CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
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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 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:
#23
Reviews:
1,319
Ratings:
5,737
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
Wants:
4,524
Gots:
1,554
Trade:
75
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Photo of gardner254
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tubeman
4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pirmannt1
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bryan12345
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grm1007
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 release CBS, picked up on 10/2/2018 at Greens on Buford Hwy, Atlanta GA

L - Pitch black, no head or lacing. Thick as molasses

S - Coffee dominates, dark chocolate

T - Coffee, chocolate, loads of both. Subtle bourbon. Huge flavors. Semi-sweet aftertaste

F - Full body, thick,

O - An amazing bourbon barrel aged chocolate stout. First time experiencing this whale beer and definitely worthy

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Photo of HardyA
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BaseballNBeer
4.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SirVirtual
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I’ve ever had

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Photo of beersampler6
4.72/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing. This beer was always on my wishlist but didn’t know if Founders would ever release it again. Then 11/1 came and not only did I pick up a couple of bottles, I got to try both the 2018 and 2017 vintages on tap at Founders.

2018:

look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark black color with a little tan head and nice spotty lingering lacing. Would have given it more than 4/5 if only there were more sheets of lacing. Smells nice, deep roast coffee and chocolate with maybe a hint of maple - needed more aromas to score higher. But the taste and feel blew me away. Deep, rich dark roast coffee and dark chocolate, well-balanced malt backbone, caramel and vanilla notes. Then there’s the wood, bourbon and glorious maple - all present in the forefront but not overpowering the stout feel of the beer. Faint notes of molasses and brown sugar. Luscious, creamy and silky smooth, great mouthfeel - really some of the best I’ve ever felt. Just the right amount of mild carbonation. As the beer warmed it smoothed out a little and the flavors mixed so well. I can’t wait to see what happens when this beer ages for 6-12 months. I don’t understand how they did it, but the high ABV and alcohol flavor is so subtle that this beer goes down dangerously easy. Usually these high ABV imperials are sippers - but not this CBS. Absolutely fantastic beer that lives up to its hype and ridiculously high expectations.

2017:
Tried this one on tap after the newer 2018 version above. Oh man does the extra year of aging make a difference. Abundant sheets of lingering lacing that stays forever, nice mild head. So impressive. Better aromas of maple, bourbon and wood. Similar flavors but more mellow, better mixture, with softer and rounder notes. Slightly creamier and stickier mouthfeel that just coats the palate. Less warming alcohol and even easier to drink despite high ABV. I’ve never had a beer like this one.

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Photo of drrone
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fatty_Mccracken
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chopp02
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hatfieldspapa
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rdoggg
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This thing lives up to its hype...

Out of the bottle it pours a beautifully dark brew with an appealing tan head and a shade of lacing. The smell is deliciously boozy, mouthwateringly so. At this point I get some more out of the bottle to notice a carbonated beverage with creamy texture, full-bodied through-and-through. The experience is truly one to be had with this - chocolate notes with roasted coffee, and all of it blended really well with the barrel aged booze. This was everything I thought it would be, not necessarily more but definitely at minimum.

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4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buglover83
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer! Even really good with vanilla ice cream ;). Great taste, high percent, not one you will want to miss!

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Photo of berben30
3.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Philcassella
4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADrauglis
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of runmilesdrinkbeer
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 5,737 ratings