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Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,333 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,333
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 2,887
Gots: 519 | 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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Photo of mystikyle71
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Finally made it to Indiana in bottles! I enjoyed it with 2 friends and a bourbon brown sugar and apple dessert crepe. Mmm.

A: Dark as can be with an encouragingly rich brown head.

S: Reminds me a lot of KBS. There is definitely some extra sweetness detectable, but it's not overpowering maple by any means. Delicious bourbon and coffee.

T: Everything you'd hope for with nothing over powering anything else. Coffee dominates BS. Alcohol is usually present in KBS. The maple monster does not rear its head. The maple mainly acts as a way to polish the potentially rough/boozy edges with a little sweetness, but not too much.

M: Velvety and full bodied with zero burn.

O: This is a more refined version of KBS. More please. Maybe with bacon next time? An egg?

mystikyle71, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Casey10
4.4/5  rDev -5.6%

This was a fantastic brew was able to have it next to KBS. In my opinion I felt the KBS was better. Now that being said the CBS once it warmed was really awesome and really gave off some great notes of oak and a very slight maple.

The beer had a light wispy head lots of lacing and a fantastic smell.

The taste was port like and got better as it warmed.

Overall I was fotunate to try some and glad I did. It is a great beer dark and worth trying.

Casey10, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.97/5  rDev +6.7%

750 ml bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the brew pours dark brown/black with about an inch light brown head. The head stays around a little while, and there's a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is wonderful, it smells like chocolate, coffee, maple, roasted and charred/burnt malt, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the chocolate, coffee, maple and roasted/burnt malt flavors starting out the strongest, and the bourbon/vanilla flavors getting stronger as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's rich, creamy and coating, with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's very easy and enjoyable to drink. I think it's an excellent overall brew, it's easily in my Top 10 favorite beers. I'm just glad I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this, it really is a great beer.

bluejacket74, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of duffcalifornia
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Had on tap at Palm Tavern, 8oz pour into a snifter.

A: The blackest of black pours, with a one finger milk-chocolate colored head. Head faded quicker than I would've liked, knocking this down from top marks. Beer was also served at probably 40 degrees, which may or may not have affected things.

S: First smell: HOLY CRAP BOURBON. Like, "smells more bourbon-y than KBS" bourbon. I feel that's due to the fact that it was poured colder than intended. As the beer warms, you the bourbon fades a bit as hints of coffee, cocoa, black malts, and faint hints of maple sweetness come through. Could be a bit more balanced than KBS, but will have to save that for a side by side tasting at home.

T: Again, the first taste is similar to the first smell: BOURBON. As it warms though, the coffee and cocoa begin to become prime players. The bourbon sits pleasantly in the background. While the maple is always a faint player, it's not as pronounced as I had expected.

M: This defines sticky-sweet. Where the maple really shows up is on the superb coating the beer leaves as it goes down your throat and on the syrup-like feeling you get on your lips as you drink your glass. Carbonation is low but appropriate, resulting in a great feeling beer.

O: I have to say it's one of the best beers I've ever had. Founders really knows what they're doing when it comes to -bbal beers, and CBS is no different. I wish it was easier to get ahold of, but I am glad to have gotten to try this titan of the beer world.

duffcalifornia, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%

Had this on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont two days ago. I was super fortunate to be able to sit down and casually order too many pours of this, I hope beer karma doesnt come back and bite me for drinking so many, it just is so good I couldn't help myself...

A: Beautiful jet black color with reverse cascading head the settles to a ring of brown head. Webs of lacing are left as I drink this too fast.

S: Absolutely amazing smell, one of the better smelling beers ever I'd say. Dripping with espresso and chocolate, there are some great smoky notes that lead to a hearty sugary Vermont grade A syrup aroma. I sit and think this reminds me of the smell you would smell when you sat down to a hearty breakfast at an amazing Inn in Vermont or Canada or Maine or something with amazing pancakes in syrup and smoky and savory bacon/sausage too. Just a great aroma, so much going on.

