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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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3,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,043
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 3,368
Gots: 606 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle with a few friends (thank you, Jerk44).
Pours black, with a tiny tan head that doesn't stick around too long.
Smells of coffee, hints of bourbon & maple.
Has all of the coffee & chocolate taste from the breakfast stout, with bourbon & maple sweetness added.
Velvety in the mouth, very smooth.
Strong without tasting too boozy. Definitely one of my favorites.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Waltonc for sharing this treat.

Pours midnight black with a 1/4 inch of off white, creamy head into my cognac snifter. Smells of vanilla infused coffee, bourbon, maple syrup and chocolate. The taste is a bit mutes and more mellow than expected. A sweet concoction of maple-bourbon, chocolate milk with a very light bourbon undertone. The alcohol is barely noticeable, which makes this a very easy beer to drink - almost too easy. Light carbonation with a medium body adds to this effect.

Overall a really good beer - a bit more coffee on the nose than I'd like and wish that the flavor was a bit more pronounced - everything is very well integrated and smooth. Minor issues as this is one of the great stouts out there.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -14.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -14.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to get a bottle this year, thanks to grinnellj for the trade.

A- pours black, small tan head, leaving a stain on the glass

S- coffee upfront, very sweet aroma, some bourbon as well which I wasn't expecting

T- lots of coffee, very sweet, much more of a bite than KBS and FBS, not much much maple syrup but you do get the tartness like you would after eating pancakes...again a bourbon flavor to it, aftertaste is chocolate

M- thick, sticky, like a stout should be

O- this is a great stout and if you're lucky enough to find it in on the shelf you should buy it for several reasons. However, overall I have to say I feel it has been over-hyped. To me, this tastes like an aged FBS with a higher ABV. It had much more coffee flavor and much more bite than I was expecting. Maybe a beer rated this high can't live up to the expectations, but I wasn't blown away and I expected to be. KBS is better.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in trade, much thanks to JRod1969 - I thought I had a bottle of this on hold and it fell thru so JRod was a life saver here.

This pours thick and smooth. Pitch black with a minimal brown head that dissolves to a halo quickly. The scent has a touch of booze, but is very much malty sweetness, I get lots of chocolate off it, perhaps the maple faded some? Smooth chocolatey flavor, a bit of roasty malt finish, but predominately sweet. The mouth feel is velvety goodness, I'd love to try this again, and hope they'll release it again next year.

Reviewed from notes, sampled 11/17/11

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -14.3%

Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,043 ratings.