CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
Founders Brewing Company

CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #6
Ranked #12
4.7 | pDev: 8.09%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
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 warm the throat with each sip. Well done Founders!

Oct 14, 2021
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vinicole from England

4.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My 2000th review on a beautiful autumn afternoon.
Bottle. 10/08/2019. Ebony in colour with a thick dense, tan head. Continuous lacing is apparent.
Rich, sweet aroma of maple syrup, bourbon, lightly toasted wholemeal bread and chocolate.
Flavours intermingle. Vanilla appears with a touch of oak. Sweet at the front and medium bitter at the back.
Viscous and boozy feel.
Deserves the accolades.

Oct 09, 2021
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turfy from Texas

4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of CBS was two years ago when I had one from that years bottling. I wasn't blown away, as the sweet maple flavor came across as too strong. Later, I tried a bottle that was over a year old, and then was blown away. So I decided to now give this one a true review. Bottled 10/9/2019, poured into a snifter. Great stout appearance, with inky black color and tan lacing that settles into a consistent ring around the glass. Smell is of mocha, coffee and maple, with light bourbon. A great blend of aromas. Lovely taste that balances all of the aroma components. The bourbon is just right in that doesnt dominate the other tastes. Mouthfeel is typical of a first rate stout. Im glad I gave CBS another try, as the extra aging in the bottle IMO represents, at least to my taste, the beer with a World Class rating

Sep 29, 2021
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Crusard from Texas

5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best stout that I have ever had; bar none. You can taste and feel the alcohol content. It is not overwhelming, but smooth instead. Will buy again!

Jul 31, 2021
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BillyBoxer from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding! Had on tap. Loved it from beginning to end. Even more flavors came out as the beer warmed. This is definitely a winner! 11% abv completely hidden. Just a delicious maple treat that gets you a good buzz!

Jul 07, 2021
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MastodonFarm from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich, and delicious. Plenty sweet, but balanced and not over-the-top. All of the adjuncts come through with none overwhelming the others. I recently popped one of my last bottles (from 2019) and it is still holding up great.

Jun 23, 2021
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datstankadank from New Jersey

2.02/5  rDev -57%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

sickly sweet. foul. this is for college kids from vermont who like to clammer on about maple syrup and hippie culture. the beer itself is so disgustingly sweet that you should get a blood test after drinking one to see if this swill gives you diabetes. seeing a 100 next to this garbage only proves the point that the majority of "craft" beer drinkers are buffoons with no more integrity than a top notch brown nose pole polisher. this is not beer.

May 27, 2021
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cbuzz24 from Mississippi

4.87/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Being new to Founders Brewing, I have found my two favorites in the past two weeks, this being one of them. For anybody that wants to develop their palate, CBS is the one to use.

May 16, 2021
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Gripnrip207 from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that is a tasty brew!
A very solid beer from a giant in the game.
Neglected vehicle motor oil esque color, tan head. Smell not overwhelming honestly. Might be due to low carbonation?
I would classify this as a ~tastefully~ flavored stout. Not some pastry flavored amalgamation marketed to hipsters. Not much chocolate, if anything, more of a “milk chocolate flavor, as opposed to the dark chocolate stout one is accustomed to. Kinda bizarre, as i don't think this beer has lactose. Little coffee. Maple becomes more present as i get deeper into the beer. Probably most prominent flavor. Very homemade chocolate pancake, with a lil edge. Hungover ihop and a cigarette?
Mouth feel is thick, but not so thick this beer is a chore to drink. Really no heat from the booze.
Overall, as I have “evolved” as a beer drinker, this style isn't something I crave, but rather have as a treat. The sweetness is a lil
much to drink these often, along with how much booze is in it. But for style, this beer is pretty excellent.

Apr 26, 2021
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Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A somewhat classic from Founders, this big brother of KBS it’s a lot more. A LOT. And that tells you something ass KBS itself is also a good beer- still, it doesn’t come close to this: Lots of coffee, choco w/nice mouthfeel to it.

