Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.75/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Served on tap in a small snifter at the Cock and Bull Public House in Hyde Park as part of Cincinnati beer week. Appearance is dark, dark brown with a tiny bit of transparency around the edges and a thin tan head. They served it a bit chilled and so the nose was very faint, but I didn't have the patience to wait for it to warm before drinking it (otherwise, the smell score could have been higher). I did detect notes of vanilla and espresso beans. It smells like creme brulee (the dessert, not the beer from ST)
The flavor is simply off the charts. There's a tiny bit of vanilla sweetness on the front of your tongue, then at mid-palate it turns into the richest, darkest, most delicious bittersweet chocolate cake you've ever had in your life. They should call this stuff Viennese Breakfast Stout. Besides the vanilla and dark chocolate, I was getting really quality coffee notes, hazelnut, and a very faint fruity tint underneath it. Kind of like cherry. There is no, and I mean NO, alcohol burn at all. It is sweet and smooth, the mouthfeel is perfectly firm and creamy, and the beer is unbelievably drinkable. It took every bit of discipline I had to force myself to sip it and not just take huge gulps of it.
I love barrel-aged beers and I'm not aware of anyone who does it better than Founders. How can I best summarize what it's like to drink this beer? As I was walking back to my car, I was thinking to myself ``If I die on the way home tonight, I will take solace in the fact that this was the last beer I ever drank.''
Serving type: on-tap
02-10-2012 11:37:42 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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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