Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.3/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
served on tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO
Pours a brown shade of brown that is all brown and looks brown. Seriously, it was pretty basic looking. It doesn't look like an imperial stout, not really. Its brown with reddish edges. The lion's-pelt head was small and didn't lace well at all. This beer is nearly a year old, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
This needs to be a candle. Seriously. First up to tingle the nose senses is the familiar, well-executed espresso aroma from the standard Breakfast Stout (though not featured in the same level of strength as it is in FBS). Smooth vanilla works its way through the coffee as the beer quickly warms, eventually opening up to include the maple syrup that one looks forward to when having this beer. Some slightly sour wood scents provide a backbone to it all. Though not too complex, it smells great.
After the first swallow, the preeminent thought in my mind was that this beer isn't harsh at all. No trace of alcohol, no harsh whiskey barrel characteristics, no fusels finding their way up to the nostrils. This beer is smooth, smooth, smooth. I don't know what CBS tasted like fresh, but I'm attributing the smoothness to the nearly one year of aging. CBS has less coffee flavor than FBS but that's backed up by vanilla sweetness and rich, silky malts. The Canadian rye whiskey barrel flavors are delicious. I'm usually not in love with whiskey/bourbon/brown spirit flavors (in beer or otherwise), but this is simply the best brown spirit flavor in a beer that I've ever had. The balance is impeccable; this is a sweet beer, yes, but never cloying.
This aged pour of CBS was unquestionably thinner in mouthfeel than FBS (also consumed on-tap tonight). I missed the thickness, frankly, but given the increase in residual sweetness maybe the thinner feel is a good thing. Regardless, its definitely not a negative in any sense. Drinkability has to be scored well. Its high in ABV%, sure, but you always want more of this after the glass is finished. I sure wish that I could have had more.
I wasn't able to have very much of this great beer in what was my first, best and probably last chance to sample it. I'm so glad that I was able to drink what I did. Remarkable balance, tasty flavors, what's not to love? I haven't had Kentucky Breakfast Stout to compare, but its hard for me to see KBS being much better than its Canadian brother.
Serving type: on-tap
10-02-2009 04:18:26 | More by Reaper16
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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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