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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

2,362 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 2,919
Gots: 516 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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Photo of gory4d
4.1/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head - lots of lacing. The smell is very sweet, with note of coffee and chocolate and just a faint twinge of bourbon. The taste is (as a friend described it) "milkshake beer:" super sweet, though with some nice roasted notes from the coffee; chocolate flavors predominate, with a hint of maple; not much from the bourbon here. It's thick and creamy, with mild carbonation. All in all a nice beer, easy enough to drink for what it is. Glad to have had a chance to try it with friends.

gory4d, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/31/11
Poured a viscous black with a tiny tan head.

Aroma mostly consists of chocolate, bourbon and coffee. Not much maple in the nose.

Taste follows the nose. You can taste the barrel aging as the bourbon at times almost overpowers. Lots of chocolate and roasty malt flavor with a touch of vanilla and just a bit of maple syrup. Seems to have less maple presence than when it had it on tap at Founders.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thin for the style although far from watery. Lowish carb levels.

A fine beer, but it's impossible to live up to the crazy hype train. I slightly preferred the KBS we opened along with this and FWIW, it was a 2-2 tie between KBS and CBS as best beer amongst our tasting party.

[Edit] Cracked another bottle on 11/25. In this bottle the bourbon was much more subdued and more maple flavor was present much more similar to what I remember from having it on tap on release day. Incredibly smooth and one of the best beers I've ever had. I'm not sure if the first bottle was slightly off or if it really did just congeal and become awesome in just under a month. Went from a very good beer to a f'ing spectacular one.

[Edit #2] Tons of bottle variation in this. Score is more or less an average, but the bottles I've got to try have ranged from around a 3.5 to a 5.

jmarsh123, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of cbeer88
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into matching Founders snifter.

Appearance: Looks like dark roast black coffee, with a corresponding frothy mocha head of 1.5 fingers. Head has nice staying power, largely thanks to glass's nucleation point. Lacing leaves a pretty brown on the sounds of the glass. About perfect.

Smell: Bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. No noticeable maple on the nose, but it otherwise smells fantastic.

Taste: So much going on here… bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. The maple mostly makes its presence known on the backend, and it leaves a wonderful taste in the mouth that makes you yearn for the next sip. Every sip gives you something a little different.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good carb, very silky and smooth in the mouth. The alcohol blends beautifully and provides no burn.

Drinkabilty: Really high. As soon as you finish one sip, you want another.

Overall: The rare beer that truly lives up to the hype. It's nearly perfect - the lack of maple in the nose is the only thing holding me back from perfect 5's across the board. All of that said, it's only a baby step ahead of KBS. Given the difficulty of acquisition, I'm happy to have tried a bottle but I will be sticking with regular KBS in the future unless more CBS falls into my lap.

cbeer88, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of nkersten
4.28/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, poured into Orval goblet. Pours black with brown edges, no head, small bubbles are the only evidence of carbonation. Smells like coffee and burnt sugar, syrup, light bourbon. Taste is great, much better than I remember it being on draft. Sweet, balanced coffee bitterness, thick sugary syrup flavor, a hint of bourbon and oak, bitter chocolate, finishes sweet. Body is a bit lighter then I would like but still thick, light carbonation. A very good beer overall.

nkersten, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of KevSal
4.33/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow huge thanks to kzoobrew for this gem, thanks kev!
gotto also thank sweatervest for surprising me with a CBS trade aswell, thank you Kyle, I'll be able to share this with friends twice!

Crap what can I say this IS the CBS

10.6% Imperial stout with coffee aged in maple bourbon barrels. Had side by side with fbs(thanks again kev) and kbs 10(courtesy of birtchstick). 750ml poured out in 4 snifters.

A- looks quite alot like kbs but with a bigger head, half inch dark mocha head. Pours thinner than than kbs.

S- quite alot different than kbs. It took me a while to find this aroma with kbs open next to it, but when u find it wow it's there. Lots of chocolate, alot more than I was expecting. The bourbon is surprisingly present as well. Maple all over this guy in the back and front. I almost scored this one low because I could barely smell it but when u find it I'll be in for a treat. Kbs on the other hand was blanketing the air with it's huge aroma.

T- this is where this one shines. Don't drink this guy chilled, this one is a rom temp drinker for sure. I was giving kbs better marks untill this one heated up. Chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon and maple come through on this guy. The maple is the hardest to find untill it's heated up.

