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:
1,280
Ratings:
5,518
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,515
Gots:
1,469
Trade:
70
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Ratings: 5,518 |  Reviews: 1,280
Photo of cnealc
4.94/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dan411
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout-"Balanced Complexity"

Look is dark brown/black. I poured this very slowly, having watched some recent video reviews. This delicate pour resulted in a thin creamy head of small, tightly compact bubbles. Enough light penetrated , allowing me to see lazy streaming bubbles at the bottom of my nucleated tulip.

Smell is an amazing balance of sweet maple, chocolate, coffee, and bourbon barrel sweetness (tinge of booze). Nothing really takes the driver's seat, with each individual note coming in balanced waves. Now, more coffee and chocolate came out as the beer warmed further.

Feel is medium, both in mouth feel and creamy carbonation. This imperial is far from chewy or viscous.

Taste is much like the nose, with sweet maple leading, followed by coffee, chocolate, and the bourbon barrel sweetness finishing last. Very, very balanced with all the flavors bouncing off and complimenting each other.

Overall, I hate to use the word "smooth," but that's this beer. The sweet maple, bourbon, dark chocolate, and coffee pulls your taste buds back and forth, with no clear victor. I am curious to see how the other bottle cellars.

Edit to add a brief "cellaring." So I saved this beer for my birthday, so it's got approximately 7 more months on it. Coffee is almost non-existent. Dark chocolate is up front and playing a major part. The maple has become just a generic sweetness that doesn't really point to any specific origin. Still a good beer, but follow Founder's advice and enjoy fresh.

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
4.38/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hankf44
4.79/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jneff33
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

As advertised (well, good beer is never advertised): a true classic. What I loved about Dragon's Milk is on turbo here. Complex taste with just the right combo of chocolate, bourbon and maple, with a slight hint of coffee, this is a must try. I find it a bit boozy (as it buzzes at the end of your tongue), but this can be forgiven.
Very well done, although clearly overpriced.

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Photo of Terryb48
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sulty
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of fermentedbarley
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Perfect pour...color is textbook and beautiful head. Smell is mouthwatering. I've heard of this and am happy they released it again. I'm trying it for the first time. Taste is perfect - an Imperial stout with additional flavor...I can actually taste the maple. Feel is above average but not perfect. Overall my favorite Imperial Stout but I'll reserve room for even better in my rating. Glad I got a few extra bottles based on the hype. I'll age several.

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

Photo of Oakley
4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of amano_h
4.41/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I could probably write an equivalent of a graduate thesis on the impact of the first batch of this beer to the craft beer community and the way the current batch is being portrayed to the same community, with the added factor of secondary market shitlords in play, but I won't because ain't nobody got time for that.

But with CBS I decided to try something different from what I usually do with my beer reviews: whereas the majority of the reactions to this beer seem to be something akin to disappointment--which is understandable if you take into consideration the impact that a stout brewed with maple would have had in 2011 as opposed to now--there were a few that were fervently assertive in claiming that the 2017 batch of CBS becomes a different animal once it's given some time to warm up. I therefore decided to pour two separate glasses and do two reviews, with one at 40°F and the other at 55°F.

Given the astounding levels of innovation and improvement that takes place in any industry within a span of 6 years, I'm not surprised at the majority opinion of this brew (to wit: it sucks), based on the vibes this brew puts out straight out of the fridge at around 40°F which is the temperature at which most beer drinkers will drink beer because, who the fuck has the money to land whales and maintain a temperature-controlled cellar at the same time.

At colder temps, this beer exhibits aromas of light maple syrup that smell more like honey; bitter cacao nibs follow, with medium-roast espresso notes at bay. There's a grainy scent reminiscent of mushy cereal grain and rolled oats which also join the party toward the end, but is eventually overpowered by more of the persistently sweet maple.

On the palatal department, the faint maple leads off, followed by distinctly separate flavors of low-fat chocolate milk, and 88% dark chocolate. The coffee manifests itself into existence in the form of French-press sludge from burnt "espresso blend" coffee beans; toward the end there's a slight honey-like cloying sweetness which I'm not digging at the moment.
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The mouthfeel at this point is half way between being medium and full-bodied; there' a gorgeous creamy initial mouthfeel, with an exuberant slick and silkiness which coats the tongue with each sip, There is however, some heat detectable toward the very end.
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At warmer temps, the more obtuse elements come together to present a more united front than there was previously before, with harmony being the key factor involved in showcasing the strengths of the brew.
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On the aroma department, the maple is no longer limited to just providing a sugary honey-like presence, but the more natural raw wood-like elements of the ingredient is represented front and center. The maple introduction is well supported by a huge mocha-like backdrop; a soothing medium-roast Americano and 67% cacao chocolate bar mix mingles almost effortlessly to carefully balance out the maple constituents that were initially introduced.
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The palatal sensation closely matches the aroma in terms of the overarching theme; the maple, coffee, and chocolate are balanced in such a delightful manner as to provide a beautiful contract between the subtly sweet maple and the coffee at play. After the maple and coffee are through with their cat fight, the chocolate swoops in to add a nice bitter drying touch to beckon a repeat taste.
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Where the aroma and taste benefited from a little time and temperature, the mouthfeel suffers in contrast; after 30 minutes of being exposed to a non-vacuum environment, the brew inches closer to becoming medium-bodied, and the rich creamy initial mouthfeel disappears. If you can get this brew to somehow exhibit the smell/taste which it exhibits at 55 degrees while maintaining a 40 degrees mouthfeel, you've probably brewed the perfect BA Maple Stout.

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Photo of JJH1018
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcisco44
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of yasky
4.51/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black pour, smaller brown head. Big aroma and taste - maple, black coffee, bourbon barel is a bit more prominent here than in KBS (which is a good thing). Thick, beautiful silky body, lighter carbonation. One of those hyped beers that lives up to it.

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Photo of hermit990
4.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tnelson1
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of OKbrew89
4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rjcoy06
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BobbyOlson
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 5,518 ratings