CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
Founders Brewing Company

CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #16
Ranked #31
4.64 | pDev: 8.19%
Nov 11, 2022
Feb 01, 2009
CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.38 by HippieDave56 from Arizona

Nov 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Finally enjoying this after many years of it sitting in my beer fridge. Nice looking beer...very dark with a finger of mocha colored head that receded to a thin cap and slightly thicker ring. Maple comes through on the nose and the tongue. Wonderfully full chewy feel. Good beer.
Sep 16, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 3 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2018 Vintage.
Black, with as light brown foam.
In the smell coffee, toasted notes, maple syrup, vanilla.
Very smooth taste, again maple syrup, sweet caramel. And a lot of vanilla.
Relatively easy to drinf for its 11+ ABV.
Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by Danny27

Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 4.74 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by erosier from Connecticut

4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2018 Vintage pours a thick black color with a medium bodied tan colored head that laces a bit on the way down. Smells of deep roasted malts, big chocolate, coffee, maple aromas with a hint of bourbon at the end of it. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, maple, bourbon but balanced very well. Rich feeling, thick, you can feel the heft on this one but it's really well done. Overall this is an excellent beer, I hope they bring this back into rotation.
May 09, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked this up as a single. Did they stop brewing this one? They wanted $8.xx for a bottle!

L: probably should be higher but I don’t see it fundamental difference between this and something 25% of the price.
S: the best part. Very complex and interesting. The maple syrup and cocoa are strong but, to my nose, there’s a wonderful rye whiskey spice here.
T: follows the nose to an extent but not as good as I remember. Same stuff happening but kinda stunted.
F: oh yeah, no doubt this is barrel-aged. Filling, low carbonation, boozy almost chewy.
O: the 100 rating is insane. I have had far superior beers for less.
Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with nice head.

Delicious smell of chocolate.

Smooth with a hint of sweetness. ( Maybe only negative - a bit too sweet. )


Update on 5/30/22: Was able to get a bottle from 10/9/19. Still absolutely delicious. Sweet, but nicely so. Not overwhelming, or cloying.
Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4.73 by Rammses_II

Mar 01, 2022
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Rated by pdalton36 from Maryland

4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Nectar of the gods. Can't believe Founders stopped brewing it.
Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by adamstef

Feb 16, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by mpruden from Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured aggressively into a stout glass after a marathon training run on a cold but sunny day. Color is dark brown, nearly black, 1” brown head with fair retention, some lacing.

Nose: Immediate fragrance of maple syrup, bourbon, and dark roast, some chocolate, considerable sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, plenty thick.

Attack: Complex combination of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and maple syrup. There’s a lot going on in this fine brew.

Finish: Some hops but very well balanced. Lingering taste of alcohol.

Overall: This was a near perfect marathon training recovery drink!
Feb 05, 2022
Rated: 4.78 by gkrishnan704 from Connecticut

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 5 by birdsellam from Indiana

Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JasonMarquez

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I love how well balanced it is, with loads of robust chocolate and coffee, just the right amount of alcohol and sweetness. Nice full and creamy mouthfeel.
Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

2.61/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
Obtained a 4 pack for $35 at my local stout store. Couldn't believe they had it, i haven't seen it anywhere else, so even though there was a steep price to pay i just had to try it. Poured out a deep dark brown with a light tan head that lingered long after i poured it. In fact, several minutes after i poured it there remained a frothy loft of bubbles just waiting for me to taste it. Smell is not too strong. Not strong at all in fact. Very weak. Not what I look for in a beer. I usually want at least some kind of scent, but i've poured this into a snifter and swirled it around a good deal and still receive barely anything. Am i losing my sense of taste or have i just become accustomed to stronger beers? Well whatever nevermind i'll try a sip. A little bit of nuttiness, a little bit of caramel and toffee, a little bit of molasses, a little bit of coffee, a little bit of chocolate, but it's all just a little bit. i'm not certain what's supposed to be the dominant note here. i don't really get what they're truly going for. Usually there should be at least one taste that's predominant, but i'm getting a flat wash of not really much of anything except muted tones of what it claims to have. Aged on maple syrup it says, bourbon it says, well hell i'm not getting much of either. There is a sweetness to it, but it's kind of a flavorless sweetness. Did i get a bad bottle? How could this be rated a 100? I look for deep, dark, strong, bold flavors and this has none of that. Mouthfeel is light and sparkly, probably the best part about this beer. Overall, i'm rather disappointed. I can't believe i spent so much on this flavorless effort. I've had a LOT of brews that have been barrel aged, flavored with coffee and chocolate and maple syrup, but this just doesn't deliver. What's the hype? I'll stick to Hoppin Frog who knows how to get it right. I thought this would be a smooth slow sipper but i'm tempted now to just slam it, get the buzz, and call it a night. So disappointed. Ah well.
Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 10/9/19. Bottle to tulip glass.

L: Very dark brown, almost black. Small head that settled quickly; very little lacing.
S: Low aroma, mainly of bourbon. The barrel is here but it's more oak than maple syrup. A little roasty, too.
T: Very sweet, but balances really well with the malt and the bourbon heat. I remember this being too much maple when it was new but after two years it's almost perfectly balanced.
F: Thick, a little bitter at the back. Boozy but not overwhelmingly so.
O: Might be the best of the Breakfast Stout variants.
Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by Jakepitbull from New York

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 5 by JeffNev from Nevada

Dec 29, 2021
Rated: 3.62 by stephenlee93 from England

Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 4.69 by kp7 from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by Zopiac from Michigan

Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 4.99 by minstrelwb from Indiana

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by far333 from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Deep chestnut colored with a low light brown head that rises up minimally and settles out quickly. Low aroma of cocoa and maple bourbon. Rich flavors of cocoa, root beer, bourbon, maple, leather. Well balanced, not boozey, very tasty. Even mouthfeel, smooth with slight tingle in the finish.
Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4.55 by GregBarleycorn13 from New York

Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.9 by djl9701 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2021
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Rated by Dathon

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Dec 05, 2021
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Rated by 13adam13 from Kentucky

3.22/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
The bourbon flavor is too strong for me.
Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 4.84 by LouisvilleMike from Kentucky

Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Resistance88 from California

Nov 14, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by QuintusHorace from California

Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 10/3/19.
L - poured black with 1/2 finger of mocha colored head. Head dissipated quickly. Fair lacing.
S - A lot going on here that I just don’t understand. But that’s not a bad thing. Chocolate and bourbon.
T - chocolate and some coffee. Nice mix. Sweet tasting.
F - thick mouthfeel and smooooth. Semi-dry finish.
O - strong but not with being over the top with alcohol. 11.3% hidden well. A good sipping beer for sure. Warmed me up.
Oct 31, 2021
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Rated by HeyBarKeepBeerMe

4.92/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I see what the hype is about. Absolutely delicious and worth every penny. This is a beer that will always be in my inventory.
Oct 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A good sipping beer on a cold day. Smells & tastes like coffee, chocolate, & maple syrup. The ABV slightly warms the throat with each sip. Well done Founders!
Oct 14, 2021
CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 6739 ratings