M- medium to thick on the palate, well carbonated.

O- I was expecting more of this guy going in but fuck is this guy amazing as you drink it. I liked the kbs more at first but this one turns into something amazing. If a 2 year old kbs taste this good can u imagine what this CBS taste like with age?
Consensus was CBS the winner except for me at the beginning, but wow I turned a believer quick as it warmed up, and felt a sadness creep in as the bottles last drops seeped out. Kbs still has the nose of champs tho, and I have a new appreciation for that beer.

Thanks again Kevin for the chance and Kyle for the chance of sharing this guy with some age!

KevSal, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of n2185
4.7/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of dark tan head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front followed by sweet, creamy chocolate aromas. Sweet maple syrup notes follow with robust coffee. Vanilla and bourbon aromas peek throughout the nose. Smells like a delicious breakfast.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts hit at first with some creamy chocolate flavors. Sweet maple syrup and bold, robust coffee flavors battle it out on the palate, some sips tasting more like maple, vanilla, and bourbon and other sips tasting more like robust coffee. The finish is both sweet from the maple and slightly bitter from the coffee with only a light burn from the bourbon.

M: Thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is silky smooth without being extremely thick.

O: A fantastic beer with many flavors and layers that somehow work and blend perfectly. One sip it's chocolatey, the next it's coffee-forward, the next the bourbon and maple shine through. Absolutely delicious.

n2185, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle into a pint glass. Thanks chris for letting me revisit an old favorite!

(A)- Pours a lovely pitch black color. A nice frothy tan head and surprising lace despite the ABV.

(S)- Decadent chocolate with smooth raisin bourbon and subtle maple syrup. Tiny hints at cinnamon and vanilla. Just as awesome as i remember and then some!

(T)- Just how I remember it, and man is it glorious! Velvet-like chocolate, maple, molasses, and a sweet malted milk ball-like shake profile. Its just so smooth, delectable, and delicious, while still having a strong barrel-aged stout characters.

(M)- A perfect; smooth carbonation level. And a perfect balance. Despite a 10.6%ABV level, this is smooth as silk and delectable. Drinks more like a 7 or 8% beer.

(D)- I absolutely loved this on tap all those times I had the pleasure of trying it, but having it this fresh out of the bottle just further reminded and confirmed to me, this is simply one of the best stouts on planet earth. Sweet, malty, and a velvet-like creamy smoothness. Simply put, no other stout tastes like this one does.

sweemzander, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

900th Review on BA
Bottle to CBS Snifter
750 ML
2011

Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one!
Shared with BA GuruDel

App- A good tri-colored mix of red/brown/blacks with a khaki one fingered head. Huge stick on the 2nd half of the pour.

Smell- This had so much going on but worked so well together. It was a bit like a fresh tobacco leaf with a bit of new show leather. As it warmed the bourbon wofted up wit the maple, then vanilla, chocoltae and coffee. Could anything else be missing?

Taste- Much like the nose this had so much going on but just a touch better. It opened with the origial notes of tobacco and leather. The bourbon and maple were next in harmony and was just super rich and creamy. One of the best beers I have ever head along the lines of BT, Citra, Vanilla and KBS.

Mouth- A rich creamy low-medium body with a low-medium carbonation. A good bit of bubbles where it needed to be with a lot of dark chocolate and bourbon maple residual flavors.

Drink- Again going back to back with Topper I was a bit spoiled by Kzoobrew. I cant thank him enough for these two beers but my return box will surely try. I might need to trade for another bottle of this because even worth the premium people have on this bottle it will be well worth it.

