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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,312 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 2,864
Gots: 513 | FT: 6
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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Azurelimits

Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.3%

12-05-2011 13:15:58 | More by Azurelimits
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Ruger44

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.3%

01-12-2012 15:55:35 | More by Ruger44
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fiver29

Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Mike’s Bar and Grill during Cleveland Beer Week. Huge thanks to Founders for bringing some kegs of this this week. Just awesome. I have been searching for the perfect beer for years. I found it last night. The guy next to me said he had this last week in a bottle and tonight was his first time on tap. He said it was clearly better on tap. I have only had this once. On tap. Last night. So this review is based on what I enjoyed last evening. Pours pitch black with a slight tan ring around the edges. Looks like what I would expect. I put the glass up to my nose and whiff. Whoa. Layers of aromas. First I noticed a stickly sweet maple, then a touch of coffee, roast, and wood made a noticeable note here as well. I smelled this a few times because I was surprised by the complexity just in the aroma. I took a sip. My first thought was "Holy Fuck". An explosion of flavor hit me. Upfront their was a strong sense of coffee, followed very closely by a touch of maple sweetness, then a touch of dark roast from the grain bill and a slight note of vanilla with some booze notes that was not at all hot. The booze flavors were hid well by the way this was barrel aged and melded perfectly in the finished product. There really was no booze as there was just a note of it and it made for a perfectly rounded beer. The finish combined all of the above ever so slightly. There was no cloying sweetness. Nothing over the top. Everything in this beer was perfectly represented from start to finish. I honestly never thought I would give a perfect score to any beer. Until now. This one for me goes beyond the hype and was worth every sip.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 03:11:51 | More by fiver29
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.3%

11-18-2011 13:06:52 | More by jwelsh
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MSandahl23

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.3%

12-24-2012 13:17:15 | More by MSandahl23
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +7.3%

12-02-2012 07:29:16 | More by jawneyt
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BeerMe42

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +7.3%

11-15-2011 22:40:49 | More by BeerMe42
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hopazoid

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +7.3%

02-22-2013 06:11:26 | More by hopazoid
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sobeleg

New York

5/5  rDev +7.3%

12-28-2011 02:19:34 | More by sobeleg
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.3%

10-01-2012 14:34:33 | More by GeoffreyM
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jp52518

Missouri

5/5  rDev +7.3%

12-16-2011 00:46:51 | More by jp52518
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Rusty18

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.3%

01-28-2012 20:11:00 | More by Rusty18
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jp110099

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +7.3%

02-01-2012 00:05:24 | More by jp110099
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Phacoman

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.3%

10-01-2012 01:36:56 | More by Phacoman
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kdmcguire10

Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Founders CBS snifter

Dark as night pour with a fluffy caramel head, 1 finger that dissipates rather quickly.

Sweet milk chocolate smell blended perfectly with espresso notes. The maple and bourbon ties it all together perfectly.

So incredibly smooth tasting. Roasted caramel and coffee notes. Slight sweetness from the maple, but it's not overpowering. It blends so well with the bourbon. The alcohol is so well-hidden with just a slight warming sensation on the back end. Everything a world-class stout should taste like. Wow.

Luxurious mouthfeel. Thick, luscious velvet-like texture. I could almost eat this with a spoon.

Epic beer! This is truly a masterpiece - a real luxury. The perfect stout in my estimation. This is the gold standard by which all imperial stouts should be judged.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:47:25 | More by kdmcguire10
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imfrommichigan

Utah

5/5  rDev +7.3%

02-04-2013 17:07:04 | More by imfrommichigan
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Lare453

Florida

5/5  rDev +7.3%

03-09-2014 00:17:52 | More by Lare453
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duels

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.3%

02-10-2012 06:03:30 | More by duels
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e30todamax

Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.3%

11-27-2012 12:31:04 | More by e30todamax
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McNuts

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +7.3%

12-24-2011 14:40:50 | More by McNuts
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paco1029384756

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a smooth tan head, it's one nice looking beer.

Scent of chocolate, maple, coffee, and oatmeal. Perfect, just an amazing scent, perfectly balanced.

Taste of chocolate, maple, coffee, and oatmeal, just as the scent lets on. This is the greatest beer I have ever had, absolutely perfect.

Mouthfeel is heavy and very smooth, overpowering the senses as it travels through the mouth.

Drinkability is crazy, it gets more drinkable to more you have. They wouldn't let me get a growler of it, but that didn't stop me from drinking a growler's worth of it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 22:46:20 | More by paco1029384756
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +7.3%

09-04-2012 22:51:50 | More by bradfordjohnson
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +7.3%

11-30-2011 02:49:42 | More by UNCCTDawg
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Roze

New York

5/5  rDev +7.3%

06-28-2014 01:53:00 | More by Roze
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +7.3%

11-19-2011 04:01:54 | More by bigdaddypolite
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.