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Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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2,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,325
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 2,884
Gots: 517 | FT: 8
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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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4.63/5  rDev -0.6%

Great many excellent thanks to cam for sPlitting this bottle!!!

A - dark dark black body with minimal dark tan head.

S - chocolate bitter coffee, beautiful roast with light maple

T - bitter coffee big roast and chocolate with a great extra dimension of maple. Like a more complex KBS.

M - one of the best I've had. Big and thick and super smooth. Just about perfect.

O - ok so it's super good. Nothing deserves hype like this, but this lives up to it. A marvelously good beer

10-15-2011 18:42:11 | More by ColdPoncho
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4.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from bottle into Duvel Tulip -2011 release.

A: Black as midnight with three finger head that formed a thick frothy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Bourbon , coffee , whiffs of chocolate, roasted malts and barley.

T: Sweet bitter chocolate , hints of bourbon, coffee is prevalent, slight maple syrup hints, slight toffee/vanilla/caramel , roasted barley.

O: Seems alot like KBS with some maple syrup added (Not that that's a bad thing) A little sweet for me, maybe a month or two would do this one some good, The 10.7% abv is extremely well hidden , As this beer warms the flavors seem to meld together very well, The sweetness of the Maple syrup compliments the bourbon , The coffee is ever present and as a coffee lover this is a good thing, Overall a solid American Double /Imperial Stout that was a treat to drink, would definitely have again.

Side note - This paired well with a BLT.

10-15-2011 14:05:55 | More by InebriatedJoker
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New York

5/5  rDev +7.3%

I won this bottle on 10/14/2011 at a lotto/Founder's tasting at A & R Beverage on Long Island. I was the first name pulled!

A: Jetblack with a two finger dark tan head.

S: Sweet chocolate, strong coffee, and some vanilla/bourbon scents; I picked up a mild amount of heat in the smell.

T: Upfront, there was an abundance of chocolate, and coffee flavors running wild. As they began to subdue, sweet vanilla began to bloom. The flavor out the back blew me away; the maple syrup starts to emerge, however, it clashes with the heat from the alcohol, making a really interesting flavor.

M: a decent amount of carbonation, and a really smooth mouth feel. I was expecting a thick-syrupy feel, but that is not the case.

O: The beer lives up to its hype, and I can now understand why people are going above, and beyond to get their hands on this. This was one of the most complex beers I have had, and probably the best beer I have tried to date. Words cannot express how grateful I am for being one of the 11 to win a bottle last night.

P. S. - Hey Dan, you jelly?

10-15-2011 13:32:18 | More by xenjoiii
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Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Good amounts of lacing, dies down a bit as it warms up. Retention also diminishes as it warms, produces a couple finger's worth of head when first poured. Black and completely opaque.

S - Strong maple, coffee, hints of chocolate, and faint booziness.

T - Maple blends nicely into the chocolate, gives the dark chocolate a sweet but contained edge. Roasted coffee balances out the sweetness perfectly. In the centre of the palate you have notes of bourbon which add more depth, and perhaps a hint of vanilla as well (it's hard to tell with the maple). The flavours meld together exceptionally, while the base palate seems rather simple, I think that CBS seems more layered than KBS. The aftertaste consists mostly of the rich maple sweetness, but it's not overpowering or off-putting. Perfectly done stout, wish there was more of it readily available.

M - Great mouthfeel, quite creamy and smooth. Easy drinkability for a beer with this much flavour.

O - Outstanding beer, certainly worth the hype and steep price. Worthy of an A+. Will be hard to top this when it comes to Imperial Stouts.

10-15-2011 07:53:38 | More by StarshipPoopers
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

A- very dark with a caramel colored head. Pours very thick

S- to die for. You can smell the mocha coffee, the bourbon, and syrup flavors.

T- don't have tons of experience with ultra exclusive beers, but so far I can say this is the best tasting beer I have had so far. I still have not had KBS and a few others I have a feeling might be "the best", but so far, this is the best tasting beer ever! Very complex, robust, and delicious. The main mocha coffee, bourbon, and syrup flavors come through mostly, with some other amazing flavors as well. It also has a zesty kind of warm flavor to it, which I assume is the high alcohol content and bourbon presence. The taste is just insane and you never want it to stop. It's a crying shame it's only available for one day a year and in such limited quantities. Next time I'm going to buy at least 3.

M- very very smooth like velvet. Thick, luxurious, creamy, it's pretty much perfect.

