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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Two goblets draft poured on tap at the brewpub (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours an inky black pour, opaque, in a snifter, with good brown fluffly head that laces well and sticks around. Aromas throw a lot of the base beer aromas, nice roasted malts, heavy coffee, bit of burnt or ashy smokiness, with decent oak vanilla notes and light maple syrup apparent. Initial is full bodied, similaries to KBS but a bit of underlying maple syrupy sweetness smooths out the finish very well. Flavors throw bitter roast, coffee, and dark malts up front, slipping into a silky feel with some good oak, vanilla, and maple syrup (light, but very much there). Lighter on booziness and ashy smoke, and a nice mellow sweetness easily distinguished as maple, which makes this more enjoyable for me personally. This is quite fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Two 10oz pints at Intl’ Tap House. Aroma is sweet char, chocolate, lots of sweetness... hints of smoke aside from the char. Taste is initially charred, some sugar, alcohol presence, more sugary sweetness, lots of maple sugar and alcohol with coffee/espresso roast. Wow. This is complex, well balanced, with a huge lingering mouthfeel. I was skeptical, but this is well-made and not overdone. Appearance is dense black with a molasses puff colored head that coats the glass. Extremely well-balanced and complex, if sweet. More than 2 glasses and I might get gout. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (2474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2009
On tap at Brixie’s, Brookfield, IL. Presented in a small 5 3/4 oz. stout glass. Poured black/brown with a thick, dark tan/light brown "milkshake top" lasting head, and some solid curtains of lacing. The aroma was smooth malt and creamy mocha. The flavor added to these some sweetness, maple notes and a subtle but warming alcohol. Full bodied and yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2010 michigan maple syrup steeped in oak barrels and aged close to a yr..tap at the brewery..pours black with small ochre head..huge sugar, chocolate and coffee aroma with hints of caramel and marshmallow..flavor is also abundant in such malts, with added touches of maple, toffee and cream....a tad too sweet, and borderline cloying if warmed too long...excellent, but inferior to the bfast and kbs

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Had this on tap at Founder Fest 2009. This stuff was the shit. Poured an opaque dark brown, with brown head. The aroma was of maple syrup and chocolate, and the flavor followed suit. Superb brew from an amazing brewery, that really knows how to party! Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Hand bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours pitch black with very little head. The aroma is a luxuriant, velvety marriage of everything I enjoy in food, beverage and beer – vanilla, espresso, dark chocolate, whiskey and a touch of coconut with only a trace of maple syrup. Although rich and hearty, the nose isn’t in-your-face. It’s subtle and comforting and you almost have to dig for it. Full-bodied with a “heavy cream” mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor is all about espresso, blackstrap molasses, pouch tobacco, chocolate and coconut. The relatively high ABV is not stand-up-and-shout hot; I feel it in my head before I really taste it in the beer – drinking on an empty stomach here. Balance is provided by a nice blend of dark malt sweetness and alcohol, hop, carbonic bitterness. The finish starts off acrid and sweet, then slowly fades to a pleasant, creamy, sweet coating of my palate. At this point, I’m certain my teeth are brown. Thanks so much to StFun for throwing this baby in the box as a bonus beer in our trade. A fantastic surprise!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bp (802) - Queens, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Draft at the Institute 1 yr Ann: pours a drak plack witha thin tan head, aroma of maple syrup, whisky, coffee, taste of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, some oak, malty with a full mouthfeel. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2009
On tap at The Stable. Pours very dark dense brown head. The aroma has smooth roasted malt, some maple, coffee bitterness, vanilla, cream, oak and dark chocolate. The body is thick, smooth and velvety with gentle carbonation. The flavor starts off with smooth heavily roasted malt, hints of maple, rich dark caramel, some coffee, vanilla and oakiness. Then finish has charred malt and a very nice melding of all the flavors. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and thought it was the best of the three versions of breakfast stout I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2009
On tap at Founders. Smells and looks like Breakfast Stout, with maple syrup thrown in, but Im thinking this is not much of an improvement. It sweetens it up a bit too much, though the added bonus is an oakey smoke note that creeps around. Damn decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2009
On tap at Founders. Pours a dark brown with a bit of decent viscosity and little head. Aromas are thick with Breakfast Stout and smoke and maple syrup. Flavor is pretty good but borders on cloying and I’m not sure I could finish a large glass. Still, for sipping and enjoying slowly, this is top notch.

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