Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by julian:
4.55/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed last weekend with a dozen or so WA BAs. Graciously shared by BillHilly - thanks!
A: Near pitch black with a light chocolate colored head with decent retention. Lacing is decent but slightly oily. Over time, head is reduced to a small mocha ring around the edges.
S: Nose is maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla. Coffee is there but tucked away in the background...barely noticeable on the nose really.
T&M: On the front there is a sweetness from the malt, chocolate and maple syrup, then it opens to some vanilla and slight raisin like fruitiness with a slight touch of coffee on the finish. Didn't notice much bourbon. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is luscious and smooth, no astringency or overly roasty tones, just a nice smooth chocolatey/mapley stout.
O: I think this is my first commercial stout brewed with maple syrup and am pleasantly surprised. Tasted great - the maple syrup wasn't overwhelming in it's contribution to the sweetness and the chocolate/bourbon/coffee were well represented also. My only complaint would be no noticeable bourbon character or oakiness, although I may have already been sufficiently intoxicated by the time this was pouring :)
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2011 23:17:49 | More by julian
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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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