O- can't say enough amazing things about this beer. Being a huge fan of Founders and having tried almost everything they make (even the special brews) this is definitely the best beer I've had so far, and imagine it will always be one of the best. You owe it to yourself to get a few of these every fall! Can't wait until next year!

10-15-2011 03:14:54 | More by FoundersFanatic
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4.63/5  rDev -0.6%

2011 Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A Midnight black, good brown head for style, decent lacing
S Strong coffee, roasted malts. Around room temperature the alcohol fumes are pretty strong, sweetness comes through more.
T Lots going on in the flavor, very similar to kbs. maple presence is very noticeable. sweetness is a noticeable character but not overwhelming. all works together exceptionally well. vanilla comes through well. coffee is less strong than smell. cocoa in the finish
M About perfect - lower carb, smooth body, not too thick, mild alcohol presence. could me a little fuller
O Definitely an amazing beer, wish there was a little more lacing and more diverse aroma would be nice

10-15-2011 02:43:25 | More by zachary80
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +4.7%

This 2011 bottle was happily opened with a strong anticipation. Shared with fellow BA CosmicEvan on a mission to enjoy quality beer. Served into a Duvel Goblet.

Appearance is really pleasing. It stands as dark as night and, upon a nice swirl, it develops a beautiful frothy head. A really nice pudding settles that prompts me to think I'm in for a true joy ride.

Smell is interesting. At first I was getting a ton of coffee. Now, as it settles in a bit, I'm getting more and more of a boozy bourbon smell. I want to catch the maple but I'm really not getting it yet. I'm still feeling trustful that it will come through in its flavor.

Taste is a dream come true. It starts off wonderfully sweet and creamy with plenty of maple (there it is!). A swirl of bourbon, vanilla, and molasses come through. There's a subtle chocolate in there too but it's not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Sweet dessert-like cream gives its way to a coffee float without being too sweet or cloying. I loved the number of stages I went though with this.

Overall an amazing experience. I am incredibly happy I obtained these beers and decided to sure them with friends and family instead of asking for someone's kidney in return for the beer. We found the whale, stuck her with a harpoon, and got everything we could out of her (scrimshaw anyone?).

10-15-2011 01:48:30 | More by Yagman3000
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New York

4.93/5  rDev +5.8%

bottle generously shared by yagman3000 (thanks jeff!).

a - pours a lush black with a thin grey white head that vanishes leaving a ring on the surface. swirling the glass rebuilds for a moment. leaves traces of lacing on the glass. overall a bit thicker than your typical barrel aged brew, possiblely thickness from the maple syrup barrels? still has that glorious bourbon barrel aged shine.

s - the medley of soft milk chocolate with coffe and brown sugary bourbon sweetness is divine. the maple barrels add a layer of thickness to the wood from the bourbon. it gives it a down home sitting by the fire warmth. interesting to note that jeff and I used different glasses, me an oversized snifter, jeff an oversized duvel tulip...his was way more milk and creamy frappicino type drink. just love it.

t - Mmmm. Mmmm. luscious. rich. delicious. coffee and chocolate with bourbon maple delicately glazed over the top. seriously, it doesn't really get much better than this for my taste buds.

m - rich and lush with a delicate softness. quenching and cooling. the boozy tingle I normally look for is washed in maple richness for a silky cool after vibe.

o - overall, this beer is NOT overated. it rightfully earned the respect it has. this one is no joke.

10-15-2011 01:45:08 | More by cosmicevan
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4.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Special thanks to my sister-in-law who used to live in Grand Rapids and was able to score one bottle of CBS. This may be the only bottle of CBS ever consumed in the Rio Grande Valley of deep south Texas. Founders doesn't do bad stouts, in my opinion, and this is no exception.

Poured into an open-mouthed stemless wine glass, just for kicks. Dark as midnight, with a light head that bears a slight reddish-orange tint. The nose is intense and all over the place. Yes, the maple is there, but this unmistakably a Founders stout. Dense, rich malt sweetness fused with an earthy smokiness. Tastes about the same, with a stronger vanilla presence as well. My wife said it tastes like "liquid ice cream" and I won't argue with that description. Delicious. Mouthfeel is very formidable.

Perhaps the best beer I've had in a very long time. Maybe since my last KBS? Maybe. Really good stuff. If you can find this beer, and that's a big IF, consume as much as you can. It's incredible.

