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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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100
world-class

2,990 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,990
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 3,336
Gots: 599 | 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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Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Desp59
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dbrulet
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brown120
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jmartinger
4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ArkyPalmer
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redleg64
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dnb128
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JSBILK
4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eziel
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best beer I've ever had the chance to try.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.38/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of STRENGSTER
4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark with a head of amber.
S: Maple syrup, bourbon, small hint of chocolate
T: Sweet & syrupy, even more so after letting it warm up.
F: Smooth
O: I wasn't blown away by this beer, but glad I got to sample. 10oz is plenty for me.

Photo of MalibuKenny
4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From draught to tulip glass, 2014 keg, tasted Feb 2015.

T: Sweet. Serendipitously, extemporaneously, syrupy. Sure, there is a hint of chocolate, but as the sniffer glass warms in my hand, the sweetness just exponentially expanding in the nose and in my mouth.

F: What mouthfeel? It's like sipping on diluted boozy maple syrup. Once that coating starts, it quickly spread, through you tongue, through the inside of your cheek. Hold your mouth close and breath in through you nose, and you feel like you just finished a pancake breakfast with Aunt Jemima drizzling on top. Reminds me of Sweet Repute.

O: The hype is entirely missed on me. I just don't understand it.

Photo of tjmackie
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Worthy Burger. Amazing

Photo of KRubes
4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap. Worth every bit of $8. A fantastic beer. Will be on the hunt for this forever.

Photo of PhatAtUT
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mbracken
4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straight from the Founders tap room, this pour was a dark, smooth, bourbon masterpiece

Photo of Jvrdz24
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueMoon10
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dawgboned37
4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Punisher
4.21/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I do believe this is the most I've ever paid for a beer on tap. Hijole!
This pours a jet black in color with thin lacing.
There's a big boozy aroma on this, at first, with a pronounced maple aroma. The flavor comes off sweet but not cloying, with a light roast providing some contrast to the maple-rum flavors. Opens as it warms.
Review 1300!

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.57/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at one of many CBS-related events here in Kansas City--this one was at Bier Station. Poured into a small Belgian-style snifter glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Not a particularly noteworthy looking beer. Hard to rate, as they started to pour 15 minutes before the "official" tapping to help manage the shoulder-to-shoulder throng of people waiting to try this sought-after beer. Looks to have about a finger of mocha tan head when first poured (luckily, I was up at the bar to see), but by the time it gets into my hands, it still has a ringlet of the brown foam and just a couple spots of lacing intermittent on the sides of the glass. Liquid is an inky black that lets zero light through, even when held up to the sunlight.

Smell (4.5) - Here is where this beer begins to separate itself. Initially, the aroma carries notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. The coffee is hard to detect at first, but seems to waft through the more I smell it and as the liquid gains some warmth. There is some bourbon as well, but it is faint like the coffee. In many ways, this reminds me of a sweeter KBS with less barrel character.

Taste (4.75) - As the aroma was an improvement on the appearance, the taste is now an improvement on the aroma. The bittersweet chocolate and roasty, charred malts are again present, with a subtly sweet element from the maple syrup bourbon barrels, which seem to carry more of that whiskey flavor than they did on the nose. Again, the coffee is a bit faint, but slightly more pronounced than it was on the aroma.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Viscous and full-bodied, with low carbonation and an almost slick, bordering on syrupy mouthfeel. That said, it doesn't rise to the level of syrup feel I've had in some barrel-aged beers. It still finishes fairly clean for something with this level of sweetness. Some lingering sweetness entices the next sip.

Overall (4.5), a really fantastic beer and I can really understand where the excitement over this one comes from. Though this version was not the original Backstage version, if it had been, it would immediately rank ahead of all the other Backstage beers I've had (with Sweet Repute probably being the runner-up). Glad I got to sample this legendary beer.

Photo of timoteo833
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,990 ratings.