Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by sweemzander:
5/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
750mL bottle into a pint glass. Thanks chris for letting me revisit an old favorite!
(A)- Pours a lovely pitch black color. A nice frothy tan head and surprising lace despite the ABV.
(S)- Decadent chocolate with smooth raisin bourbon and subtle maple syrup. Tiny hints at cinnamon and vanilla. Just as awesome as i remember and then some!
(T)- Just how I remember it, and man is it glorious! Velvet-like chocolate, maple, molasses, and a sweet malted milk ball-like shake profile. Its just so smooth, delectable, and delicious, while still having a strong barrel-aged stout characters.
(M)- A perfect; smooth carbonation level. And a perfect balance. Despite a 10.6%ABV level, this is smooth as silk and delectable. Drinks more like a 7 or 8% beer.
(D)- I absolutely loved this on tap all those times I had the pleasure of trying it, but having it this fresh out of the bottle just further reminded and confirmed to me, this is simply one of the best stouts on planet earth. Sweet, malty, and a velvet-like creamy smoothness. Simply put, no other stout tastes like this one does.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2011 17:14:32 | More by sweemzander
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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
100 out of 100 based on 2,252 ratings.