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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,320 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 2,873
Gots: 514 | FT: 6
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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Nickfellow007

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +7.3%

08-14-2012 20:23:59 | More by Nickfellow007
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patol8

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-10-2012 00:00:16 | More by patol8
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fullmetal1381

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

08-09-2012 05:21:17 | More by fullmetal1381
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gonzowestwood

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at 'Rattle n Hum'

A- Dark, Dark, dark black color with thin chocolate head that lasts forever (4.5)
S- Booze, Maple Pancakes, brown Sugar, dark coffee/malts. This is were the beer shines (5)
T- I get a lot of maple, some dark coffee, a little bourbon and a nice burp of vanilla (4.5)
M- A nice creamy texture and it attacks the front of your tung. Gets much more boozy as its warms up (4)
O- Pretty good. Is it the best stout on earth? Idk. I've had KBS, Abyss, Bourbon County, Stone, and Speedway. I truly think that Goose Island's 'Bourbon County' is the best out there, but thats my Opinion. . . Man. Still a Really good beer (4.5)

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 03:50:24 | More by gonzowestwood
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

08-08-2012 02:29:22 | More by SFC21
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

08-05-2012 19:21:42 | More by injuredreserve
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -14.2%

08-05-2012 17:16:24 | More by GehenHerzog
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Caterwaul

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-05-2012 13:22:52 | More by Caterwaul
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +7.3%

08-05-2012 13:08:33 | More by rab53
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hefehead12

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

08-05-2012 07:05:18 | More by hefehead12
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-05-2012 05:05:35 | More by Falcone
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FUNKPhD

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

08-04-2012 02:57:14 | More by FUNKPhD
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beagle75

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with one finger of diminishing beige foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Coffee is immediately evident, followed by reedy wood and intense vanilla. Coffee fades somewhat as the beer warms, replaced by dark and rustic grain. Some pure bourbon is also present, although the smell is only slightly boozy.

T: Begins off-dry, with aggressive carbonic acidity and dark chocolate. Flavors sweeten into the middle alongside potent anise that dominates the palate for a few beats. The finish begins to dry out, allowing for husky roasted malt and freshly-ground coffee to close the profile on an earthy and moderately bitter note. Hints of bourbon and vanilla linger on the palate, but essentially no alcohol is detected.

M: Thick viscosity, syrupy and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer exhibits powerful sensory qualities, even for an imperial stout. It is also a bit of a mess, although the end result is palatable. Founders KBS can be wildly inconsistent from bottle to bottle; this value-added rendition comes across as an average effort on the KBS scale--neither a disappointment nor a home run.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 02:55:27 | More by beagle75
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-01-2012 17:28:28 | More by DNICE555
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Livewire77


4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

08-01-2012 14:01:25 | More by Livewire77
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rdell17

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.3%

07-30-2012 19:01:00 | More by rdell17
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dtmets84

New York

3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

07-28-2012 00:22:48 | More by dtmets84
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YCantWeNotBeSober

Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.3%

07-27-2012 00:51:02 | More by YCantWeNotBeSober
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lalaloveyou


5/5  rDev +7.3%

07-26-2012 04:48:15 | More by lalaloveyou
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a thin but surprisingly steady chocolate brown head and lacing is quite nice

S: Wow, that smells delicious: coffee up front with roasted chocolate malts and subtle bourbon, boozy aroma; some sweet molasses, dark fruit, maple syrup underneath too

T: Oh my goodness that is a sweet, boozy, awesome, complex beer: maple syrup is much more prevalent in the flavors than the aromas but the chocolate, coffee, and bourbon play so well off of it; there is a roasty and almost smokey undertone with plenty of brown sugar and dark fruits and boozy bourbon in the finish

F: Such a thick, viscous, cream, oily beer; mouth feel is perfect

O: This is nearly perfect; one of the best beers I have ever had; so many flavors but they work so well off of each other

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 19:10:03 | More by dbossman
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-24-2012 13:07:19 | More by jwat
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Trevdawg

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +7.3%

07-23-2012 20:11:30 | More by Trevdawg
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dvmin98

North Carolina

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

I have had CBS several times at tastings, etc, but this was the first time I've had the cooyans to actually crack open one of my bottles. Enjoyed it with a couple of friends (lucky bastards).

A - Deep brown color with 1/2 inch of head

S - bourbon, coffee, chocolatey

T - best tasting beer I have ever had. I couldn't get enough. I was literally rubbing the glass with my finger to get every last drop. Bourbon, coffee, chocolatey, with sweetness. The maple is just a hint, but just the perfect amount.

M - creamy and thick with a very full body

O - Best beer I have ever had. I have two bottles left and can't wait to open them up and enjoy them, but only for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 13:50:25 | More by dvmin98
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Friskybeerrapist

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-23-2012 01:57:32 | More by Friskybeerrapist
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to crunkchiggin2002 for getting this fine specimen to me! Poured from the bottle to a small brandy snifter. Vintage 2011 and an extremely high fill.

Pours an inky jet black with edges of mahogany clarity. A finger of soft brown head swells and then recedes to a fine milky collar. Fantastic lacing and a bit of legging.

Massive on the nose - bourbon is far more apparent than I was anticipating. Cocoa puffs, caramel, faint bitter coffee, rich sweet syrupy bits, more cocoa, molasses, maple, burnt wood, so incredibly complex. Not cluttered, just very intriguing.

Holy fuck. No wonder this thing was so hard to get. If I had any of this sitting in my basement, I can guarantee you that I wouldn't be giving any up. I can't dissect the flavors without first mentioning the perfect velvet consistency. That said, the flavors are monstrous and varied - the maple-y bourbon takes the lead, big cocoa, more simple syrup, a touch of black licorice, more booze than I had hoped for, vanilla, caramel, charred wood, milk chocolate. Likely the most complex beer that I've ever had. Delicious and challenging.

This beer is fantastic. I probably won't try to land another bottle as it cost me an arm and a leg, but I am very glad that I sprung for it just this once. Highly, highly recommended. And if you have the ammunition to land a bottle, fucking do it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:41:57 | More by yamar68
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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