Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by thecheapies:
4.75/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Founders CBS. One big 750ml bottle, for me and my girlfriend. It's about time I opened this one. Enjoyed side-by-side with Deschutes The Abyss 2009 Reserve.
Oily, almost black pour. Nice molasses brown highlights in the stream. My snifter retains a decent inch plus of deep brown head. Minimal lacing. Decadent.
Richly sweet aromas, similar to Breakfast Stout. Huge chocolate notes with a fluttering soft bourbon note that is perfectly centered. Lovely vanilla, sweet alcohol; hints of maple, oak, and cookie dough.
Incredible first hit of flavors: bourbon, milk chocolate, nougat, candy-coated licorice candies, nice load of maple syrup. Some heavy cream and caramel, sugar-dusted blackberries, lots of delicious sweet desserty flavors. Cola, vanilla, oak barrel, and a heavy-duty grain bill. Sweet finish with the alcohol warmth showing. Pockets of bitterness in the pouches of my back palate.
Full-bodied, silky-smooth, elegant feel. A little bit of suds scrubs a bit, but the carbonation is subdued. Drinks in the way that chocolate mousse eats. Pretty remarkable.
An unreal drink. So powerful and sweet. What is amazing about this beer is that all of the decadently sweet, desserty flavors are never cloying, tiring, overdone, obvious, misrepresented, or off, in any way. This is, very seriously, a treat. All of these ridiculous sweet-tooth flavors are gently wrapped up and showcased in a seriously manly brew. All I can say is that I should have bought the other bottle when I had the chance. CBS is big-time awesome! Score one and savor the flavor!
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2012 03:20:49 | More by thecheapies
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4.25/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I purchased this bottle of CBS over two years ago, and shortly thereafter I heard that this would be retired. I already know this is going to be good...
Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of cinnamon brown foamy head, the body is opaque, and burnt sienna brown to black, no highlights at the sides. Gentle foam rings are left after each sip.
Smell - The very first whiff fills my nostrils with dark ripe fruits and dark soy sauce, then rich moist roasted malt, now some sweetened dark chocolate, a whiff of french roast coffee with a shot of booze.
Taste - This is so incredibly balanced - at the beginning of the quaff I get all of these flavors at once - really rich roasted malts, warm soy sauce, molasses, dark fruits of fig, raisin, and over-ripe plum, barely sweetened dark chocolate, then as it warms in your mouth you get deep roasted coffee with a little bit of coffee grounds bitterness, pumpernickel crusts, and then there it is... maple and oak. Longer into the finish the maple remains, along with traces of black coffee, dark chocolate and moist oak in the mouth corners. Long after the sip there is astringent coffee grounds, slightly sour dark fruit skins, burnt pumpernickel crust, and slightly sweet maple that keeps it all in check.
Moouthfeel - This is a full mouth filling beer - creamy and silky smooth, lightly coating the mouth. The lips are left sticky with chocolate, coffee and maple syrup. Carb is in the low side, and is smooth and foaming across the tongue, with a few edges that appear as the beer makes it's way over the sides of the tongue. An excellent and contemplative sipper.
Overall - Okay, I'm just going to say it. I've recently had FIS, KBS, and now CBS. And honestly, I would put them in this order: FIS, CBS, and finally KBS. Yes that's right, FIS would be first. CBS is a fantastic IS, but honestly after this bottle I would not seek it out again - I truly feel that FIS is a better beer, and thank heavens, as I can get my hands on this at will. The maple here is very flavorful and interesting, and the balance and complexity here is incredible. I can't knock this beer by any means, but I won't lose any sleep knowing that it is retired. Now if they retired FIS, then we would have a problem... cheers :)
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 05:07:59 | More by blackcompg
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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