Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by heysuz:
4.93/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Intro: 750 mil. bottle. Served in a tulip glass. Shared with friends.
Appearance: Deep dark black in color. Opaque. Medium brown head that remains. Looks very appealing.
Smell: Aroma is layered. I can discern the maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. One can tell there’s a lot going on with this beer.
Taste: WOW!! were the first words from 3 of the 4 people that were sharing this. We had all heard the hype but weren’t really prepared for what hit our palettes. First was the maple syrup, next the coffee and the list goes on.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Slight mouth coating in a good way.
Overall: The bottle went in a flash. With a party of 4 we could have easily went through a couple of these. It left you wanting more. It was hard to restrain myself and sip and savor. This is definitely one beer that lives up to the hype. I’ve tried Dark Lord, The Abyss, KBS, Breakfast Stout, AleSmith Speedway Stout, as well as several others and I have to say this ranks high in my top 5.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 21:10:59 | More by heysuz
More User Reviews:
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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