Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Jules11788:
4.85/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A BIG thanks to johnhenryconway for throwin down this bad boy at the weekly tasting. Thanks John!
A: Pours a thick black color like motor oil, lets no light through; no head, light lacing
S: Smells exactly like sticking your nose in one of those bags of chocolate-covered coffee beans from Starbucks. Rich milk chocolate and roasted coffee notes pervade every corner of your nose.
T: Thick chocolate syrup flavor and a nice roasty coffee background up front; finishes with a great espresso-y bitterness that lingers for awhile. Just savoring that bitter coffee taste on the back of my tongue between sips was a delight in and of itself.
M: Thick and viscous, rich and velvety; EXACTLY what I want in an imperial stout.
O: This is the best beer I've ever had in my life, it literally embodies everything that I could want not only in a stout, but in a beer period. I scoffed at the ridiculous trade value of this brew and its hyper-inflated price on the bay, but now that I've had it I can see why. Believe the hype.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2012 16:47:28 | More by Jules11788
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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
100 out of 100 based on 2,321 ratings.