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
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #17
Ranked #32
4.64 | pDev: 8.19%
Jun 03, 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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Ratings by tradershmulie:
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5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by tradershmulie from Connecticut


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
More User Ratings:
4.74 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on May 14, 2022
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4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by erosier from Connecticut

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
3.98 by Affinity from Missouri on Apr 30, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

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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4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pdalton36 from Maryland

Nectar of the gods. Can't believe Founders stopped brewing it.

Feb 20, 2022
4.5 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 11, 2022
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4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by mpruden from Ohio

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
4.78 by gkrishnan704 from Connecticut on Jan 29, 2022
5 by birdsellam from Indiana on Jan 25, 2022
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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.

Jan 25, 2022
4.6 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 18, 2022
4.46 by bismarksays from Iowa on Jan 10, 2022
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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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4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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
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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
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5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Dathon


Dec 05, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 6735 ratings