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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to augustg for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Dark, nearly black, and opaque. Forms about 3/4 of a finger's worth of tan head, more than expected. No visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, vanilla oak, sweet (maple syrup?), dark roasted malts - the cacao barely dominant over the coffee - and some lactose sweetness.

T: Dark chocolate beans, bourbon, oak, some coffee, sweet maple, some raw tobacco, and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bourbon is noticeable but smoothed by the sweetness, and enhances the rest of the flavors. Hang is creamy sweet plus roasted coffee bitter and the oaky vanilla...and is teeth-sucking good.

M: Great mouthfeel - smooth and silky. Low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is obvious but integrated into the flavors of the beer.

O: Really, really good. Wow. I'm very glad I had the chance to drink this. After hearing many people opine that the maple has fallen off, I wish I had had the chance to drink one fresher - but even as it is today, it still meets and perhaps exceeds the hype. I'm very impressed.

UPDATE: Had this on tap from the second brewing. Absolutely as amazing as the bottle. Very, very good.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a HF stemmed glass. Consumed on 4/19 right before '12 + '13 KBS, reviewed from notes, bottle split three ways. I believe this bottle is approaching around a year and half old right now. Thanks Don (DonFrap) for sharing a long time want.

A- Pours a pitch black with a thin creamy mocha brown head, slightly above average retention leaving light lacing. Like most of the Founders beers I've had this beer looks extremely appealing.

S- Dark chocolate, chocolate chips, maple syrup, oak, subtle bourbon lurking in the background, definitely above average aroma strength but not overly aromatic.

T- Dark chocolate that is slightly on the bitter side, maple syrup, vanilla, light oak, some light creamy coffee on the finish. Overall nice balance although coffee maybe faded a little bit at this point.

M- Smooth, velvety, nice carbonation, very easy drinking.

O- This was a very good stout that lived up to expectations but is probably a little bit overrated. I never had this fresh but in my opinion comparing it to both the '12 KBS and '13 KBS (CBS outdates '12 KBS by ~4-5 months) it is falling off a little bit. Like the '12 KBS the coffee seemed to have faded a little bit and there was a little bit more bitterness to the chocolate then I was expecting which was similar to how the '12 KBS compared to the '13 KBS. Overall like the '13 KBS I think I might have enjoyed this a little bit more when it first came out. That being said it was still delicious and well worth seeking out.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this on tap at Holy Grale in Louisville, Ky in a 10 oz snifter.

A - Dark Brown, zero light penetrates through, murky, light mocha head - pencil thin - small amount remains around rim for a few minutes.

S - Heavy maple, chocolate, vanilla, toffe, smoke, and a real boozy rum.

T - Initial: sweet maple, vanilla and toffee, Finish: is a mild roast, smoke and a bit boozy.

M - Full body, thick, Creamy, real frothy, high viscosity, touch of that elusive velvet.

O - Tastes much better than the nose. Nose is way more boozy than I was expecting. Also, I think this is bit too sweet for me- simply too rich. Too much maple- almost taste a rum flavor. Love the smoothness, mouth is excellent but not is nice as KBS.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with translucent edges. Thin lacing, dark coffee roast in color. No legs

S- Maple barrels, oak, chocolate, toffee. Black liquorice is in the nose faintly as well.

T- The maple is definitely present. It is actually the first thing that I notice. Amazing what cellaring properly will do for a beer. Then there is this mix between black liquorice/ charred dark fruit/chocolate/toffee to round out the taste.

M- I expected this to be thicker, it poured thicker than the M. It is about as thick as KBS, with minimal carb following

O- I am so glad to finally have tried this. I got this off of a guy who has some of the best cellaring techniques out there, so I knew I was going to get maple forward. Very happy to have tried this!

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Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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