10-14-2011 23:20:56 | More by Atlas1
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4.53/5  rDev -2.8%

I was invited to a beer tasting where one of the participants had a bottle of CBS. I've had this beer before on tap at the Extreme Beer Fest, but this was the first time I've tried it from the bottle.

CBS pours black into the glass, but has ruby highlights around the edges. The small light brown head fades down to a ring around the surface and leaves behind a fair amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of coffee and chocolate with some bourbon and alcohol mixed in.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is velvety on the palate. Light carbonation. The flavor is sweet and similar to the aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate blended with oak, roasted malt, and bourbon. The coffee is the most pronounced flavor, but doesn't overpower. I couldn't detect any maple in the beer. Once gone the coffee and bourbon flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty stout with a fantastic mouthfeel. It's too bad there's so much hype surrounding this beer. I'd love it to be more readily available.

10-14-2011 16:16:58 | More by WanderingFool
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4.65/5  rDev -0.2%

I shared this bottle with some good friends last night. Poured into a 5oz tasting glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Black with very little light penetration, red hues shine where the light does get through. A nice mocha-colored head sits atop this viscous liquid and leave a tight lacing in its tracks.

S- Whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toasted malts and maple syrup

T- Espresso, dark chocolate, whiskey, maple syrup, hints of vanilla and toasted malts. The maple syrup comes through more at the end of the sip.

M- Not as thick as I had imagined it would be; although it wasn't thin by any definition of the word. It had a balanced carbonation level. It did leave a slight coating.

O- Overall, this was one of the best beers I have ever had. It lived up to the hype. The flavors were so well-balanced; nothing dominated to any degree. I wish I had more, but I am glad I got one bottle (and even happier that I got to share it with my friends).

10-14-2011 15:43:09 | More by Ungertaker
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4.45/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness or vintage date but from recent wide-range release. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $18.49. Thanks a lot Matthew.

A: Totally opaque black with plummy brown 2-finger head with good retention for the ABV and numerous streams of lace.

S: Delicious bourbon notes that grow in strength with warming. The dark malts are sumptuous and provide plenty of body. Coffee and roast come through but there is an undercurrent of caramel-maple sweetness there as well.

T: The flavor is much sweeter than either KBS or Imperial stout with the maple component really carrying sweetness throughout. The coffee is mostly present in the aftertaste, and the bourbon-whiskey contribution is more powerful with warming and time. The dark malt character is a little lost in the sweetness. Compared to KBS, FBS, and FIS, this is much sweeter and dessert-like.

M: The sweetness really adds a thick and chewy mouthfeel, even above and beyond FBS or KBS. THe carbonation is high and gives a more scrubbing quality that increases this drinkability of this beer. It is syrupy for sure but still drinkable due to the high carbonation.

O: This is a really great beer, but just a bit sweeter than optimal for me. KBS and FIS both outrank this guy, but I am really glad to have had the chance to give it a run. It is very unique, and a lightly smoked "bacon" or "Canadian bacon" version would be a great permutation to try.

10-14-2011 02:54:32 | More by argock
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4.8/5  rDev +3%

(A) This beer pours black as night. No light gets through when held up to a bulb. Forms a really dark brown head that sits up about a quarter to half inch.

(S) The aroma of this beer is pretty much what you would expect. Coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, some oak/wood, a touch of bourbon, a dryness and a hint of licorice.

(T) Just like the nose, dead on. Chocolate stood out to me first and foremost. The maple syrup was consistent throughout the flavor and gave it that even sweetness. Dark roasted malts helped bring up the foundation and give a robust coffee flavor that paired well with vanilla at the end. Excellent.

(M) Very smooth and big body. Thick and malty. It was easy on the palate and very enjoyable.

(O) This was so good I didn't want to finish it. Just fantastically crafted and well made. I love KBS and FBS and this is the best of both worlds and then some more. It's delectable. Worth the hype.

10-13-2011 12:38:58 | More by cjacobsen
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4.78/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours nearly black with amber highlights. I was expecting a thicker and darker pour. I thought it would gloop into the glass like many stouts of this caliber do. It leaves a small dark brown head that leaves a pretty sticky lacing.

Chocolate, oak, maple syrup, roasted/burnt malts are in the aroma. A slight warming alcohol that is surprising subtle and well hidden. Vanilla and coffee are also dominant.

Loads of maple syrup, roasty malts chocolate, dark roasted coffee in the flavor. Bourbon has a large presence but it isn't harsh. Tastes like a nice smoky breakfast.

