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RATINGS: 877   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pours an opaque, jet black, with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly. The pour into the glass was very viscous, like motor oil, with lots of stickiness. Aroma is of alcohol upfront, but not mere booze. A very distinct smell of whiskey drives the aroma. Behind that licorice and dried dark fruits (currant) are detectable. Taste is complex and amazing. Maple syrup and wood smoke were the first things tasted and dominated throughout. As the beer warmed a bit more vanilla, molasses, and a general sweetness further emerge. Three things of interest here: 1) though the smell of alcohol is prominent, the taste of alcohol really wasn’t. The flavor was more of whiskey barrels than whiskey itself, 2) peculiar for an imperial stout, there was little in the way of coffee or chocolate flavor, 3) the aforementioned flavors were so overwhelming that malts really took a backseat. Palate was oily, verging on creamy. Just a little in the way of carbonation. Almost perfect. Overall, CBS lived up to the hype for me. KBS probably hits harder and packs more punch, but CBS was amazingly flavorful and complex. A real treat for stouties everywhere. Hope to see more of this produced in the future.


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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 (2041) - 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!

4.1
jbruner (5466) - 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 (4209) - 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 (713) - 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 (4825) - 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 (430) - 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 (946) - 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.


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