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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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3,255 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,255
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 3,447
Gots: 630 | 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%

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4.95/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. The liquid portion of this beer comes out completely black. No highlights can be seen anywhere, black all the way to the edges. Darker than tan frothy head that erupts to the top after a reasonably hard pour, the size of the bubbles vary all over the cap. The head produces some decent lacing, but the liquid coats the glass like a thin syrup so everything makes it's way back down to the liquid pool VERY slowly.

As expected, this beer smells awesome. It has similar qualities to the original Founders Breakfast Stout by smelling of dark, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee/espresso. The big difference is the sweetness. Bourbon and maple syrup clearly present right in the beginning and it smells wonderful. Though all that there is still an earthy hop presence.

Again as expected, the taste is wonderful as well, completely on par with the taste. Complex combination of dark roasted malts producing flavors of dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee flavors. I'm not the biggest hard liquor fan, but the bourbon flavors complement this beer pretty well especially combined with the maple flavor, it's really good. Slight dry earthy hop finish. A lot going on here and it's all REALLY good.

Mouthfeel is also really good. For how dark and thick this brew is, I would almost expect you'd have to chew it. It doesn't have to be chewed, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. The original breakfast stout did the same thing too me. Full bodied, well balanced and perfectly drinkable. I guess it could be a little thicker, but I really would find this to be a very difficult beer to improve. Alcohol is present, but doesn't have any negative effects. This is just an all around wonderful brew. This was probably the #1 hyped beer of 2011 and to me it completely lived up to it. Nice job Founders, as usual!

This beer was consumed while watching the Patriots beat the Redskins. Grandpa, I think you would have enjoyed both today...Rest In Peace, we'll miss you

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4.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of Eric and Trav. Viscous black liquid with a beautiful dark foam. The aroma is a bit underwhelming for what I expected. It's not maple-like, but definitely a bit chocolatey with some vanilla bourbon notes.

The taste is very sweet, but the maple flavor is not apparent here either. You would assume it's very chocolatey tasting, but thinking about it carefully it's more of a vanilla character. There is a hint of charred smoke also. The end has a faint splash of bourbon that is well incorporated into the flavor and isn't overdone. The problem I have is a lack of bitterness at the back. The finish is actually a bit cloying, perhaps it's just too much sweetness from the alcohol, but it makes for a slow sipper. The mouthfeel is a bit on the chewy side, thicker than I would expect for a stonger, bourbon-aged beer, but overall it works. The carbonation is nicely done.

In the end this beer just didn't live up to the hype. I would have expected to be savoring every last drop, but it wasn't that amazing. It's a nice stout overall, but the lingering sweetness was a bit too much. I can see why alot of folks would rate it higher, but for me it needs more complexity and balance to make it top notch.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate enough to have a bottle reserved for me to pick up at one of the liquor stores I frequent.. customer loyalty really paid off this time.

Poured into my favorite snifter.

Appearance: the Canadian Breakfast Stout pours pitch black with a khaki colored head.

Smell: there's a predominate aroma of strong, blended coffees. Traces of bourbon in the nose as well.

Taste: oh wow, where to start?! There's a mouthful of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolates, sweet maple syrup, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

Mouthfeel: lush and full bodied.. very smooth.

Overall: Founders CBS is arguably the most complex imperial stout I've ever had.. and certainly worth the hype. I can't wait for the third release in the backstage series.

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4.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, shared with a fellow BA.

A- Nice two finger brown head that dissipates slowly, nice lacing and retention, pitch black color, opaque.
S- Slight bourbon, really sweet, some vanilla, brown sugar, the maple comes out strong, slight coffee, chocolate.
T- Really smooth, really rich as well, the maple really comes out strong, the bourbon is hard to find, sweet, some chocolate and dark malts, slight coffee presence, this beer is so rich its a sipper, the alcohol is hidden well.
M- Medium mouth feel, really smooth drinking, silky smooth, clean finish, coats the palate.
O- Was a little let down by this bottle, I had it a couple months ago for the first time and remember it being better and more roasty. This bottle was really rich and sweet, the maple syrup notes took over. Still an excellent beer, prefer KBS in the long run.

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4.52/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers, from notes

appearance: short pour in an unbranded snifter during "big wood" - dark mahogany body, little head - mild carbonation

smell: fresh roasted coffee, maple, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, rich caramel

taste: i've had this before but only a handful of times and never in a really personal setting - damn tasty, but i still think i'm content with 4 KBS bottles for the same price. Founders definitely crafted this well - extremely well balanced - maple, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. i told myself i would pass on this, but then i got to brouwers and couldnt resist. Damn you hypetrain.

mouthfeel: great, perfect really. balanced, full bodied, rich and creamy

overall: sigh, lovely

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Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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