Apr 20, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle, 2017 release, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11.7%. Pitch black colour. moderate tan head. Nice aroma of roast malts, maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak. Sweet flavour with the same elements as the aroma, some bourbon whiskey and bittering hops in the finish. Impressive beer.

Apr 16, 2021
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dkoehler42 from New York

4.55/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Since it's a cold and rainy night with Spring fast approaching, I figured tonight was as good a time as any to break out the Founders CBS from 2018. It pours a usual dark brown color and has a chocolaty brown head. The sweetness is apparent on the nose but belies the intense maple, chocolate, and coffee flavors that masks the 10% alcohol. I'm glad to have tried this, it's definitely one to share during the colder season.

Mar 29, 2021
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BigIronH from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2019 series. Bourbon, maple syrup, chocolate and coffee. This beer truly is world class. I would compare the mouthfeel to drinking chocolate milk. It is that creamy and delicious.

Feb 22, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You taste the dark malt, dark chocolate and booziness upfront, with dark fruit, molasses and maple syrup finishing up with a mild bitterness at the end that lingers. It has a viscous mouthfeel that completes the experience. Nicely done.

Feb 21, 2021
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Awolter from Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great maple, chocolate, bourbon aroma and taste. Thick motor oil mouthfeel that is truly spectacular. I think it's pretty comparable to KBS, except with the incredible maple.

Feb 15, 2021
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SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.64/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark, earthen colors, immaculate fine lacing, semi chocolate syrup nose, deep, rich, full, occupied, overwhelming sugar chocolate power, the mouth departs sweet, then vanishes, *Cancel dinner reservations, lock the barn door, and run for your life! Hardcore Russian, American Imperial Stout lovers Only!

Feb 07, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decided to have and rate out of nostalgia and uncertainty over when it will come around again. Fresh on tap CBS is still a fantastic beer. The best mix of maple and bourbon I’ve had in a beer. Coffee, chocolate, hops, and roasted malts all contribute to a complex, well-rounded, and excellent taste. All time classic.

Feb 06, 2021
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a large light brown head that goes away quickly. Smell is of chocolate and maple notes. Taste is the same with an alcoholic coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is in my opinion surprisingly medium. Overall, a good one from founders.

Feb 06, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

DATE: February 1, 2021... OCCASION: having just posted my father's obituary while three feet of snow fall, I feel the night deserves something aged a few years... GLASSWARE: Lindemans stemmed tulip... pours a viscous jet black body that rolls out a a number of upward-cascading rivulets of effervescence... its head continues the show, stabilized as a thick half-finger's worth of light tan, creamy foam approximating a latte's froth... rich vanilla, maple syrup, mellow bourbon sweetness, a hint of smoke, some alcoholic heat... then heavy coffee bean and roasted malts arrive, and the profile is quite a celebration.... the first sip is frothy at the start, turning to velvet-smooth satin past the tongue and a warm entrancing finish that fires well after... the teeth pulse--the hops are in here--and the mouth holds its presence... the alcohol draws in and around, but like the best, it isn't tasted, but rather, appreciated... rich is the word--each sip is a dessert in itself, a settling, centering mood boost that makes one appreciate.... a massive collision of syrup and coffee initially arrest with intensity, before the sweet bourbon, charcoal smokiness, chocolate, and lactic acids round the experience into a drink worth mulling over... I especially like how they ignored the bacon temptation--this works so well featuring the original KBS with a worthwhile variation... it's a compliment this urges me to finish and pour a dram of the Jack Daniels Barrel Select I bought a while back, thought that introduces banana--eh, another story for another time... speaking of stories: I had a bomber waiting to be consumed on my forty-second birthday while staying with my in-laws in between houses, and my son unwittingly smashed it while opening the refrigerator...the dog loved it, but we all cried a bit. Fortunately, CBS returned not long after, and maybe it's better I drink it in 12oz. offerings... well, this was worth waiting for, and though it could be straight shot if only for its ABV, its sweetness makes each sip require a caesura before its next one...

