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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
BA SCORE
4.68/5
World-Class
4,709 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:
#12
Reviews:
1,094
Ratings:
4,709
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,558
Gots:
1,152
Trade:
47
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Ratings: 4,709 |  Reviews: 1,094
Photo of LumpkinBrews
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of clayrock81
4.24/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with two-finger khaki head that dies real slow. The aroma is sweet, more chocolate than maple or vanilla, booze is minimal, with touches of roasted coffee. Sticky, sweet, mainly a chocolate sweetness with a touch of vanilla from the barrels (and the barrels let beer pass smooth), and the coffee/roasted edge is minimal but the maple aspect is noticeable on the sweet finish as the booze is barely noticeable.

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Photo of Kegger37
4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Woodman70
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buzzedup
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dbl_delta
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Draft at Golden Crust Pizza in Red Lion PA, to which my long-suffering wife was kind enough to accompany me and FROM which the same long-suffering wife was willing to convey me safely.
CBS pours an opaque black, period. Aggressive pour (the bartenderess set the glass down and let the tap run) results in essentially no head. What there is is a medium grayish-tan color, but it fades quickly to a thin collar. Initial impression is an amazing mix of chocolate, coffee, maple, bourbon, and booze. Mouthfeel is smoooooooth, kind of creamy. Alcohol is well hidden but will sneak up and bite you in the butt. Hence the long-suffering designated driver.
Finish is as good as the first sip. This is a really really good Imperial Stout. It may be hyped, but it's deserving of the hype. Try it. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redpine42
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is without a doubt the best beer of any style I have ever tried. It is perfectly balanced between bitterness, alcohol and sweetness. The finish was as clean and provocative as any drink I ever had.

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Photo of AlexVonBier
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WARNING: Drinking this beer will give you the urge to move to Canada and become a member of the mounted police and enjoy your days being filled with hockey, beer, and maple syrup.

Honestly, one of the finest beers available! A deep black beauty with an equally stunning mocha head. The smell & flavor is world class. It really feels like a fine bourbon drink, with nuances of chocolate, coffee and maple. Absolutely no smell or taste of alcohol, quite a feat considering 11.7% abv. This beer is just plain outstanding!!

It fetched a hefty price tag in NW New Jersey, at $26 for 750 ml. Thats the price for admission to a top of the tops brew. If only it was available YEAR ROUND. I'd reccomend everyone try it once!!

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Photo of jdub11
4.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

out of the bottle, good mouth feel, a little thin. Taste is heavy chocolate with sweetness although not easily identified as maple. Very nice late taste without any unwanted bitterness

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Photo of absoluthamm
3.12/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of CTAKIS
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jstonerock24
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryancl
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nicholas-Drinks
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adidaswp
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dhmxray
4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bluepitt1010
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

I finally got to drink Founders' CBS, an Imperial Breakfast Stout brewed with chocolate and coffee, maple syrup, brewed in bourbon barrels, ABV 11.7%. Was it as good as the hype, yes I pretty much think so. I was surpised by how smoth it was.

Look: jet-black with a two-inch mocca head.

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon

Taste: It's all there chocolate; lots of chocolate, coffee, a little syrupy sweetness, bourbon. However, it is all well balanced into a creamy, flavorful, yet non-aggressive but inviting flavor, and the alcohol despite the 11.7% is barely noticeable.

Feel: full bodied, quite smooth

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Photo of steve032
3.53/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RBuckley73
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skinman1974
4.67/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It definitely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 4,709 ratings
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