Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,661
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.97%
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor for the Founders event.

Pours a deep black color with a one-finger mocha colored head. Head retention is decent and lacing is very nice for a big stout. Aroma is dark chocolate, burnt malt, and toasty oak with a substantial maple component and a very subtle coffee note. The taste is much smoother than the regular FBS, which is the base beer for CBS. Like the aroma, the taste is led by dark chocolate and deeply toasted malt with considerable toasty oak barrel and moderately sweet maple syrup flavors. The flavors are very well integrated and smooth with a lingering bourbon heat and a much diminished coffee component from FBS. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate-to-low carbonation and a mild lingering alcohol warming. The drinkability is fairly high for the abv. The moderate sweetness balances out the toasty and bitter malt and coffee notes very well, and the complexity is great. Overall, this is a great beer that definitely lives up to the hype. However, after trying KBS and FBS (and Black Biscuit) side-by-side with CBS, I slightly prefer FBS and KBS. Here's to hoping Founders bottles this gem in the near future!

Photo of jdense
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Big Hunt, DuPont Circle DC, via Beervana ex-patriate and BA Supreme johnmichaelsen. Thanks, John!

1/4 finger tan head, medium-slow dissipation in small nonic glass with above average lacing. Dark brown/nearly black opaque body, couldn't see any effervescence, even when held up to the (limited Big Hunt) light. Taste is ultra-complex, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, toffee more than molasses or caramel, with some vanilla from the barrel but I didn't pick up any maple aromas, noble hops. Taste mirrors the nose, with a dry finish due to the oatmeal. The barrel aging certainly tamed the ABV which wasn't very noticeable, decent but not overwhelming effervescence, slight bit of stickiness. Despite relatively high ABV quite drinkable. A high standard in the art of brewing, one of the best beers I've ever had-I came back the next afternoon for another glass! Worth seeking out at all cost, along with Barley Brown's Havoc one of the best AIS I've had.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of sampling this at a relatively recent kickass Founders promo at...where else in NYC...The Blind Tiger Alehouse. Into a tulip glass, it poured black with little visible evidence of carbonation, yet one finger of brown head that retained and laced extremely well. Very sweet nose, with caramel and maple syrup coming to mind, but also many of the essences similar to KBS...chocolate, oak, hazelnut, and cherry-vanilla. The taste was just a tremendously balanced mix of the aforementioned, tilted toward the sweet end of the spectrum, with a maple/caramel/chocolate sweet finish. The feel was like liquid silk; no carbonation and medium to full thickness. This was an excellent beer that went down WAY too easy, with such a well-hidden alcohol content.

Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a goblet at the Founders event at Duckworth's. Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, smoke, wood, molasses, and slight alcohol. The flavor was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, and a smokey note on the followthrough. It had a heavy creamy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this beer blew me away. This might be one of the better Imperial Stouts I've had to date. I loved how the mouthfeel on this one was both heavy and creamy at the same time making is scarely drinkable. This brew had an awesomely well balanced flavor and nice aroma to boot. Seriously, what else could you want in a beer? This is a must try if you have never had it before and if you have and are like me, you want MORE!

Photo of Habmike
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Reviewed during the Founders Backstage Beer Dinner.

Black to the edge with light to medium brown head. Low retention with low-mid lacing.

Sweet chocolate and vanilla coffee flavors. Hints of maple in the aroma as well.

The flavor is similar to the nose with a much more intense assault on the taste buds. The different aspects of the taste meld together nicely to make for an excellent spectrum of flavors from the beginning to the finish.

Viscous and silky. Medium to low carbonation.

Sessioning this would be fun...in a kind of sick way.

Photo of paulozanello
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a Founders event at The Big Hunt in DC. I've been looking forward to this one for some time.
This is aged in bourbon barrels that previously aged maple syrup.

CBS pours a pitch black opaque color with a creamy brown head with good retention.

Smell is wonderful. Chocolate, cream, coffee, maple syrup, vanilla and some booze. Could be a little stronger or maybe it is still too cold.

Taste is way stronger. Dark malts, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, maple syrup and oak/bourbon. Aftertaste is delicious and persistent: chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and then, only then, espresso coffee! I'm amazed at the complexity of this one.