T: The taste is great as well of course. To me, it drinks like Breakfast stout in a lot of ways though the coffee is subtler (which I like) and there are layers of added flavor from the maple which actually comes through clearly to my delight, and some lingering hop esters/bitters and espresso. Chocolate and vanilla both are nice additives to the maple note. A spiciness in there with things like cinnamon and even hot peppers subtly weaving into the overall flavor experience. This would be THE dessert beer of all time.

M: Nice carbonation level and smooth over the palate, nice and chewy.

Overall, an amazing beer and an experience. When I had the first batch last year I was not impressed, I think they really upped their game this year, one of the tastiest brews from them, about even with KBS though I might prefer this one. Awesome.

Dreadnaught33, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of monitorpop
5/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Almost opaque black, with a nice mahogany glow on the edges, creamy head faded away between the pour to being served.

S: Strong sweet aroma with subtile chocolate and coffee. Gives a bit of alcohol burn to the nose.

T: Mild roasted coffee, sweet maple syrup, subtile bourbon, faint chocolate with a touch of vanilla.

M: Smooth, low carbonation, no alcohol burn.

O: One of the best beers I have ever had. I love sweet, low hop imperial stouts and this is certainly one of the best.

monitorpop, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Monkwhobrewsbeer
5/5  rDev +7.3%

I was at Founders for the CBS release on 10-1-11, was able to buy two bottles that day. I still have not opened them as of this date, but I drank two glasses on-tap that day and it was fantastic! Even though stouts are not my favorite style of beer, it was one of the best beers I have ever had. Everything about it was great. The total blend of coffee, maple, and bourbon melted in your mouth like candy.

Monkwhobrewsbeer, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%

750ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller wine glass. Finally I get to try this beast!

A - Pours an obsidian black color, completely opaque and totally devoid on any hint of color at all. It gradually builds a mocha-colored head, finally culminating in about 2-fingers of height with great retention. The head is comprised of large soapy bubbles that give it some topography. The lacing is spotty, but it does grip in some places while leaving some good alcohol legs.

S - The nose hits me right away, and I immediately harken back to KBS in the way the bourbon plays and develops with the coffee that is so strong in FBS (even though FBS isn't used as a base for these beers, of course). Bold, fresh coffee roast is at the forefront and lasts for a long time, while the bourbon comes in shortly after to give it a bit of sweetness. Big chocolate notes as well, which are are rich and inviting. I actually find the maple syrup a little hard to pinpoint and if it wasn't specifically mentioned, I would have a hard time pinpointing it exactly.

T - Even from my first sip, it tastes phenomenally. it has all of the things I loved about FBS and KBS, and expands on it even more. The coffee is eye-opening, freshly pressed and contributes a distinct roastiness that persists throughout the entire bottle. The bourbon acts as the perfect side-kick; always there to provide a helping hand and complexity, but doesn't overstep its bounds, and for someone who loves bourbon-aged beers, I actually would wish it were even a bit stronger. The chocolate as well is almost like it's malted, that's how smooth, rich, and decadent it is within the scope of the beer. But this is CBS, not KBS, so what about the maple syrup? Thankfully, unlike the nose, the taste does have a distinct maple flavor that comes in around halfway through and gives it an additional kick of sweetness. Much like KBS, it does have a somewhat strong alcohol kick, but it doesn't seem out of place and it isn't offensive.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. Full-bodied with a feel that covers the entire palate and sticks around with a good coating. Long lasting sweetness from the chocolate and maple syrup.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I never got to try this on tap before, so this is my first exposure to the famed CBS and I have to say it has lived up to my expectations. The adjectives that immediately come to mind are ones of high praise, from decadent, to gourmet, to incredibly rich. While FBS and KBS tend to be somewhat bitter, this beer is actually quite sweet, so that's probably the major difference between this one and its predecessors (besides the maple), which is worth noting. Plain and simple, this is excellence in beer form and is worthy of any and all praise it receives.

nhindian, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%

Now I can see what all the hype is about. 750 ml. bottle, poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a huge tan head that settles slowly to a thin surface film. For a beer of this gravity, the lacing is actually quite outstanding. One of the best looking beers I have had of the style.

