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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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2,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,693
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 3,208
Gots: 555 | FT: 9
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into snifter, reviewed on 10/16/11.

A: Pours black with thin light brown head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Roasted malt, high alcohol is quite apparent, some chocolate and coffee notes are there but it is hard to pick up very much through all the alcohol.

T: Very rich, lots of roasted malt with some oak, chocolate and coffee with hints of sweet vanilla and maple. Not nearly as much alcohol as in the nose. Maple syrup and vanilla flavors come through a lot more as it warms. Fantastic!

M: Smooth and creamy full body, each little sip coats my entire mouth. Nice and thick, nearly perfect for the style.

O: Fantastic imperial stout, the maple bourbon barrel aging adds some amazing and unique complexities to what is likely an already amazing base stout. Easily one of the best imperial stouts that I have ever had.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed last weekend with a dozen or so WA BAs. Graciously shared by BillHilly - thanks!

A: Near pitch black with a light chocolate colored head with decent retention. Lacing is decent but slightly oily. Over time, head is reduced to a small mocha ring around the edges.

S: Nose is maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla. Coffee is there but tucked away in the background...barely noticeable on the nose really.

T&M: On the front there is a sweetness from the malt, chocolate and maple syrup, then it opens to some vanilla and slight raisin like fruitiness with a slight touch of coffee on the finish. Didn't notice much bourbon. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is luscious and smooth, no astringency or overly roasty tones, just a nice smooth chocolatey/mapley stout.

O: I think this is my first commercial stout brewed with maple syrup and am pleasantly surprised. Tasted great - the maple syrup wasn't overwhelming in it's contribution to the sweetness and the chocolate/bourbon/coffee were well represented also. My only complaint would be no noticeable bourbon character or oakiness, although I may have already been sufficiently intoxicated by the time this was pouring :)

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasting at Fries Cafe. Thanks for putting this together so the masses could try this one.

4oz. tasting

Jet black with no hues visible. Thin tan head than lingers.

Nose has cocoa, vanilla, and roasted notes.

My mouth was watering as I waited to sip. I was not let down. Super smooth. I mean silky smooth with enough mouthfeel to coat the coat on my tongue. Maple up front that leads into the bourbon notes. Plenty of roasted malt characters to keep it honest and a spice that runs throughout. There was a milk chocolate sweetness without being cloying. More vanilla and some raisin/prune notes that remind you it's imperial. Simply delicious and once the 4oz was gone I wanted more.

So thankful to have tried this. I'd love to set a bottle away and try it after a year or two. Draft would be great as well. I'm not advocating the stealing of someone else's bottle but this is a must try.

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Thanks to John for sharing in celebration of International Stout Day... Poured into globe glass.

A- Pretty fucking black, not see through to any degree. Head is small, but foamy and stable. Looks good, viscous, tantalizing, yet not incredibly special though.

S- Solid roasted coffee, very very intense. Woody, earthy, dark chocolate, oh... And more coffee! Thought I'd get booze out of this, but the nose is tame and beckons to be sipped.

T/M- Alright, this is awesome. Roasty, bitter, dark chocolate, fucking awesome! The maple just jumps out like crazy when it warms, so sweet and delicious. Not much bourbon, but it does add a sweetness, again mostly on the finish- basically there are two stages to this beer: 1) bitter as fuck, 2) sweet and complex. Medium body, moderate carbonation, very creamy and smooth.

O- One of the very few beers I have ever felt truly lived up to the hype 100%. I wish I could drink this anytime I wanted. Second only to BASC and Vanilla Brandy DL in my opinion, but they are drastically different tasting beers. Impeccable execution by Founders on this one!

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Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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