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

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on tap

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RATINGS: 750   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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 16/20
Mora2000 (6158) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1195) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 7/25/10 On tap at Founders. Boozy nose in a vodka-y way. A bit harsh. Coffee in the nose, less in the flavor. Not much maple syrup. Messy. 7/4/7/3/16 - 3.7 11/25/11 Bottle at Black Friday Tasting. Pure coffee in the nose. Flavor is messy. Coffee grounds. Boozy. Slight maple. 8/4/7/3/14 3.6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatmatt (1528) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 Re-rate 09-Oct-2010 from the 750 mL bottle release. Still pours black with a tan head. Strong roasted coffee aroma, sweet brown sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla, dark fruit. Flavor leads with roasty coffee backed by syrupy molasses and cocoa, sweet maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes. Pretty much as I tasted it last year, but Im able to focus on it and appreciate it a bit more now. Absolutely top notch.

Original rating: On tap at MBGSF 2010. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is strong roasted coffee, very creamy with strong vanilla, cocoa. Flavors of roasted coffee, vanilla, cocoa, with a strong maple sweetness. Great! 9/4/9/5/17/4.4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2432) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2010 8oz snifter pour at founders brewery. I was supposed to be on a bus to bells but I just could not make it. Pours an opaque black color with a small khaki head. Nose is coffee, whiskey, vanilla and more coffee. Flavor is dominated by coffee and coffee grounds with some sweet vanilla and biter walnuts filling in the sides and back. Palate is full and creamy. Finishes with lingering biter coffee. Overall: very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours an oily black with a tan ring around the edges. Aroma of chocolate, homemade brownies, fudge. Light maple sweetness. Fresh coffee and chocolate bars. Might be the best smelling beer Ive ever had. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee. Light oak and vanilla. Some maple sweetness. Delicious. Full mouthfeel, finishes with bitter coffee. Took a long time for me to finally try this beer and it was as good as I imagined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
Draft at Founders at RBSG. Pours opaque black, thin tan head, no real lacing. Nose is whiskey, candy, chocolate, marshmallows, quite sweet smelling; Flavours of brown sugar, Rocky Road candy bars, very chocolatey, booze is very well hidden. An excellent dessert stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13258) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2010
This was the first beer I drank during the 2010 Ratebeer Summer Gathering. Good place to start. Served on draft at Founders Brewing Company. Pours a pitch black color with a medium brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Big maple notes in the aroma with chocolate and bourbon. The taste is chocolate, caramel, maple, coffee and a bitter leafy hop finish. Full bodied. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arminjewell (9553) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Pours deep black from 12 oz bottle with thin tan head that laced a little bit. Maple syrup, toffee up front leads into coffee, vanilla, a bit of burnt biscuity malt, leading into a big chocolate end that finishes bitter. Like a chocolate chip pancake with syrup on it, I could have this all the time. Delicious, blended perfectly, and the tastes and mouthfeel are perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2010
bottle by way of boltz on 3/21/2010. nice brownish shade of black colored pour with a tan head. loverly smell... coffee, roast, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup and the savory woodiness that goes with it. the flavor is the same. awesome. sweet and mouth coating but delicious with tons of coffee and maple. 9/4/8/4/17/4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 "Im sorry, Bruce. These boys get that syrup in em, they get all antsy in their pantsy." A: Thick black body capped by a tight khaki head. good retention and lacing down the glass. S: Yum. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, maybe a bit of molasses and of course, maple syrup. You can feel the rich sweetness coming off this guy. A hint of booze. T: Dense, boozey sweetness. Lots of maple syrup coating the chocolate and coffee flavors. Hearty. Breakfast like. Roasted and toasted sweet malts. M: Thick. Sweet. Massive body. Clean flavors throughout. O: Woah. When I finished it screamed "Well that was damn good, now get me a glass of water."

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