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Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,709
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 3,226
Gots: 557 | FT: 9
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 oline73
4.92/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a hint of red coming through at the edges. There is a layer of beautiful tan head and decent retention.

Smell: Sweet bourbon and maple syrup with strong notes of coffee. Quite sweet and a bit nutty.

Taste: Just as wonderful as the smell. Smooth coffee and bourbon. The maple notes are perfect. Bourbon heat is really good.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not too thick. Tingly and smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Damn near perfect!

Photo of fiver29
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Mike’s Bar and Grill during Cleveland Beer Week. Huge thanks to Founders for bringing some kegs of this this week. Just awesome. I have been searching for the perfect beer for years. I found it last night. The guy next to me said he had this last week in a bottle and tonight was his first time on tap. He said it was clearly better on tap. I have only had this once. On tap. Last night. So this review is based on what I enjoyed last evening. Pours pitch black with a slight tan ring around the edges. Looks like what I would expect. I put the glass up to my nose and whiff. Whoa. Layers of aromas. First I noticed a stickly sweet maple, then a touch of coffee, roast, and wood made a noticeable note here as well. I smelled this a few times because I was surprised by the complexity just in the aroma. I took a sip. My first thought was "Holy Fuck". An explosion of flavor hit me. Upfront their was a strong sense of coffee, followed very closely by a touch of maple sweetness, then a touch of dark roast from the grain bill and a slight note of vanilla with some booze notes that was not at all hot. The booze flavors were hid well by the way this was barrel aged and melded perfectly in the finished product. There really was no booze as there was just a note of it and it made for a perfectly rounded beer. The finish combined all of the above ever so slightly. There was no cloying sweetness. Nothing over the top. Everything in this beer was perfectly represented from start to finish. I honestly never thought I would give a perfect score to any beer. Until now. This one for me goes beyond the hype and was worth every sip.

Photo of mattyb
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This isn't a normal Appearance,Smell ,Taste ,Mouthfeel,and Overall review. There is nothing I can say about this that hasn't been said. Believe the hype. This is the best beer I have ever had. Perfect. I know I am a MI/Founders homer, but this is for real and legit.

Photo of nickhiller
4.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Release (ABV on bottle says 10.6% - this page says 9.40). Poured into tulip glasses.

A: Black with a foamy caramel colored head. Head is thin even layer across the top. Dissipates quickly.

S: Milk chocolate, sweet coffee are most present. Strong rubbing alcohol at first. Overall, smells like walking into a good coffee shop. Fresh beans and toasty pastries.

T: Wowza! Complex, strong, thick, sweet. Like good quality drinking chocolate. Aftertaste is the best part - not bitter at all like a lot of beers of this style. The maple syrup really comes through on the finish. Mild oak flavor. Vanilla bean. Has some similar alcohol notes as a good dark rum.

M: Amazing. This is the best part of the beer I think. Smooth, filling, sticky, and thick. Light carbonation that is only notPerfection.

O: Just a good, solid, delicious beer. The only breakfast stout that really tastes like breakfast.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a pitch black oily color with a small dark brown but very thin with not much lacing. Nose is sweet, slightly boozy and lots of oak and maple.

Taste is sweet, lots of maple candy, the chocolate and coffee is really subtle here. Oak and creamy dark malt is awesome. Very good, creamy and tasty.

Photo of bsp77
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, very happy I snagged one of these elusive bottles.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Pure black (obviously) with decent brown head and some intricate lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma of chocolate, molasses and coffee. There is a sharp note from the barrels, with oak, bourbon, and I guess that odd sweetness is maple.

Taste: And there it is. Wow. The barrels really take center stage with maple, oak, vanilla, bourbon and coconut. There is definitely a highly roasted Imperial Stout underneath with nice notes of chocolate and coffee, but the barrel-aging is what sent my taste buds into the stratosphere.

Feel: Ridiculously smooth and creamy. Obviously full-bodied, with low carbonation and a highly warming finish. Feel it burn!

Overall: This is quite simply barrel-aging at its finest. Not sure if this or The Abyss is my favorite Imperial Stout - Abyss is more about the Stout backbone, while CBS is all about the barrels. A side-by-side would be fun, but very unlikely to ever happen.

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom for sharing this with "The Core"

A: Motor oil black with very small amount of creamy tan head. Heavy alcohol feet when swirled.

S: Sharp espresso notes and chocolate dominate at first. Espresso more so than the chocolate. The boozeyness from the bourbon comes in and it smells pretty hot. Not much maple, very very faint. Some vanilla notes as well.