FosterJM, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of biggred1
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, inky coffee grounds color with a creamy and lumpy head of dark cocoa foam that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. The aroma is amazing, fresh ground coffee, black strap molasses and malted milk with a very mild oakiness. I rarely find a beer that lives up to it's massive hype but CBS does. The flavors are simple and delicious, rich cocoa and maple syrup with dark roasty coffee and mild woodiness from the barrel, the bourbon is in the background and fits perfectly. Full bodied and velvety smooth with a smooth, fine carbonation. World class beer from a truly great brewery.

biggred1, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Brez07
4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sent to me by oach. Huge thanks (again), Scot. Split with Drazzamatazz. Served into a snifter

A: Dark, as expected. 1 finger mocha colored head which slowly recedes to a few patches

S: At first, I mostly get dark chocolate and roast, with the maple absent. However, as it warmed, maple syrup fills my glass to accompany chocolate and coffee. Barrel aging is subtle, but there is some bourbon detected

T: Big dark chocolate presence up front, with a fair amount of bitterness from the coffee. Maple in the finish and aftertaste, kinda like I just ate something covered in maple syrup

M: Full bodied. Super creamy, smooth with just the slightest tingle from carbonation. Coffee bitterness aftertaste

D: This hits on all marks. Love how all the flavors come together and create a remarkable beer. Worthy of it's praise (trade value is another story though)

Brez07, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of bootlegger1929
4.38/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle. I've split this now twice with my roommate, brother and girlfriend.

Looks pretty good. Smaller head and very black. Looks like a big stout. Similar to KBS.

Smells like coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Very balanced and integrated. Very inviting.

Tastes excellent. Much like it smells and pretty similar again than KBS with more sweetness and a little more subtle in certain flavours. More coffee than expected though. Really really good. The bourbon compliments the whole thing so well.

Mouthfeel was a small letdown. Carbonation was good and went down very smooth. However the body was a little thinner than expected and I felt it should have been fuller in general. Small nitpick though.

Overall very enjoyable and very satisfying. Extremely happy we got so many and were able to share with everyone we could. Definitely worth the time and effort.

bootlegger1929, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Centennial
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with my awesome woman.

A. Dark black with espresso brown hue, 2 finger tan head and

S. Dark Chocolate, a lot of roasted malts with molasses, caramel and coffee undertones.

T. Dark sweet chocolate, mild coffee(not bitter like breakfast stout), more maple then barrel flavors are present throughout.

M. Smooth, rich and creamy

O. Excellent desert beer. I believe this comes off as a little too much chocolate and sweetness in comparison to kbs.

Centennial, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to stemmed glass on 10/5/11
*From notes

- Bottle shared with siege06nd as a fine end to a long day of CBS hunting -

A: A good pour yields a whopping 1.5 finger head. The retention is top notch, as is the lacing - gobs of the stuff rimming the glass. Rich blackish-brown hue.

S: Freshly roasted & uncut coffee beans, toasted vanilla, hints of warm coconut and sappy wood.

T: This is a really, really, really delicious beer. Mellow charred malt, with some vanilla and bourbon on the mid. The finish is unmistakable: rich maple syrup, and lots of it. The longer is sits and coats the mouth, the sweeter it gets. Unreal.

M: In a word, perfect. It's absolutely luxurious and silky beyond compare. Viscous - thick as freshly laid tar, and jam packed with texture. Liquid velvet to the palate, it's just remarkable.

O: Who the hell knows if Founders CBS lives up to the massive, epic hype it's received. And who cares? What I can tell you is that it's simply a great beer - one of the best and most memorable in recent memory. Every facet here is on point, created with love and care by some of the best brewers in the country, if not the world. This is a monumental achievement that all beer lovers need to applaud.

Seek it out and find out for yourself.

Rhettroactive, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at a recent Northern Virginia tasting. I've had it on tap, this was my first run at the bottle.

Black pour with a nice brown head. Retention is lacking a bit. The smell is so balanced. Bourbon, sweetness from the maple, roasty and chocolate. The taste follows the smell perfectly. It's just so damn balanced. Bourbon, maple, chocolate, coffee, roastiness. The taste is deep, balanced, delicious. Very heavy body, carbonated well, warming alcohol and dry finish. I love this beer. Delicious.

russwbeck, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Auracom
4.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of my stout tasting on October 22nd, 2011. 2-3 oz. into snifter. A friend brought this bottle and I continue to thank him for doing so. We went with the full Founders 2011 stout horizontal and tasted Breakfast Stout and KBS minutes before popping the cap on CBS.

A - Copied over from KBS review. As expected, really. Very dark, close-to-pitch-black coloring. Virtually no head nor retention and very little lacing on the sides. Swirling leaves a light brown coating on the glass.

S - Slight bourbon barrel, but the maple is clearly the dominant aspect of the nose. Slight cocoa, bold coffee bean, and roast underneath. Mellow sweetness overall.

