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

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RATINGS: 739   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 A whale captured. Another top beer that is far from overrated. A creamier version of KBS. (Did the CBS/KBS side by side). On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a black color with a caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast, and bourbon. Has a sweet chocolate start, with coffee spice on the back end. A nice velvety chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel. Despite what the great Damico says, CBS is better than KBS. It is creamier which tempers the abv. You’d think one adverse to boozy beers would agree. UPDATED: 11/7/11. On tap at Cloverleaf. This is one of the best brews ever. Coffee, roast, and bourbon laying underneath as the velvety chocolate makes those awesome undertones melt on your tongue. The Leaf tapped at 5 and kicked at 5:08. This may be my favorite beer ever...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
1500th rating. Draft in a tulip at The Royale. They were one of the four St. Louis-area bars to get a 1/6 barrel, and put it on with no advertisement on a Tuesday night when regulars filled the bar. Pours a deep, opaque black with just a hint of brown around the edges and a finger-thick brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, maple, and coffee. The flavor is a smooth balance of all of those, plus some butterscotch and earthy notes. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a thick, oily mouthfeel. Overall, I thought this was a really nice mellowing of the regular Breakfast Stout and the KBS, too. Both of those are awesome beers, but the BS is just a little too much coffee for me and the KBS is that plus bourbon, while this is a mellower bourbon addition along with that maple syrup sweetness- it just works so well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3252) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 This is fan-freakin-tastic!! By far the best of the Founders’ stouts. Joan Jett black pour with a small tan head. Aromas of whiskey, coffee, and chocolate. Big mellow whiskey, sweet maple, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors. Glad I got to experience this wonderful beer...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2010
OMG!!! I don’t know how the canadians got soo lucky to get this beer named after them, but it makes the saying true "Beer, so much more than a breakfast drink.". I could literally roll out of bed on a sunday and make a meal of this with bacon and eggs. Tried this on tap at the Sugar Maple as a special treat from Dave at Founder’s. Thanks Dave!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5073) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9-18-2010. Not a coffee drinker, so am sure my rating is off. Comes black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of maple. Tastes of roasted coffee, very sweet. If you like coffee think this would be a must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 750ml bottle on 3/30/11. black pour with a 1+ finger tan head. coffee, chocolate and light bourbon nose with some sweet sugars. med to full body with big chocolate notes followed by maple syrup, bourbon and coffee. very smooth throughout. a sipper. the beer excels through the body. finishes strong with sweet malts, maple syrup, light oak and bourbon and chocolate / coffee notes. very good - but very sweet and somewhat overpowering... great beer but overhyped.

sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/17/10. pitch black pour with a slim tan head. big coffee nose with some light whiskey notes. medium body with big coffee notes throughout coated with whiskey and light maple sweetness. big whiskey barrel finish with more coffee and big roasted malts. so glad I got to try this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3118) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
On tap at Blue Dog, Chalfont. Off the bat I am shocked that immediately I don’t like it as much as the KBS, because it is not as complex. The aroma has the smoke, coffee, and obvious maple syrup notes. The perfect appearance is dark chocolate color with an awesome creamy dark cappuccino head on top. The flavor has the smoke, coffee, and nice not oversweetened maple flavor from the barrels. It is delicous as expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
monkeychugg55 (1010) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Pours black with a small brown head. Decent lacing. The aroma is unmistakeably Breakfast Stout, with mellow maple in the background. The flavors work well together, with the maple complementing the robust coffee and roastiness. The wood is a lot more mellow than in the KBS, which is nice, and adds more complexity without compromising any flavors. Great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/17/2010. This Imperial Stout pours a dark black color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and some maple. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, vanilla and maple. The hops are herbal. Good carbonation. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. The finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8980) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2012 draft. deep black, small brown head. moderately dry and bitter/chalky bakers chocolate in the nose, medium roast, medium generic bourbon/maple/molasses character, mild oak, mild alcohol. pleasantly decadent and soft; well mashed, mildly syrupy, moderately dry, and seems to have a small amount of barrel oxidation but it works win the low alcohol and medium to heavy chocolate syrup and generic sweet whiskey/maple character. firm body, enjoyable texture. well-made.

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