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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5,120 Ratings
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:
1,189
Ratings:
5,120
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,536
Gots:
1,302
Trade:
55
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Ratings: 5,120 |  Reviews: 1,189
Photo of tjmackie
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Worthy Burger. Amazing

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Photo of KRubes
4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap. Worth every bit of $8. A fantastic beer. Will be on the hunt for this forever.

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

Photo of mbracken
4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straight from the Founders tap room, this pour was a dark, smooth, bourbon masterpiece

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Photo of Jvrdz24
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dawgboned37
4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

I do believe this is the most I've ever paid for a beer on tap. Hijole!
This pours a jet black in color with thin lacing.
There's a big boozy aroma on this, at first, with a pronounced maple aroma. The flavor comes off sweet but not cloying, with a light roast providing some contrast to the maple-rum flavors. Opens as it warms.
Review 1300!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.57/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at one of many CBS-related events here in Kansas City--this one was at Bier Station. Poured into a small Belgian-style snifter glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Not a particularly noteworthy looking beer. Hard to rate, as they started to pour 15 minutes before the "official" tapping to help manage the shoulder-to-shoulder throng of people waiting to try this sought-after beer. Looks to have about a finger of mocha tan head when first poured (luckily, I was up at the bar to see), but by the time it gets into my hands, it still has a ringlet of the brown foam and just a couple spots of lacing intermittent on the sides of the glass. Liquid is an inky black that lets zero light through, even when held up to the sunlight.

Smell (4.5) - Here is where this beer begins to separate itself. Initially, the aroma carries notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. The coffee is hard to detect at first, but seems to waft through the more I smell it and as the liquid gains some warmth. There is some bourbon as well, but it is faint like the coffee. In many ways, this reminds me of a sweeter KBS with less barrel character.

Taste (4.75) - As the aroma was an improvement on the appearance, the taste is now an improvement on the aroma. The bittersweet chocolate and roasty, charred malts are again present, with a subtly sweet element from the maple syrup bourbon barrels, which seem to carry more of that whiskey flavor than they did on the nose. Again, the coffee is a bit faint, but slightly more pronounced than it was on the aroma.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Viscous and full-bodied, with low carbonation and an almost slick, bordering on syrupy mouthfeel. That said, it doesn't rise to the level of syrup feel I've had in some barrel-aged beers. It still finishes fairly clean for something with this level of sweetness. Some lingering sweetness entices the next sip.

Overall (4.5), a really fantastic beer and I can really understand where the excitement over this one comes from. Though this version was not the original Backstage version, if it had been, it would immediately rank ahead of all the other Backstage beers I've had (with Sweet Repute probably being the runner-up). Glad I got to sample this legendary beer.

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Photo of timoteo833
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of BGsWo22
3.75/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as amazing as I was hoping

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

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

Photo of ramay86
4.55/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose shows caramely bourbon, molasses, french toast, slightly bitter coffee presence.

Taste is dominated by praline and bourbon; very barrel forward compared to the first vintage, which I thought presented more maple than this one.

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Photo of caffeineTX
4.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think this was particularly great. At least it wasn't with all the hype it got.


Served on tap at 2 locations within a week of each other, little to no maple on the back end predominantly coffee/chocolate like FBS until the beer warmed up to room temperature then maple was the primary flavor.

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Photo of tylerMKE
4.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IndyDad
4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Stephenjtorres
4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mgr78704
4.19/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neckbeardnation22
4.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jamesod
4.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.67 out of 5 with 5,120 ratings
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