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:
#13
Reviews:
1,195
Ratings:
5,151
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,534
Gots:
1,316
Trade:
58
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Ratings: 5,151 |  Reviews: 1,195
Photo of CroatianbeerMan
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting stout, just a bit strong for my taste.

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Photo of johnnymaltby
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Original_Gravity
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 2xHops
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a glorious bottle of imperial stout.

This beer has everything going for it. The appearance is classic stout with the smell actually making you want to chug the beer. There were hint of sweetness to the aroma, and i assume that has to do with the maple that permeates the beer?

The taste is surprisingly wonderful. I have already loved the KBS, and this is no exception. You can taste a hint of maple to supplement the traditional imperial stout flavor profile. It certainly helped that the alcohol was not blatantly present.

I did not realize that this beer had 10.6% ABV, and you wouldn't know it when drinking. The mouthfeel was more smooth than a baby's ass, for lack of better analogy. It was unbelievable, and it's certainly one of the best stouts I've tasted in a long time.

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Boston970
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bimmers
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Yagman3000
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This 2011 bottle was happily opened with a strong anticipation. Shared with fellow BA CosmicEvan on a mission to enjoy quality beer. Served into a Duvel Goblet.

Appearance is really pleasing. It stands as dark as night and, upon a nice swirl, it develops a beautiful frothy head. A really nice pudding settles that prompts me to think I'm in for a true joy ride.

Smell is interesting. At first I was getting a ton of coffee. Now, as it settles in a bit, I'm getting more and more of a boozy bourbon smell. I want to catch the maple but I'm really not getting it yet. I'm still feeling trustful that it will come through in its flavor.

Taste is a dream come true. It starts off wonderfully sweet and creamy with plenty of maple (there it is!). A swirl of bourbon, vanilla, and molasses come through. There's a subtle chocolate in there too but it's not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Sweet dessert-like cream gives its way to a coffee float without being too sweet or cloying. I loved the number of stages I went though with this.

Overall an amazing experience. I am incredibly happy I obtained these beers and decided to sure them with friends and family instead of asking for someone's kidney in return for the beer. We found the whale, stuck her with a harpoon, and got everything we could out of her (scrimshaw anyone?).

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Photo of _morandi_
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TboneRN
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BigKev23
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pdonovan16
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BiereBlanche
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Redbones in Somerville, MA

Looks like any good stout - Viscous, tarry black with a low, mocha head. Lacing sticks well after the beer is gone. Heavy, robust nose like a chocolatey burboun with vanilla beans squeezed in. Definite alcohol presence, but oozing with dark notes. Tastes phenomonal and rich. Loads of gooey chocolate, pleasant coffee notes with cream laced with vanilla syrup. Quite sweet, the vanilla is nearly candy-like in a delicious way. High hops bitterness and a nice earthy, woody flavor - it's surprising how well they blend with the malt and adjunct flavors. The smooth, creamy rich body is the best thing about this beer. Medium carbonation gives just enough lift to the thick body to keep it from being cloying - rich and heavy. The alchohol comes through, this isn't fooling anyone, but it's so rich, so flavorful, so creamy smooth and so delicious that I could drink it all day.

One of the best balanced, most divinely flavourful beers I've ever had. This falls in the (very select) class of beers that I could drink all day, every day in place of any others.

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Photo of intobenme
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RajaSTL
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NDogg44
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells amazing! Maple, coffee, and just a note of whiskey. Had a 4 ounce taster and it was the perfect amount - this beer is pretty sweet. Well deserving of the rating.

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Photo of SDDLSK
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of indurTheB
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of agreenman19
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of enternalhoppiness
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chart813
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alexcortez426
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jblain
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of treyrab
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After hearing so much about this beer, a sixtel miraculously made it to Pittsburgh.

A: Poured into a dark black brown. Poured cold. Cold enough to make the glass fog up. Nice creamy tan head that stuck and laced the glass.

S: Very intense with chocolate liquor, sweet molasses, sweet maple syrup, sweet caramel and nice bitter roast. The sweetness outweighs the roast, but both smell in perfect complement.

T: The breakfast stout and Kentucky breakfast stout are phenomenal. But this is a touch above both. It reminds me of half breakfast stout, half Kentucky Breakfast stout, combined with a shot of bourbon and a shot of maple syrup. A tad sweet, but not overly so. Nice and creamy with chocolate, bitter roast, coffee and maple syrup.

Overall, a fantastic beer that I am glad I tried and will probably never get to try again. One of the best I've ever had.

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.67 out of 5 with 5,151 ratings
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