CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by CRJMellor on 02-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12
Reviews:
1,232
Ratings:
5,286
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,520
Gots:
1,365
Trade:
63
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4.51/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glass_house
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After years of waiting for the fabled CBS to be distributed once again, I was starting to worry that the recent "anti-hype" meant that I may be in for a let down. Nope. It more or less lived up to expectations.

Pours a deep dark cola brown bordering on black. My aggressive pour yielded 3 fingers of dense mocha head that receded to a thin collar. Aroma is equal parts dark chocolate, cappuccino, maple, vanilla, and hot bourbon. Taste is all that and more. Dark roast coffee with a touch of Irish cream, faint caramel notes, molasses, and oak all contribute to a harmonious array of flavors. Excellent balance between the bitter and sweet notes. Body is thick and velvety. Coats the palate well, and finishes with some nice bourbon spice.

Overall, it's up there with the best I've had. Perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

25.4oz bottle, no date, 2017 version, 11.7% ABV. Pours black with a medium sized khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, licorice, earthy hops, maple syrup, and oak. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, licorice, hops, maple syrup, and oak. Great intensity and flavor depth. Perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. No noticeable alcohol. The feel is rich and full but leaves a clean taste on your pallet. Overall, this is a world-class stout; it's balanced, complex, and rich. The maple syrup is perfect; sweet but balanced by the roasted malt and coffee.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: Bottle
Best before: Oct-27-2018


A:
Pours a thick, oily black with three fingers of tan styrofoam head. Decent retention; swoopy lacing. (4.25)

S:
Toasty malts, toffee, licorice, coffee, baker's chocolate, bourbon vanillins. (4.5)

T:
Huge thick wave of sweet roast flavors. Really strong toffee/maple undercurrent almost caramel-like, with roast layers piled on top (following the nose). (4.5)

M:
Full body with light carbonation and a rich, decadent feel and finish with a slow warmth and smooth finish. (4.5)

O:
Lordy!
It pours a murky jet black with a solid slab of brown head on top. The aroma and flavor are both roasty as could be but on the sweeter end of the spectrum, without any char or bitterness. The maple comes through a lot more in the flavor than in the smell but it is there throughout (moreso as it warms). Exactly as advertised, also the bourbon is there but does an excellent job in a supporting role l rather than the focal point.
This is a top notch stout. Really something special. (4.75)

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zythophile
4.51/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The liquid is a very dark brown, only a step down from the absolute darkest I've ever seen. The head is half-way to looking like a chocolate mousse. The lacing lingers for a little while.

The smell is like a maple pecan pie with coffee-inflused whipped cream. There's also a good amount of chicory. It's slightly savory, which is not a common description for the nose. Vanilla as it warms up.

This is the ideal dessert beer. I just wish I had a cabin in the woods with a fireplace to sit next to. The pecan pie description is still apt. The maple syrup seems crossed with honey. What was chicory has turned to dark (although not bitter) chocolate. Slightly nutty beyond even the pie. Brazil nuts, specifically. Alchohol heat is present, but fairly mild. And one piece of advice: it's so intense that you lose out if you gulp it, so sip away. The sweetness is the main feature, but it's not excessive.

I was worried about it being overly thick, but the weight is moderate. The carbonation is very fine and nicely integrated. Again, the alcohol is fairly well hidden, but nobody should be slamming this one, anyway. The aftertaste is so pleasant. Brazil nuts, roasted chocolate, and lingering maple.

There's been a time or two where I ate something way too rich way too quickly. This is a brew has potential in that vein.

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4.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.77/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.79/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 5,286 ratings