, warm soy sauce, molasses, dark fruits of fig, raisin, and over-ripe plum, barely sweetened dark chocolate, then as it warms in your mouth you get deep roasted coffee with a little bit of coffee grounds bitterness, pumpernickel crusts, and then there it is... maple and oak. Longer into the finish the maple remains, along with traces of black coffee, dark chocolate and moist oak in the mouth corners. Long after the sip there is astringent coffee grounds, slightly sour dark fruit skins, burnt pumpernickel crust, and slightly sweet maple that keeps it all in check.
Moouthfeel - This is a full mouth filling beer - creamy and silky smooth, lightly coating the mouth. The lips are left sticky with chocolate, coffee and maple syrup. Carb is in the low side, and is smooth and foaming across the tongue, with a few edges that appear as the beer makes it's way over the sides of the tongue. An excellent and contemplative sipper.
Overall - Okay, I'm just going to say it. I've recently had FIS, KBS, and now CBS. And honestly, I would put them in this order: FIS, CBS, and finally KBS. Yes that's right, FIS would be first. CBS is a fantastic IS, but honestly after this bottle I would not seek it out again - I truly feel that FIS is a better beer, and thank heavens, as I can get my hands on this at will. The maple here is very flavorful and interesting, and the balance and complexity here is incredible. I can't knock this beer by any means, but I won't lose any sleep knowing that it is retired. Now if they retired FIS, then we would have a problem... cheers :)
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 05:07:59 | More by blackcompg
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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