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Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 937
Hads: 3,942
Avg: 4.62
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 4,015
Gots: 725 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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 feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Acadia Cafe, in a fluted tulip. I hate these, I'd rather have balloon snifter. Waaah.

Solid ebon hue, lovely cocoa-tan head, small, but staying, leaving some lace. Looks the part, gets me anticipating something great!

Aroma: Sweetness in the nose, coffee first, then chocolate, a bit of molasses, here comes the maple...whiskey makes a cameo.

Taste: Big, beefy and brawny, ...chocolate starts it out, slathers itself all over the palate, floats and coats...there's hints of coffee too. Oats bring the smoothness, layer on layer of flavor bring the slickness. Nice roasty character on the palate. This is one big in taste, but not overpowering. The deliciousness in this, however, is through the roof.

Now, on to glass #2. It was so good, I had to have another. And I can't believe they still have this.

Rich, and sweet, but not overly so. Sugary maple mixes with coffee and chocolate, and somewhere in the middle, the bourbon peeps in. It might seem like a cacophony, but there's harmony here. Gets sweeter as we go...but the depth of the flavor makes up for that. An utterly rich and complex stout. Decadent? Oh,yeah. Mmmm, but it's amazingly delicious.

Ends very evenly on the palate. Could never call it dry, but it rounds out, and stays mellow. A definite nightcapper, something to settle down with, and close down your evening in style.

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Photo of gcasher
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark; black; tan head about 1/4 inch
S - sweet like maple sugar
T- Oh my G_d; sweet nectar of the gods; sweet bourbon up front with the follow of the maple in the afterglow
F - smoove; goes down easy; alcohol not agressive, but bites you in the arse.

I was expecting the KBS but got the CBS instead; it was very nice not to get the coffee smell and taste; I prefer just having the bourbon, maple, and stout;

What an experience!

On tap.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

This is why the CK is the baddest-ass bar in the District. Greg, there are no words, baby. This guy pours an Elvis painting black topped by over a finger of lovely dark tan (bordering on actual brown) foam. The nose is loaded with everything good found in big stouts: bourbon, oak, caramel corn, vanilla, maple syrup, molasses, roasted malts, light coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar-cinnamon. What's more interesting is that I could distinctly make out each of these components. Clearly. My 'strils haven't been this happily busy in a long time. And my tongue was not left out of the action. For fear of being overly redundant, everything I listed above came back, in some form or another, in the taste. In addition to a bit more bourbon, some burnt biscuits and heavy dark chocolate notes join in on the fun, while the maple syrup doesn't appear quite as strong as before. Damn, this is some tasty shit! The body has plenty of heft, with a heavy moderate carbonation and a thick, gooey, chewy feel. Overall, one of the best bourbon barrel stouts I've had the pleasure to sample. Believe the hype. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, D.C. with some great beer enthusiasts. Poured into what seemed to be a 10 oz. snifter. From notes...

A - Opaque black with a 1 finger dark tan almost mocha colored head.

S - Strong sweet coffee aromas mixed with vanilla. Some great woodyness to the beer. No real sign of maple syrup or bourbon as the coffee definitely takes the stage here.

T - Bittersweet coffee and chocolate with roasted malts up front. Oak and vanilla definitely make an appearance mid palate. Ahhh here's the maple syrup! The maple sweetness is right at the end of the palate rounding everything out like a progression of flavors.

M - Unbelievably smooth and velvety. Not as thick as I would expect, but still medium to heavy bodied.

D - Incredibly drinkable. A stout like this at only 9.4%?? Makes it that much more amazing to drink. My palate was quite wrecked however due to the strength of the coffee and chocolate bitterness.

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Photo of gcpanda
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily my favorite of the 3 stouts released by Founders. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a decent tan head. Sweeter than the other two breakfast stouts, with strong maple tones and the standard coffee/vanilla/chocolate notes found in a Founder's Stout.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At Churchkey!

A: Very dark brown body with a chocolate milk-colored head that stays around at half a finger until my first sip. Lacing is pretty good.

