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)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my NB signature glass, split with the wife. Thanks to Oakedcanuck for this treat.

A: Nearly pitch black with a small amount of light penetrating the edges. A half inch of mocha colored head hangs around for about a minute or so and the lacing is pretty bad ass (I assume it's from the residual sugars).

S: The smell is of quality coffee, cocoa nibs, wood notes and a layer of sweetness that would most likely be the maple syrup. As the beer warms the alcohol moves into the forefront.

T: Taste is of coffee and milk chocolate with maple and oak in the finish. A bit sweet in the finish, I would not mind a little more bitterness to balance out the massive amount of sweetness brought on by the maple syrup.

M: Thick, creamy and a little sticky. Like dessert in a glass.

O: I really enjoy this beer but think that KBS is more fit for me. Being as it is not as sweet and has a bit more of a bite and a barrel character that I enjoy. Cheers to Founders for their craftsmanship. An all around solid beer

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at celler temp HUGE THANKS to Gruelurks for sharing this one!

Appearance - Black as night with some ruby tones around the edges, very thin head, and little carbonation.

Smell - Coffee, coffee and more coffee, with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of heat. As it warms I get hints of the maple smell, but I thought it would be much more forward than this.

Taste - You guessed it more coffee. Also quite hot and noticeably sweeter than it's KBS counterpart. The barrel tones are there, some oak and bourbon sting mostly, slight vanilla. Also notes of the roasty malts and chocolate fudge, the sweetness is quite apparent, again the maple flavors came out more as it continued to warm, but not as up front as it was in Nemesis 2009. Slightly disappointing.

Mouthfeel - slightly thicker than KBS, but again borders on absolutely perfect.

Overall - I have to admit, while this is a great beer, I personally think that KBS is just a flat out better beer. Would I seek this out again, yes, I would love to age this and revisit it, but I would not go through all the hoops again to get a bottle.

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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am only a year in to my craft beer experience so I apologize for what is to be a rudimentary review. I was lucky to enjoy a bottle of this and it exceeded my expectations. A remarkable creation by Founders.

A: An extremely dark brown, almost black like appearance with a dark brown head. A viscous appearance.

S: The maple, choclate, and bourbon seemed most prevalent, with slight hints of the coffee. One of the most appealing smelling beers conceived.

T: Hard to describe. So smooth and balanced. The choclate and maple is definitly there producing a very sweet flavor. The bourbon seemed hardly noticeable to me due to it being so smooth and balanced and it being a very sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy as one would expect. It seemed to be the perfect thickness and viscosity to support the flavors.

Overall: It is an amazing beer and definitly one of the best beers I have ever had. Next goal is to head up to founders to get it on tap.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml btl shared with my brother-in-law

a: pours a dark brown almost black like used motor oil w/ a 2 finger mocha brown head that dissolves slowly to a thin layer and leaves some spotty lacing

s: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, a hint of maple syrup, smells amazing

t: coffee upfront then silky chocolate smoothness with nice hints of bourbon and vanilla and finishes with just the right amount maple sweetness, the flavors blend well and complement each other nicely

MF: pretty thick but not quite chewy, just the right amount of carbonation, real smooth, alcohol is very well hidden

O: delicious and very drinkable, definitely lives up to the hype, I can only hope that Founders bottles this again

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 5,940 ratings