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

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RATINGS: 599   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sean9689 (280) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 On-tap @ Founders. 12oz pour into Pils glass (?). A - Black as black can be with a tan-colored head. Good lacing, very sticky head. S - Sweet milk chocolate, maple syrup, expresso, no hint of the almost 10% of alcohol. T - Huge sweet syrup flavors along with chocolate, expresso, and a nice creamy flavor as well. Slight alcohol burn and a bitterness on the end. M - Full bodied, rich & thick, a little more carbonation then I really prefer with this style but still very smooth. D - Way too easy to drink...another? Yes please! A little better then the regular breakfast stout but not as good as KBS, IMO.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Rating number 100 for the beer. How special. On tap at the beer Engine 8-2-09. From the aroma I couldnít much tell the two apart (Kentucky Breakfast) being the other. But holy fuck this one has a sweet side to it. The maple flavor is very subtle, but that is partially due to the very sweet nature of the beer, and partially due to the high ABV of the brew. Now when I say sweet, that seems like a loaded term for beers. This doesnít taste like a big beer that is still loaded with residual sugars, this is more like some Willy Wonka Voodoo. As it warms up the maple flavor seep into the beer and mingle wonderfully with the slight woody flavorings.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Draft from Buckeye Beer Engine. Thick brown body followed by a slowly dissipating head that left some decent lacing. Roasted nuts, bitter chocolate, overly burnt toast and sugary molasses in the aroma as well as some coffee and liquor. Flavor follows suit with a woody touch. The taste delves more into a complexity of roasted and burnt malts that is countered by some dark fruits and a noticeable bitter bite. Smooth alcohol fade, the beer is sweet and creamy to the palate. Drinks slow but fairly easily. Nice drawn out aftertaste. Wonderful way to start the day.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Thanks Vince. Pours a deep almost black with a small creamy deep tan head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of strong dark roasted coffee, brown sugar, light, caramel, maple syrup, oak,vanilla, roasted malt and rich chocolate notes. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, light smoke, nuts, rich coffee, maple (but not overpower or sweet at all), dark roasted malt and caramel. This beer so was smooth. ABV so well hidden, not overly sweet but also not too bitter or dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 on tap at DLD09, pours black with tan head. nose is strong of maple syrup, oak, and chocolate. flavors of syrup, brown sugar, chocolate, and caramel. a nice sweet sipper. 4.1 12/8/09, draft at sheffields, pours black with dark tan head. Nose of coffee and maple syrup, flavors have a robust coffee roast with sweet maple syrup, and a dry ashy finish. Body is a bit thin. Itís a nice ba beer bu not crazy good, I know I like kbs better maybe even regular breakfast stout. 4.0

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (689) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2009
I love the regular stout and to do it this way it was awesome with hints of maple but not overwhelming and a nice brown head.CHEERS!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2009
On tap: The aroma consists of a great combination of chocolate, vanilla, and maple syrup. Itís a dark brown, with no transparency, and a large dark beige head with very good retention. Itís quite an impressive looking beer. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate and light vanilla. Thereís a moderate fruitiness in the middle. The finish has a light-moderate maple syrup and the slightest hint of roasted coffee. The base beer isnít dominated and really starts to show through as it warms. Full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A solid barrel-aged brew that doesnít completely overpower the base beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Just may be the best stout ever. Well, at least the best breakfast stout. Wonderful hints of maple syrup, but nowhere near overpowering. REally ties the chocolate and wood notes together into one super smooth package. Believe the hype.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Draft at Craft Ale House. Wow, I lucked out and got the last 10 ounce pour of this one around 4:15 PM. The pour was onyx with a 3-finger dark brown head. One of the darker heads you will ever witness. The nose was beautiful, a medley of oaky, roasty dark malts, cacao, earthy dark fruit, and blackberry. The taste was awesome. I got dark malt, mild oaky and dark chocolate notes, some maple syrup, vanilla, miild black licorice, and a heavy blackberry undercurrent that stayed throughout, not as an overpowering component, but rather as a flavor note that gave an ever so slight tart berry twang to match all the other flavors intermingling. The heat was well hidden, and it went from an imperial stout mouthfeel briefly to a strong blackberry merlot mouthfeel and back. Just wonderful, and one of the best beers I have ever quaffed. It was so good I seriously considere bribing the guy next to me for the rest of his glass. Get ya some, even if you have to go to Vancouver to do it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phillies08Champs (699) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2009
On draft at CAH, I canít believe there are two reviews today from guys at CAH. Pours a nice black color with a thick tan heads which disappears quickly. It left a thick lacing on the inside of the glass and the rim. The nose is similar to KBS with even less whiskey smell. First taste was full of dark chocolate, coffee and hints of vanilla. Less tobacco than KBS in the finish but the hints of maple syrup and oak hit right before the end. Truly a great beer.


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