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

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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
Ale Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2010
bottle by way of boltz on 3/21/2010. nice brownish shade of black colored pour with a tan head. loverly smell... coffee, roast, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup and the savory woodiness that goes with it. the flavor is the same. awesome. sweet and mouth coating but delicious with tons of coffee and maple. 9/4/8/4/17/4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4202) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 "Iím sorry, Bruce. These boys get that syrup in íem, they get all antsy in their pantsy." A: Thick black body capped by a tight khaki head. good retention and lacing down the glass. S: Yum. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, maybe a bit of molasses and of course, maple syrup. You can feel the rich sweetness coming off this guy. A hint of booze. T: Dense, boozey sweetness. Lots of maple syrup coating the chocolate and coffee flavors. Hearty. Breakfast like. Roasted and toasted sweet malts. M: Thick. Sweet. Massive body. Clean flavors throughout. O: Woah. When I finished it screamed "Well that was damn good, now get me a glass of water."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (9387) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 Tap. Dark brown to black pour with a small creamy head. Aroma of maple and roast. Creamy body. Taste is phenomenal - similar to aroma plus a tiny bit of hop bite. Bourbon overtones. Slick and wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Chocolate with hints of smoke and oak on the nose. Pours a very dark brown. Maple notes upfront followed by vanilla and coffee with a very roasty character. There also some bitter chocolate flavors in the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Poured from tap at Founders. Opaque black with tiny head. Has a mild smell of alchohol but does not overwhelm. Very.strong chocloate/coffee taste. Excellent finish and great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
largadeer (17) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
64 oz growler received in a trade with HopFu. The first one leaked in transit, but Austin was awesome enough to send a replacement. While it was still decent when flat and slightly oxidized, the second growler was phenomenal. This was enjoyed side-by-side with Kentucky Breakfast Stout and regular Breakfast Stout. CBS appears pitch black in the glass, completely opaque, viscous and oily, with two fingers of nearly black head that retains well, though it leaves no lace as it settles. The nose is dominated by dark roasted coffee upon first smell. As it warms the maple begins to reveal itself, subtle at first but stronger as the beer reaches room temperature. Dark chocolate, roasted malt and the slightest hint of alcohol are present beneath the coffee and maple goodness. While I wouldnít say this is one of the most complex stouts Iíve smelled, itís easily one of the best. The taste is bittersweet up front, a beautifully expressed maple syrup flavor lending sweetness and contrasting the dark roasted coffee. Roasted malt provides a nice bitter backbone, and the sheer viscosity is impressive. KBS and BS seemed thin in contrast. The coffee flavor begins to take over mid-palate, leading into a bitter, semi-dry finish. As rich and sweet as this is, it never gets cloying, and this is coming from someone that doesnít like most sweet beer. Phenomenal stuff, Iím hugely disappointed that there are no plans to rebrew it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paulgermain (16) - sterling heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2010
A really tasty brew. a dark almost black with a caramel colored head. has a roasted taste with a slight maple and bourbon taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3696) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
On tap at Founders. Pours black with a ring of tan head. Aroma of bourbon and sticky sweet roasted malt. Flavor of bourbon up front and lots of sweetness. Much sweeter than the KBS which must be due to the maple but I donít actually taste the maple sugar specifically, just a general sweetness. The bourbon also stands out more to me in this one. I had high hopes for this one and thought it would be better than KBS but it wasnít for me. 6/4/6/4/13 [3.3/5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Big thanks to CheeseMan for this. Been wanting to try it forever. Pours a dark brown color with a brown head. Nose is sweet, nice caramel aroma, vanilla and slight maple. Flavor is roasty, sweet malts, caramel, vanilla and nice maple flavors. Get some coffee and oak flavors as well with a nice creamy finish. Love this beer and wish I could get more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (2006) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2011 On-tap at the brewpub, itís an unbelievably powerful aroma of maple that courses through this beer, unfortunately to the detraction of pretty much all other beer-like smells. Itís not a terrible offense, but if the maple was turned down a bit this would be a 5/5. The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth, full-bodied, and balanced. The flavors in my glass were tasty in their little bits, with some cocoa, coffee, and deep roasted malt shining through in brief glimmers, but the sweet maple subdues these flavors in a way that disrupts the beerís balance.

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