Body is heavy and carbonation is just right: strong enough to boost the drinkability, low enough to let the flavors come thru. Alcohol is noticeable in the end.

One of the best beers I've ever had.

Update: smell got way stronger when this warmed up a bit. Maple notes also became more proeminent. I also saw this beer being poured in a proper glass and it looked way better with persistent head and nice lacing, so my rating is going up in that department.

Photo of chalsk
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A whale captured. Another top beer that is far from overrated. A creamier version of KBS. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a black color with a caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast, and bourbon. Has a sweet chocolate start, with coffee spice on the back end. A nice velvety chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel. Despite what the great Damico says, CBS is better than KBS. It is creamier which tempers the abv. You'd think one adverse to boozy beers would agree.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.42/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pleasure to have this as my 150th review! Got the absolutely last pour of this at Blind Tiger in Manhattan, NYC.

A: Dark as heck with an extreme amount of brown foam (like I said this was the bottom of the keg). Still very appealing.

S: Oak, chocolate, bourbon and a hint of maple (I thought this would be more prominent in the nose, especially at the bottom of the barrel). Sweet! Pun intended.

T: Not as sweet as other reviews indicate. Roasted coffee, wood, mellow bourbon, and maple syrup which blends in very nicely. Decadent.

M: Silky smooth. I like the mouthfeel and the aroma combined better than the taste. Not thick at all - almost drinks as if it were on nitro.

D: Even after a filling pizza dinner, I thought the ~8oz. I had was very satisfying and not near cloying.

Overall, while Alan J. is away the Tigerites will still obey - respect beer!

Photo of Spider889
4.02/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had at the Bedford Hts Winking Lizard during Cleveland Beer Week.

Very dark brew, and slightly thicker looking than regular Breakfast Stout. Didn't get much head on my pour other than a few wayward bubbles (dark toffee color) and little lace. This, however, may be partially the fault of the bar. They apparently only had a handful of 10oz glasses (which weren't that great anyways) and started serving the CBS in two wineglasses instead. Ugh, but whatever.

Smell was very different from regular BS. Lots of sweet vanilla. Bourbon also on the nose (smelled strong on alcohol compared to BS). Coffee, but it is very much beaten into submission by the effect of the barrel.

This beer is SUPER sweet. Vanilla up front. I got a lot of maple as well. I was not expecting to taste it, but this must be fresh CBS or something, because it was hard to miss. Some coffee in there, but I started to miss the thick coffee richness from regular BS. There's a dry woodiness to it and an ass-load of bourbon. It's not as overpowering as some BA beers, but, the bourbon does it's share of enhancement to, as well as detractment from the base beer.

CBS is definitely boozy compared to regular BS. Whereas the regular is super smooth and refreshing, this was the opposite in many ways. Medium bodied, so sweet it was nearly unbearable at times (though this got better as the beer warmed). Still smooth, but not as silky as BS. Hot and warming, the mouthfeel is still something to be proud of here, just in a different way than BS.

The drinkability is a tough one for this beer. The rarity makes getting more than a glass or two in a sitting nearly impossible, as well as make one lucky to have this more than a couple times a year (or less). The sheer rarity is enough to make me suck down what I can the next time I find some, but to be honest, it's so sweet and boozy it's not very easy drinking anyways. I prefer Breakfast Stout over CBS (at least for a beer to drink on a regular basis).

I will be getting some KBS Sunday at the end of Cleveland Beer week, thus making the circle nearly complete. I am really hoping KBS is heavier on the coffee and less on the sweetness compared to CBS.

Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for sharing this one. Served in a tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a thin, tan-colored head that dissipates into a sudsy swirl around the edges. Nose reveals bourbon, with a trace of maple syrup towards the back. Taste follows nose - not complex, but incredible balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation - smooth and silky. Incredibly easy drinking. Not at all cloying considering the dominant flavors being bourbon and maple syrup. Having had this at EBF last year, I have to say that there was surprisingly less maple syrup in this one and have to wonder if there might be some variation in vintages. An exceptional American Double/Imperial Stout.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Dilly Deli.

