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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4.25/5 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
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