Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by ne0m00re:
3.83/5 rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Live review of a 750 mL bottle.
A: Pitch black with a dark tan head that settles with an OK lacing.
S: Maple and fig, milk chocolate, very smooth bourbon, slight hint of coffee, vanilla oak and some raspberry. Somewhat medicinal, it kind of comes together like smokey maple fire.
T: Medicinal or mentholated in the finish, almost like chocolate mints. The onset and slow build is an interesting mix of chocolate, maple, and creamy bourbon, almost like Irish cream in coffee. It is slightly sweet with a medicinal cherry finish, with little notice given to any citrus hops. It's OK.
M: Thicker, with a creamy carbonation that slowly breaks to the crisp mentholated with a sweetness that lingers on your teeth.
O: Pretty good. The aroma offsets the taste. I'd like to try this on tap--and I wouldn't mind trying it again--but I'd rather have KBS or BORIS.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2012 23:33:20 | More by ne0m00re
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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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