A. Dark brown/black with a coffee colored head that forms a wisp of a ring around the top.

S. Bourbon and chocolate with a touch of maple and a tiny bit of coffee.

T. Beautiful - bourbon with sweet chocolate and oatmeal along side a layer of maple syrup. There's a bit of coffee, but not nearly as much as the KBS we tried alongside of it.

Lots more coffee in the bottle than I remember on draft. Nice sweetness on the tail from the maple syrup.

M. Thick body with smooth medium level creamy carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. Not overpowering. I'll be there for a tapping anytime this comes near - truly wonderful.

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

The beer poured a deep brown/black with a creamy, mocha-colored head that faded to a lasting frothy cap. Thin rings of lacing trickled down the cup.

The aroma was outstanding. Coffee was most noticeable. Freshly brewed, dark roast coffee to be precise. Semi-sweet and smooth with notes of vanilla and oats.

After waiting for a few hours at the Flying Saucer in KCMO I finally got a VERY conservative pour. It's times like this that I wish I were an online beer reviewer with friends in the local beer scene! That dude was topped off more times than I can count!

Coffee, bourbon, roasted grains, chocolate, and MAYBE a hint of maple as it warms.

The taste was very similar to the aroma. Again, coffee dominated. Coffee grounds specifically came to mind. Deep, dark and rich. Bourbony with notes of brown sugar. The finish was woody and oaky. A touch of maple syrup appeared as well. Overall, the flavor profile was similar to KBS, except a bit sweeter.

The mouthfeel was medium/full bodied. Smooth and supple. Creamy, frothy and pillowy.

Drinkability was quite good. This was a tasty, rich and complex brew. The 9.4% ABV was very well masked by the intense flavor profile.

I was really impressed with this beer. Even though the addition of maple syrup did little flavor-wise, it really helped to mellow out the roasty bitterness in this brew.

Photo of Axic10
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Dog in Chalfont.

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin mocha colored head.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla and maple syrup.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, oak, maple syrup, vanilla and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: This is by far my favorite version of the Founders Breakfast Stout. If this was available even seasonally, I would spend all of my beer budget solely on this.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.31/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very near black with a small head. Aromas of coffee, maple syrup, roasted malt, with a touch of vanilla. Taste was coffee, maple syrup, roasted malt, and bourbon. I hope to try this again on a clean palate as I was hoping/expecting more from the hype: good but not great in my humble opinion.

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

Founders night at Dilly Deli received this gem!

A Dark Dark Dark, slight lacing that stayed throughout the 6 0z pour

S Coffee and Chocolate from the breakfast stout up front, slight bourbon and maple but not as strong of a bourbon smell as KBS. Brown sugar was picked up on as well.

T&M Oak and Maple mixture up front with syrupy vanilla and coffee notes. Medium body was not what I expected out of this killer stout. Very complex malt flavor as well.

D As good as advertised, the 6 oz pours were enough to get a feel for this highly acclaimed beer. Very drinkable to the point taht it could sneak up on you Would of liked to try it out of a snifter and let it open up a bit, but I wont complain that I had a couple tastes of this. Cant wait for the next time to try again.

Photo of domtronzero
4.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Counter-pressure bottle, filled by CBX (I'm assuming).

A - Slightly murky deep dark brown color with a huge, frothy, long lasting mocha head. Vevety smooth looking with a little but of lacing.

S - Maple, chocolate, little bit of roastiness. Slight boozy alcohol smells great with a little bit of vanilla and oak.

F/M - Sweet dark molasses, vanilla, chocolate and a little bit of roasty dark malts. Candy-like maple syrupish flavor. Delicious. Medium high bitterness accentuated by the dark malts. Full, sweet, oily, thick and viscous mouthfeel. Moderate CO2. Pleasant warming all the way through. Lingering maple flavor.

D - This is pretty easy to drink. A little warm, but otherwise I could put down quite a bit of this. World class for sure.

Photo of rembrant
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dilly Deli in Mariemont Ohio,a Founder's keg night. Several 6 oz samples

Looks, Full stout blackness with a brief tan head that goes away but there is a considerable film+ lacing on the cup.