T: Bitter coffee and chocolate up front. Some bourboney goodness and a hint of maple in the finish. As it warms there is more of a maple and vanilla presence. Very decadent and sweet.

M: The mouthfeel is THICK and creamy. It coats the mouth and is almost chewy. The sweetness ads somewhat of a cloying quality to the mouthfeel. A bit hot as there is defiantly some alcohol burn on the back of my throat in the finish, not bad but noticeable.

O: This was a very good beer. However, I feel regular KBS may be a bit more enjoyable for me. I think it might have benefited from a year in the cellar as the heat was a tad more than I like, and I do enjoy a hot beer. The hype train on this beer is a bit unjustified, it is very good but not worth the presidential ransoms some people are asking for it.

Photo of SeaUrchin
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

went to the founders happy hour at slows bbq, had this on tap into a goblet, low light room so appearance might not be perfect, also i got 2 pours of it since my buddies girlfriend didnt like it, also this was a whale of mine and i had a godly expectation and it did not let me down, 2011 vintage

appearance - black, void of all light but around the head it appeared to be slightly red, this could have been due to the lighting, a darkish light brown head about a finger tall, that left but left nice lacing, low carbonation

smell - up front was a very sweet coffee smell (i think it is a beautiful blend of the maple syrup, the bourbon, and the coffee) almost fruity, next came the bourbon and coffee that is reminiscent of KBS and chocolate, once it warmed up there was a noticeable alcohol smell but one that seemed appropriate and almost helped to balance out the sweetness

taste - coffee, but not as bitter as breakfast stout or KBS up front, fading into a sweet blend of maple syrup, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and coffee, and finishes with a sweet maple bourbon coffee flavor, similar to a sugar cube and a drop of syrup into an irish coffee, simply amazing, as it warmed up a bit of booze came through

mouthfeel - thick, sticky, and lingered on the tongue, amazing, fit the nose and taste perfectly

overall - if there is a god this is evidence of it, simply amazing, lived up to the hype and my own expectations, and more, a perfect 5, hit all the notes i wanted sweet, bitter, booze, and coffee

other note - decided to sit on my bottle for at least a year, i was spoiled with 12oz (more like 18 from the pours) will report back once it is opened, once again probably my favorite beer to this point

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 release.

A - Inky black with a finger of milk chocolate head, a few spots and legs left in the glass.

S - roasted coffee, cocoa, alcohol, and not as much maple as I remember...

T - Chocolate, medium roast coffee, and light brown sugar.

M - light carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel, coats the mouth well.

O - Definitely not as fantastic as I remember it, and definitely not a top 3 stout.... The alcohol really started to show up after it passed 65F as well, which just seemed weird.

Photo of ComposerZero
4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say. Despite the hype, I was blown away by this beer. Wasn't sure what to expect, maybe a bigger, full-throttle, Mikkeller-esque version of the "regular" Breakfast Stout? Not the case. This beer is simply delicious. It's also easier to drink and sweeter than its sibling.

The color is dark chocolate with a sliver of cinnamon tinged head without retention. It's impenetrably dark and is definitely similar to the 'regular' in color. Perhaps blacker?

Blow you away nose. . . I'm talking a grin from ear to ear. Whiffs of whiskey barrel and maple syrup lead the way followed by high-toned coffee aromas. Tertiary aromas of smoke, bitter chocolate, sweet molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, black tea, and oak give this some serious complexity. It presents itself in an almost floral abundance of sweetness. Imagine combining grade B maple syrup with a serious Bourbon in the 'regular' Breakfast Stout and you can imagine what this smells like.

The aromas translate well on the palate where the bourbon, maple syrup, and coffee prevail. No booziness to speak of and without bitterness. It's sweet yet savory, smooth and clean. On the palate you can find those intriguing chocolate and spice notes from the aromas. The mouthfeel is sweet, long, plush, and deep with very slight carbonation and no rough edges. It finishes with a bit of tannin, I assume from the wood it was aged in.

Overall an amazing beer, one that's a candidate for perfection.

Photo of joefuzz
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a fairly big dark brown head. Smells of coffee and bourbon. Maple taste is huge upfront then relaxes and gives way to some mild coffee and vanilla like bourbon tones. Mouthfeel and carbonation are everything a great imperial stout should be. Overall amazing beer so worth getting up at 8am for.

Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Managed to score a bottle of this at Julio's. A huge beer for review #500.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a super oily black with a huge, creamy mocha two finger head that fades to leave a thick cloud and halo.

S - Strong coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. There is a super light maple aftertaste. Its so incredibly smooth and rich.

T - More of the nose with super strong coffee and chocolate and bourbon. The maple is there on the finish but its not nearly as strong as I remember the draft style being.

M - So silky smooth and creamy, yet some nice fresh carbonation. the ABV is so well hidden, it drinks like a 5-6%!

O - Overall this is an amazing beer that is so masterfully ochestrated. It needs more maple syrup though. Alot more. This is still a great stout, just, not up to par with the on tap verson.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.42/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The time has finally come: C. B. S.! Thankfully, I was able to snag a bottle from Village Bottle Shoppe #2’s lottery – I was one of the four (out of THIRTY) who won the chance to buy it! Honestly, I’m still just astonished I was able to get one. So thank you very much Dave and everyone else from VBS for making this epic tasting happen – you guys ROCK!

A: Shining black, syrupy, and bold: one killer look. The head forms slowly and deliberately, coming to a full finger of dense, layered foam. Looks great at first glance, and the addition of moderate retention and abundant bubbly lacing makes it that much better. A final interesting note is the color of the foam: dark, dark brown, so rich that it shines like lacquered wood. It certainly catches the eye. Pay attention, stout-makers: THIS is presence.

S: Damn – that’s awesome. Spicy bourbon and rich dark chocolate are so big you can just about taste them: powerful, yet smooth. Then, in comes a jab of coffee, roasty and bitter, that saddles up with the peppery spice of cinnamon for an added kick of hotness. Now, throughout the whole thing, there’s a sticky sweetness of real maple syrup (awesome), but the true colors only come out on the back end. Mixing with brown sugar, nutmeg, and oak from the barrels, the real Canadian sweetness lays thick as this one’s final aroma. Just fantastic. Even after just a few whiffs, I’m ready to dive right into this one – it’s just that good.

T: I didn’t think I’d ever find another palate like Dogfish Head’s World Wide Stout, a beer that I absolutely loved: that decadent alcoholic tinge, with just enough complexity in the sweetness to keep it from getting too cloying. But now, after just a small sip, I’m happy to say that this has proven me wrong. The first hit is a huge bourbon smash, fiery yet smooth, that overpowers the senses with wood, tobacco, vanilla, pepper, and smoke. It’s excellent. Soon, though, it becomes apparent that the main focus of this beer is a syrupy, darkened sweetness. Though I was expecting it, I don't think I was totally prepared for such a bold statement: earthy-sweet malt grains, chocolate fondue, cinnamon-sugar, molasses, and even some fruity strawberry/banana-sweetness are all carried along by a an extreme maple richness that seems to last a lifetime. It's very good, but, like Goose Island BCBS, the sweetness can hit the palate a bit too strongly at times, making it less and less drinkable. The aftertaste is nice, though: a milk chocolate meltdown, with big maple booze rounding it out. Overall, this palate is smooth, unique, and complex (there’s even a small but mighty hop taste in there, popping up with some pine bits on occasion), but a little too sugary to be an absolute favorite.

M: This is where so many stout “kings” lose me, usually because of thinness. Not this time, though: the body, perfectly smooth, slides around with a substantial viscous feel. The carbonation, smooth as silk, has just enough pop to keep it drinkably playful. Still, it warms the ears, dries the tongue, and opens the nose – a bourbon fire, for sure.

O: No doubt about it, this beer is superb; the maple tastes just add to the richness and complexity. I’m glad that I finally got to try it, so again, many thanks to Village Bottle Shoppe. There’s something special about a beer that’s this hyped, and luckily, it has the intensity to back it up. In all, it was one hell of an experience. You keep releasing beers like this, Founders, and Grand Rapids will no doubt become my second home.

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle, poured into a 16 oz. mug.

(A) Thick, leggy, oily pour. Dark, dark brown, almost black, with a huge bubbly, dark chocolate milk head. Dissipated slowly, almost "cascading" in the glass. 2-3 finger head, not much lacing, the darkest of the dark. Beautiful.

(S) Strong, bitter, dark espresso/roasty chocolate malt kick followed by faint, clean 90 proof bourbon notes. Nothing too strong, finishing with a residual sugary sweetness on the nose.

(T) Big, strong espresso, followed by bittersweet chocolate, French toast, creamy cinnamon, slight toffee, finishing with a slight bourbon burn, then a huge maple syrup linger- like pancakes on Sunday morning. Amazing.

