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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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Ratings: 3,015
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 3,354
Gots: 604 | FT: 8
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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: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed @ the Founders Takeover: Bavarian Lodge

Pours a pitch black color with dark caramel colored head. Some dark lacing clings but not much.

There is a nice hefty coffee aroma begining the nose, followed by sweet chocolate and a touch of maple syrup. The bourbon hasnt really impacted this brew much besides adding just a hint of vanilla and oak.

The taste is again coffee forward with a great smooth milk chocolate taste. The maple is noticed for a brief moment and but is mainly blended with the chocolate and coffee. This is incredibly drinkable as the abv is completely masked.

The mouthfeel is chewy and stcky, coating my palate with joy. Chewy and smooth, decadent and delicious.

Overall, like it a bit better on tap as the coffee has faded just a bit to bring out more characteristics.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head,

smell: vanilla, coffee, roast, sweet, barley, malts

taste: coffee, roast, very sweet,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: a nice stout. doesn't live up to expectations. glad I got to try it. Little to sweet and not enough barrel.


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4.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #500

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. A vigorous pour yields almost 2-figners of dark tan head. The head has good retention, and it leaves some sticky scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose starts off with a nice dark roasted malt aroma. There is quite a bit of dark chocolate and coffee here too. Also, I am getting some aromas of maple syrup, oak, toffee, vanilla, and some smokey bourbon.

T - The taste starts off with a big helping of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. There is a strong bourbon flavor, as well as a bunch of caramel and toffee. The maple syrup is definitely detectable. There is also some oak, vanilla, and a little bit of hop presence. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt bitterness, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, and maple syrup flavors on the palate.

M - This has a pretty full body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth, and it has a super rich, velvety smoothness to it. It also has a bit of an oily quality. There is a good amount of sweetness and plenty of roasted malt flavor to balance it out. There is a bit of boozy warmth on the back end, as well as some lingering bitterness.

O - This has awesome drinkability. It is without a doubt a sipper, but everything about this beer is just outstanding. This is one of those beers that certainly lived up to the hype. It is just an all around world class beer. I highly recommend trying this one out. I would definitely pick more of it up, and I would love to try it on-tap. I am very thankful for being able to try this one. This is another wonderful beer from the awesome guys at Founders. Cheers guys.

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Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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