Thick and luxurious mouthfeel. Coats the mouth thoroughly. Sweet, but not cloying. Finishes with coffee and roasted bitterness.

Of course this beer was over-hyped, but it is an awesome beer. Everything I'd want in an imperial stout. Beers are like Dark Lord are impressive with the amount of flavor, but this is still a balanced, complex, flavorful stout, that isn't too alcoholic or sweet.

10-13-2011 01:55:39 | More by sjccmd
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West Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Split with some close friends. You guys are welcome.

Appearance: Jet black and viscous as all get out. There is no light around the edges whatsoever. Poured somewhat aggressively to get a decent head, which remained throughout. The head is a creamy mocha with tight bubbles and quite attractive. Better yet, the lacing sticks to the glass as if it holding on for dear life. Basically, this is everything I look for in an Imperial Stout. The beer pours like molasses... at the very least like motor oil. Delicious molassesy motor oil. Mmmmm.

Smell: A vast array of aromas emanates from the glass. You get tons of coffee up front, with cocoa. There's definitely a vanilla and bourbon presence but they're kept in check and subdued by bouquet of smells. All too often, bourbon barrel aged beers go for too much bourbon and turn me off. CBS found a brilliant medium, second only to The Abyss. There's also a welcoming maple aroma blended in. It's definitely a boozey smelling beer but that is to be expected. Overall, it doesn't take away from the complexity and deliciousness of the beer. As it warms, the maple comes out a little more.

Taste: Suffice it to say, CBS does not disappoint. This baby lives up to the hype. Everything you get in the nose is very apparent on the tongue. A very aggressive assault to the taste buds. There's vanilla and bourbon, coffee, chocolate, smokeyness (though rather subdued) and maple. It's sweet and bitter, both at the same time. Moreover, it's bittersweet when you realize you've finished your bottle. As it warms, the boozey qualities seem to diminish, though still noticeably present. As with the nose, the maple shines through when it warms.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention this bastard is viscous? I did? Because that's an understatement. This thing feels like pure syrup in your mouth. It's thick, chewy and sugary. I usually like thick type beer but this is slightly too much. I never thought I'd ever feel like a beer was too thick until today. I still love it, it's just past it's optimum thickness. Although I have one more, I can't see myself finishing a whole bottle alone.

Overall: Viscous, vicious and voracious Canadian Breakfast Stout is simply wonderful. It's almost everything that a barrel-aged stout should be and more. Part of me wishes I could go above and beyond 5s on some these measures. Believe the hype, CBS is that good.

10-12-2011 18:04:17 | More by Bmuncy
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4.93/5  rDev +5.8%

Thanks Chad for the hookup. Shared with brian23456 last Sunday. Poured into snifters...lets see what this CBS hype is all about..

A - Pours a dark black with a mocha head with tints of ruby. The head is about a half finger thick. Lacing is really nice and creamy and there are patches of foam clouds in the middle.

S - Creamy, dark Belgium chocolate, light roast, caramel and maple syrup. Light oak and nice hints of bourbon. Tiny bits of char, tabacco leaf and candy like sugar.

T - Coffee and Espresso, roast, chocolate and really smooth bourbon. Maple syrup and a touch of peanut butter. Little bit of vanilla and oats as it warms.

M - Creamy carbonation and touch of heat from the barrel but it is well balanced with the roast of the coffee like flavors. Leaves the mouth a bit dry, just taking a drag off a nice cigar.

O - Yep, this stuff is awesome. Lives up to the hype, although I didn't expect it to be as crazy as it is. Way tasty stuff and something that I really enjoyed. Glad I got another bottle hanging out to try again in the future. Believe the hype...

10-12-2011 04:06:06 | More by joshuaseresse
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured into snifter.

Jet black with a thin, dark brown head.

Maple syrup, coffee, whisky and a hint of reisling.

This a a bold one! Maple syrup up front, chocolate, with a light whisky finish. Bold flavors mask the high alcohol content.

Thick and syrupy. Lightly carbonated.

A phenomenal beer. One of my very favorates. Do not miss this one!

10-12-2011 02:10:37 | More by aherstein
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4.6/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. 10.6% alcohol by volume.

Black body and a thin brown head. Little bit of lacing. Smells of coffee and bitter chocolate primarily with some vanilla and bourbon. Powerful aroma on this one. The taste is more mellow and intermingled than I was expecting. Again, coffee and chocolate are the dominant players. I think I get some of the maple syrup in the aftertaste. Bitterness is higher than your average RIS. Carbonation seems mild. Very smooth mouthfeel, little thin compared to some others of this style.