S: This beer smells like what it is supposed to be. Up front, chocolate, coffee, and syrup, along with roasty undertones of scorched bread. Dark dried fruit lingers, while hops add a floral backround.

T: Wow! All I can say is that this beer is a kaleidoscope of insanity! Sweet and boozy right off the bat, but hints of caramel, chocolate and maple strike the palate as if I was eating chocolate chip pancakes. Hints of toast and coffee make up the middle, along with some prune and raisin while the beer finishes slightly dry, with a warming effect.

Notes: This beast is full-bodied, complex, and one of the easiest-going stouts of this caliber that I have ever tried. I can truly see what the hype is about. It has everything going for it. Smooth as all Hell, but I think a few months in the bottle would do this beer some good. Glad I had a chance to try it.

WYVYRN527, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of ncketchum
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%

Had on tap at the Palm Tavern, rumor has it this is the only keg in Wisconsin

A = Perfect pour into a tulip, dark black with one finger of dark chocolate head.

S = sweet smelling chocolate with bit of roasted malt, coffee

T = lives up to the hype! sweet chocolate, almost chocolate milk, followed by coffee, malt, and burbon.

M = very smooth, thick, can barely detect the alcohol, minimal carbonation

D = high drinkablilty. Overall, this is a phenomenal stout, the sweetness is a great touch, not too sweet, but enough to hide the alcohol and make it really dangerous if it were available more readily.

ncketchum, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of s1ckboy
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Deep black with a nice 2-3 finger mocha head.

S - Sweet chocolate & coffee.

T - Initially chocolate/coffee flavors, then a mild bit of bourbon, finishes very sweet. A good amount maple syrup sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Fairly thick. Coats the mouth. A bit sticky.

O - Amazing beer. Just slightly above KBS for me.

s1ckboy, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%

Purchased from my little hidden gem in Northern WI for $16.99 a bottle. Poured into Founders Snifter, shared with Emily.

Appearance: Winner right off the bat. A beautiful black pour with a frothy two finger creamy/coffee colored head. Dissipates slowly leaving some great lacing and nice bubbles around edge of glass. A few swirls leaves a nice slow to fall lacing...really impressive appearance. I hardly ever rate over a four in the appearance category, but this one gets the nod.

Smell: Immediate hit of bourbon, but not overpowering some nice notes of coffee, fudge, and vanilla. Some oak notes support the sweet base. That sweet maple really shines, and it is impressive. I could nose this beer all day and night.

Taste: Big burst of coffee, followed by sweet notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and some slight bourbon. Boom, the maple comes through with a wonderful mellowing sweetness. The roasted malt really gives this beer some great backbone. Some spice that melds well with everything else that is going on. Very little alcohol to speak of, less so than KBS.

Mouth: Beautiful creamy texture that really brings the nose and taste together. The alcohol isn't hot on the palate, but apparent in a good way.

Drink and overall: Well, the CBS definitely lived up to the hype. Was it worth all the effort to get one bottle? Sure, I'm glad that I tried it. Great product. Very drinkable for being over 10% A.B.V., and having so much going on. Really a quality brew, deserving of the high praise it has received.

MarcatGSB, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of klaybie
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%

I cannot believe I got a bottle! Poured into a pint glass.

A: Looks like a great imperial stout! Ink black with a two finger khaki colored head, great lacing down the glass.

N: Predominant smell of alcohol (whiskey) with maple sweetness and chocolate in contention and coffee base. A bit too much bourbon aroma for my liking, but that is just my personal preference.

T: Early hit of whiskey but not too stong or overpowering and no heat from any alcohol. Maple sweetness and coffee come in to balance and bitter chocolate flavors are there to round this beer out. Fantastic!!

