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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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3,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,035
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 3,371
Gots: 607 | 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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Photo of rtaps
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Darthkostrizer for allowing me to try this excellent brew.
pours pitch black, light brown head with great retention.

smells great, rich chocolate, coffee, and smokey maple syrup

the taste is amazing chocolate brownie, very nice smokey maple, with a great balance of coffee to complement it all

mouthfeel is great smooth and creamy, full bodied with minimal carbonation

overall this is one of the best beers ive had hands down, so glad i got to try it will be buying as many as i can if i come across it.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a dense tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet. Dark grain, chocolate, and coffee really stand out along with bourbon alcohol heat.

Taste is initially rich chocolate and coffee. Then a sublime combination off vanilla and maple, along with a pleasant oak quality. Tobacco and brown sugar really rounds the flavor out. Finishes with bourbon heat that lingers that really complements the the chocolate and oaky vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and smooth.

A rich and flavorful stout. Very interesting, but not overpowering in intensity. Instead there is layers of subtle flavor notes that peak through, especially as it warms and the bourbon asserts a stronger presence. Very nice.

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4/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.55/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an ink black with a small, bubbly mocha colored head. Not much retention, and some bubbly lace around the edges.

The nose is sugary sweet overall. Coffee, maple syrup, dark roast, and bourbon. A pretty luxurious nose, not overly broad, but definitely deep. Some fusel alcohol sneaks up on you after some time.

Bourbon up front before maple syrup and fresh coffee grounds take over. The coffee grounds lend a pleasing bitterness that lasts forever. The maple and bourbon really pronounce themselves as this guy warms. Room temp is where this guy shines.

Luxurious and smooth. Creamy in all the right spots. The mouthfeel on the elite stouts is where they separate themselves and this beast is no exception.

This is a pretty fantastic beer, but I am not sure it necessitates all of the hype. The maple does a nice job adding to the beer and working with all of the other players. Well crafted on all fronts.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for letting get a piece of this amazing treat.
Pitch black. Rich, oily, glass coating viscosity. Amazing foamy light brown head with the best retention I've ever seen on a beer. It lasts pretty much forever if you move the glass which inevitable.

Very nice nose full of chocolate brownie, light coffe and maple syrup.

Flavor is stupid good. Amazing balance, very easy to drink. Lovely smoky-maple, rich but not overly sweet chocolate brownie or more like a flourless chocolate cake and nice balanced coffee notes make up the flavor characteristics.

The mouthfeel has a wonderful velvetty and creamy viscosity that's coats the palate perfectly. Full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall it's one beer that absolutely lives up to the hype. A very well made stout I'd love to get some more of. Can't wait to try it again.

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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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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2011 bottle.

Appearance: Pours very black and dark with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of tan head that retains for a bit than fades into a thin patchy cream layer. Lacing is moderate around the glass.

Smell: A big aroma of dark chocolate and bitter coffee with lots of dark roasted malts with notes of caramel and toffee. Also some hints of vanilla, woody bourbon, oak, and a little bit of dark fruits. Maple syrup is noticeable but pretty subtle. Alcohol also smells pretty tame. Chocolate and coffee stand out the most here.

Taste: Like the nose indicates, a big bold taste of dark chocolate and coffee up front with dark roasted caramel and toffee malts. Midway comes some hints of vanilla and plumy dark fruits. A moderate boozy taste of bourbon wood and oak starts to come through and adds a little heat. Maple syrup comes in towards the finish adding some sweetness. The chocolate, coffee, and malts blend into the bourbon characteristics very well making for a very bold and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very roasty, creamy, and sticky. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well for a barrel aged stout. Sticky syrup lingers in the mouth.

Overall: A great imperial stout that deserves the hype it gets. The chocolate, coffee, and barrel aged characteristics are very bold without becoming overbearing.

Photo of litheum94
4.42/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. No bottling dates.

Charcoal black with a two finger, khaki head. Settles to a nice cover full of bubbles. Good lacing.

Tons of coffee on the nose, with milk chocolate, smoke and bourbon. Not a lot of maple evident.

Strongly brewed coffee mixes with some milk chocolate. The maple shows its head, but imparts only a subtle sweetness. Charred oak and boozy bourbon flavors, with just a slight alcohol heat.

Not as much maple as I was expecting from what I heard, but still a fantastic stout. One of the best I've had.

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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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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jnn4v
4.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really black, and dark like the absence of light. Hints of chocolate and tan colored head join the lacing around the edges. No visible sediment or haze.

S: Chocolate, cinnamon, chili powder, molasses, coffee, oak, and hints of vanilla extract and bourbon.

T: Absolutely delicious flavor. Cinnamon, chocolate, caramel, maple, vanilla, cocoa powder, and oak. It improves as the tastes linger on your tongue.

M: Good, velvety texture. Excellent density and body with very slight but sufficient carbonation.

O: Honestly, I don't think this beer lives up to the hype. It's very good, but not nearly as good as people make it out to be or even as it's priced.

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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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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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