If you like big American imperial stouts you will love this beer.

10-12-2011 00:24:17 | More by BierFan
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev -4.1%

Served in a Duvel Tulip

Thick motor oil black body with a 2-1/2 finger caramel head and some nice lacing for an Imperial Stout.

Aromas of quality bourbon spiked coffee with freshly slit vanilla beans soaked in maple syrup, dark chocolatem and toasty caramel.

Bitter dark chocolate and hops, tons of sweet real maple syrup support with a good deal of bourbon, and smooth strong vanilla-scented coffee (the forefront flavor here). Less chocolate than KBS but there's definitely more vanilla, caramel, maple bourbon sweetness here.

Fullest of bodies. Thick and viscous. 5 out of 5 for the style taking into the account of the extreme smoothness and how it supports the flavor.

A truly excellent beer, but I have to say that I prefer KBS a bit more. KBS is less sweet, less bitter, with more bourbon, and it's more balanced with just as much flavor as CBS.

10-11-2011 23:15:54 | More by aficionado
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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle 10/10/11

A-Another beautiful stout from Founders. Pours a jet black and is completely opaque. Dark as night with the slightest cocoa head that does not remain except for a thin coffee cream colored lacing.

S-Lots of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of cream and maple.

T-Tastes a lot like the original breakfast stout however just more balanced. The aging has done wonders to this. There is a lot of coffee in this one which I was quite impressed with. A bit of a mocha latte bomb which I am fine with. As this gem warms up you can start to taste the maple syrup. It overall smooths the beer up and the bourbon is so subtle it is barely noticeable.

M-So creamy and thick. Just a fantastic beer that you can roll around your mouth and enjoy its flavors. There is barely any carbonation as well which makes it so smooth and the alcohol is hardly there save for a final bite.

O-This beer is quite fantastic I will say that. I had this back to back with KBS and I think that these two are equally good. CBS is a smoother and tastier beer while KBS is more viscious and has a lot more bourbon kick. The thing is though as impressed I was by this beer it still is not the same as my first regular Founders Breakfast Stout. The first time I had the original I was blown away by it. This beer did not blow me away as how I was by the original but it is better. If I had never tried an FBS this would probably be the greatest beer I have had.

Update* 11-16-12
CBS on tap (fresh) is exceptional. Much more maple present than in any of the bottles I have had. My recommendation-Don't seek out bottles, just wait until it shows up on tap.

10-11-2011 20:06:11 | More by beerhan
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from first edition bottle release bomber into snifter 10/11/2011. Served at about 50 degrees and warming throughout drinking. Drank as breakfast. Totally stoked!

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque black with about 1/2 finger of chocolate head that dissipates into a thin tan film over the top. Has some pretty intense alcohol legs on the side of the glass. No lacing-- but its 10.6%ABV and a double stout...its okay. It looks spot on for the style.-- 5

Smell: Rich dark coffees, deeply roasted malts, a moderate amount of vanilla notes, dark semi-sweet chocolates, an undertone of some sweet maple syrup, and all held together by a fairly obvious bourbon booziness. I was surprised to find the maple syrup as subtle as it is. Its an incredibly complex beer in the nose. Surprisingly, the nose didn't just come out and knock me in the face. It definitely has some patience in the nose, and all the flavors seem to complement one another to form its own unique note of harmony. However, the bourbon is definitely a big note in this one. If you don't dig on big bourbon notes, it may be a turn off for you. But this brew is totally robust in every way-- 5

TASTE: Just wow. Big, huge chocolate and coffee notes are upfront, a sweet sticky maple syrup that shows restraint and is not overly sweet, wrapped up in with a BIG bourbon, bitter dark roast coffee, slightly dry and ever so slightly sweet finish. It might be the most masterfully blended and proportioned beer I have ever had. Absolutely no alcohol whatsoever-- its too wonderfully crafted. However, the bourbon is much bigger in this one than I expected. I interpret this as a well executed risk. Furthermore, the maple influence gives an accent to the original KBS style that blesses it with a certain sweetness and woodiness that gives it an influence that gives even more additional complexity. The maple syrup makes itself more well known as it warms, and it smooths out the big bourbon characters.-- TEN..a f***in TEN!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Thick, creamy, and heavy bodied. WOW! So silky in the mouth. It has almost the consistency in the mouth as a homemade cup of hot cocoa but with a bourbon burn. Moderately-low carbonation used to give some slight fizz but only as support to the dark, creamy feel of the overall body. It's master class and the elite example of mouthfeel for stouts. However, it is indeed a sipper. But if you are drinking CBS very fast, you aren't "getting" what it is. It is amazingly smooth, so please savor every last drop.-- 5

