Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by elgiacomo:
4.83/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
750ml bottle, 2011 release. Served at cellar temperature. I’m giddy with anticipation to crack this sucker open!
Pours black with a nice two-finer brown head that leaves sheets and rings of lacing and recedes to a small foamy cap.
Aroma is rich premium coffee, espresso and straight up beans...it could end right there and I’d be satisfied but the onslaught of magnificence continues with really strong bourbon notes and their complimentary vanilla and oak, some decadent chocolate and dark roasted malts, a bit of the maple and alcohol heat come through as well. Very complex aroma and of very good strength. Founders should make some CBS cologne so I can smell this all day every day...
Okay, so we’ve got an amazing aroma...can the flavor stand up? Shit. The flavor not only stands up to the aroma but might even take it up another notch! Starts with some serious milk and dark chocolate, ridiculous coffee and espresso, some vanilla, then the bourbon really comes in along with the maple syrup on the finish. Rather sweet, but not cloying. There is some alcohol heat as well. More a liquid dessert than a breakfast beer...
Mouthfeel is full bodied, somewhat sticky but still creamy, smooth and almost velvety save for some prickly carbonation on the back-end. Let it warm and it just coats the mouth, tongue and soul...
Oh my goodness. I’ve never experienced this level of anticipation with a beer before...I was even shaking a bit when I was getting out the bottle, glass and opener (yeah I’m a geek). Thankfully it lives up to the hype. Another magnificent barrel-aged creation from those geniuses at Founders. Damn. Can they do no wrong? Seriously! This is a masterpiece! Kudos Founders!
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2011 04:00:00 | More by elgiacomo
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5/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Honored to try the last batch ever of this fantastic beer. This is the 2011 version and according to the founders rep here, is the last of this beer. This is one of the finest beers that I have ever had. As close to a perfect drink as you can get. It tastes like breakfast stout with a subtle maple taste. Wow!
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 15:30:56 | More by peacemakers48
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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