M: Viscous, thick just like an imperial stout should be. Perfect.

O: A world class stout! I would love to have this again and consider myself truly lucky to have gotten a bottle. Wonderful!!

klaybie, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Pours a very viscous, used motor oil black/brown with nice, mocha colored head with great retention and lacing along the sides of the glass. Good looking beer.

S - Good amount of sweet bourbon in the nose, roasted coffee, cocoa, licorice, hazelnut, vanilla, and a bit of that nice maple syrupy. Even a bit of a rich, smokey scent to it. Lots of good scents coming to work here.

T - Oh wow. All those smells form a delicious confluence of taste here. The bourbon that I felt was so prominent in the nose seems to take a backseat here to that sweet maple, bitter chocolate, and the roasted coffee, and a dash of vanilla. The beer is incredibly smooth and provides a great balance of bitterness, sweetness, and booze. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to taste the maple, but the syrup really plays a great role in balancing out the bourbon.

M - This beer is so creamy and smooth, you "feel" the alcohol more than taste it. Perfect mouthfeel.

Overall - Superb, a great beer. Admittedly, the issues I ever had with KBS seems to be ironed out so well in CBS. The maple provides a perfect balance to this beer. Overall, an amazing beer.

BeerBuckeye, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of mobius387
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%

what can i say that others haven't said 300+ times already. this beer looks, smells and tastes just like everyone else has already noticed. i will say this tho:

overall: this beer lived up to the hype. getting this on tap at a bar here in milwaukee, i feel like im one of the luckiest BA's right now. imagine the KBS with maple syrup flavors and a little less boozyness to the beer. its perfect. absolutely stunned by this beer. i really can't wait until they mass produce it and everyone gets to try some that wants to. its a beer that no one should miss out on having.

mobius387, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

As lavish and lush as any beer I've had. The culmination of roast, espresso, maple sweetness, malted milk, and bittersweet chocolates is nearly overcomming, but is also charming in its simplicity.

The beer opens with an extremely creamy and volumnous pour. A creamy tan head forms on at the top of the glass as the opaque black beer settles and cascades while the foam rises. The head reliquishes some control because of the emmensity of alcohol. Amazing to see this amount of foam character from such an alcoholic and syrupy beer.

Dominant in its aromas of espresso, cocoa beans, nutty maple, and roasted barley take hold of the nose. But their intensity is unmistakable. Strong bourbony alcohol scent rises as the beer warms and stimulates the olfactory senses. Simple in variety, but complex in strength.

Flavors continue where aromas end. Extreme flavors of espresso, cocoa, maple syrup sweetness, and roasted barley set the tone. Malt sweetness amplifies with maple contributions while medium attenuated malt flavor gives a sturdy foundation to support the robust complementary flavors. Smoky sweetness accompany the cocoa-coffee attack. Esters and phenolic spice are also foregone thus limiting its complexity. Bourbon alcohol flavors are evident and gives a bit more fullness to the taste.

The mouthfeel is structual and heavy. Creamy, rich, and round while also smooth, velvety, and somewhat sweetish in weight. Bitterness arrives from a lot of angles: hops, espersso, cocoa, and alcohol. Avoiding a cloying feel, the beer has finishes malty-rich with lingering maple syrup flavor in aftertaste.

A very rounded and sweeter variety to the ever stable KBS with maple sweetness that shares the stage with coffee and bourbon. These offer a part of a distraction and a complex note all at once. Complex in its sheer proportions of relatively few dominant flavors, yet simple in its intent. Coffee- Cocoa- Malt- Maple. And it succeeds at every faucet. It has earned its way onto the worlds greatest beers and rightfully so.

BEERchitect, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4.97/5  rDev +6.7%

A very dark brown black body that lets in no light but isn't jet black, with a small but thick tan brown head that leaves good strong lacing throughout.

S - Right off the bat you get coffee with sweet tones of maple syrup. There are woodsy bark notes mixed in with strong cocoa, vanilla, and what I will call a hint of bacon. Absolutly awesome nose that gets bigger and more robust with some warmth.

