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

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RATINGS: 743   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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Opening night at Birch and Barley / Churchkey, special appearance by a white whale of a beer, Canadian Breakfast Stout from Founders on draft. Served in a snifter, beer looks as you might expect. Black, thick, brown thin head carbonation low to moderate. Head leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma is very complex. There is a dominant aroma of cream or milk, with hints of wood, chocolate, sweet, some smoke, and a tiny sour note in there as well. This is one of the most balanced and drinkable beers I have ever had. Seriously. Mouthfeel is good, not too thick, not thin at all. Flavors line up well with the aroma. The beer warmed a bit, probably around 50 - 55 degrees when I was drinking it. The cream flavors come through, in the back there is some, slight, roast, a good balance for sure. Lots of chocolate and some wood notes. This beer lived up to the hype for me. If you ever get an opportunity to try it, do it. Its amazing. Serving type: on-tap

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Big coffee aroma. Beige head Black strong in alcohol hoppy and initially sweet on the palate with a hint of bitterness in a dry full coffee roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
CBS pours a very dark black with no brown in the light with a very nice mocha colored head. The head is about a finger and super thick but is gone quickly. Lacing is ok. The aroma is light chocolate and oak with a little vanilla. I didnít get any syrup here. The taste is very sweet, almost way to sweet and now i know where the maple was hiding. It is prominent here with some bourbon and a coffee finish. The feel is nice but too sweet to be drinkable. I was very excited to drink this and I like it better than the KBS but to me this is way overrated. There are so many better beers let alone better RIS that no way this is deserving of a top 10 ranking. The rarity really must bump it up

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 15, 2011
Botella. Kindly shared by Plovmand who got it in a trade with bulldogp04. Huge thanks. Pitch black colour, small creamy light brown head. Aroma has lots of coffee along with roasted malt and chocolate, very nice indeed. Thick sticky pleasant mouthfeel. Sweet flavour, plenty of coffee (bitter), deep roasted malt, dark fruit, bit wood, just lovely. Served with one damn great tasting chocolate cake! (thanks Anker). Great brew indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anker (723) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle shared by plovmand, thanks a lot bro, im trilled! It pours pitch black with a light brown head. The aroma is dominated by fresh coffee beans, but also notes of roasted malt, marble, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol and wood is present. The flavour is fresh coffee beans, roasted malt, caramel, tobacco, alcohol and wood. Finishes lovely vinous with notes of roasted coffee and tobacco.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7851) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle. So kindly provided by bulldogp04! Thanks a mill buddy! Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Loads of coffee in the aroma and notes of maple, hard roasted malt, chocolate, tobacco, dried fruit and hops. Intense and lovely. The flavour is sweetend coffee, hard roasted malt, syrup, tobacco, sweet fruit and chocolate. Lovely brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (11348) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 Had it from a growler. The maple isnít too intense. It is basically a mapley breakfast stout. It perhaps isnít worth the hype, I think KBS is better, though I didnít try them side-by-side. I recently had this from the bottle and am upping my rating. I also had it side by side with kbs, this brew is smoother and more complex. I am glad I could try it form multiple viewpoints and figure out that it really is amazing. Tried this again on draft, 22 oz worth. And it is a good stout, not mindblwoing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... black with no head. Nose... sweetly maplely and very roasty. Palate... oh my! Just a bit oí maple here! And siropy? Oh yes! With extra bittersweet chocolate, charcoal, wet earth, oak, a gloriously thick, rich mouth feel and lovely dry, sweet finish that lasts and lasts! I think I need to pour this on some hotcakes and then have some as a chaser!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2011 Had to go ahead and rate this beast, since it serves as my control beer, the one upon which all others will be judged. Best beer Iíve ever drank. Waited outside CBX from 6am on for a bomber and it was worth it. So worth it. Tears fill my eyes as I drift back to the tasting where we cracked that wax-dipped beauty...oh wait. My pinkie toe is caught in a pencil sharpener. That explains the tears. UPDATE: Had four glorious ounces of CBS at this yearís Brewvival. So, so beautiful, which makes me SO GODDAMNED MAD THAT SOUTH CAROLINA LOST FOUNDERS!!!! Hey, Carolina Craft? Pay your bills.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (5757) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
On tap @ Blue Dog in Chalfront, Extremely dark pour, chocolate notes with log cabin syrup, creamy sweetness, slight roast. Very warming and insanely drinkable for the alc % and style. One of the best stouts I have ever had the pleasure of trying.

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