S: Was not very strong. Initially all I got was rich coffee notes, but as the beer warmed up a bit of bourbon and chocolate worked their way in as well.

T: Starts off with a blast of strong but sweet coffee. I get bourbon and milk chocolate in the middle, and then more of a dark chocolate taste at the end. As I got more accustomed to the flavor, I tasted some vanilla in the middle and end as well. The aftertaste surprisingly isn't strong at all, just a bit of coffee. None of the flavors are very intense, but they are very well-balanced. I really didn't get any maple.

M: Velvety and smooth, but I would've liked it to be a bit thicker.

D: Very drinkable. The balance, smoothness, and complexity paired with an under control abv % make this one you could have a few of.

A very good stout. I am not giving it a 5 for flavor because as I noted earlier, though there was good complexity, the flavors were not quite as intense as I'd like, and for an American double stout, I want strong flavors. This was certainly better balanced than the regular and KBS versions. I almost wonder if the maple merely served to smooth things out and take away the cofee's bitterness, rather than imparting much of a flavor itself. Then again, other people taste the maple, so who knows?!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in DC.

a - Pours a dark black color with no carbonation evident and less than an inch of white head.

s - Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, light oak, and maple syrup.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and a hint of vanilla and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink for 9.4% ABV.

d - Another very nice stout from Founders. I found it sweeter and obviously with less bourbon to it than KBS, but still good none the less. Some nice roasted malts and bourbon in the smell and taste, and it was pretty easy to drink. I prefer KBS, and I think Founders Breakfast Stout as well, to this, but if I saw it on a tap list I would definitely buy a glass. Glad I got to try it and would like to have again. 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

Update: I've had this beer 4 times now, most recently at Churchkey again on 10/04/11. The buzz around CBS has been insane this time around, mostly due to trading and it being in bottles, but I figured might as well go get it on tap since I probably won't get a bottle. I've really liked it in the past, but not as much as KBS and about on par with FBS, so wasn't too upset if I didn't get any bottles. All hype aside, after having this again on Tuesday I thought it was absolutely fantastic. The maple sweetness and bourbon mix amazingly with the coffee and roasted qualities, and it's super easy to drink for almost 10%. This was by far the best I've ever had and really made me wish I hadn't been so lazy looking for bottles. Oh well, next year I'll try harder. Would now put this above FBS and very close to KBS in my book.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft today at Churchkey in D.C. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

Very near black appearance with a 1/4" dark beige head. Upon swirling the head gets bigger (oh my...), and leaves some generous lacing on the glass.

Aromas of roasted malt, bourbon.

T: Really fabulous stuff. The maple syrup element comes through more prominently in the taste than it does in the aroma. I believe this may be slightly better than KBS (I may or may not have had a KBS near me), but they are both top-notch beers, in my opinion. CBS and KBS are also very similar beers, for the most part. The melding of the barrel and roasted malt flavors is impeccable.

M: Really smooth up front and quaffable...Bang! There's some nice alcohol heat in the finish for you.

D: Fantastic beer and worthy of hype. I hope to enjoy this again, maybe even in bottles? Highly recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a pitch black color and a modest tan cap; despite the minimal head, the lacing action was rather robust

Smell: Canadian whiskey barrel, vanilla. maple, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee - it is all there and then some

Taste: On the opening, the dark chocolate, oatmeal and Canadian whiskey flavors are the first to emerge, along with a dark fruit complexity; by mid-palate, the maple, brown sugar, coffee and vanilla elements become more prominent as the beer adds a rather boozy aspect; after the swallow, the flavors meld together in layered complexity, though the lasting impression is chocolate, coffee and whiskey though the finish adds a tobacco character

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: Sippable, in small quantities, this beer is a treat to behold; one day it would be interesting to pair the BS, CBS and KBS together for a side by side tasting

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Photo of hellomcfly
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Flying Saucer here in Columbia. It was the Thursday night special keg. I showed up at the bar (the following Tuesday) hoping there would be some left. No sign of it on the "just landed" board but I asked the waitress and she said there was some left.

