Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by KCHopHead:
4.8/5 rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
An amazing beer with a great story that probably deserves to be in the top 10 if not, top 20.
A - Typical black. Very thin, dark tan head. Nothing tricky, but you can tell by looking at it that it is an imperial stout.
S - Honestly my favorite thing about this beer is the smell. The thick sugary, roasted malts. The maple syrup is apparent. A hint of alcohol in the wiff.
T - Syrup, thick roasted malts. Not near as much coffee as the original bkfst stout and not near as much alcohol burn as the Kentucky stout. This was a well balanced and well executed taste that is blended to perfection.
M - I do wish there was a touch more carbonation that was similar to Dark Lord, but this is my only minor complaint.
D - More please. I was only able to get 8 oz, but I would love for them to start bottling this.
Serving type: on-tap
10-02-2009 15:37:15 | More by KCHopHead
More User Reviews:
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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