Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by neorunner:
4.5/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this on tap @ Churchkey. I was third in line waiting, by the time the doors opened there were over 20 people waiting to get inside.
Decanted into a 10oz. snifter from a pint glass as they were having carbonation issues for the first few beers.
This beer is dark black with no discoloration around the edges. Thick creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly to an oil slick coating. For the amount of maple syrup in the aroma I was slightly disappointed in it not following through to the flavor. Body is astonishingly light for the abv and complexity of this stout. Bourbon flavor is enjoyable but off set by the sweetness of the beer. The two pours I was able to get went down way to easily, especially for 10$ a pour. It was pretty unanimous at our table that it was a mellower sweeter KBS, which we were all happy with.
If you know your going to have a chance to drink this, bring pancakes.
Serving type: on-tap
08-15-2010 20:15:06 | More by neorunner
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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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