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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DCLawyer (2685) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Draft->snifter. 2014 keg. Black with bare tan head. A: maple syrup, vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, coffee. T: more of the same, great notes in great balance together. Also had a 4oz bottle pour of the 2011 at Churchkeyís cellar rarities event in early 2014. Amazing, all the aspects settling together in perfect unison. My rating is for the aged one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Draft 10oz pour. - way too cold at first but, I let it warm up. Pitch black. Aroma is mainly maple syrup, some coffee and roast notes, some spice. The taste adds the coffee and chocolate with perfect balance. Near perfect mouthfeel - rich but, not heavy, warm and boozy finish, maple syrup throughout but, not too sticky. Unbelievable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4121) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
30 May 2015, tap at Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival. Black. Nose is sweet, bitter spiced milky coffee. Ned body and mildly fizzy. Some coffee but lots of brown sugar and maple syrup. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (954) - - JUN 17, 2015
Draft. Inky black with a frothy cinnamon-colored head. Gotta let this one warm to appreciate the aroma, which is like a pancake soaked in maple syrup, with added notes of sharp coffee, vanilla, booze and blueberries. The flavorís very similar to KBS, but with maple syrup slathered over its rougher edges. Coffee is still bright and bitter, but the added sweetness balances things out and complements the dark berry notes. Roasted, burnt flavors are subdued but do settle in near the finish. No hiding this ABV, though -- alcohol heat is rough. Syrupy (haha) medium body; mild CO2. Great flavor contribution from the syrup -- I love how it enhances and expands on what I get from KBS. The coffee flavor is still a little sharp and acidic for me, but the overall blend is pretty incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cosmo6644 (102) - Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2015
At wbf, aroma is great, maple bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste just does not come together that well, maple just covers some of the flavors I love about kbs, just a meh stout imop ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LukeSass (1) - Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2015 does not count
Lord almighty this is my favorite beer ever! I canít believe how delicious this liquid is!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
samsmith33 (772) - - MAY 31, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2015 2011 aged, bottle to rocks glass. Philly beer week. Fiume Bar. Share 3oz pour with DC. Amazing. Complex. Candy. Maple influence is slight, but an overall sweetness really makes this delicious. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, maple, love. In a bigger pour, would it become too sweet? In all likelyhood, I?ll never get the chance to find out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (5046) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2015
tap at 2015 michigan winter beer festival. Black with minimal head. A beer fest is probably not the best place to be passing judgement on beers, but I had built this up to be something that it isnít. Basically the breakfast stout with a bit more sweetness. Maybe if it were warmer more of the barrel complexity would come through. itís pretty good, but not even one of the best beers iíve had today.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bellco33 (699) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Poured on tap at Birch Hill Tavern: This is the second time Iíve had this recently. The first time was in a sample glass and I wasnít really impressed and thought it was over-hyped. This time in the proper glass, it was fantastic. Pours jet black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, and roasted malts. Taste is very chocolate and bourbon forward, with a touch of maple at the end of the sip. Somehow this big beer isnít cloying and overly sweet. Heavy body, definitely a sipper. It was worth the wait.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2015
On tap at Triangle Wine Company. Pours jet black with little head. Aroma is huge bourbon, chocolate, maple, some vanilla as well. Taste is chocolate, some maple, slightly boozy and the bourbon flavor kicks in at the end as well. Really smooth. Heavy, creamy texture. Very thick. Overall quite impressive. The chocolate aroma really came through as well when it warmed up. I was one of the lucky few who got a pour of this as the place was packed. I think itís a bit better than KBS as well.

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