Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,661
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 3,742
Gots: 675 | FT: 14
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Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009

Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) is the epitome of why we launched the Backstage Series: to bring some of our most sought-after beers, which have been available primarily at the taproom or at a few select events, to a much larger audience.

Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup.
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Ratings: 3,661 | Reviews: 987
Photo of AdamSteve
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my personal, humble opinion - the perfect beer

Photo of foundersfan1
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW, a little on the boozy side in the nose, but boy does it deliver in flavor. The sweetness of the maple blends exquisitely with the bourbon filled alcohol.

Photo of witschen
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted on tap at "Founders Keepers" event in NYC. This is a really rock solid beer. I believe it's completely different than KBS. A bit higher FG and the maple, coffee, chocolate is really well balanced.

Photo of Tronicity
4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Maple and Bourbon flavors mix well and aren't too overwhelming. Doesn't have the odd aftertaste like KBS either. Phenomenal

Photo of nkelley77
1/5  rDev -78.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Meh. Hype ruined this beer

Photo of sbrock22
3.59/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The maple syrup really helps cover up the bourbon and alcohol in this one.

Photo of EveningCordial
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not much to say except this stout is everything I like in a stout. Just enough mocha and fudge, mixed perfect with roasty coffee and expresso. Smooth bourbon and vanilla towards the finish with a nice touch of maple, but not clingy at all. One of my favorite stouts out there.

Photo of Miscreantpc
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating from Notes from CBS tapping

Photo of wesnile
4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had the pleasure of having multiple glasses of the 2015 release. It is a sweeter variant of KBS. Dark with slight head. The sweetness from the maple is present and really brings out the other flavors of the beer. It's one of my all-time favorites.

Photo of EaglePledge
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark with a lovely lingering head, aroma that hints of maple, and a complex flavor with the mixing of coffee, chocolate, and dark flavors. Masterfully done.

Photo of Larry6767
4.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Passes the test test for great Imperial Stout, yet there are a few others I enjoy more.

Photo of VikingBeer
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Typical imperial stout appearance: black as oil, with a persistent lacy head and a few faint bubbles of carbonation. Pretty, but plenty of stouts look better than they taste. This, however, is not one of them.

The aromas are dominated by a sugary, maple-syrup scent, closely followed by coffee, whiskey, oak, and hints of fruit, with the barest whiff of booze.

On the tongue, the beer presents a nicely rich mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation to keep things deliciously drinkable. Flavors roll in with a big hit of sweet coffee and maple syrup up front, closely followed by a wave of whiskey. Heady flavors of buckwheat, bittersweet chocolate, oak, pecans snd hazelnuts and more whiskey roll through, with the sometimes slightly overwhelmingly sweet maple syrup and coffee always reappearing. More subtle flavors appear on the back end of the palate, with blueberries, dried fruit, and even a slight hint of mint-tea and herbal hop notes. On the back of the tongue, loads of spices make an appearance, including cinnamon nutmeg and cloves. Finish is, surprisingly, medium-dry, making up somewhat for the assertive sweetness throughout.

Photo of Bagman007
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most amazing beer I have ever had, by far! Fantastic! Cannot say enough good things about this.

Photo of FalconCount
4.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. Flying Saucer Fort Worth.

Photo of don1481
4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

8th anniversary celebration at Burnhearts! 11oz snifter for $7.

Appearance: Pours a dark beautiful stout with a mocha head that disappears immediately.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, and a little bit of the bourbon. If this tastes like it smells... I'm gonna be in heaven.

Taste: Oh. My. Goodness. This is AMAZING. Tastes EXACTLY like it smells. I am so loving this!

Mouthfeel: slightly sticky, pretty clean overall.

Overall: This is so awesome.

