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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5,125 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:
5,125
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,535
Gots:
1,305
Trade:
55
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Ratings: 5,125 |  Reviews: 1,189
Photo of HardTarget
4.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review #1400

Appearance: My bright flashlight will show through the edges, but not across the glass. So, we're going with opaque. Black, bit of ruby brown edge, holds a thin halo of tan foam that gives up a little lace.

Aroma: Bourbon barrel, black bread, caramel malt, earthy hop, with a harsh burnt edge that might be coffee or heavy roasted barley. Light sour stout note as well. Frankly, not super inviting, a bit boozy and burnt.

Taste: It's everything it says on the tin. Barrel charred bourbon soaked wood, sweet malty stout, maple candy finish. A little bitter chocolate in the finish. Dark fruit flavors, plum, fig, purple grape, all have gone quite ripe and begun to ferment.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, low medium carbonation, warming slowly drying finish, little chew.

Overall: Currently #13 on the all time beer list. I understand the hype. I made a special trip to pay $25 for the bomber, and have no regrets. I probably should have let the bottle sit for a few months, it may have mellowed out the bourbon and let the cast of characters shine a little brighter, but it's easy drinking as it stands fairly fresh.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle an opaque dark brown with a voluminous, tan head that fades slowly, leaving plenty of lace.
The aroma is led by roast coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla with touches of molasses, brown sugar and maple syrup.
The taste is big and smooth. Medium-roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, a hint of dark fruit. A slightly bitter, dry finish with a maple aftertaste and a hit of boozy warmth.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Superb.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.34/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I know a lot of people are bagging this year's release, likely due to nostalgia factors in comparison to previous years as well as having so many more options available now. That said, there is an awesome depth of flavor present in this beer that changes as the glass gets lower and the beer warms. All the flavors seem well balanced without any one getting the higher hand.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Third time around and had it fresh. First time was 1 year old bottle and second was 2nd release on keg but a year old.

Massive coffee up front. Better as warmed. Maple hard for me to find. Second bottle was much better all warm. I thought waiting bad at first but have another for next fall.

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

Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black in color with no penetration to light. There's an inch of thick, creamy brown foam on top. The aroma is dominated by a blend of sweet maple syrup and bitter dark coffee. There's also a bit of milk chocolate that comes out as it warms. The flavor is a blend of bitter, dark roasted coffee along with sweet maple syrup and a bit of smoke initially. The milk chocolate and bourbon seem to show as it warms. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and a bit warm with alcohol. There's so much going on here!

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Photo of Dakin
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pretty much a KBS... But with more maple. Excellent. Aged in maple barrels and it definitely comes through. 9/10.

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Photo of dgeebs07
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cycle69
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of DougVanHoy
4.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ozymandias
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.09/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of goodbeergoodfood
4.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look jet black mocha head.
Smell dark chocolate Rich nuts coffee and a hint of bourbon.
Taste dark chocolate and coffee.
Feel great mouth feel very rich oily and thick.
Overall a pretty tasty beer a little too coffee for me but definitely full flavor. I would definitely say it's couple notches below Bourbon County though

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Photo of jcb7472
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of supaadam
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GeoD12
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of ryanm3850
3.98/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.42/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.67 out of 5 with 5,125 ratings
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