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 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:
#12
Reviews:
1,295
Ratings:
5,615
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,513
Gots:
1,505
Trade:
71
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Ratings: 5,615 |  Reviews: 1,295
Photo of thefuzzyone
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jwhancher
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Monk's Cafe in early 2018. Tom came out of his lair and said "are you ready to drink some Founders?". Ran into Jeff & Jenny.

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Photo of ajramirez1
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer is pretty damn good. Smells, looks, and taste as described. Founders got this right and hopefully keeps the quality up with this beer. Wish I stocked more of these.

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Photo of jag5859
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rcjennings
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 edition. Bottle. I’m not sure why, but today just fet like the right day to do this. By myself. There’s no way for this beer to live up to the hype at this point, and it seems like most people have been disappointed, but I think I’m into this. Actually, I’m getting more into it with every sip. It’s incredibly drinkable for the ABV - which means I’m probably going to be a little drunk very soon. The bitterness from the coffee - maybe the whiskey, but I think it’s the coffee - was a bit much at first, but the maple is really showing up as it warms, so it’s pretty damn balanced. I guess it’s not as thicc as we want it to be - I drank DBR yesterday, which was basically chocolate sauce - but if Jackie O’s could figure out how to get this kind of body into their BA brews, the beer world would collectively cream. So I don’t think I want this to be sludge because I wouldn’t want to drink a whole 750 of it. I don’t like the idea of labeling something as “perfect,” because there’s usually something that could improve even a little bit, but this is close.

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Photo of DanCastillo
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aseubert
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of user8991037426712693
4.34/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scotv
4.51/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrsonlee
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply one of the best beers I have ever had

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Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BiggieG
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ikester59
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

World class and a must-buy when I can get it. Maple tones, chocolate and bread, pours beautifully, fills the air with aromas and very smoothly drenches the palate with a lot of taste. I agree with other reviewers who taste everything from licorice to toffee in this, there are complex things going on here.

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Photo of Negrelly
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jay94
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of diemilio
4.23/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rkcrozier
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tigerbeer90
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justincredble
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.33/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve 10-oz. snifter
From: Jubilation Wine & Spirits in Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $23.99
Purchased: May 4, 2018
Consumed: May 25, 2018
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: 2017 release (no bottled on date); #CraftAdjace

Saw cases of this at Jubilation Wine & Spirts in Albuquerque, N.M. Was excited because the allotment in San Diego sold out on the first day I believe and here there were loads and loads of it. Wasn’t happy with the $23.99 price tag, but it was at 750-ml. bottle and I reasoned with myself that it wasn’t available since Oct. 2011. Also from the same article saw that it was retailing for $24.99, so I guess I got a deal. Online description read, “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.” DAMN!

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of khaki tan rocky head. Serene setting underneath with no noticeable bubbles. Almost perfect spiderweb foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled smooth bourbon, char wood, making it smokier than I would have thought, dark candied chocolate, cacao, oak, toffee, black burnt coffee grinds, light vanilla cream and maple syrup at the very end when I pulled away. Got straight maple from the bottle. Wow. What a difference from the glass that it was poured in and the bottle. (Smell - 4.25)

Took a few sips to really appreciate it. In order got oaky bourbon, char wood, candied dark chocolate, cacao, espresso, burnt coffee grinds, lingering maple syrup, burnt brown sugar, vanilla cream, lightly toasted marshmallow, licorice, toffee and roasted barley. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish, (Feel - 4.75)

Just a terrific beer. Better than KBS for sure, although I still prefer most versions of Tioga-Sequoia to Founders. Hopefully this is the last time I ever purchase/review a #CraftAdjace beer. (Overall - 4.25)

4.33 | 96 | A

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.99/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AllOfTheCats
2.08/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Licorice.

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Photo of Mrthetank
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 5,615 ratings