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RATINGS: 883   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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Imperial Stout brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels.

CBS was born when we stumbled upon some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. We opted to put the same base beer as KBS, an imperialized version of Breakfast Stout, in the maple barrels and, after one taste, we knew we had something special. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience.

Backstage Series #2: 10.6% ABV
Barrel-Aged Series (2017): 11.7% ABV

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4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Mild aroma but perfect pour with a complex taste that goes down smooth with a perfect mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.3
neongolden (2009) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2018
(On tap @ Birreria Volo, Toronto, Jan 20/18) Pours pitch black with a small frothy medium tan head and spotty lace. Notes of rich chocolately malt, earth, soft coffee, balanced bourbon, moderate roast, robust oak, soft notes of vanilla and a touch of coconut, fairly sweet but not too much, like semi-sweet chocolate really. Maple-soaked feel to the whole thing, but not drowning in it by any means, just nicely infused. Maple is slightly more prominent in the finish, but there's lots of dry chocolate, coffee and woody notes to balance. Nice long aftertaste, with limited alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is medium-full, slightly syrupy, softly carbonated. Really nice stuff, wasn't sure how it would handle the hype as a big batch but Founders still knows how to make an excellent stout.

4.8
daleharshman (1083) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 20, 2018
A white whale for me! Been looking for this one for years and actually found it on draft while at home in Louisiana for Christmas. Draft at Red White & Brew in Hammond, Louisiana on December 27, 2017. POURS pitch black with a nice creamy mocha colored head with good retention and lacing. AROMA of fresh-made steamy espresso, campfire-roasted marshmallow, mellow bourbon heat, maple pancakes, and vanilla. FLAVOR of delicious dark fudge brownie, espresso with steamed milk, bourbon-y vanilla and coconut hints, with the maple slipping in perfectly and not too sweet. Some booze, but blends right back in. Altogether smooth with a nice velvety mouthfeel. Beautifully balanced with the various flavors. The high ABV is almost completely concealed here. A near-perfect beer that will tie with my other highest rated beer (Black Tuesday). (882, 1083)

4.2
vandc01 (456) - North Branch, USA - JAN 20, 2018
750ml bottle poured at home - no bottling date, but it is the 2017 release top knotch by founders - another homerun

4.3
SimonBlok (871) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2018
35,5cl bottle at Gyhallmanti’s, bought at Hopt.nl. Appearance: pitchblack with medium, beige head. Aroma: coffee, coffeegrounds, maple syrup, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of pancakes. Taste: high sweetness and high bitterness. Notes of coffee, maple syrup, chocolate and toffee. Palate: medium to full bodied, sticky texture and medium carbonation. Perfect balance. No bourbon character left, but still an incredible beer!

4.1
gyhallmanti (807) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2018
35.5cl bottle split with SimonBlok. Courtesy of SimonBlok. Pours a pitchblack with a medium creamy darkbrown head which leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of coffee, syrup, roasted malt, candy sugar, mocca, coffee bean chocolates, coffee pralines. Taste is fairly sweet, moderate bitter with a soft dry finish. Notes of syrup, candy sugar, mocca, chocolate, chocolate coffee beans, roasted sugar, dark malt, brown sugar. Texture is thick and oily, full bodied with soft carbonation

3.8
Yorker (2119) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2018
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, and maple - with a slightly sweet finish. I think I prefer the KBS.

4
miniash (43) - - JAN 19, 2018
Keg at Euston Tap, black bodied with a thin beige head. Treacle and molasses fill the palate then immediately followed by a rush of booze! This one is pretty special! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
maekchu (4104) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 19, 2018
Bottle. Nose of coffee (rich, but also a bit scorched), sweet maple syrup (mild), and alcohol fumes. Dark brown wit translucent edges. Coffee, sweet syrupy bit (possibly maple), chocolate, Heavy body and oily. Rich and super sweet -- maybe too much so. Definitely a nice barrel-aged stout, but probably shouldn't be in the top 50 Imperial Stout group. Certainly not as good as KBS.

3.9
josanguapo (2043) - SPAIN - JAN 19, 2018
From Hopt.es. In Teku glass. Playing Super Furball. Very smooth but I prefer KBS. This hasnt the excellent coffee touch and instead it has bourbon notes that becomes fairly strong as warms up, more than I like. 2017 version

4.8
Gbgbrouge (379) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2018
From Bottle. Aroma is subtly complex with notes of coffe and chocolate, slight traces of liquorice and molasses. Taste is sweet but not overly so. The body is heavy and the barrel ageing lends a great weight to the onslaught of taste with notes of chocolate, syrup, vanilla and fudge with a subtle but clear coffee note. The finish is a delightful bittersweet that goes on for ages. This is one of the best stouts I have ever had!


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