1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders CBS Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders CBS Imperial StoutFounders CBS Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,352 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,352
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 2,913
Gots: 520 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders CBS Imperial Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,352 | Reviews: 756 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JPortillo
5/5  rDev +7.3%

JPortillo, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of JBatman
1/5  rDev -78.5%

JBatman, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of
5/5  rDev +7.3%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of OPSippin
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

OPSippin, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of jisom123
5/5  rDev +7.3%

jisom123, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of ciscov
5/5  rDev +7.3%

ciscov, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of stoutluvr420
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap @ TPT. Poured a deep, dark brown- one shade away from black- with a nice, lasting head of dark tan foam. The aroma was loaded with fresh bourbon spiked coffee- lots of heavy roasted notes, and also a subtle woody sweetness of maple syrup. The flavor was also heavy on the coffee, just like the regular Breakfast Stout. Complimenting this was a smooth vanilla-maple sweetness, oat creaminess, and oak woodyness. The bourbon, coffee, and chocolate are so bold, that the maple really adds some nice depth and contrast. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had light carbonation. Sweet, sticky, smooth heavenly viscus liquid. Damn.

stoutluvr420, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of dsuedbeck
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

dsuedbeck, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of ReeseMax3
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Maction
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Maction, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of ajs4bd
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ajs4bd, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of schneid
5/5  rDev +7.3%

schneid, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of QCABeerTour
5/5  rDev +7.3%

QCABeerTour, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of bradfordjohnson
5/5  rDev +7.3%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of DQ13
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DQ13, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of bc102782
5/5  rDev +7.3%

bc102782, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Savearth
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Savearth, Aug 30, 2012
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
Photo of neobob187
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

neobob187, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of MexicanSkittel
5/5  rDev +7.3%

MexicanSkittel, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of PoolFishGolf
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
Photo of Beeradelphia
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Beeradelphia, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of notalagerlugger
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

notalagerlugger, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Salvo6th
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Salvo6th, Aug 21, 2012
Founders CBS Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,352 ratings.