Aroma Strong coffee as expected from Breakfast Stout as the base. Big roasty stuff and I do sniff maple,though did not get the boubon or oak.

Taste- Big Time ! Leads with a rich and dark coffee and nutty,smoky roasts The Maple and bourbon are there but a bit less upfront than expected. This, nevertheless has such a high level of tasty and OMG,and yum that I kept drinking it a bit too quickly to quite fully explore it's complexity,and it's large on complexity. Breakfast Stout,while enjoyable, was so dominated by the coffee,I did not feel it was quite an elite stout. THIS? the extra steps from those unique barrells add layers of complex mystery and the aging probably also refines this. Nothing in this is less than exceptional.

mouthfeel...well....It's a big stout with oatmeal,maple syrup,bourbon,coffee,chocolate all tossed in so as you'd expect all that stuff adds up to plenty of substance.

drinkability. I had a couple,obviously CBS is not low cost and I'd be lucky to have it once or twice a year. I'd be fine with not operating heavy machinery and getting a ride home if I got to drink these until I flop.

Peanut, the ace bartender at Dilly Deli did me a special 60-40 blend of CBS and Devil Dancer. Whee! The big time WOW of CBS and Dancer's big time hop finish. That was memorable.
Someone called that blend Canadian Lap Dancer,several of us had one and we all loved the stuff. Rare beer geek moment.

John Host from Founders explained to me why CBS will never see bottles. It uses barrells that had Bourbon and then were used to age a Bourbon Barrell Maple Syrup...which is obviously,a very limited production gourmet treat. CBS can only be produced in the quantity the supply of barrels permits,and that's just enough to do this sort of tasting,not even enough to have full kegs sent to all the bars who'd like to have them.

Photo of Beejay
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black, chocolate brown as it gets some light in it. The head is coffee brown, though it is mostly just a ring.

S: Huge Oak and bourbon aroma right off the bat. Maple and coffee are more subdued, but come out in the finish

T: Beautiful mixture of oak and bourbon. Coffee and a sweet maple/ oak flavor round out the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden and all the flavors meld together into one great beer. There is an almost cloying flavor in the finish.

M: Very smooth. Medium to thick bodied with a nice level of carbonation. You can feel the alcohol on your tongue more than you can taste it. Leaves a slightly slick taste in the finish.

D: Hells yeah, but not quite as awesome as I would have thought. Mellow, smooth, and delicious.

Photo of caskstrength
4.87/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap a few times in the twin cities

Maple syrup sweetness takes totally awesome KBS flavors, mellows them a bit, and complexifies everything. Such a great idea to age a coffee stout in maple bourbon barrels. Promote the brewer who came up with that.

Not to be missed when available. Bottle it, and the King of The Stouts has arrived.

I don't know if I rated it higher than KBS, but it's better. But KBS is available in bottles, so that complicates my affections.

edit: just checked. I rated this higher. It appears I know what I'm doing.

Photo of bwd110
4.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Blue Dog - Chalfont, PA
served in a tulip glass

A: Dark as night, small mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Tremendous nose on this stout. Strong coffee, dark chocolate and a roasty smokiness. The maple syrup is quite fragrant as well and very pleasant.

T: The perfect mix of strong coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and roasty malt with a touch - just a touch - of boozy heat. The maple sugar finish is the cherry on top. I let this one warm for at least a half hour and I was glad I did. So complex all the way through and the maple sugar finish puts a nice tidy bow on the experience. By far the best breakfast stout by Founders, perhaps by any brewery.

M: Medium full body, creamy with a nice little sweet slickness at the end. Carbonation is medium for a stout and fits this beer nicely.

D: Can't wait for more. Scary drinkable. What I love about this beer more so than KBS is there is hints of booziness, but never too powerful or overbearing. The dark malt and sweet maple sugar get to shine within this coffee/chocolate blend.

Bottle this please!

Photo of zoso1967
4.67/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours 100% black with a deep rich mocha head that is super frothy and luscious. No light seems to penetrate this beer, and when I swirl it in the glass I can see only traces of light through the dark amber edges. The head slowly settles and leaves average lace on the sides of the tulip glass as I enjoy this beverage.