(M) Dense, smooth, creamy. Coats the tongue and roof of the mouth with heavy, very mild acidic sugar.

(O) Great beer. Enjoyed it considerably more than KBS. I am a big bourbon fan as well, and this is a clinical take on what a bourbon aged beer should be. Very balanced, very justified in it's standing. Founders setting the bar very high. Should I be fortunate enough to get another bottle, I would not pass this up.


Photo of bballmj2k
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No time like a Tuesday to crack this baby open.

A - pours a jet black as expected with a finger or so of coffee/mocha head. Lacing sticks around and tons of alcohol legs.

S - wow. Immediately smells like fresh FBS with the bourbon component. Definitely get some sweet notes from what I assume is the maple. Enticing.

T - bitterness up front leadin to huge huge coffee, chocolate, bourbon. So complex. There's a sticky sweetness that remains at the back of the tongue - can't make out maple exactly but it gives that impression.

M - silky smooth, goes down dangerously easy. Creamy mouthfeel with only a hint of heat at the end that complements the flavor profile so well.

O - stunning beer. I love how mellow it is while still being complex. To mimic others it's well worth the hype and seems to remind me of a mellowed, sweeter KBS. so good.

Photo of callmescraps
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This showed up on tap down the street. Much easier than hunting a bottle like a maniac!

App- Dark brown to black. Thin tan cap. Minimal lacing, very fine bubbles if anything.

Smell- Picking up the maple, for sure. The bourbon is a little muted, as the maple dominates to my mind. A little coffee roast as well. The vanilla, coffee and chocolate smells I am used to, so it's the maple that stands out. It may not be the strongest component of the aroma, but it's the most unusual to my mind.

Taste- There is some coffee burnt at the front, a little roasty to my mind. However, the waves of vanilla mellow it out, and it's all maple to the finish. The sweetness of the maple takes its toll on me, and lingers for quite awhile. The bourbon is pretty mellow, as it should be for a Canadian. The harshness of the roast is nicely balanced. A sweeter beer than anticipated, for sure. I'd prefer a stronger heat.

Mouthfeel- Good and rich without being thick or syrupy. Nice carbonation. About as good as it gets.

Overall- Something about the way the maple lingers doesn't do it for me. It's a really good beverage, but that lingering sweet maple is off-putting. I like a little stronger heat, bourbon, vanilla and I was not getting it. I'll take a Bourbon County any day of the week, but that's just me. Glad I got to have it this year, and glad I didn't have to run over an old lady to get some.

Photo of Stockfan42
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black body with a foamy dark brown head. The head decipitates down to a tine lace that sticks too the glass.

Smells of roasted coffee beans and bourbon with hints of sweet maple, dark chocolate and a bit of heat in the finish.

Taste is mainly the coffee, bourbon and maple all well balanced with hints of dark chocolate and a tiny bit of vanilla at the end. A bit boozy at first but settles as the beer settles.

Mouthfeel is heavy and thick, very velvety yet slightly creamy. Well carbonated and very smooth.

Overall this was worth the 20$ price tag. Although I do prefer the kbs, its still highly recommended

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep black. There is a surprising brown (almost grey) head on this beer that lingers for awhile. Some lacing is left on the glass as it drinks, but nothing major.

S: Smells of mainly of roasted malt and coffee with tons of sweet vanilla in the background.

T: Tastes of coffee, maple, vanilla, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. This beer is a lot sweeter that I was expecting, but it's still fantastic.

M: Full bodied beer, and I'm absolutely blown away by how creamy it is. There is a cloying nature to this brew. It sticks to the palate and you sometimes want to chew it down. This beer is super sooth, like drinking melted chocolate.

O: I thought this beer pretty damn good. The sweetness is high, but not overpowering. All the flavors are spot on, and they really blend nicely. I'm really glad to have tried it, but I would choose 2 bottles of KBS over a CBS.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.7/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at Al's of Hampden, in Enola, PA on 10-15-11.

A: This beer is black like used motor oil. It has a white/tan head that dissipates very quickly into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The bubbles are very fine and creamy in appearance.

S: It has very strong coffee notes. The black and chocolate malts are extremely prevalent as well. I'm also getting some leather and licorice in there. Perhaps some toasted wood as well? I can't really pick out a hop profile.

T: Coco, cream and coffee. The malt profile in this beer is astounding. Earth, chocolate, cereal, blankets of coffee, etc. The hops are non-existent. The overall taste is synonymous with the feelings I had as a child when Saturday Morning Cartoons came on. Superb!