Photo of siliconalchemy
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this - at Founders, during Cellar Raid 2015, on the night Brew Dogs was filming - it was a 5.0; I then had it a month or so later at Warren's Ale House in Wheaton, IL - and it was a 4.0 (maybe it was tap lines, maybe it was age, maybe it was lack of ambiance... who knows?) so we'll go with 4.5

Photo of sherlin
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2015 version on tap at Cambridge Common. An epic, pitch black stout with rich coffee, maple and bourbon aromas.
The sweetness of the maple was at first overpowering, but the body and richness of the beer made the maple act as sweet highlights to an already exceptional aged breakfast stout.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

6oz. pour into a snifter at Lager's in Metairie, Louisiana.
Pours a jet black with a tan head dispersed around the edge of the glass. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, sweetness from the maple syrup, vanilla, and oak. Taste is amazing. Coffee, bitter chocolate, bourbon, maple syrup. The maple syrup seemed to cut some of the bourbon/oaky notes and blend together very well. Slight alcohol warming on the very back. I felt the alcohol warming in my stomach half way through the glass. Mouthfeel was above medium, yet smooth and creamy. Overall, definitely one of the best Imperial stouts I've ever had.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 97/100

Such a smooth texture and great gentle over tones of maple on chocolate, coffee and bourbon. About as perfect as a beer can be in my opinion~

Photo of infinitebruner
4.27/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2015

Draft, snifter

A – Deep black, opaque, with a quarter-inch of dark tan / light brown head. Even foam, actually sticks around for a while. Does not appear particularly thick or viscous, but this beer definitely has legs.

S – Rich chocolate with light vanilla and oak notes, all relatively subdued. A touch of honey-like sweetness (presumably related to the maple syrup). Perhaps some floral or woodsy hop notes, not much detectable.

T – Vanilla is very high, followed by milk chocolate and a hint of maple, similar to French toast. Hops are earthy, maybe some light fruit, mostly contributing bitterness which rides along with sweetness on the finish.

M – Carbonation if fairly low, though quite present. Body is moderate-thick, not oily but slightly slick. Stays fairly juicy and sweet throughout, with bitterness on the finish to balance and both lingering on the aftertaste.

O – I certainly am aware of the accolades this beer has received and its white whale status, and it is certainly worthy of some of the hype. I got to try it thanks to some fortunate timing, and am glad that I did. In a vacuum, this is an excellent imperial / barrel-aged stout, and the maple definitely shows in the final product. I would recommend it, but wouldn’t go crazy trying to find it.

Photo of Zaximus
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap a Maria's as part of CCBW. I was fully expecting to be a bit disappointed by this offering but was thrilled when that turned out not to be the case.

Sweet but well balanced. The coffee and bourbon are toned down here in comparison to KBS and play very well together with the maple. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Well hidden alcohol. I'd love to see this in attainable bottles at some point. Guessing others may feel the same.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Oak & Ore in OKC. Black in color with a thin mocha head. Aroma is a mix of bourbon, chocolate, and maple sweetness and some coffee bitterness. In the taste the bourbon barrel is strong at first,, eventually giving way to a chocolate and subtle maple syrup sweetness. The sweetness continues into the finish with the addition of coffee bitterness as well. Feel is very full bodied and low in carbonation. Overall, the combo of maple and bourbon makes for a delicious sweetness that is perfectly balanced with the coffee bitterness. Definitely a world a world class beer with very few quality alternatives of the same style, which for that reason alone makes this a must try even if it requires a little extra effort.

Photo of captainkrad
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is perfect- except for the fact that it is soooo hard to find.

Photo of BeerBeak81
4.19/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Dexter's in Madison. Where's the maple?

Photo of Treyliff
4.87/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

2014 vintage on tap at 622 North, Blacksburg

A- pours pitch black in color with a small creamy khaki colored heads that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- huge aromas of dark chocolate and bourbon with sharp toasted oak and barrel juice, toasted coconut, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar. The maple adds a deep sweetness of molasses and enhances the bourbon aroma

T- deep dark chocolate malt upfront mixed with boozy bourbon barrel, adding flavors of toasted coconut, toasted almond & caramel/toffee. The bourbon continues through the mid palate before giving way to the sweet maple syrup, adding flavors of molasses and more caramel. The finish adds notes of dried fig, prune and date, before closing with more bourbon and maple

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky warming finish

O- I chased this beer for 4 years and it definitely lived up to the hype. It’s basically KBS with maple syrup sweetness, I drank 4 glasses of it and it still tasted great

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Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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