She brought what she said was the last glass of this awesome beer and charged a whopping $13.

Poured black with a tower of persistent cola colored foam.
The taste was all chocolate, maple syrup, and roastiness . I did not detect that much of a bourbon flavor. Chocolate was more pronounced than I had expected. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Drinkability was solid for the style but one glass was plenty for one sitting. Wish I had a couple of bottles of this laying down.

It was a great beer and, to me, worth the $13 price tag to try.

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Photo of BS68280
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally got the chance to try this one, it has been up there on my wants for quite a long time. They got it at the Flying Saucer in Columbia and it was the rare keg last Thursday. Unfortunately at $13 a glass I felt like I was getting bent over buying it. After drinking my glass and finishing off my girlfriends glass I was left underwhelmed. I am quickly learning that a lot of these top beers are really no better than some similar ones, and I really think they are up there because of rarity. Still a great beer but just not compared to it's own hype.

A: Very black with about a 1/4 in of Tan head. Leaves pretty good lacing behind. The deep black motor oil look that I was expecting.

S: Cocoa, lots of roasted coffee, hints of maple but no where near as much of it as I was expecting, I kind of had to search for it.

T: Pretty much right in line with the smell. Sweet at first, maple sweetness and a touch of alcohol, roasted malt and a burnt coffee bitterness. The maple does well to kind of smooth it out, but there is still an alcohol heat.

M: Medium to high carbonation but thick and creamy.

D: A little hot for only being around nine percent.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at American Craft in Brookline, MA.

A - Pours a deep, deep black. The head is slight, tan. Maybe half a fingers worth quickly dissipates into a thin lacing that would hold for the rest of the glass.

S - I swear I could smell this one coming out of the tap. Everything hits you at once in a huge blast. Coffee, vanilla, cocoa, the sweetness of the maple. The smell of the alcohol lingers in the background.

T - There is so much going on here it's difficult to comprehend in the first few sips. The maple comes through first but is held tightly in balance by the bourbon hints that touch the sweet tones with a growing warmth. The oak from the bourbon barrels play naturally into the maple. The coffe and vanilla round out the taste, reminding you what this beer once was. As the beer moves out of your mouth the maple flavors bookend its taste. There's no "I wish there were more X" or "I wish the ____ was a bit muted". Perfectly balanced.

M - Full and thick, but always smooth. Alcohol is well masked with all of the flavor but you can still feel it there.

D - This beer starts to lose it's drinkability about halfway through the third glass. Don't ask me how I know.

Drinking this beer was an experience from beginning to end. Thanks to AC for acquring it. A true double rainbow all the way.

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

In a rare turn of events set in motion back at EBF in Boston, I find myself enjoying several pints of this fantastic beer at the Backyard Ale House. I may never again enjoy this beer in such quantity...

Appearance: This beer pours a deep, murky black. My first pour had little head, as the pint glass was filled to the brim. My second pour was better, there was about a half inch worth of chocolaty colored head that hung around for a bit before fading off into a thin foamy ring around the edge of the glass. My third and final pour, which I believe kicked the keg, was mostly foam...however this pour was free so who am I to complain?

Smell: Out of this world! A delicious blend of chocolate and coffee blended together and mellowed out with a sweet, candy-like maple.

Taste: With every sip this beer just kept getting better. Chocolate and coffee, maple syrup and some vanilla. Absolutely fantastic the way this beer is put together. According to the Founder's rep, this beer comes in at 11% ABV, but there's no hint of that at all.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, perfect carbonation for the style. A tad bit light in the body for a stout this big, but nothing to really gripe about.

Drinkability: An absolutely fantastic beer that I am lucky to be able to enjoy. It tastes great and goes down smooth. The sweetness does get to you after a while, after a couple of pints I was really needing me some hops. All in all, this has to be one of the best beers I've ever enjoyed. I can't recommend it enough.

Special thanks to Stef and John for putting together this fantastic event!

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Photo of BeerTour1
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an amazing beer. Might be my favorit of all time. It had a dark rich color with a slight smokey smell along with hints of cofee.

