Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by pmoore311:
4.35/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Served at celler temp HUGE THANKS to Gruelurks for sharing this one!
Appearance - Black as night with some ruby tones around the edges, very thin head, and little carbonation.
Smell - Coffee, coffee and more coffee, with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of heat. As it warms I get hints of the maple smell, but I thought it would be much more forward than this.
Taste - You guessed it more coffee. Also quite hot and noticeably sweeter than it's KBS counterpart. The barrel tones are there, some oak and bourbon sting mostly, slight vanilla. Also notes of the roasty malts and chocolate fudge, the sweetness is quite apparent, again the maple flavors came out more as it continued to warm, but not as up front as it was in Nemesis 2009. Slightly disappointing.
Mouthfeel - slightly thicker than KBS, but again borders on absolutely perfect.
Overall - I have to admit, while this is a great beer, I personally think that KBS is just a flat out better beer. Would I seek this out again, yes, I would love to age this and revisit it, but I would not go through all the hoops again to get a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2011 21:44:54 | More by pmoore311
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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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