Feb 02, 2021
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emteegee from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

2019 release.
Bottled 10/09/2019.
Opened 1/22/2021.
11.3% ABV

LOOK: Pours, as expected, a nice dark brown/black Couple fingers of foam that dissipate relatively quickly, but swirling around reveals some nice lacing that quickly recedes.

SMELL: Everything you'd expect: coffee, some alcohol, vanilla, maple...

TASTE: Everything you can smell and/or read on the label. Some heat alcohol evident on the front, but it's 11% ABV, so that's expected and not unpleasant in any way. Pick up cocoa as much as everything else in the middle/back. Smooth coffee aftertaste. Is good.

FEEL: Pretty perfect. Smooth, tasty. Not too heavy, not too thin.

OVERALL: Waited a long time to try this, and it didn't disappoint. Doesn't taste or feel like it's over 11& ABV. Complex flavor where you can pick out all of the ingredients. Lived up to the hype.

Jan 23, 2021
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Fponce from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing would compare to the first ever cbs I had but the newest year have a respectable felt and flavor, the maple and chocolate pair for a fair combination of 2 of the most seek flavors in a BA stout. Body it’s not as thick as I personally like but the flavor is there. Overall a good beer.

Jan 16, 2021
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Rich4mde1 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A few years ago this beer was fantastic. Now, something just is not right.
Maple is very mute.
Chocolate is there more than anything else.
Coffee is non existent pretty much.
Small taste of barrel.
For me this would just be an ordinary shelfie beer.
Not worth the price.

Jan 15, 2021
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aBosslyElephant from Florida

4.96/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L- Almost identical to Founder's other brews, KBS and KBS Espresso only with visible bubbles in the stout
S- Roasted Malt, Maple Leaf, Bourbon, hints of coffee
T- Thick blast of bourbon, malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. With some nice notes of maple for a sweetness, makes me feel like I'm in a forest.
M- Thicc, not syrupy like other maple flavored stouts. Very amazing
O- Masterclass beer. Very sad that CBS will discontinued.

Jan 03, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CBS is dark brown, essentially black. Shiny, completely opaque, and viscous. Huge khaki colored head forms with an aggressive pour. Once formed, the head slowly begins to collapse until a thin layer of foam remains on top of the beer. Lots of tan lacing remains on the glass.

CBS has notes of coffee, roasted malts, a touch of pine, with notes of oak, bourbon, smoke and a sweet tantalizing hint of maple coming through. Balanced is what comes mind to describe this aroma.

CBS has some nice roasted malts up front, bourbon, oak, a touch of pine and lots of coffee come through up front. At some point, the palate suddenly picks up this subtle, but noticeable sweet maple note. The bourbon comes through on the back end with some heat. Again, the coffee, the maple, the base stout and the barrel aging is all present, all noticeable, but no one component dominates the flavor profile.

CBS is medium to full bodied. Really smooth with moderate carbonation. Somewhat drier on the finish.

CBS is a beer that is remarkably good, but I think that these days it does not get the credit or accolades that it once did in large part due to what I think its is greatest "virtue" - balance. Its got barrel aging, coffee, maple, but it lets each component shine without outshining any of the others.

Jan 02, 2021
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GMoneyMagic from Michigan

4.32/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I read so much about this beer before I had it, I believed I was going to be beamed aboard the Star-ship Enterprise and transported to a far away galaxy, going warp-light-speed 69 with my hair on fire, whilst drinking the finest libation known to man!
Honestly, I never liked bourbon barrel beer before this. I now like them and I humbly believe that there are many beers as good and better than this one.
Don't get me wrong it was very good. I mean this is a world class beer, but I was missing the star trek transporter and the smell of charcoal lighter fluid in my hair. Maybe that is why I think there are better beers !

Dec 29, 2020
CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 6700 ratings