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RATINGS: 782   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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3.5
3fourths (9358) - 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.

3.8
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2010
GABF. Black with nice tan head. Lots of whiskey fumes in aroma, roasted chocolate, soil, big coffee. Big aggressive whiskey chocolate upfront, strong bitter bite at end. A little too much whiskey all around, no maple to speak of. Super oily. Not as good as KBS.

4.2
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 16, 2010. Dense, black colored body with a medium brown head. Awesome, serious aroma of bourbon/wishey/alcohol/wood. Soft and silky... so smooth - I don’t know how they do it. This beer is pretty darned divine.

3.7
Ratman197 (15462) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolte, light oak light vanilla and a hint of maple. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, light oak, light vanilla and a hint of maple with a smooth lingering roasty coffee finish.

4.3
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2010 Handbottle (from the brewery with a Founders cap) Pours very thick. Black body with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, pencil/graphite, maple, bacon, wood, sweetness, and brown sugar. Much more "rounded" of a smell than KBS (which we had side by side). Flavor is a bit buttery (not diacetyl though), maple, brown sugar, chocolate, wood. Lots of grade B maple syrup. Vanilla bean. Light, but rich, espresso. Huge duration!!! Big and thick, good carbonation. Very nice beer!

4.4
Doodler (473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Lucky to try twice. First from a brewery produced 12 oz bottle - courtesy of a trade with badnewsbeers...second, on tap at GABF........Pours pich black,with a monster strong espresso aroma with a slight nose of maple syrup. Not just a sweeter version of KBS, deeper roasted flavors and woodiness pervade the big body. The obvious maple sugars really mellow out the coffee bitterness. Long finish with a nice balance of vanilla and rich cocoa flavors. Wonderful stuff....

4.4
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle courtesy of BrewEngineer from the Charleston Beer Exchange on 06/05/2010. Dark black body with a small creamy brown head. Big spicy roast and chocolate aroma. Big roast, chocolate, and sweet vanilla flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

3.6
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Drank from a pint glass poured out of a bottle. Pitch black body with a sand colored bubbly head. Aroma is huggggge on coffee and a slight amount of maple syrup. Taste is overpowering coffee with a slight hint of chocolate. I hate coffee so my review is biased, but for coffee drinkers this is probably heaven.

3.9
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Tap @ Founders for RBSG’10 - dark and canadian. Bourbony, maple syrup and espresso. Not as heavy as the KBS and perhaps more tasty. Still a heavy beer though.

4.4
radagast83 (8533) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Draft at Churchkey in DC. Poured a pitch black, very little head, dark tan. Aroma is WOW. Fantastic dried fruits, roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of maple permiate the air. The flavor is rich, smooth. Chocolate, roasted malts, maple syrup. Alcohol present on onset, but flavor mellows with time. This is certainly one of the best beers I have had in some time.


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