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Anyone Drink a CBS Lately?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by NickyDee21, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Savant (450) Pennsylvania Dec 23, 2011 Verified

    I've been hanging onto my second bottle of CBS for a while now, waiting for the next time I can make it home so I can enjoy it with a good friend who has never had it. Just wondering, anyone who has opened one recently, how has it held up? Any insight on what I should/could be expecting is appreciated.
  2. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Savant (425) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2010

    Recently I had it on tap on Black Friday but that was also the first time I had it so I have no fresh comparison but it was awesome.
  3. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Utah Jul 12, 2012 Verified

    Maybe my bottle wasn't cellared properly but my experience was not too good. It had a really off flavor to it that I can't quite put my finger on. I had it on draft at the anniversary party a couple weeks prior and they were two drastically different experiences. Anyone else get the same?
  4. owen49

    owen49 Aficionado (230) Ohio Jun 13, 2009 Verified

    I drank a bottle about a month ago. It was very, very good and (to the best of my memory) not appreciably different from the bottle I had about 6 months earlier. But not crazily better than KBS or similar more readily available beers.

    I definitely did not pick up much maple syrup flavor in either bottle I had.
  5. 7ate9

    7ate9 Savant (285) Virginia Apr 26, 2007

    Had one a month ago. Still not much maple. Coffee flavor was not as strong.( a good thing for me)
    Still tasting pretty alright.
  6. allouez86

    allouez86 Savant (395) Wisconsin Jan 24, 2009

    Had it in October and it still remains the only time I've ever had it, and I thought it was very good. I could definitely tell it had age on it. Considering I haven't had it fresh, I'd say drink it between now and summer. Can't imagine it will be great much longer than that.
  7. tbadiuk

    tbadiuk Savant (425) Manitoba (Canada) Feb 9, 2009 Verified

    Had a bottle about a month ago, tasted greet. Did a line-up of FIS,FBS,KBS and CBS and CBS came out on top.
  8. I had one recently as well. Compared to the fresh one I had, I much preferred aged. The coffee had faded which really let the bourbon and (to a slightly lesser extent) the maple come through. I'd say CBS is just starting to hit its peak.
  9. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Savant (390) Indiana Feb 18, 2009

    I drank a bottle the other day. Like all the bottles I've had after 2011, it had on off flavor to it, almost anise like. To me, it seems, this beer has a 1-2 month shelf life.
  10. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (610) Washington Dec 13, 2011 Verified

    here is my review from 10/26/2012:

    A: No head. Just dark brown / black motor oil like body.

    S: Smells like KBS but sweeter. Coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and unlike what many say, I still get maple syrup note.

    T: Delicious. Although I think I prefer KBS over this, CBS is basically smoother and sweeter KBS. Bitterness is there but it's balanced out by the syrupy sweetness. KBS is a sweet beer but compared to this, not so much. Bourbon, Coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup/honey, tad bit of hoppy bitterness and alcohol notes towards the end.

    M: Surprisingly, carbonation is there (unlike how it looks). Thick, syrupy, chewy.

    O: This is definitely one of my top 10 beers, but I honestly slightly prefer KBS over this. Maybe I got lucky with my bottle, but maple aroma and taste was still there, although very subtle.

    Serving type: bottle

    10-26-2012 03:33:59 | More by sukwonee
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  11. tbadiuk

    tbadiuk Savant (425) Manitoba (Canada) Feb 9, 2009 Verified

    This. This is why we put CBS over KBS at our sampling (4 of us). Some might prefer KBS's "rawness", but we much prefered the smoothness of CBS, mainly given by the maple barrels I imagine. So damn easy to drink. I usually nurse my KBS, the CBS however I had to force myself not to literally gulp down.
  12. da_bulls

    da_bulls Savant (260) Illinois Jun 7, 2012 Verified

    Did you have it on tap at Uncle Mike's in Kenosha? I was there as well and was wondering if you happened to find out if it was a newer batch of CBS or an aged keg?
  13. "Generally people will say its drinking great if they have more bottles of it available for trade, its going downhill if they don't."

    --Overlord paraphrased (2010)

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  14. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Savant (425) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2010

    Yeah I was there. I don't see how it could be a new keg, CBS is only gonna be a taproom release for as Founders put it the "foreseeable future" but I can't say for sure. I prolly coulda asked one of the bar tenders while I was there, guess I was too busy drinking lol