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

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overall
100
100
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 585   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
On tap at DLD ’09. Rating 900. How cool is it that I was double fisting VB Dark Lord and CBS? Very cool, that’s how. Pours an opaque brown with a nice dark brown head. Nose a ton of coffee, vanilla and nice maple syrup. In tasting, I get again, a big ol’ cup of coffee with chocolate, salt, maple notes. I don’t find the maple as strong as most others. It is a fantastic beer with a nice multitude of flavors that would be great if they’d bottle this stuff up. The maple this is in here is a pure maple flavor, not syrup. Clean, floral and fantastic. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
On tap at DLD 09. Pours black with a thick brown head. Aroma is of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup. Taste is of roasted malt, bourbon, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. There is a big presence of the maple syrup in this beer. It blends well with all the other flavors, which is very surprising. Lingering taste of bourbon and vanilla. Surprisingly, it was not overly sugary, which was a damned good thing. Mouthfeel was thick, but not syrupy. The alcohol presence is very well masked.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
Tap at the 2009 Founders Black Party. Only the 2nd beer I’ve ever given a perfect rating to. This stuff is incredible! Black as black can be pour with a nice dense brown head. Notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon, maple sugar candy, and nuts. All in excellent balance. Thick oily mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
The first brew I ordered when the Black Party specials started flowing,and one of the surprises of the night,rich more chocolate then coffee aroma,which just the slightest hint of that maple,taste was hard to recognize as Breakfast Stout,had a rich ,smooth malty,creamy flavor,with the maple now much more noticable then in the aroma,coffee again not as evident,a slight smoke and tobbacco character,a sweetness from the maple finished it off. Talked about and praised at our table for a long time

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
Wow, this is one beautiful beer. Body and appearance similar to BS and KBS, but the slight maple sweetness and aroma are a perfect addition. I hope they decide to bottle this. A unique beer that is wonderfully done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at founders. Opaque black with medium, creamy tan head. Big bourbon aroma, vanilla, cherry, sweet roast, coffee, tobacco. Sweet, coffee, bourbon, roast, an actual maple syrup presence not unlike barley wine, chocolate, slight alc that is not overehelmitastying. Medium to thin with light carbonation. Sweeter, but darn good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Had this on tap at founders. Simular to the breakfast stout and KBS. A little more maple flavor on this one though. A very good beer but I still prefer KBS.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Draft @ Founders: I’ll make this one as concise as possible...everything about this is identical to the regular Breakfast Stout except for an overly sweet, bordering on cloying maple accent that really detracts from anything else the beer has to offer. All in all not bad for what it is but I had to pass the rest of my glass off to cmr1517 to finish it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigtaster (526) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 On tap @ Founders. Black with nice brown head, almost no lacing. Smells like a fresh roasted coffee on ice, with huge malt presence. Great flavor, very creamy, seems more even keeled than KBS with a very nice maple kick. Of course huge coffee flavor and strong milk chocolate, alcohol is hidden. Kick of sweetness at start and lasting semi-bitter presence throughout. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ezyeric (7) - Comstock Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2009 does not count
At Founders for lunch. Aroma similar to KBS but not as much coffee. It starts out very sweet, bitter, almost tarty on the tip of the tongue but the aftertaste hits with the dose of coffee, toffee, and then to a strong chocolate. I was not aware of the maple so I was looking but I can now definitely imagine it in the mix, probably adds to the overall sweetness.


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