Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,477 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,477
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 3,017
Gots: 531 | 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:
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(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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Photo of Beestin
4.08/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danimal25
4.01/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wapcap
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of srandycarter
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black of course, decent sized mocha heat, lots of fine cling lace.

S - Oh my gosh. Rich malty mocha boozy blend. The surprise smell here is black licorice, which I did not expect. Don't like BL usually, but might make the exception here. Soy present too.

T - Taste is exactly like smell only like 3D. Incredible.

M - Heavy body, good carb, pretty good balance considering largeness.

D - Not a session, but have been looking forward to trying this one. It's Xmas Eve 2014, and I think I might drink the whole bottle. Merry Christmas!

Photo of Clownoisseur
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SixPack6
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of IowaPA
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not bad, Founders, not bad at all...

Photo of Kristy13993
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of eleo
4.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ramay729
4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JGlitz87
4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of crobinso
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. I got 2 5 oz pours.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a small foamy half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very strongly of maple, with Hershey's syrup, bourbon, and roasted coffee beans.,

I am finally getting a chance to taste this one, and it tastes exactly like I expected it to taste. Every advertised ingredient is on full display here- syrupy, ultra sweet maple syrup, sweet, creamy chocolate syrup, roasted coffee beans, and sweet bourbon. There is a pretty significant boozy kick on the end of each sip, providing a bit of bitterness to the very sweet flavors up front. I'm not getting a whole lot of roasted malt, but that's likely due to the loads of adjuncts in this one.

This is medium bodied, not quite as thick as I'd like, with a very syrupy mouthfeel. I have the feeling in my mouth that I often have after I eat pancakes. That sort of call-back to a memory I like- eating pancakes- is just one thing that makes this beer really nice. It has a lower level of carbonation, and is really drinkable.

One of the biggest bucket list beers for me is finally crossed off. It is honestly worth the hype, and absolutely amazing. The definition of decadent.

Photo of johnscooper
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of westlaunboy
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JReites
4.15/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sawwsea
3.69/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely sweet. Would have liked more maple to have come through for as cloying as it was. Lots of burn from the bourbon as it warmed. Not a bad beer, but not even close to being a top tier bourbon barrel aged stout. Absolutely does not live up to the hype.

Photo of Sarge3130
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Fargrow
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of meb3476
4.13/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,477 ratings.