Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by kevanb:
4.55/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Ben, who was working the bottle line at DLD '12 for sharing this, hope you enjoyed the Eclipse! (reviewed from notes)
Pours a great viscous jet black color, hues of burgundy and mocha brown, nice head, fine retention, not a ton of lacing to speak off, could have been the glass. The aroma is fantastic, chocolate, oak, nice subtle maple, big coffee element, mild vanilla and only the faintest hint of bourbon. Wonderful flavors, nice vanilla presence pairs well with the chocolate and coffee, the maple isn't very apparent, but the bourbon catches up a bit from the nose, some alcohol is present but is in no way hot or abrasive. The body is great, coats the mouth very well, smooth, full, chewy, about everything you can ask for in a stout, nice warming as it goes down.
Verdict: Incredible stuff, definitely lives up to the reputation as one of the best stouts, and finest beers around. I'll have to track down a bottle of this for myself now!
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2012 16:07:51 | More by kevanb
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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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