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

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RATINGS: 594   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Wow, what a great beer. Had this little surprise on tap at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh. Looks a beautiful black liquid with a small but pillowy tan head. Smell is that great founders stout scent with some barrel and a little maple. Not as strong as I had imagined, but still very very good. Taste is similar to smell, reminds me of KBS with brown sugar. Coffee, roasted malt, barrel, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is out of this world, thick and low carbonated but not flat, a real pillowy mouthfeel with some coaty goodness. Worth the hype and drive.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 On tap at Capones. Pours black with a nice amout of tan head. Has a smell of maple, chocolate, and caramel. Has a smooth taste of maple, coffee, caramel. Sweet on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Draft at Capone’s. Dark brown, thin cream head. Nose of heavy vanilla, also some maple and roast malt. Smoky roast malt combines with chocolate and heavy maple, maple that sticks forever into the very long finish. Great melding of sweet flavors, lots of nuance despite the combination of sweet elements. Creamy body, long malty finish where the maple evolves as it sits. The balance in the flavor is better than anything else I’ve had from Founders.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
On tap at Capones. Dark brown with some tan froth. Nose is chocolate, rum raisin and caramel with hints of maple. Body not quite full but still plenty creamy. A light tingle keeps it lively. Taste is caramel, mocha, a bit woody, with lovely veins of maple, vanilla and raisin. Finishes dry with mild hop bitterness. Yummy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Draught at Capone’s. Pours jet black, mocha head. Sweet maple aroma with touch of coffee, oak and caramel. Very sweet up front, nice caramel-maple aftertaste lingers with a slightly dry coffee bitterness. Incredibly smooth and far too drinkable. Agree with previous rater: 9.4% ABV is COMPLETELY hidden. Not much could improve this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of maple syrup, chocolate, slight roasting, and slight coffee. Poured black in color with a small, dense, light brown head, that diminished but lasted around the edges. Opaque. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of maple syrup, vanilla, light roasting, coffee, chocolate, and slight tar. Medium body. Slick, lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet, maple syrup vanilla, coffee, and tar finish is dry. 9.4%ABV is completely hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - AUG 15, 2009
After I missed it in GR I thought I would never see this...capones. Melow coffee a Burton nose. Low head and some lace. Ultra cream texture super hiden booz esp. Next to origional and kbs. All maple up front.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (537) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2009
On tap at Capone’s in philly. Might have enjoyed this one more than the original and the KBS. Alcohol better hidden and lighter. Nose of cocoa and lots of wood. Thin front end, followed by a bourbon and cocoa blast, light alcohol burn, and the seltzery carbonation profile. Long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1704) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Hand bottle, thanks Zac! Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and just the slightest bit of maple. Flavor is coffee, maple, roasted malt, caramel, and vanilla. Nice creamy body, smoother than the regular Breakfast Stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Pre Great-Taste party and again at Great Taste, 2009. Waited in line for about 45 minutes for this at Glass Nickel. My initial reaction was that this is not all that distinct from Kentucky Breakfast, although perhaps a bit more sweetness comes out here. I’m a fan of both Breakfast and Kentucky Breakfast, but I’m not sure this one is adding all that much to the lineup. It is very good, but one would need to try all three side by side to unravel the differences in flavor. Notes of chocolate, oat, coffee, vanilla, with a bourbon finish. Well done, but perhaps a bit gimmicky.


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