Don't remember a head to mention on this beer. The nice smooth tast with a nice back ground aspects of oak from the wisky barles and maple syrup.

The most mentionable thing about this beer is the residule sugar left coating the glass after done drinking it.

This beer is well worth the trip to Grand Rapids.

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Photo of glid02
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large amounts of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Lurking in the background are hints of sweet maple and vanilla.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt and coffee flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter the coffee fades a bit, allowing room for semi-sweet chocolate and good amounts of vanilla. Midway through the sip hints of maple syrup work their way into things before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great, as is the mouthfeel for all iterations of FBS - a great thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer but I have to say that I enjoyed KBS more. If I had to choose I would go with KBS, CBS, and FBS. The coffee flavors are more muted in both KBS and CBS however the bourbon flavors that I love are obviously more pronounced in KBS. Whichever you choose you can't go wrong.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this hand bottle.

The beer pours black with no head. There are a few tan bubbles floating on the surface of the beer. The aroma is great. I get notes of maple syrup, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is equally impressive. There is a lot of maple, vanilla, chocolate milk, coffee, roasted malt and the slightest hint of soy sauce. Low carbonation and medium to thick mouthfeel. A great beer that lived up to the hype. Hopefully I will get to try this again.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to get a try of this stuff at the Brewers Guild Fest in Ann Arbor 2010. It was one beer that brought me to this fest with such excitement.

Pours out really really solid black with a creamy, dark reddish tan head.

The maple here stands out super nicely as does the bourbon. Lots of oats, vanilla, bourbon, maple, roast and maybe a little alcohol from it all. It smells absolutely delicious.

Taste is even better. This is a very roasty beer but its sweetened up a lot by maple, vanilla, oak, oatmeal and chocolate. Coffee, alcohol and intense roast flavors bitter it down. The result is a very nicely balanced, but very big, beer.

I can now rest happily having gotten to try this. Only thing now is I want more...

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review typed up from notes. Visited the Founders Brewpub in Grand Rapids on 7/2 and got to try this amazing brew.

A - Black as night. Tan head but not much of a head.

S - Vanilla and caramel with some coffee roast. Maple syrup and bourbon are definitely present. Smells a bit hot but delicious.

T - real smooth bourbon flavor. I mean wow, it blends flawlessly with the rest of the flavors in this beer. There is a hint of sweetness from the maple but I can't really pick up the flavor strong enough to place it if I didn't know it was there. Really a great tasting big beer.

M - Heavy body but smooth. A bit syrupy with very little carbonation. But that is to be expected with a barrel aged IS.

D - Wow. Easy drinking for the ABV. I would drink this again any time the opportunity arose. A simply phenomenal beer. Love it!

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Photo of levifunk
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Made the trip to Captain Mike's for this. Well worth it. This is my first time having CBS and my first time going to Captain Mike's. I look forward to experiencing both again. I believe this had been aged for 1 year.

This beer is definitely of the same blood as KBS. It has the same coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smokey flavor, but then has an added maple sweetness that smooths any harshness out. Absolutely phenomenal beer. Glad to have tried it, but now may be even more tempted to open up the bottle I have.

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Photo of NorthsideFred
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoying at Captain Mike's in Kenosha.

8 ounce pour for $7.50. Served by a cute bartender.

Beautiful black pour with a creamy dark brown froth. Looks great!

Smells wonderful, the coffee grabs you first then the chocolate, I can't say I detect the maple but there is a sweet scent that I like. This really smells good.

Tastes incredible! Wow! The coffee and chocolate, I think I taste the maple but it is very subtle.

This is full-bodied with perfect carbonation.

I could drink this all day.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. Hopefully our paths will cross again someday.

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Photo of mechamifune
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Part of me feels so wrong for giving 5's to every category, but I honestly don't know how the beer could have done better in any of the categories listed.

Pours a pitch black with a slight tan head. The beer just looks inviting, unlike some bigger stouts that can look a little "dead" in the glass.

Smell is coffee and chocolate upfront with a little bit of sweetness behind, but to me the coffee dominates the initial nose. Still, I could just sit and smell this thing for an hour if it didn't taste so damn good.

