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Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Ale Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MotherBrother (728) - Aalborg, - OCT 12, 2012
Hell to the maximilian of what is yes. Pour pitch black, with an everlasting small and slightly creamy off-white head. Aroma has so much to offer. Tons of freshly roasted coffee beens upfront, followed by vanilla, caramel, maple syrup (gimme gimme), slight bourbon, burnt sugar, cacao, licorice powder, chocolate, coconut. So many layers of complexity. The taste is pretty sweet upfront, with a semi-long, bitter and dry aftertaste. Medium-semi-full bodied, with the perfect amount of semi-flat carbonation.... Sure the hell is some freakin’ tasty stuff. Thanks Jeff for giving me this sob!!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - OCT 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-9-14 Poured from bottle into a snifter glass Appearance – The beer pours a thick and viscous black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is of a huge and delicious coffee and roasted malt smell mixed with a strong showing of chocolate. Along with these big and robust darker aromas are strong notes of maple syrup as well as sweet darker fruit smells of raisin, fig, and plum. A decent amount of a bourbon and vanilla are there as well and seem to add a nice dimension of warmth to the aroma inviting one to come and sip the fine roasted nectar that awaits the tongue. Taste – The taste begins with a sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor with the sweetness being a fine balance of maple syrup, vanilla, caramel and the darker fruits that were detected in the nose. While quite dark and roasty upfront, it gains even more robustness in the roast being accompanied by some smooth espresso flavors matched by a faint smokiness. The sweeter flavors all the while stay strong, wonderfully balancing out the big tastes of the brew. Around the middle of flavor profile comes some bourbon tastes mixed with a bit of a woodsy flavor. These flavors, like their counterpart aromas did, bring a warming taste to the brew, bringing on just the right level of “heat”. Right at the very end, after the warm has hit the tongue, a slight surge in the maple syrup flavor is delivered, culminating the taste and leaving a wonderfully smooth and warmingly sweet and roasted, but balanced flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is huge and thick with a lighter but creamy level of carbonation. The combo of thick body and subdued carbonation is magnificent for the big and bold blend of flavors in this dark roasty brew and truly create a fantastic medium for all the flavors of the brew a to bath the tongue in all the richness of flavor. Overall – This is one amazing beer. One of the best if not the best stout I have ever had, and competes with the world wide I had run through the vanilla coffee randall. It is super smooth and approachable with a wonderful blend of flavors that make it a true pleasure to sit back and sip.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2028) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle: Oily, thick black pour; glugs out of the glass slowly with a deep mocha foam that foams up & bubbles nicely on top. Aroma of rich fudge, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, mild maple syrup, a touch of mint, some woody tannins, dry coffee beans, really no bourbon character but a light but of roast flows throughout. Taste has a very nice chocolate element, tastes like biting into an elegant, rich chocolate candy bar. Bittersweet, milky with a light roasted element. Very light maple, mint, & a nice, burnt brown sugar character in the finish. Dark chocolate candy bar finish with a slight touch of burnt espresso; boozy & woody warmth for robustness. Thick, creamy body. A great stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"A victim or beneficiary of the hype machine? Thanks to Thomassova for this gem that was eagerly shared. I am unapologetically a fan Of coffee stouts. Same for barreled stouts. Kbs is a favorite as is founders, so I went into this with very high expectations. It was in many ways more similar to kbs than I thought it would be. The coffee was still by far the main player, with the bourbon and maple playing backup quite nicely. The alcohol doesn’t show much. The main difference between the two is maaaaybe a slightly heftier feel to the CBS, but definitely splitting hairs. Deeelicious in every way. Less maple than better half, but this is also a bigger beer. I need to find out what coffee they use. Great brew!!"

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (10843) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle. Black colour witha tan head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Flavour is bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, syrup, alcohol, licorice, dried fruits. Pleasent well made beer. I love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
2014-08-15. Black body with a small brown head that fades. 3++ Aroma is sort of earthy and smokey. Flavour has rich sweet dark malt base, light smokey earthy notes. Smooth medium to full bodied palate, light carbonation. Rich but not entirely to my tastes, and not really what I was hoping for unfortunately. Bottle at Campground Brewdown

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1982) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at first "Er klopt iemand op de deur" tasting aka EBT3. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s beers! APPEARANCE: black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, some liquorice? TASTE: liquorice, mocha, oke, but probably already little over the top?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2014
750 ml. bottle sampled @ "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving I. Thanks to Yarric! 2009? Vintage. Really improved & opened up as it warmed up. Spare, rocky, dark mocha head. Unclear body. Dark black colour. Liquorish nose upfront + anis, thick leading into maple, molasses & roast. Taste is black liquorish + anis, light charred oak, bitter roast, leading into maple syrup, prune, coffee, molasses & thick vanilla sweetness, herbs. Nothing at all like I expected & not top of everything right now but a very unique, fascinating & very nice beer all the same. Full & creamy maple body, soft carbonation, heavy sweetness in the back, heavy roast upfront.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1437) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room thanks to Adam. Black with tan head. Aromas of light bourbon, chocolate, caramel. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, bourbon. Full body with a dry finish. Never got to try this fresh but it’s not bad for a three year aged bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2014
I bet I would have really liked this were it fresh (well, as fresh as pre-aged beer gets). I never did run into it then. It is deep black w/ a small head of mixed bubbles. It has a big barrel aged nose w/ lots of vanilla and a whallop of alcohholic heat. There’s lots of coffee and chocolate and maybe a bit too far on the sweet side but the flavors work well together at least. It has low carbonation and is generally pretty heavy on the palate. Definitely a worthwhile beer to try even though it’s a bit on the old side by this point.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcnielsen (2189) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sampled at Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a black color with off white head. Roasty, maple, oak, sweet flavors.


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