M: Velvety and very smooth, for a breakfast stout. It's well balanced and doesn't leave a harsh or sticky after taste on the palate and tongue.

D: This beer is VERY drinkable. It's warming and comforting. Wonderful beer.

Photo of JayS2629
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours dark black with a mocha colored thick cream that fades slowly and leaves huge rings of lace.

Whiff of faint bourbon and dry cocoa with bitter coffee notes and licorice notes. Subdued earth tones, colar, and oaky, woody tones.

Sweet chocololate up front fades into coffee and a slight boozy burn in the finish. Chocolate and coffe persist and linger throughout. Nice maple middle sticks in the finish with an after breah of cocoa, vanilla, and woody oak tones. Earthy tones throughout.

Lots of layers, complex and interesting. The most amazing thing is the balance and body. Maple tones the bourbon which placed nicely. No element overpowers another.

Smooth, cream, velvety and tounge coating. Syrupy slickness.

Overall, an amazing beer in balance, flavor, body and aroma. Abolutely delicious.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to tom for sharing this with us!

750ml. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a thick opaque black with a creamy dark tan head with some random giant bubbles. spots of lace, and some syrupy looking legs left on the glass.

some big heavily roasted espresso coffee jumps out initially. a bit of heat. a bit sweet and syrupy, not necessarily maple, and some roasted malt. a hint of vanilla.

all the flavors meld with one another very nicely. espresso coffee beans are mostly at the forefront. sweet milk chocolate, creamy. just a hint of maple and maybe some vanilla towards the finish.

really loved the mouthfeel of this. so smooth and creamy... velvety. minimal carbonation, with a thick heavy body.

this is an exceptional stout, definatly unique. love the coffee flavors, but maybe lacked a touch on the maple. i hate to say it considering the hype and all, but id prolly take a KBS over this. had this right after my very first kate the great and they were about even for me, even though my scores may say different...

Photo of aasher
3.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a full bodied midnight black with dark brown highlights and a beige lacing around my glass. It smells like a Breakfast Stout, a lot of bitter coffee with moderate chocolate. I don't get any bourbon notes at all. The flavors featured are very sweet maple syrup, smooth chocolates, and bitter coffee. It's really not that complex and is overly sweet. It's a maple bomb. I wish it was far more subdued. It drinks medium to full in body. It's a nice drinker but its sooo sweet. It's holding it back. As it stands this beer is vastly overrated and inferior when compared to FBS and KBS. Recognize.

Edit: After having both this and Wide Awake It's Morning, I'm sure the two are related. It makes me want to try the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter to see if it's in the middle.

Photo of Gmann
4.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black color with a huge pillowy light brown head that slowly settles.

The aroma is of rich coffee and milk chocolate. Strong woody scent with hints of the bourbon. There is some molasses and vanilla notes as well. Really love that Founders breakfast stout aroma.

The taste is bold and sweet. Things start off with a strong coffee flavor, fresh grounds. The beer has a pronounced woody flavor which brings some bark like notes with earthy bitterness. The bourbon and vanilla are light but noticable, just like KBS it doesn't overpower. Not sure if I taste maple specifically, but there is a big sweetness that runs throughout. Molasses, brown sugar, syrup, its all there. The sweetness is a bit overpowering.

The body is big and thick and velvty smooth despite the needed prickly carbonation. Very sweet on the palate but it does have that earthy bitterness to combat it. It is a tad boozy and the sweetness does border on cloying.

Very bold with plenty of outstanding flavors. The FBS, KBS, CBS line is just fantastic. I prefer the KBS to the CBS because the CBS is a bit too sweet and kind of overpowers the bourbon.

Photo of Lillie1128
3.97/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a dark mocha head

S - Coffee overpowered by bourbon

T - Really bourbon-y. The maple syrup is pretty apparent throughout and there's a hint of coffee at the end

M - Pretty thick and syrupy, heavy-bodied

Honestly, I'm not as impressed as I thought I would be. I mean, it's pretty good, but I just didn't get that "wow" I thought it would. It's still a solid brew though.

Photo of sliverX
4.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black nice thin wispy cap of tan good lacing
Smell is strong coffee a bit woody
Taste boozy woody a hint of maple heavy coffee backed with some stout
Mouthfeel smooth easy to drink medium body nice
Overall a very nice fun beer but the hype may have elevated this being crazy.

Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,709 ratings.