Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)Founders 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): 10.60%

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
Ratings:
4,311
Reviews:
994
Avg:
4.63
pDev:
8.86%
 
 
Wants:
4,559
Gots:
820
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,311 |  Reviews: 994
Photo of stevefenster
4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of pH_Scale
4.62/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cparthemore
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PC_Principal
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JBreits83
4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of archiebunkerjr
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I visited Founders yesterday with my wife and my buddy to drink the wonderful rare beers that Founders had tapped for their annual Cellar Raid. Founders did not disappoint! The highlight of the day full of highlights was the tapping of CBS.

Look - first glance of CBS was like many many other stouts that I have enjoyed in the past. Founders served their 8 ounce pour of CBS in a snifter. The beer had a slight head on it that quickly disappeared in a minute or two.

Smell - you taste with your smell first and I knew I was in for a special treat with CBS. Coffee was the dominant note accented by the sweet maple and bourbon notes of the beer. No detection of hops whatsoever.

Taste - I'm amazed that all the flavors in CBS seem to feed off one another. I hope this makes sense but the final product ends up even better than the sum of its parts. Just an exceptionally balanced imperial stout beer with the coffee, maple syrup, bourbon and chocolate.

Feel - phenomenal aftertaste that stays with you. But it doesn't stay long because you want that next drink almost immediately. Not too heavy, not too light with a slight chew. And just carbonated enough to know it's there, but really, who cares?

Overall - this is a beer worthy of making special plans to drink. You know a beer is special when it is introduced by parading the Canadian flag around the taproom while playing the Canadian national anthem. CBS is definitely worthy of being on everyone's beer bucket list.

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Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Feldpausch
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TravisMason
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmd88
4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Moneyman11
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my top 3 ever.

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Photo of Blaze5445
4.52/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Masonz223
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: It's heaven in a glass huge milk chocolate and vanilla smooth bourbon with a fresh maple syrup sweetness that just makes this beer smell absolutely incredible!

Taste: Holy shit this is the best beer I have ever tasted. It tastes just like it smells huge milk chocolate vanilla and maple dominate the beer. Never gets overly sweet balanced and a smooth bourbon booziness rounds Everything out.

Feel: full body so smooth and creamy the beer melts in your mouth.

Overall: like I said above the best beer I have ever had I'm at a lose for words!

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Photo of amicuscervesa
4.62/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Original review dated May 30th, 2015 got deleted somehow. Rating based on a combination of pitchers at FW Invitational 2015 and a 2011 bottle.

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Photo of Rkoster07
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.41/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours like oil. fresh coffee, and Bakers chocolate are the overlying flavors. can taste the maple on the backend but would like to see that taste come out more in the front with more of the ALC catching you on the rear.

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Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank 11-13-16. On tap. Amazing!

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4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unknown vintage; drank 1/19/16 @ Roots Lincoln Square.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal tan head; minimal lace.

Chocolate, maple syrup, rich fresh roasted coffee bean, stone fruit & mild booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Rich fresh roasted coffee bean, maple syrup & cream flavors up front; dark chocolate notes on the finish. Vanilla & faint booze heat emerged as this warmed. Dessert perfection on a whole different level. Bravo!

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Photo of ahommell
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jhall830
4.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of locoformavs
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Docrock
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.63 out of 5 based on 4,311 ratings.
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