Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.85/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
750ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller wine glass. Finally I get to try this beast!
A - Pours an obsidian black color, completely opaque and totally devoid on any hint of color at all. It gradually builds a mocha-colored head, finally culminating in about 2-fingers of height with great retention. The head is comprised of large soapy bubbles that give it some topography. The lacing is spotty, but it does grip in some places while leaving some good alcohol legs.
S - The nose hits me right away, and I immediately harken back to KBS in the way the bourbon plays and develops with the coffee that is so strong in FBS (even though FBS isn't used as a base for these beers, of course). Bold, fresh coffee roast is at the forefront and lasts for a long time, while the bourbon comes in shortly after to give it a bit of sweetness. Big chocolate notes as well, which are are rich and inviting. I actually find the maple syrup a little hard to pinpoint and if it wasn't specifically mentioned, I would have a hard time pinpointing it exactly.
T - Even from my first sip, it tastes phenomenally. it has all of the things I loved about FBS and KBS, and expands on it even more. The coffee is eye-opening, freshly pressed and contributes a distinct roastiness that persists throughout the entire bottle. The bourbon acts as the perfect side-kick; always there to provide a helping hand and complexity, but doesn't overstep its bounds, and for someone who loves bourbon-aged beers, I actually would wish it were even a bit stronger. The chocolate as well is almost like it's malted, that's how smooth, rich, and decadent it is within the scope of the beer. But this is CBS, not KBS, so what about the maple syrup? Thankfully, unlike the nose, the taste does have a distinct maple flavor that comes in around halfway through and gives it an additional kick of sweetness. Much like KBS, it does have a somewhat strong alcohol kick, but it doesn't seem out of place and it isn't offensive.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. Full-bodied with a feel that covers the entire palate and sticks around with a good coating. Long lasting sweetness from the chocolate and maple syrup.
D/O - Drinkability is high. I never got to try this on tap before, so this is my first exposure to the famed CBS and I have to say it has lived up to my expectations. The adjectives that immediately come to mind are ones of high praise, from decadent, to gourmet, to incredibly rich. While FBS and KBS tend to be somewhat bitter, this beer is actually quite sweet, so that's probably the major difference between this one and its predecessors (besides the maple), which is worth noting. Plain and simple, this is excellence in beer form and is worthy of any and all praise it receives.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2011 05:35:42 | More by nhindian
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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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