Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by dtivp:
4.93/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
First I need to thank my son for finding a bottle of this wonderful beer without spending the ridiculous amount of money some people are charging for this beer. Also thanks for sharing.
Poured a very dark deep black with a finger and a half medium mocha head that faded slowly into a thick cap with moderate lacing.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, some malt and a very slight note of bourbon.
Taste followed the nose with dark roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, burnt malt with hints of bourbon. As it warmed some vanilla sweetness came through,however, I never picked up any maple flavor which was the only disappointment with this stout.
Mouth Feel was full body, light carbonation, creamy smooth with a slight alcohol warming.
Overall this stout deserves all of the hype it receives. It would be nice if it was easier to obtain, I guess keeping it so limited adds to the enjoyment of savoring it.
I couldn't think of a better beer for 250th review.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2011 23:27:44 | More by dtivp
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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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