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
 
 
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Photo of daalc
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Caseyk1088
4.84/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngEo
4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Vigorously poured into a snifter. Jet black with about an Inch of cocoa brown head, which stays around a lot longer than I would have thought at 11.7 abv.

S - Nose is full of chocolate and coffee with a lot of booziness in the back. Can only barely detect the maple syrup. Way boozier than I expected. Buddy even commented on how strong it smelled when I was pouring mine some 5 feet away.

T - Taste is the same chocolate and coffee, but it's only a tad hot in the back. Very sweet. Thankfully the booziness takes a backseat when actually drinking it. Maple syrup is ever so slight on the backend and only makes itself known upon swallowing. Delicious but I really expected a lot more maple syrup based in what I had heard. Flavors really pop as the beer warms up. Drink it slow.

F - Oh so creamy. Coats the mouth nicely to the point where the taste lingers around for quite a bit after swallowing. Feels like a stout is supposed to feel.

O - Absolutely a world class beer. I was not disappointed, but I don't think it quite lived up to the hype. I will certainly seek it out in the future, and if the opportunity arises will try earlier batches. I really want to try that overwhelmingly maple forward beer I have heard stories about, but this isn't quite that. Drink it slow and enjoy it, it is still fantastic.

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Photo of emottram
4.27/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmalo
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erjadams
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cpsfgd
4.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage from a 35cL bottle.
What strucks me the most the instant I try this beer is its wonderful balance.
Gorgeous pitch black with a mocha/maple head. Nice lacing all along.
The smell is incredible with coffee, maple, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Very attractive smell
The taste follows with a certain maple/toffee sweetness, some cocoa, some coffee, and a certain peppercorn spiciness. Some booziness but nothing overwhelming
The mouthfeel is very smooth, Very very nice.
Overall a wonderfully balanced beer, a gourmet beer. I think I prefer KBS but this one is wonderful in its own way. It's 11.7% ABV but I'm drinking so fast as it's crazy drinkable! It's gonna it me hard in some time, for now it's great. I'll try to age at least one bottle to see where it's going. Anyway it's great now!

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4.18/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JesseSC
4.12/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luckydog91
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Hopt.es. In Teku glass. Playing Super Furball. Very smooth but I prefer KBS. This hasnt the excellent coffee touch and instead it has bourbon notes that becomes fairly strong as warms up, more than I like. 2017 version

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Photo of Buster
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a snifter glass. Nose is very similar to KBS, but more chocolate forward. Little to no maple syrup on the nose, even as it warms. Taste is very similar to the nose. It’s incredibly delicious, but again, chocolate forward and reminiscent of KBS. I wouldn’t say it meets the hype built up over the years, but it’s a fantastic beer nonetheless.

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4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rooshops
4.95/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of holzman57
4.54/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger New Year's Eve party. After chasing this beer for so long, it is really nice to see that this batch is pretty available on tap and in bottles. I had really high expectations for this one and it pretty much delivered. I've had better BA stouts, but this one is pretty special.

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4.43/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.21/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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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