The aroma is of rich coffee, chocolate, a hint of sweet maple, and sweet roasted malt. This beer smells like no other with a wonderful balance between all the elements. It really smells like a kitchen while someone is making a hearty home cooked breakfast. The only thing missing is bacon.

The flavor is amazing. Tons of coffee, sweet dark malt, light maple sweetness and delicious chocolate. Much less bourbon and booziness than KBS, and very enjoyable. As it warms the maple comes out more, leaving tasty maple sugar on the tongue. I am loving how this beer manages to add onto the flavors of breakfast stout without becoming too much.

The mouthfeel is nice and full. It coats the mouth easily with all its deliciousness. There is a bit if a slippery bitter finish with some roasted coffee astringency. The aftertaste that lingers on the palate is amazing, with plenty of sweet maple sugar.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. It is hard to pace myself because it is so tasty and goes down so easily. Probably the best of the three breakfast stouts that Founders makes. This is a world glass beer all the way and is absolutely recommended.

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

On tap at blue dog chalfont.

A- comes to me with a small cap of coffee with a bit of cream colored creamy head that settles slowly to a thick ring of suds and a ton of gooey sticky lace. Theres no other word for the body of this brew but black, all the way.

S- smells like gram ma's kitchen in the morning. Maple syrup, dark roasted coffee, bakers chocolate. Dark breads. Touches of booze. This smells very good.

T- opens up with a landslide of coffee and maple syrup. Dark and milk chocolate with some char and super dark malts. Long roasty finish.

M- full bodied but not thick or chewy. Lite to mid carb that fits the brew nicely. Just a touch of heat. Nice.

D- for one of the boldest and interesting beers I've ever had and as complex as it is you can sit and enjoy it very easily. Fabulous stuff and never disappoints.

Photo of hawks10
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Finnegan's in Plainfield - 8oz pour served in a snifter - Have tried this on tap a few times over the last couple years, finally took some notes...

Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black, with some brown around the edges. Thick. Two fingers of dense dark tan head forms and lasts for a while, leaving a lot of lacing behind...

Smell was initially like 100% maple syrup. Sweet, molasses. Lots of chocolate and hints of oak and vanilla. Just a bit of roasted bitterness, touch of coffee...

Took a sip and then licked the sludge off of my teeth, it was pure maple syrup. Sweet, bittersweet dark chocolate. Roasty. Very strong oak taste in the finish, as well as a lingering oaky dryness in the aftertaste...Complex and delicious...

Thick and chewy. Sticky. A bit of alcohol warmth after a while...

Dangerously drinkable for such a thick, heavy beer. Incredible.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founder's Dinner at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL - 9/22/2010

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark brown, with a dirty halo of yellow-tan head.

Smell -- Honestly, it smells an awful lot like KBS: Espresso, Bourbon, dark chocolate, faint molasses, vanilla, and a hint of maple sugar. The maple is a lot more subdued than I expected - a good thing.

Taste -- Like KBS, there's lots of chocolate and espresso, burnt/earthy bitterness to balance, faint taste of oatmeal. Bourbon is certainly present, but more mellowed - or is it the slim difference in ABV that makes it seem less sharp than KBS? Anyway, there's also some vanilla notes from the barrel and, of course, maple. The maple is very downplayed, to the beer's benefit.

Mouthfeel -- Smooth, body is pretty full, carbonation is moderate. Solid, but I wouldn't call it 'perfect.'

Drinkability -- Disclaimer: I think KBS is good, but not great. Now that's out of the way, I have to say that I really enjoyed CBS. The sharp bourbon that I dislike in KBS is a lot smoother, more malt sweetness comes through (only 45 IBU's; nearly half that of KBS). The maple is noticable, but not even as pronounced as the chocolate. This beer is very balanced and much more easy-drinking than KBS. Big win for Founder's, and that's saying something!

Photo of Urbancaver
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strong roasted malts and coffee on the nose. A hint of wood but not too different from breakfast stout. Taste is a mellow blend of roasted malts, coffee, and oatmeal with definite woody undertones. onts of maple underlie the whole thing! Very tasty but not all that different from KBS

Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,661 ratings.