Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders CBS Imperial StoutFounders CBS Imperial Stout

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world-class

3,657 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,657
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 3,731
Gots: 672 | FT: 13
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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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Ratings: 3,657 | Reviews: 985
Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brown, nearly black, shot through with purple highlights. Nice dark tan head. Decent retention and nice lacing. Oily sheen lasts on top the brew.

Aroma is nutty, dark, and slightly boozy. Some dark fruit, caramel, and coffee.

Flavor is big, sweet, boozy, and thick. The sweetness is immediate but not overpowering: dark fruit, maple syrup, and bourbon. Chocolate, coffee, and oak. Thick and dense flavors.

Very thick mouthfeel; long wet finish; slightly hot, but not bad for the ABV.

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft at tap takeover at World of Beer.

Always nice to get to try a whale without having to trade for one.

Decadent nose and palate. Would have liked a little more 'grit' from the coffee, but the maple syrup really comes through the more it warms up.

A real treat.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

Look - Dark oil body. Thick tan head with small bubbles.

Smell – Whiskey. Chocolate. Sugar (maple).It smells like chocolate chip Eggo waffles.

Taste – Chocolate. Whiskey in the end but smooth vanilla finish.

Feel - Smooth and creamy. Doesn't explode with carbonation but isn't flat. This is what I imagined coffee would feel like as a child haha.

Overall – 2/4 for CBS in Columbus isn't bad, right. The time off work was worth it. Get it if you can. I hope I can have this from a bottle in the future.

Photo of kevdemers
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on draft 5/7/15:

Don't regret going out of my way to enjoy this at all! Some people may think the finish is a little sweet from the maple but it was perfect IMO. Thinner mouthfeel than BCBS and that's the only reason for a lower rating there. But this is THE template for a great BA stout...

Photo of CNP
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love the beer. Can smell the freshness right after opening the bottle.

Photo of CandaceLai
4/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can immediately taste the mixture of vanilla and chocolate, a little too sweet for a beer. But overall, I would have this beer again.

Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells amazing like vanilla, chocolate and molasses. I usually prefer refreshing beer but this is purely to enjoy a good beer and doesn't even need to be cold to enjoy it. The flavors are good at room temperature as well as fresh out of the cooler. Really smooth beer no matter what time of day, year, or temperature. Would highly recommend!

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved this stuff! I was hoping for more maple influence, but the flavor was just spectacular!

Photo of tjcapture
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply amazing beer. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon and maple all balance really well.

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.89/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had the 2015 on tap. I thought the dominant flavor was vanilla- overwhelmingly so. Couldn't really pull any bourbon or coffee flavors. Really sweet. I consider this to be the most overrated beer I've had. Love the KBS!

Photo of SHDoyle
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at World of Beer Easton, poured into a snifter.

A beer that lives up to the hype. You can really smell the maple syrup and taste the sweetness although the beer is not overly sweet. Compared to KBS, I would give the nod to CBS. KBS has more of a coffee flavor and I felt I could taste the alcohol/bourbon more in the KBS. CBS was a little more mellow but no less complex. If you're a fan of craft beer...or a beer fan in general...or a human being...you should try this beer!!

Photo of RyBrew54
4.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap 4/30/15 at Tap House St Charles. Pours an opaque black with light tan head. Medium to light lacing. Smell is rich vanilla, cocoa, molasses, oak, with hints of maple and smoked malt. Wow is all one can say to the taste. Bourbon heat is mellowed out to a caramel-sugar sweetness, rich molasses, with a syrupy cocoa clinging to the palate. Flavors really open up when brought to room temperature. The mouthfeel and body are what really make this beer elite. Silky smooth from start to finish. A real treat I am happy to have finally tried. Cheers!

Photo of TrulySlide
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a jockey box at Rocktown Mothereffing Beer Festival.

Photo of hopsputin
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S: bourbon, dark chocolate, maple syrup, dark cherries, oak, vanilla, rich roasted caramel malts. Smells amazing

T: taste is following the nose really well. It's a chewy taste. Dark chocolate, tons of oak and vanilla, roasted malts, caramelized dark fruits, and a punch of sweet syrup at the end

M: it's a heavier mouthfeel, and is sticky and chewy. Not much carbonation

O: real glad I got the chance to try it. It's absolutely perfectly harmonized and is possibly the smoothest barrel aged beer I've ever had. Excellent. Please give this a chance to warm up, as it warm it becomes even more amazing

Photo of blueberryann
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding! Love the hint of maple! An amazing sipping beer!

Photo of ROCKNESSMONSTER
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I call this beer The Unicorn. It's the best of the best!

Photo of joandrade
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Makes KBS look like a knock off. Wow

Photo of jewski
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An improvement on KBS. Bourbon is better balanced and the touch of sweetness works nicely with the base stout. Pretty much perfect.

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2011 batch opened in 2014.
Look: Pitch black with a decent layer of tan foam
Smell: Maple syrup, chocolate, caramel.
Taste: More maple syrup with very noticeable licorice notes. It's amazing that the syrup degrades over time into licorice, I never would have anticipated that. Lot's of chocolate in there as well. A fresh batch would be quite a different experience.
Feel: Very smooth overall, medium body, kind of wish it was a bit chewier.
Overall: I loved drinking this and I am really happy to have tried the 2011 batch. It's an excellent experience in the effects of aging beer and how the taste can change considerably.

Photo of odcardinal
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On draft, 6 oz pour into snifter. Best stout I've had to date. The mouth feel was crazy good. It was like having maple pancakes with a coffee stout. The maple after taste was very enjoyable. I would definitely drive hours away to have another taste.

Photo of jlsims04
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finally tracked this beast down. Split at a bottle share. Very tasty.

Photo of chefbigjon
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Crazy good at room temperature. My favorite quality about this beer was the mouthfeel. It was like having your breakfast and coffee all in one taste. Probably a once in a lifetime event, it is very worth your time to seek this out.

Photo of kerry4porters
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted like KBS and disappointment. Was a tasty bourbon stout with coffee and chocolate slightly sweeter than KBS but only a hint of maple after swishing it in my mouth like mouth wash

Photo of MikeWoj
4/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it past it's prime but still solid

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a fantastic stout. A must try

Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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