Taste seems a bit more evened out and the coffee isn't as overpowering as in the smell. The sweetness is evident, but not syrupy or overpowering to me. I get maybe a hint of alcohol but even that works in a pleasant way with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, reminds me almost of hot chocolate at times. Carbonation seems pretty minimal, which is appropriate given what we're working with.

My matra for big stouts is generally, even for the ones I love, that I can only drink a pint or so before it stops being so enjoyable, based on the heavyness of the style more than anything. For this beer I would make the exception. For as big as it is, it's silly easy to drink.

FBS was already one of my absolute favorite beers of any style, and this basically takes it and...well, to put it simply, makes it better. Any stout fan needs to seek this one out.

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Photo of khumbard
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Yogi's. Awesome to see some rarities making it down this way...

I've had this on 2 occasions now, once from the batch last year, and now this time. Taste is definitely a lot more balanced this time around. I enjoyed the higher level of sweetness of the first batch, but this is a better overall beer. Pour is very dark with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, and a background of oaky maple sweetness, pretty subtle actually. Taste is very smooth. Flavors are all well integrated: all of the regular breakfast stout flavors but with the added maple sweetness, and oak from the barrel. As it warmed up it became even better, and the chocolate definitely takes the driver seat. Stellar beer, and easily put away two 12oz snifters. I love Founders.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

tapped about 30min ago at yogis for Indiana beer week... dam, thanks to whomever made this happen.

from the tap as close to pitch black that dark chocolate can get into a 12oz snifter with a short lasting thin foam head that leaves lacing to the lip of the glass.

aroma is quite subtle - coffee, chocolate, toffee.

subtlety disappears once the first sip reaches the lips... strong coffee / espresso notes forward immediately fading to smooth chocolate, vanilla and sweet maple. absolutely incredible. believe all you have heard. meant to be sipped ? maybe so, but it's hard to let it just sit there. a second pour will be needed. as it warms, taste transitions to the chocolate cake other reviewers have noted.

very smooth to the palate, alcohol burn is nonexistent - entirely hidden.

drinkability - at 9.4%, this one shouldn't be as drinkable as it seems - I'll be having a second, but it's going to require me staying on this stool for a good while afterward...

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Photo of david131
4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A thick, syrupy, pitch black liquid with a thin brown head that has good retention. Perfect.

S- Coffee, vanilla, caramel, chocolate cake, and a slightly sweet maple syrup aspect. Smells pretty tame at first, but really opens up as it warms.

T- Coffee, chocolate cake, maple syrup, vanilla. Extremely rich and decadent with a wonderful robust chocolate aspect. No alcohol presence. A nice balance of sweet and roasty.

M- Velvety smooth and creamy with a lasting dry, roasted presence.

D- Rich and delicious. A bit of a sipper. Doesn't quite stand up to KBS in my book, but it is still world class.

This is the third time I have had this beer. The first time it was unbelievably sweet, the second time almost having no detectable maple syrup aspect. Founders really seems to have it nailed down here.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. hand-bottle shared by stopbarking; split 5 ways. Thanks Daniel!

The elusive Canadian displays an opaque darkness that clings to the edges of the glass with a sugary, syrup-like viscosity. The head is dirty khaki in color and retains surprisingly well for the ABV. Swirling the snifter quickly builds the foam level, but the aroma never really took off for me. Smells a bit muddled, in fact, with ethanolic booze and soft chocolate undertones. The sweetness is there, but I'm not getting too much maple or barrel aroma.

CBS' flavor more than makes up for what the aroma 'lacks'. A delicious mix of dark chocolate, toffee, earthy hop bitterness, Grand Marnier, and sweet, sweet maple. The syrupy sweetness never becomes cloying, however, making this beer surprisingly quaffable despite its big, complex body. The mouthfeel helps the drinkability, too, as Canadian is light on the tongue (heavy in the stomach) and almost fluffy with carbonation. All in all, a superb beer clearly worthy of the hype (a rarity these days).

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Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.