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)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American 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

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Photo of pprichar
4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMC43
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jmar25
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Long time want, now distributed here to California. 2018 release, 11.6%ABV. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Portsmouth tulip.

Opaque, inky seal brown liquid supports a half finger of ecru suds, itself receding to a lasting collar and a smattering of residual surface foam. Rouse-able fine lacing; fast-running tears.

Sweet aroma with coffee, cocoa, and tobacco notes. Fairly restrained.

The flavor profile unfurls slowly, widening out with wave after wave of increasing complexity. Roast malt, dark roast (or perhaps overextracted) coffee, cherries, tobacco, burnt maple sugar, baker's chocolate - everything alternating between caramelized sugar and dry earthy notes. A touch of booze throughout. Some tannins and acidity, but never acrid. Long, lovely finish.

Creamy, medium-full bodied, and well carbonated, though a touch hot from the alcohol.

More complex than KBS, but perhaps not as well integrated, with more heat and fruit than the former.

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Photo of uncleotis
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bohemian
4.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of antrocks
4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of briandgilbert
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - pours out of bottle black, tan head that lingers for a long time, swish the liquid in the glass the bubbles are slow to fall
S - smells of chocolate and coffee and sweetness
T - Wow! I was thinking it would be a massive flavor overload, nope. This is one of those beers that you need to sip and enjoy little by little. Has amazing flavor that you need to enjoy slowly! I like this beer, its great!
F-Stout of this caliber and this level of review i expected it to be thicker and have a bigger taste, this one surprised me, it has amazing taste, but is more smooth and is not thick like others.

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3.86/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jimdavii
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of peterpunk15
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

CBS pours black, with a small, but massively lacing thick head. Sweet rich aroma, big coffee first, then fades into sweet chocolate, and then sweeter syrup. Flavor is rich and thick, first barrel flavors, chocolate and lots of syrup, hints of coffee mixed in. Great feel, easy to drink, yet very full and thick. Overall, complex, flavorful, rich, on the sweeter side.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black as a starless night. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Perfect.

World class nose. Rich nose of dark chocolate over a slightly sweet base with caramel and burnt sugar notes. Medium bourbon aromatics are coupled with light maple. Light roast with a touch of oak paired with light coffee. Delightfully complex and balanced. As it warms, sweet chocolate becomes more pronounced, as does maple, with just a hint of molasses.

Rich full body that is silky smooth and thick. World class carbonation / body balance. Effervescence is lively throughout providing perfect flavor separation yet supportive of the rich body.

The flavor profile is world class. All flavors of the nose present. Bitterness is mild. Overall, it is slightly sweet and heavily slanted to chocolate, caramel and molasses with significant maple notes. Coffee leads, yields to the sweet middle, then reemerges at the finish along with oak and vanilla. The initial mid-palate sweetness flows into maple and ebbs into the finish. Alcohol remains completely covered. The finish is a fading mixture of flavors that all seem to reemerge and leave you with a nice soft alcohol burn.

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4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Almighty1
4.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ego
4.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the end of the year approaches, my beer tonight for rejoicing

ever just pour one and it speaks to you, like "hey buddy, check this out...", even on a careful pour the head decides to rise to 2 full fingers, do I have big hands? not particularly, so in the interest of science I broke out a ruler, 1.75 inches of head (or simply 2 fingers), the hue is, well, none, jet black, or more accurately absence of light color, the aforementioned head has not settled among all this rambling, the cocoa cap remains clinging with an ever slow retreat, this looks like a photo, not taken by me, but a pro

I must say I was expecting a bit more, the scent is faint, I sense some dry grain, a hint of chocolate, a whiff of the maple syrup, a tinge of the booze of the bourbon, but all these are just shadows in mist that I seemingly have to work for to ferret out, a little disappointing here, but quite honestly beer is for drinking, not shoving up my nose

taste etc...
what is this stuff ? like liquid chocolate in your mouth, viscous without losing flow, such subtle carbonation, even a little sip delivers some big flavors, you can taste all the flavors here, it starts off sweet (maple), turns bitter-ish (chocolate mixed with coffee), definite vanilla and booze finish (bourbon), the alcohol is sensed but is blended right into the fabric of the beer perfectly, like bourbon, it wants you to sense the booze, that is part of the experience, and the experience is here, after a long pause I so get a whiskey finish without the alcohol burn... damn, this stuff is good.

$22 a bottle is pretty ballsy, you better deliver, ah, but this is Founders, one of the great breweries of the past decade, and they do deliver a baby so special the stork decided to keep it all to himself.

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

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pegasus
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Deep mahogany in color, with a small, somewhat coarse, persistent tan head. Thick, irregular lacing adorns the glass walls in an unbroken circlet. Though the body is opaqu, patches of fine-beaded bubbles adorn the glass walls, beneath the surface.

Aroma: Extraordinarily rich aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, wood, roasted malt and vanilla. Surprisingly, there is no note of alcohol in the aroma.

Taste: Profound flavors of bitter cocoa and lesser coffee open the taste. Soon after, there is a wave of mildly sweet chocolate, not at all excessive, more of an intimation than a distinct presence. There is a mild hint of warming alcohol, although this is restrained. Surprisingly, the rather high ABV of 11.6% presents only subtly in the taste. The maple is present throughout as an undercurrent, subtle at the start, rising toward the finish. Then, too, bourbon notes, are a constancy, and offer their own stellar contribution. Finishes with powerful notes of wood, bourbon, bitter cocoa, and vanilla.

Mouth feel: Very full, thick, and gracious, with the slightest hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An extraordinary example, which, at least for me, was worthy of all the hype, and the price, $23.99 plus tax. Worthy of every craft beer connoisseur's bucket list.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass. The example reviewed was the 2018 release, with the "missing horseman".

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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PvtSnowball
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mgroner
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FlaS4
4.81/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vade281
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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