Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by bound4er:
4.45/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Something special for Superbowl Sunday.
From a 750 ml bottle.
I've had this beer twice prior to writing this review - once on tap and once from a 750 that I shared with coworkers. I must admit that I was underwhelmed on both occasions. We'll see what a closer look reveals.
A. Black as a starless night with a nice dark tan to light brown head of three fingers. The head never totally disappears even with only a sip left in my glass.
S. Bourbon barrel notes, cola (lots of it too), licorice (Good & Plenty candy comes to mind) and maple if I really take a deep sniff. Pretty sweet smelling but in a very nice way.
T. Wow, what a mouthful of complex flavors. Licorice and bourbon flavors start things off. Secondary flavors of vanilla, dark roasted coffee and maple follow. There is some nice bitterness on the back end - herbal in nature - to help clean things up and provide a lingering aftertaste. Pretty amazing stuff.
M. Really coats the mouth in a thick, almost syrupy fashion. These heavy, full bodied beers are fun to drink at first but get tiring quickly to enjoy other than in small amounts. CBS is no different in this category.
O. Having this beer on a clean palate has given me a better understanding of it and I must say I am impressed. It is massive in both flavor and mouthfeel. That said, a small amount (5 or 6 ounces) is plenty for me in one sitting. Is it worth the $15 I paid for it? Yup, but I really have no need to revisit this beer anytime soon. Glad to have tried it but now please, pass me a FBS or FIS.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2012 22:34:21 | More by bound4er
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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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