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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
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4.67/5
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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:
1,108
Ratings:
4,759
pDev:
8.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,552
Gots:
1,180
Trade:
50
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Ratings: 4,759 |  Reviews: 1,108
Photo of russpowell
4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Vanilla, faint coffee, caramel once warm

T: Faint coffee, chocolate, a touch of boozey barrel, caramel & maple syrup up front, a touch of dryness as well, along with a little creamy vanilla. Coffee builds as this warms, a little Bourbon, maple syrup sweetness & dryness, a little chocolate, vanilla & caramel too. Finishes with maple syrup sweetness, dryness, caramel, mocha & a kiss of booze, & sweet vanilla & a little barrel woody dryness

MF: Creamy, delicate carbonation, medium body that thickens up as this warms, warming as well

Complex, but highly drinkable, ABV is present but a flavor contributor. This is an Apex Imperial Stout that lives up the hype! I do wish the nose was more prominent

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Photo of vidisad
4.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of FyreStorm
4.98/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of WickedBeer
4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally cracking open my 2017 Bottle. No bottled on date.

Pours Black with a tan half inch head of creamy foam. Heavy lace retention.

Roasty coffee, vanilla, and bourbon booze on the nose. Hints of dark chocolate. Opens up quickly, should warm up really nicely.

Coffee, booze, and sweet maple combines with notes of vanilla. Such an awesome combination. On the tongue I get a lot of the barrel too, a nice oakiness that fights through the bourbon and syrupy sweetness. Works wonderfully together. Malt and toffee linger.

Sticky, smooth, and a nice subtle but present carb level that really closes this beer out great.

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Photo of Simon212
4.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dshansen1184
4.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.8/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this one as a fresh 2017 tap pour at Dan's Taphouse in Boonsboro, MD. Nice blend of the bourbon, coffee and maple syrup sweetness. Quite a treat. KBS fresh is boozy and burn. CBS not so much at all. I have a bottle and will save for about a year to try again with some age on it. Fresh sampling is quite delicious.

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Photo of fitrock2112
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Held up to the light, nothing getting through. 1/2 inch of mocha head.
S - Toffee, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts.
T - Vanilla, roasted coffee, toffee, char from a bourbon barrel, maple butter pancakes, cherries.
M - Thick and rich with low carbonation.
O - Perfect stout.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of _nickg_
4.56/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersmith90
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.23/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
4.71/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours jet black like used motor oil with a very dark caramel colored head on top. Has a sweet chocolatey smell with the barrel hardly present. Can taste the coffee and something else very sweet. Gets better as it warms up and get more of the barrel.

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Photo of SawDog505
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So once and a great while you have a beer that has so much hype, that you figure it can't possibly live up to you expectations, well I would change anything about this gem.

Poured near room temperature and got a massive 2 plus finger mocha head that has incredible retention, and leaves thick streaks of lace all over the place.

Smell is roasted dry coffee, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, maple, pipe tobacco, leather, toffee, and a healthy dose of oaky bourbon opens up your sinuses letting you know you are in for greatness.

Taste follows roasty expresso, deep dark chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, toffee, tobacco, leather, and a blast of bourbon takes your palate on a journey, just incredible.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, the perfect amount of life for a beer of this girth, just a little dry as it should be, and at 11.7% ABV a sipper that has so much going on you try to slow yourself down, but it is utterly deliscious it is impossible.

Overall this is just incredible, I was able to purchase plenty so my cellar will be in good shape for Holidays and special occasions. This stuff has earned its hype and lived up to it. Tic 1,500 and a worthy one for sure.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jlee91
4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AColtonOfBeer
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JANTZ_THEWINEBARRELOKC
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When it comes to rare, you cannot beat this. Taking one of the best beers (KBS) and aging it in Bourbon barrels and Maple completely changes the game. Enjoy this if you can find it and buy as many as each store will let you buy.

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

Definitely one of my favorites! Rich Bourbon flavor makes this a must have.

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

2017 Vintage

Appearance: Black with a generous-size, thick and dark beige head that slowly faded. A very good looking Imperial Stout that epitomizes what I'd want in a stout's appearance.

Smell: Upfront maple/brown sugar, mild coffee, and moderate Bourbon.

Taste: The taste profile features moderate coffee notes, moderate Bourbon notes, moderate chocolate, moderate maple/brown sugar notes, and mild tannic oak notes. The taste profile nicely balances all of these elements. While I found the 2017 KBS bottles somewhat abrasive with the roast malts and coffee notes the taste notes in CBS are rounded and less aggressive. There is a bit more sweetness but the coffee and roast malts counter it.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The body is spot on where it needs to be.

Overall: My first CBS and I wondered if it was going to be better than KBS which I also like. For me there is no doubt this is a step up. I just happened to be at a beer store where the owner brought it to my attention. I almost refused due to the price but I figured I would try it once and be done with it. Glad I didn't pass because this is a top notch Imperial Stout.

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4.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a super rich tan head and amazing lacing, does not move from glass.
S: Notes of coffee, chocolate, and malt/syrup.
T: Follows the nose, very nice barrel notes with a rich maple hit, good coffee, and some soft chocolate.
M: Medium and clean, minor bite and very easy to drink.
O: Impressed with this beer, for all the hype it lived up to the challenge, flavors were spot on.

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.67 out of 5 with 4,759 ratings
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