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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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world-class

3,264 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,264
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 3,451
Gots: 631 | 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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Ratings: 3,264 | Reviews: 907
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4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BA_Berto
4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmt308
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Baab200
4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pharmboi89
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

I've had the pleasure to have this and KBBS. I give KBBS the advantage. It didnt have the think viscous mouth feel that KBBS had, the maple flavor just wasn't as prominent. I know I've filled this review with negative thoughts in comparison to KBBS(best beer I've had), but don't get me wrong this stuff is outstanding and worth hunting down. Amazing flavor profile and an outstanding beer. 4.90.

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4.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MadScientist
4.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: moderately strong aromas of coffee and roast with a moderate maple sweetness. Fair amount of caramel malt sweetness and chocolate as well.

Appearance: black with a thin ring of expresso colored bubbles

Taste: The dominate flavors of maple, chocolate and coffee are pretty well balanced along with roast notes. A medium bitterness against a medium strong level of sweetness from caramel malt and some maple making for a moderately sweet beer. There is also some alcohol sweetness an a a bit of dark stone fruit that is more red cherry than anything.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation. A light alcohol warmth.

Overall: A very smooth beer with rich, dark flavors of coffee, maple and chocolate.

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4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fenlop54
4.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

I had not reviewed this beer but have had it a few years ago in bottle and on draft during the same release. It is a amazing stout with the flavours of Canadian whiskey barrels abounding. We got to drink from a sixtel and I had five pours in one sitting. Fortunately I lived down the street and was given a heads up about the release in advance. Thanks Travis! Just wanted to check this one off for posterity. Hopefully will have it again and be able to give it a more through review.

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4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VinceMig
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HereforBeer
4.52/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of corysmith01
4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Top to bottom, lives up to the hype and then some. As this stout warms up many layers are revealed, with a great interplay between the dark chocolate, coffee and bourbon notes with a delicate yet pertinent maple syrup sweetness that brings this all together. There are touches of caramel and vanilla that open up during warming. Nothing is overwhelmed here, all pieces add up to an exceptional barrel aged stout. Deep dark in color with a thin tan head, the nose invites you in to enjoy.

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

Photo of CroatianbeerMan
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting stout, just a bit strong for my taste.

Photo of KevinL
4.52/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott1020
4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HighLowJack
4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thought this was pretty analogous to Good Morning. Didn't get a ton of barrel, but loved the huge maple syrup.

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

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Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,264 ratings.