Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by WanderingFool:
4.53/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I was invited to a beer tasting where one of the participants had a bottle of CBS. I've had this beer before on tap at the Extreme Beer Fest, but this was the first time I've tried it from the bottle.
CBS pours black into the glass, but has ruby highlights around the edges. The small light brown head fades down to a ring around the surface and leaves behind a fair amount of lace on the glass.
The aroma has notes of coffee and chocolate with some bourbon and alcohol mixed in.
Each sip of this full bodied beer is velvety on the palate. Light carbonation. The flavor is sweet and similar to the aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate blended with oak, roasted malt, and bourbon. The coffee is the most pronounced flavor, but doesn't overpower. I couldn't detect any maple in the beer. Once gone the coffee and bourbon flavor lingers on the palate.
This is a very tasty stout with a fantastic mouthfeel. It's too bad there's so much hype surrounding this beer. I'd love it to be more readily available.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2011 16:16:58 | More by WanderingFool
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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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