Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by KDawg:
4.55/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Has this from bottle and poured into an ommegang glass. Poured an almost motor oil dark black color. It didn't have the consistency on the pour, just the appearance.
Big, bold, and rich nose that is very layered. Loads of espresso tones along with malts, dark chocolate and some alcohol as well. The heat on the nose is a bit distracting
About as full bodied as it can get. The feel is well layered but it doesn't feel overbearing at all. Not noticing the alcohol as much on the feel, but it is still there. More espresso based with some maple syrup also noticeable as well
Is it possible to be impressed and let down in a way at the same time? It was still extremely good, but the alcohol showing the way it did was bothersome. This probably needs a little bit of time to fully balance out
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2011 19:21:16 | More by KDawg
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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