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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4.69/5 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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