T - Immediate maple bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar sweetness. Middle is roasted almonds and coffee. Oak and bitter finish is cut short by the maple and molasses quality.

M - Medium-heavy body, very nice carbonation, somewhat smooth.

D - It's not quite there. KBS has better balance and complexity across its flavor spectrum. I think the sweetness needs to be cut a tad and underlying characters need to be enhanced. Ideally age will do this. Still worth a try, but seriously not worth the effort required to get it right at bottle release.

Auracom, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared amongst friends tonight at a byob near our office.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black into a tulip glass with a one finger off white crown that offers little retention or lacing.

Smell: A nice array of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and a faint dash of maple syrup! I'd give it a 4.3 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Taste: While my sample didn't have much maple sweetness, I could tell that the maple helped cancel out any heat. I'd give it a 4.3 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high considering the abv and style.

I've had this beer on tap twice in the past and I'd say this bottle was my least favorite of the three samplings but still wonderful none the less. The flavors were tame by comparison to the last two samplings. The first draft sampling was more roasty than this one and very restrained in maple syrup profile like this bottle. The second draft sampling had a similar roast profile but a much more vibrant maple syrup profile than this bottle.

koopa, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of baconsausage
3.73/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second time I have had this beer, and I think it was better the fist time.

Thick dark pour with thin tan head. Aromas of maple, bourbon and milk chocolate abound. The taste follows suite, adding a bit of cold coffee to the mix. And then a charcoal, burnt woodiness that I find very off putting, and was arguably not in the first bottle I had. This astringent like flavor kinda ruins this for me. Beer has great mouthfeel, coating the palate with creaminess and a little heat from the booze.

baconsausage, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle opened and poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark, deep brown with a finger and a half dark tan head. Great retention and lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Bourbon hits you first, then wood, chocolate, and then some coffee.

T - Bourbon again is up-front, then some maple sweetness, wood, and chocolate.

D - Good carbonation, heavier body, smooth and creamy in th mouth.

O - A very layered and delicious beer, one that lives up to the hype.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Figured I'll crack this on my golden birthday with good friends. No freshness dating but it's the major bottling from earlier this year.

A= Pours a pitch black color with a decent looking finger of head on it that is luscious and thick with nice retention and lacing on the glass. The head is a nice looking deep brown color. A nice looking RIS.

S= The smell is heavy on the chocolate. More chocolate than the maple I would say. The maple does play a roll however as well as some black coffee. There is a little vanilla in there from the barrel I think but not much. The barrel comes through a bit as well but keeps a little more quiet. One of the most complex beers I've ever smelled. Each element stands out while still making a complete odor. Well balanced between the odors.

T= The taste is again a balance of all of the flavors mentioned above. Deep dark coffee comes through the most I would say. I hear a lot about the maple and I think the maple might play a back roll. The roll is still there but not as prevalent as people make it sound. The dark chocolate is still present but hides a bit behind the coffee. The alcohol is there a little and there is a decent bourbon flavor. A nice balance.

M= Smooth and tasty. Good flavor and lasts just long enough.

O= Is this an amazing beer? Yes it is. Is it mind blowing and tasty. Yes it is. It is still another amazing imperial stout among a sea of them however. I dunno if they hype lives up to the beer but the beer is amazing. I think this one was just a little too crazy for me. The beer itself should not be deducted for what people have made of it however and it is one hell of a beer.

jjanega08, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to obtain a bottle of this one! Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep, black, motor oil body; thick. Two-finger head that is a little darker than mocha. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a little lacing.

Rich aroma. The maple is definitely present and is the primary difference from KBS. But, the sweet chocolate aroma dominates, with hints of bourbon and coffee.

The flavor is also very rich, sweet but blended extremely well with the many tastes that are present: chocolate, bourbon, maple, coffee, roasted malt. I also get a light hint of hops on the back side as it warms.

Thick mouthfeel, but surprisingly drinkable with all the flavor and the abv. I get very little alcohol. Another superb stout from the kingdom of excellent stouts - Founders.

FanofHefe, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of MsRif
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to win a chance to buy this rare brew from Capone's...1/12 bottles.

Poured very dark, nearly black. Small head that retained well as I drank, swirled and savored this amazing stout. Smell reminded me of KBS but quite a bit more obvious sweetness and actually less of an alcohol sting in the nose. Definitely got a lovely rich chocolate aroma with notes of coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Nice and roasty...the maple syrup really came through in the taste.