T & M & D - Coffee, maple, syrup, bacon, chocolate all mixed together in an incredibly smooth sip. The beer is so well balanced and manages to represent all the flavors without overwhelming the palate. With all the flavors and the boldness of the beer you would expect it to be a sipper. Quite the opposite - the beer is so balanced and awesome that it goes down smoother than a milkshake and begs you to have more. It is a party in your mouth.

O - What a fantastic beer. One of the best of the styles I have had - I really looked long and hard for this beer and it did not disappoint. I am glad I found it on draft - now I am interested ot see what some age does to the bottle I picked up.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.97/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous dark brown almost black with a nice 0.25 inch head that is nice and light tan. The head is nice and dense and recedes at a slightly quick pace. A nice swirl kicks it up a bit with a 1 inch light tan head. Nearly perfect looking beer.

S - Starts off with some coffee aroma followed by some nice dark chocolate bitterness as well as some nice chocolate sweetness. There are some nice There is some slight vanilla notes present as well as some nice Bourbon notes. There is definitely a nice chocolate sweetness mixed in with some slight maple syrup aroma. Very appealing and enticing aroma.

T & M - Wow. This beer is nearly perfect. The pour doesn't indicate how creamy and smooth this beer feels. The beer starts off with some nice slight chocolate sweetness with some nice dark chocolate bitterness. The beer is soooo smooth. There is some nice slightly roasted coffee notes that match up perfectly with the slight subtle chocolate sweetness. There is a nice maple syrup note that flashes up between the nice roasted coffee notes and the milk chocolate notes. There is some nice maple syrup sweetness during the finish as well as some Bourbon and some nice slight alcohol hotness.

O - This beer was great. It is definitely not over-hyped IMO. They should make this regularly. Very smooth and creamy. Well balanced because its not too sweet and not too roasty. Perfect balance and perfect mouthfeel.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of freehafe
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%

On tap in snifter during bottle release (10/1/11).

A: Dark black pour with light brown/tan thin head, moderate lacing.

S: Smelled sweet, mostly bourbon and coffee, hints of syrup and vanilla.

T: Nice balance of the major elements, coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. Delicate, but present maple syrup taste, not overpowering. Sweet, but balanced.

M: Creamy with a crisp finish.

O: This is now one of my favorite beers, great flavor and balance, deserves the hype. Another great one from Founders.

freehafe, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%

CBS, bottle bought at Whole Foods in Manhattan for $14.99 (thanks to the best beer guy in the world!)

Appearance: Poured into my Sierra snifter, CBS goes out thick and black and beautifully carbonated, producing a two-finger head with thick bubbles. Very good and balanced lacing, retention and carbonation.

Smell: Lotta wood, some booze. Liquorice, sweetness. Tad of vanilla, coffee grounds.

Taste: Here is where the maple syrup shines and comes through. I wasn't sure *how* maple tastes, so I reached for a small bottle of pure Canadian maple syrup I keep in my kitchen cupboard. Sure enough, this is it. Sweet, enticing, thick, honey-like. I had a sip of maple syrup and then a sip of CBS and I knew that was it. Coffee and outrageousness follows, plus an exceptional creaminess (as in, "I want half-and-half in my coffee") and a crazy-dry finish that had me reaching for water. Sugar and chocolate tossed around.

Mouthfeel: Truly outstanding. Rich but not overbearing, creamy, well-balanced, delicious, not boozy. As you sip, the carbonation feels lower than it looked as it poured out. This is up there with Goose Bourbon Rare and Vanilla. My favorite kind of brew!

Overall: Needless to say, this is exceptional (as in, "5"). Because they dare to use such a thing as a maple-syrup barrel. Because it is so tremendously well balanced. Because it is so disgustingly tasty. And because it has got no trace of booziness despite the hefty ABV. CBS!!!

