Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

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

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Photo of daron7
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of gcasher
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark; black; tan head about 1/4 inch
S - sweet like maple sugar
T- Oh my G_d; sweet nectar of the gods; sweet bourbon up front with the follow of the maple in the afterglow
F - smoove; goes down easy; alcohol not agressive, but bites you in the arse.

I was expecting the KBS but got the CBS instead; it was very nice not to get the coffee smell and taste; I prefer just having the bourbon, maple, and stout;

What an experience!

On tap.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.5/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of hopazoid
5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcc1654
5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of TheBeerTruck
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tapped at the brewery during their 15th Anniversary Party on 11-17-12. Most times, it runs out before everyone in the bar gets some, but not this time. It was on for around three hours...the first time. They brought it back again in the evening. Most people were ordering two and sometimes three glasses. I was able to enjoy four while enjoying the party.

Served in a snifter, which was held for a bit so it could warm up, it poured beautifully dark, rich, thick and with a great caramel colored head.

After warming up a little, all the expected aromas of chocolate, coffee and vanilla were there though the maple sweetness was a little thin.

The taste was just as I remembered. In my personal experience, the maple is the first flavor to fade. Expecting that, I wasn't let down that it was a little faint. All the other flavors reflected exacted what the nose displayed and was great swish after swish with an unbiting explosion of been too long flavor.

Overall - like I said...I had four.

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Photo of AndrewPalmer
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Next up in the Backstage Series...CBS! Poured this uber-hype beer into a balloon glass.

The body of this beer is a midnight oil black, and it seems to have a pretty thick texture as well. It is topped by a rich, creamy, frothy tan head that sits about two fingers deep and displays excellent staying power. Hard to criticize much here.

The aroma is a bold mix of all those sweet adjuncts...notes of coffee and cream, chocolate, light maple syrup, roasted grains, vanilla. No hops here.

On the palate CBS hammers the tongue with chocolate, coffee, maple, vanilla and bourbon. There isn't much elegance to it, but what would be the fun in that? No, this beer is huge! Enormous, viscous body and inherently slick on the tongue. The cocoa flavor is a standout, and the coffee comes out more in the exhale. The maple barrel sweetness comes in mid swallow, and then finishes with more chocolate.

Many claim this beer is over-the-hill, and I suppose since I never had fresh CBS, I wouldn't be able to tell personally. However, I can tell that this beer is definitely not "over-the-hill" and that while the maple flavor may has eroded over time, this is still a very good beer.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of elvisdoc
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ale Arsenal for SFBW. Stoked, the legendary CBS here at my local beer bar. L: black/brownish. S: Lord have mercy. Smells like a delicious pancake breakfast with the finest possible ingredients. Caramel, chocolate, maple, goodness. T: follows nose. Rich maple, chocolate, dark and roasty malts, caramel, nougat, glory. F: Medium-Rich. O: worthy of hype, this is glorious

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Oboogie
5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of dvmky
4.52/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Klourie
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.63 out of 5 based on 4,315 ratings.
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