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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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2,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 2,891
Gots: 519 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 10,6% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No visible bottle date.

A massive thanks to Futura123 for hooking me up with this huge want of mine!

Appearance: CBS is one great looking imperial stout! The body looks pitch black in the glass, with a strong back light only revealing a hint of light along the edge of the glass. A rough pour yields a large, creamy, mocha coloured head that lasts really well for the Abv. and leaves some good patches of lace clinging to the upper parts of the glass.

Smell: Ah man, this smells absolutely fantastic! The initial nose is all chocolate - cocoa dusted chocolate mousse, sweet dark chocolate and chocolate liqueur all come to mind. Soon a wonderful array of other notes join the chocolate. Sweet coffee, toffee, dark caramel, oak, bourbon, sweet maple syrup, a little vanilla, honey comb (the one in chocolates, not bee's wax) and light dark fruits are all easily noted.

Taste: Wow and I thought the nose was good! The flavour takes all the notes from the nose and intensifies them, resulting in one of the most delicious beers I have had to date. The combination of chocolate, coffee, sweet maple and bourbon is absolutely mind blowing and each sip seems to be unique in its composition of those elements. Due to the complexity of the interactions of the flavour components I will simply list some of the observed flavours. Notes include: Sweet dark chocolate, cocoa, chocolate mousse, chocolate liqueur, dark caramel, sweet toffee, dark fruits, sweet maple syrup, oak, vanilla and a hint of liquorice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fairly sticky, with a medium level of wonderfully smooth carbonation. I usually prefer my imperial stouts to have a slightly lower level of carbonation, but on the plus side, it does make CBS fantastically (even dangerously) drinkable.

Overall: CBS certainly lives up to the hype - this is a phenomenal imperial stout and one I wish I could have again and again.

Thehuntmaster, Aug 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

neobob187, Aug 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

MexicanSkittel, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

PoolFishGolf, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of BuckyFresh
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks goes out to TCHopCraver for supplying this epic beer!

Appearance: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a large snifter. This beer comes out thick and black as midnight on a moonless night. If jostled, some reddish/amber light can be seen shining through the edges of the glass. Head is mocha colored, average in height, and recedes slowly.

Smell: Aroma is filled with roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, and some maple/caramel sweetness.

Taste: Wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, molasses, maple, toffee, caramel, and a whisper of hops. Every element is perfectly joined with the whole. Just awesome.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is full and really coats your mouth as you drink. Well balanced, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: This beer lived up to my expectations and more. Very well balanced and just a tad more drinkable than the KBS version. I will seek this beer out whenever possible!

BuckyFresh, Aug 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

Dan25D, Aug 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bishopdc0, Aug 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

ComRock12, Aug 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

pghawkins, Aug 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

patol8, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

fullmetal1381, Aug 09, 2012
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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)

gonzowestwood, Aug 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

hefehead12, Aug 05, 2012
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,335 ratings.