Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders CBS Imperial StoutFounders CBS Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 3,022
Gots: 533 | FT: 8
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying this exceptional stout on-tap at the Dirty Truth in N. Hampton, MA, on 7/17/09. Just getting around to singing this beverage's praises.
A: Jet black with a nice thin brown head.
S: Lots of coffee. chocolate, and almost wood-like notes.
T: Phenomenal. Definitely coffee, espresso, chocolate, and wood.
M: Yummy, thick, creamy, and smooth.
D: Be careful! Nice job in hiding the ABV, which is about 9.5% according to BA. Damn! I'd have several for breakfast any day and would probably be joining AA as a result (LOL!)

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Founders.

Poured a dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Moderate to heavy roasted dark chocolate, vanilla, woody and alcohol aroma.

Heavy bittersweet roasted sweet malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration.

Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

This is a standout beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tewaris
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in tasting snifter side by side with KBS. Looks the part: dark brown, medium head, medium retention. Typical.

Smells delicious! Maple (especially strong when sampled with KBS on the side), chocolate, and the aroma of coffee beans being ground. Masterful!

Tastes acidic and sweet, with pronounced notes of coffee and bourbon. The maple is not strong in the flavor. Very velvety and delightfully sticky, but could have been thicker. There is some vanilla but the vanilla is way stronger in KBS.

As remarked, I could use some more maple but this is one monster of a beer and any flavor will have a hard time standing up to the strong coffee and bourbon. An excellent beer, worth the effort spent in acquiring it. That said, if I had to choose, I will take KBS.

4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill. Pours a dark brown/black with a small beige head (combination of the growler and too cold at the time of pouring).

The aroma is very similar to the regular Breakfast stout with the addition of the maple syrup sweetness. Mostly coffee, roast, and a touch of dark fruit.

The flavor was everything that I have enjoyed in the regular Breakfast stout: Coffee, dark chocolate, and roast with the added dimension of the maple syrup sweetness.

Cold the body seemed a bit thin. As the beer warmed, the body came around (although not as full as I would like) but remained creamy smooth to drink. The alcohol was not a major factor until it warmed significantly.

I had this at DLD, but my brain and palate were pretty much shot by the time it came out. This was a nice surprise to find so close to home. I have and continue to enjoy this one (at least for a few more sips).

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikey for bringing this to Rush Hour v.1

...seriously. Never thought I'd be drinking this beer.

A- Dark, robust brown, khaki head, moderate carbonation, fantastic for a handbottle (it 'popped' when opened.. yes!)

S- Whoa. Coffee, maple/honey, rich sugars, smoke. A good deal of smoke. Really complex... begging to be poured into my mouth. Won't deny this beer it's moment of glory...

T- Maple is there, but the smoky barrels come through a lot stronger. The woodiness and campfire notes are delicious. The bitter coffee notes do wonders here, and I get a hint of bitter chocolate to round it all out. The honey/maple sweetness and a bit of buttery/caramel bourbon are icing on the cake. Damn.

M- Great body and mouthfeel. No complaints here, good job to Founders.

D- Um, I'd drink three growlers back-to-back-to-back if I could. I want to drink this morning, noon, and night. No sign of the ABV, nothing but pure awesomeness.

And I don't even consider stouts to be anywhere near my favorite style. This one is just that good.

If/when CBS is re-released, I will be drinking it until I run out of money. World-class in every sense, this is what beer is all about. If only it wasn't so hard to come by...

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Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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