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RATINGS: 874   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kranin (23) - - FEB 14, 2013
Intense chocolate, maple syrup, coffee and bourbon flavor. Nothing subtle, period. Truly a pleasure to imbibe. Reaches absolute perfection at just below room temperature. Consumed on the 15th anniversary of our relationship.


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!

4.1
jbruner (5462) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2018
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thick tan brown head that dissipates to leave wispy foam and light lace. Aroma of sweet molasses,hints of maple and vanilla, and light roasty chocolate. Taste follows, sweet and slightly roasty, with some booze and barrel on the back end. Thick but not too crazy viscous, more creamy sweet, but roasted bitterness keeps it from being over the top. Damn fine, not sure its as great as the hype, but glad I got to try it, thanks Cybercat!

4.2
thomat (4208) - G�teborg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2018 On tap @ BBB. Very dark brown with a tiny brown head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, coffee, fruit, vanilla, wood and hops. Full body with a long bitter fruity finish.

4.2
mrjez (711) - Osaka, JAPAN - JAN 17, 2018
2017 bottle. Pours black with no head, just a tan ring. Lovely melded aroma of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, just a hint of maple. Similar notes in the flavour, rich burnt malts, dark bitter chocolate, bourbon sweet. Maple doesn’t leap out but adds another layer of sweetness. The KBS base dries out the mouth well, countering this. The ride over the palate is velvety smooth, plenty of throat warmth. Overall a great beer, but it’s taken some of the edge off KBS which I prefer.

4.6
Bullit (4803) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2018
Bottle @ BOT. Roasted malts, coffee, freshly roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Slightly boozy. Full bodied. Excellent.

4.4
WingmanWillis (428) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2018 Bottle at home sourced from Beer Hawk. Pours jet black with a dirty tan head that steadily dissipates. It's a good looking beer. Aroma is coffee with maple syrup sweetness, chocolate and a little marshmallow. Taste is a big sweet coffee hit with a boozy finish that takes a little off the sweetness. As it warms up the sweetness gets less and the boozy bourbon takes prominence without overpowering everything else. Quite a thick beer. It's really good stuff. Definitely one to chug on a cold winter evening.

4.3
90 (922) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2018
@ BCBF 2017. Malt in aroma, from the smell you wouldn't expect the sweet taste. Sweet, chocolaty, molasses and maple syrup. Not huge on the maple. So very nice balanced. Some coffee in aftertaste.

4.2
gyllenbock (10025) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2018
On tap at Akkurat. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon, coffee and maple syrup. The same in the taste. Really sweet but still balanced and smooth to drink. The body was full and the finish long with well hidden alcohol.

4.4
ArtificialCyst (1406) - Szczecin, POLAND - JAN 15, 2018
Aroma: Balanced aroma of syrup, bourbon barrels, wood and coffee. Appearance: Yeah, looks good. Taste: Quite sweet, balanced, soft, light bitterness. Palate: High body, sweet finish, low carb.

4.3
Hoprider (778) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2018
This rating is a mix between batch 1 and 2. I remember b1 being one of the best stouts I had ever had at the time. B2 falls short but how could it ever live up to expectations..? Nose: soft roast, dark chocolate, light maple, KBS like bourbon barrel - oaky and spicy. B2 has a green pepper thing whereas B1 had more coffee beans, maple and even coconut. B1ftw. Taste: mellow roast, chocolate again, light maple, very light barrel character. Medium mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Recall b1 being a tad thicker and bigger on the maple. Do not recollect any green pepper on the palate either. B2 has green pepper. So... B1 anno 2012 when I had it last ~ 4.5 B2 2018 still a nice beer ~ 4.1 Got to go with the 4.3 score then.


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