CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
4,676 Ratings
CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Ratings: 4,676 |  Reviews: 1,084
Photo of meanmutt
4.4/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft at tap takeover at World of Beer.

Always nice to get to try a whale without having to trade for one.

Decadent nose and palate. Would have liked a little more 'grit' from the coffee, but the maple syrup really comes through the more it warms up.

A real treat.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.75/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.42/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rado
4.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Would be better score but more recent bottles had significant fall off

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AleWatcher
3.03/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Shared by Whitemomba-- thanks Jason!

Deep reddish hues in the legs and on the edges... Sand colored dark tan head. Nice thick legs. Huge chunks of spotty lace.

Smells like coffee. Coffee rules the nose here, but where's the maple syrup action?
Coffee rocks the flavor too... Very boozy, with roasted coffee flavor, some sweet malt, and a big coffee-flavored boozy bite.
This is nowhere near as good as I remember it being on tap-- too boozy, too much coffee (I like coffee, but this reminds me of "stale" coffee-- not fresh and strong).
Pretty thick feel-- but it's oily and slick.
Overall, this is NOT the same beer I remembered. I'm actually pretty disappointed in this one. It isn't "bad," but it is not "world class."

WAAAY too hot on the back end. (and bear in mind, I like big stouts. I'm not some BMC guy on his 4th review).

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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by ejyoung, the man, the myth, the legend. Poured into a tulip.

Inky in both color and consistency, the beer glugs out of the bottle dark and foreboding. It gives up maroon at the very edges, but for the most part it’s opaque. A thin layer of sandy tan foam emerges as I pour.

Great nose. Sweet cocoa, oak, vanilla, oats, a little toffee and old coffee. Maple is in there as well, but it’s pretty subdued. Still — sweet, complex, and nice.

There’s a little more of the acrid old-coffee flavor, which is a little off-putting. Oak is huge, delivering toasted vanilla a butterscotch notes next to milk chocolate and just a little maple. Alcohol is noticeable here, as is a big roasty note.

It’s thinner than it looks, maybe medium-light in body. Carbonation is gentle, but alcohol isn’t — I get quite a bit of heat in both the nose and on the tongue.

Ejyoung said he can’t get past the flavor of black jelly beans; ottovon said it’s thinner and less maple-heavy than he remembers; I think there’s too much of that acrid coffee flavor. Bottom line: it’s not world-class, at least at this point. Has the maple dropped off that much? I still think it’s a very solid brew, but lacking the special qualities that inspired people to give up so much for it.

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

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AdamP
3.5/5  rDev -25.2%

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

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.96/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of dogfishandi
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to tom for sharing this with us!

750ml. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a thick opaque black with a creamy dark tan head with some random giant bubbles. spots of lace, and some syrupy looking legs left on the glass.

some big heavily roasted espresso coffee jumps out initially. a bit of heat. a bit sweet and syrupy, not necessarily maple, and some roasted malt. a hint of vanilla.

all the flavors meld with one another very nicely. espresso coffee beans are mostly at the forefront. sweet milk chocolate, creamy. just a hint of maple and maybe some vanilla towards the finish.

really loved the mouthfeel of this. so smooth and creamy... velvety. minimal carbonation, with a thick heavy body.

this is an exceptional stout, definatly unique. love the coffee flavors, but maybe lacked a touch on the maple. i hate to say it considering the hype and all, but id prolly take a KBS over this. had this right after my very first kate the great and they were about even for me, even though my scores may say different...

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Photo of Abbbp
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted on NYE, thanks for sharing, split 3-ways... 10 oz pour into snifter

A - perfect. Oily blackish-brown. Sliver of khaki head that just hung around the whole way, made for great beer mustache pictures.

S - maple has expectedly faded but still engrained subtlety in the big chocolate and heavy coffee notes that dominate. Getting some vanilla, possibly from the oak?

T - oh man, this is not the "maple mess" that I was scared or misled to believe it has become. The best tasting brew I've ever experienced. Dear god, the roasty sweetness, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, barrel... All still evident, and just melded together divinely.

M - low carbonation, as expected. Lingering taste, oily coating the gums and a tremendous aftertaste that leaves you dying for more.

O - I should clarify, the best brew that I've ever tried that wasn't supposed to be... Sad that I got into great beer late in the game, would've loved to try this fresh. Seek and share my fellow BA's this was a personal white whale that took me down. Permanently ISO:!!!! Can't wait for BrickStone in May.

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 4,676 ratings
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