This is a very complex beer that should be enjoyed slowly as it comes up in temperature. Starts off with a rich chocolate/vanilla taste as undertones of bourbon and maple syrup come through and finish more pronounced. Coffee flavor is present throughout. This brew becomes more balanced in taste as it warms. It is thick, but not in a bad way. Overall, I very much enjoyed this beer and I hope to have another chance at trying it again soon...hopefully on tap.

MsRif, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Dope
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pitch black with a very dark chocolate brown head. So dark that you can almost imagine it staining the glass. Even just at thin film residue leftover is noticeably dark. Head retention is relatively good too.

S: Stunning. Smells absolutely amazing. Very strong. Lots of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, maple, vanilla and oak. Even a little alcohol sting in the nose but not too badly.

T: Holds up to the smell and then some. As mentioned, good chocolate/coffee/roasted malt bitterness. Bourbon and oaky vanilla are a bit more prominent when it's cold. Maple apparent especially in the aftertaste. As it warms the bourbon and oak relaxes a little bit and it smooths out to become even more incredible.

M: Super smooth and silky unlike any beer I've had. Thick but not unpleasantly so. Not far from guzzling hershey's syrup.

O: Amazing stout. My previous all-time favorite was KBS and this somehow topped it. I'd rate this all 6s if I could, nothing outside of KBS even comes close. Absolutely decadent and delicious on all levels. A must try for any beer lover.

Dope, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2011 release. Served at cellar temperature. I’m giddy with anticipation to crack this sucker open!

Pours black with a nice two-finer brown head that leaves sheets and rings of lacing and recedes to a small foamy cap.

Aroma is rich premium coffee, espresso and straight up beans...it could end right there and I’d be satisfied but the onslaught of magnificence continues with really strong bourbon notes and their complimentary vanilla and oak, some decadent chocolate and dark roasted malts, a bit of the maple and alcohol heat come through as well. Very complex aroma and of very good strength. Founders should make some CBS cologne so I can smell this all day every day...

Okay, so we’ve got an amazing aroma...can the flavor stand up? Shit. The flavor not only stands up to the aroma but might even take it up another notch! Starts with some serious milk and dark chocolate, ridiculous coffee and espresso, some vanilla, then the bourbon really comes in along with the maple syrup on the finish. Rather sweet, but not cloying. There is some alcohol heat as well. More a liquid dessert than a breakfast beer...

Mouthfeel is full bodied, somewhat sticky but still creamy, smooth and almost velvety save for some prickly carbonation on the back-end. Let it warm and it just coats the mouth, tongue and soul...

Oh my goodness. I’ve never experienced this level of anticipation with a beer before...I was even shaking a bit when I was getting out the bottle, glass and opener (yeah I’m a geek). Thankfully it lives up to the hype. Another magnificent barrel-aged creation from those geniuses at Founders. Damn. Can they do no wrong? Seriously! This is a masterpiece! Kudos Founders!

elgiacomo, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice cocoa head. Looks great. The smell is big coffee and chocolate with a slight maple sweetness. Smells fantastic. The taste is insane. Huge dark coffee tamed by a nice underlying maple sweetness. Those flavors mend amazingly with the mild bourbon. An occasional boozy flavor pops up, but then is quickly quashed by the maple coffee flavor. This is undoubtedly one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. Intense, but reasonable. The mouthfeel is big and velvety with a nice light carbonation. Overall, this is easily one of the best 10 beers I have ever had. Impressively drinkable and flavorful. Not sure how this beer will work when the coffee fades, or maybe the maple. To me, this is a drink now brew. Enjoy!

seeswo, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of jimmy82063
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Deciccos - Ardsley poured into a tulip glass.

A) Murky brown with a nice tan head. Medium lacing.

S) Chocolate and some light coffee notes.

T) Wow, get the maple up front followed up by the coffee and chocolate. The bourbon finishes this one.

M) Silky smooth.

This beer is outstanding. I know I am not breaking any new ground there. What suprises me is the drinkability. While you do get the bourbon notes at the end, it is not overwhelming but complimentary. Hopefully this becomes more widely available in the future.

jimmy82063, Oct 23, 2011
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.