Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pdiddey3d:
4.33/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to Tom for sharing this with "The Core"
A: Motor oil black with very small amount of creamy tan head. Heavy alcohol feet when swirled.
S: Sharp espresso notes and chocolate dominate at first. Espresso more so than the chocolate. The boozeyness from the bourbon comes in and it smells pretty hot. Not much maple, very very faint. Some vanilla notes as well.
T: Bitter coffee and chocolate up front. Some bourboney goodness and a hint of maple in the finish. As it warms there is more of a maple and vanilla presence. Very decadent and sweet.
M: The mouthfeel is THICK and creamy. It coats the mouth and is almost chewy. The sweetness ads somewhat of a cloying quality to the mouthfeel. A bit hot as there is defiantly some alcohol burn on the back of my throat in the finish, not bad but noticeable.
O: This was a very good beer. However, I feel regular KBS may be a bit more enjoyable for me. I think it might have benefited from a year in the cellar as the heat was a tad more than I like, and I do enjoy a hot beer. The hype train on this beer is a bit unjustified, it is very good but not worth the presidential ransoms some people are asking for it.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2011 02:49:27 | More by Pdiddey3d
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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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