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

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RATINGS: 585   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (5372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
750mL bottle, pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma is dense, with big maple syrup, bourbon barrels, oatmeal still present, and a little bit of smoked malt. Flavour is dominated by the maple syrup, with a somewhat cloying sweetness; there is mild bourbon barrels, very light coffee and mild chocolate notes. Quite complex, but at the same time, the maple syrup is way too overbearing and a bit cloying. I much prefer Founder’s other imperial stouts, as this is too dominating on the maple syrup. Certainly a good beer, but way overrated due to the rarity and hype, I feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
larsniclas (5368) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at USSkovde Black with a bubbly, beige head. Chocolate and coffee beans in the aroma. Vinous with syrupy flavour. Chocolate, coffee, notes of bourbon, menthol. Soft and smooth mouthfeel. Low to medium bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this hand bottle. The beer pours black with no head. There are a few tan bubbles floating on the surface of the beer. The aroma is great. I get notes of maple syrup, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is equally impressive. There is a lot of maple, vanilla, chocolate milk, coffee, roasted malt and the slightest hint of soy sauce. Low carbonation and medium to thick mouthfeel. A great beer that lived up to the hype. Hopefully I will get to try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swoopjones (5336) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
bottle. black pour, medium to fuller body. big notes of wood, licorice, bourbon. Packs a punch. lots of complexity. anise/licorice stands out more than maple. Very impressive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5267) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (5216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle (75 cl), courtesy of rlgk. Black with small beige head. Strong salmiak roasted aromas, some coffee, strong vanilla boubon notes, and a clear touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, prickling carbonation. Semi sweet, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Two goblets draft poured on tap at the brewpub (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours an inky black pour, opaque, in a snifter, with good brown fluffly head that laces well and sticks around. Aromas throw a lot of the base beer aromas, nice roasted malts, heavy coffee, bit of burnt or ashy smokiness, with decent oak vanilla notes and light maple syrup apparent. Initial is full bodied, similaries to KBS but a bit of underlying maple syrupy sweetness smooths out the finish very well. Flavors throw bitter roast, coffee, and dark malts up front, slipping into a silky feel with some good oak, vanilla, and maple syrup (light, but very much there). Lighter on booziness and ashy smoke, and a nice mellow sweetness easily distinguished as maple, which makes this more enjoyable for me personally. This is quite fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2009
[Draft @ CAH] Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked wood, whiskey, maple syrup, chocolate, roasted malts, and some vanilla. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, wood, nuts, maple, caramel, and a bourbony, alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BoBoChamp (5125) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 75cl, at 10.6%Vol, as Founders CBS, new exclusive American brew Anno 2009, with maple syrup, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, good head, top class!, yet very expensive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Guest tap during Dark Lord Day ’09. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, coffee, breakfast maple syrup and some citrus/pine hops. Taste is full bodied, smooth, with flavors of toasted dark malt, coffee, maple syrup, some brown sugar and citrus. Finish is just as smooth with a light chocolate/coffee aftertaste that even continues a maple presence. Nice combo specialty Imp Stout.

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