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Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders CBS Imperial StoutFounders CBS Imperial Stout

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2,333 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,333
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 2,887
Gots: 519 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

DavyJones, Jun 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Pours a very deep black with almost no head and minimal lacing

S: A huge explosion of coffee, maple, oats, and a touch of booze

T: Chocolate, maple brown sugar, wood, boozy, and a nice hint of vanilla

M: Robust and yet very smooth and goes down so easy for a beer around 10%.

D: This is as close to a perfect beer as you can get in my opinion. I'm very happy to hear that they are bottling this soon.

SkiBum22, Aug 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Had this beer at Al's of Hampden.

A-Black with a finger and a half of head that lasted the whole time and lacing was impeccable.

S-This was the ultimate beer for the true beer geek. All of the smells: (maple, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, chocolate )all converge into the perfect aroma. At the same time nonetheless.

T-All of the flavors : maple, coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate all converge into the perfect brew. At the same time. This truly is a multi flavor beer in perfect balance converging all at the same time.

O-I would give an arm to have a case of this all to myself...could someone help me open and pour this. -signed the one armed beer geek.

This is the best beer ever.

scott9890, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

newk340, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

heddar33, Mar 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

beckard13, Dec 16, 2011
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Britton, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

jisom123, Sep 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Namarsha82, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

megamass, Mar 25, 2012
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Jason, Nov 14, 2011
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Hoops4life511, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

ricoch3t, Nov 17, 2011
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Prospero, Apr 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

jburchett, Feb 11, 2012
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RyanPS, Jan 19, 2012
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Mantooth, Dec 06, 2011
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Breylan, Jan 02, 2012
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CUE45, Jan 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

TCJosh, Jan 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Founders Balloon Tulip. 2011 Vintage.

Pours midnight black with an inviting fluffy tan head. Looks perfect.

Nose is incredible. Decidedly, but not overwhelmingly, sweet. The chocolate and maple/bourbon come together like a lovely Ménage à trois. The coffee plays a supporting role, lending just enough roasted notes to smooth it all out.

Taste is everything I want in a stout. All the flavors work together in balance - sweetness with a touch of alcohol heat up front, and a light but noticeable bitter bite on the finish.

Mouth is full, but not viscous. It actually comes across as a bit fluffy to me, almost mousse-like.

Founders has a true gem with CBS. I really hope that their current expansion can help them get more of this beer into distribution at a reasonable price. Fantastic brew, as close to a perfect stout as I've had.

mondegreen, Dec 31, 2011
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Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,333 ratings.