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

Ink black stout with a light tan colored head. Solid, sticky retention and sticks to the glass well. Lighter color head than expected but exceptional retention for the style.

Dark and sweet aromas. Lots of maple, hint of bourbon and some figs.

Deeply sweet malt flavor. Complex maple, dark fruit and molasses sweetness up front. Chocolate character comes in mid-drink and dominates the rest of the way. Mild coffee flavor provides a bitter balance. Not too much to say about the hops, they are really over-powered by the malt and maple syrup. Not bad, just too sweet for my taste.

Thick and syrupy body. Sticky. Mildly carbonated. Feel is slick with a syrupy stickiness.

Not bad. Very complex flavor. Just sweeter than I like my stouts.

bnes09, Oct 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

After calling 25 (yes, 25) local and not-so-local stores looking for a bottle of this today, I finally stumbled upon one. This is a beer that had always eluded me, and I was thrilled to finally get to try it. It pours with a glistening thickness that immediately sticks to the side of the glass, smelling of fresh coffee that's been bludgeoned with mocha and maple. Absolutely delicious. The taste brings all that's right about KBS with a sweet blanket of additional smoothness brought on by the maple. The flavor is simultaneously restrained and bold, mild and audacious. The mouthfeel is reminiscent of excellent stouts like Bourbon County Rare, slick and oily with only a bit of a carbonation and alcohol tingle (but I don't mean that in the creepy undercarbonated way - this beer tastes fresh and well [correctly] carbonated). The best beer I've had to date, period. My first 5.

mfunk9786, Oct 06, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -13.1%

A- Appearance is your typical good looking stout, dark brown just about black body with a creamy coffee colored head.

S- Lots of roasted coffee grinds some vanilla brown sugars and honey.

T- Sweetness from the syrup and acidic bitterness from the coffee intermingle with each other. Maple syrup plays a more supporting role I would have liked to see more of it than the coffee being that Ive had the coffee experience with FBS and KBS.

M- Really creamy probably the creamiest brew Ive had slithering across my tongue.

O- Excellent brew. Worth skipping work or paying some crazy premium? My palette says no, the taste just does not match up to the hype for me.

foogerd, Oct 06, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured at cellar temp into my Founders snifter.

A: Like the blackest coffee you have ever seen. Lots of thin and foamy tan head. Lots of lacing.

S: Like a drunken breakfast in a glass. Coffee, syrup and bourbon all in one.

T: Delightful. Immediate sweetness from the maple followed by coffee tones. The coffee tones are then followed by a pleasant bourbon heat. Amazing. So much going on here.

M: Not the chewiest stout I have ever had, but still very thick. Well carbonated.

O: I understand why this beer has the following that it does. So glad Founders bottled it and I got to try it.

camil1mj, Oct 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

On-tap at Churchkey in DC yesterday.

Arrived in a snifter. Jet black with a finger of light brown head. Head lingered for a bit before falling to a whisp on top. A beautiful beer to look at but even better to smell. Smell is like a very nice chocolate/coffee desert with a good bit of cream as well. I'm thinking coffee ice cream or espresso anglaise.

Taste here is phenomenal, maybe the most beautifully balanced beer I've had. Maple is probably most prominent and you can almost taste the wood from the barrels. Fades to chocolate and cream and then a really great cappacinno flavor. Slightly bitter but very creamy. Really helps to balance out the maple and chocolate. 10% alcohol is perfect as well, it's there for sure and this beer certainly warmed me up, but I never got any alcohol burn, smooth all the way. Lacing after several sips is excellent, beautiful light brown spiderwebs all over the glass. Really adds to the appearance.

Excellent moutfeel especially given all that maple flavor. Not syrupy at all, lightly carbonated and medium in the mouth.

I was very happy to have gotten a taste of this given it's limited availabity. Also saw it mentioned that Churchkey kicked it's keg in 12 minutes to I consider myself lucky. Now if I can just find a bottle....

isitsavage, Oct 05, 2011
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,333 ratings.