CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
Founders Brewing Company

CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #17
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
100
Ranked #34
Avg:
4.64 | pDev: 8.19%
Ratings:
6,722
Status:
Active
Rated:
Tuesday at 03:47 AM
Added:
Feb 01, 2009
Wants:
  4,530
Gots:
  1,857
SCORE
100
World-Class
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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Ratings by rarbring:

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5 by birdsellam from Indiana on Tuesday at 03:47 AM
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Photo of JasonMarquez
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by JasonMarquez

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.

Tuesday at 02:16 AM
 
4.6 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 18, 2022
 
4.46 by bismarksays from Iowa on Jan 10, 2022
Photo of Eddieeight
2.61/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
by Eddieeight from Ohio

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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4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

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
 
4.28 by Jakepitbull from New York on Jan 01, 2022
 
5 by JeffNev from Nevada on Dec 29, 2021
 
3.62 by stephenlee93 from England on Dec 26, 2021
 
4.69 by kp7 from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2021
 
4.23 by Zopiac from Michigan on Dec 21, 2021
 
4.99 by minstrelwb from Indiana on Dec 19, 2021
Photo of far333
4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by far333 from Connecticut

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
 
4.55 by GregBarleycorn13 from New York on Dec 18, 2021
 
4.9 by djl9701 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2021
Photo of Dathon
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Dathon

Amazing

Dec 05, 2021
Photo of 13adam13
3.22/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by 13adam13 from Kentucky

The bourbon flavor is too strong for me.

Nov 25, 2021
 
4.84 by LouisvilleMike from Kentucky on Nov 25, 2021
 
4.5 by Resistance88 from California on Nov 14, 2021
 
4.29 by QuintusHorace from California on Oct 31, 2021
Photo of RozzieBoy
4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

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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4.92/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by HeyBarKeepBeerMe

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
Photo of Chocolatefreak
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

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
 
4.85 by NickandToni from New York on Oct 14, 2021
Photo of vinicole
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by vinicole from England

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
 
4.43 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
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4.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by turfy from Texas

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
 
4.5 by timmy2b from New York on Sep 05, 2021
Photo of mjvlasic
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by mjvlasic from Michigan

You can see why this is a top rated brew.

Sep 03, 2021
Photo of sammoss309
3.2/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by sammoss309

Too sweet. Overrated.

Aug 30, 2021
 
 
5 by kblomseth from California on Aug 19, 2021
 
5 by wolverine0712 from Missouri on Aug 18, 2021
Photo of BallfroGold
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BallfroGold

Absolutely delicious and in my opinion, far better than KBS

Aug 18, 2021
 
4.49 by BRoweski30 from Massachusetts on Aug 10, 2021
 
4.79 by WormGod from New York on Aug 02, 2021
Photo of Crusard
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Crusard from Texas

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
 
4.69 by Tomlarson123 from Ohio on Jul 28, 2021
 
5 by PaulMcartney33 from Florida on Jul 22, 2021
 
4.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 16, 2021
CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 6722 ratings