Overall: This is a magnificently dangerous beer. It feels so cliche and conformist to underwrite how great this beer is because most everyone says this. However, I cannot doubt that my fellow beer advocates have isolated a true masterpiece in brewing. I have thanked G-d I had the opportunity to try this beer. It has totally redefined my expectations of what is a great beer. People often wait to open the special brews for special occasions. I can tell you, without a doubt, that the special occasion is when you open and sip a bottle of CBS. Every once in a while the hype gets it right-- and its because Founders has dedicated themselves to being masters of their craft before being master's of getting their craft to everyone.-- 5

Criticism: My only criticism is that this one may be trying to do too much at the same time, and it may be too sweet for some barrel-aged elitists. Some will definitely find the KBS and the BS to be better than CBS because it (one) does not try to do as much "flavor packing" as CBS does and (two) the maple syrup adds sugar in a way that may perhaps prevent it from being a palate destroyer like KBS or a bit too overly rich juxtaposed to the BS. The maple syrup may perhaps be overkill for many. But CBS is an extreme beer. CBS in an extreme beer for those who enjoy extreme tastes. Is CBS the best beer in the world or even in the US? It might be. But, to absolutely make it the "king of beers" is to take the mystique out of craft beer and buy into the BMC marketing bull**** that a brewery like Founders refuses to buy into.

10-11-2011 15:15:05 | More by paxchristi
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4.97/5  rDev +6.7%

BOOM! This beer is exactly what they say it is. Sharing a bottle with friend Patrick. Pours with a fine, tan head that lingers and some lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is roast, malt, coffee, a little cocoa, maple, and hint bourbon. Flavor is like nose but mammoth! And add in there a little fruit. Body is luxuriant and excellent carbonation. Finish is like flavor and very long and warming. A work of art.

10-11-2011 00:52:07 | More by drpimento
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West Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +2.6%

2011 bottle release. Poured into dogfish sig glass

A - jet black no light. 4 finger mocha head on first pour. Really large bubbles. Dissapted quickly

S - lots or roasted coffee, slight oak and vanilla. More of the bourbon and maple comes thru as it warms

T - bitter coffee upfront, smoothest into maples sweetness and tinge of bourbon. Little bit or oaky vanilla

M - smooth and creamy

O - really impressed. Lived up to the hype for me. Sting coffee notes of fresh FBS w thr bourbon notes of KBS, then all dipped in maple.

10-10-2011 23:13:42 | More by Crftbrfan
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4.47/5  rDev -4.1%

2011 release, thank you Jeff!
Appearance- Jet black with a nice Carmel colored head or lacing.
Smell- , smells of coffee, some chocolate. little bourbon..Complex
Taste- coffee is apparent on first sip, with slight bourbon and dark chocolate also present. Not picking up much of the maple...Delicious.a nice dessert beer.
Mouthfeel- no alcohol burn while drinking perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall, an absolutely delicious beer

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 15:07:46 | More by Kaydogg
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New York

4.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Shared with Daiceman at my place for the UFC fights, after trading a DFH 120 and a Blind Pig for the CBS. Poured into 2 snifters from the bottle.

A: Very dark in color, with a tan creamy head that lingers.

S: Initially the hints of maple syrup and mild bourbon smell hit you, which puts a smile on your face. Then the overwhelming coffee smell hits your nose. One of the nicest smelling beers I can remember.

T: The taste is incredible, delicious coffee taste with sweet malt/syrup taste. A mild warming in your chest as you savor the taste. Gets even better as the beer warms.

M: Creamy, and full bodied, yet not too thick. You know this beer has substance, but it is in no way one of those obnoxious overpowering stouts. It makes you want to immediately take another sip.

O: I went into the tasting thinking there was no way this beer could be as good as people say it is, but boy was I wrong! This is one of the best beers I have ever tried. The smell, taste, mouthfeel all are top notch. I could only imagine how it would taste on tap. I hope to get my hands on another bottle of this soon. If you have the pleasure of trying this brew consider yourself lucky!

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