Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Telix:
4.15/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Had on draft at the brewery, poured into a fluted glass.
A: A deep rich chocolate with no head, only a thin ring of carbonation at the edge of the beer. It's totally opaque, and looks like... a stout. I don't know what people would consider exceptional about most stouts, let alone this one. It's good, that's about it.
S: Whiffs of coffee, chocolate, maple, with controlled booze and no hot alcohol. It's a bit nutty, too, but I might be smelling the brewery itself, to be honest. Nice.
T: Syrupy sweet with a sharp hop note along with the mild coffee flavors, with a boozy finish. Toasty roasty notes in the mid palate, with some chocolate sweetness in there as well. I'm thinking about sparking chocolate coffee syrup with a bit of hop bitterness on the tongue. It finishes sweet and boozy. Not too cloying.
M: Smooth, thick, rich - great for the beer. A nice level of carbonation helps it avoid being syrupy.
D: Not mindblowing, to be honest. Another case of an A+ beer being due to rarity and expectations vs. how the beer actually delivers. The sweetness and booziness actually detracts from the perfection of Breakfast Stout. I'm glad that it avoids being too cloying and hot with alcohol, but it's nowhere near the complex and perfectly balanced original.
Serving type: on-tap
02-21-2010 00:15:01 | More by Telix
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