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RATINGS: 778   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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4.7
sjohnny (683) - - DEC 10, 2017
Toast. Vanilla. Candy sugar. Bourbon. Dark brown-black. Dark tan thick foamy head. Decent retention. Thick lacing left on the glass. Syrup sweet. Vanilla. Good hit of bourbon. Coffee. Smooth. Velvety mouthfeel. Boozy throat warmth. Lingering vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. Fantastic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
kambei70 (1121) - - DEC 10, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 A nice dark black color pour with a light brown foamy head. Aroma is nice sweet maple,brown sugar,coffee and a hint of alcohol,smoke,and grain. Flavor is huge roasted coffee molasses,vanilla and maple syrup,with nice bourbon/alcohol flavor, hint of bitterness and the maple sweetness stays on your lips after the sip. Thick smooth body soft carbonation.

4.1
beerplace (2146) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2017
A pour from the bottle on Black Christmas V. Release 2017, 750ml bottle. Pours a ve5y dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is coffee with some maple syrup. Taste is similar with more noticeable (but not overwhelming) maple syrup and fruity notes. Nice.

3.9
stevoj (5634) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2017
Bottle courtesy of Toby. Dark brown with some light sneaking through. Aroma is the normal RIS aromas with hints of maple. Taste comes on a bit stronger, more of the booze, sweetness, coffee, maple.

3.8
can8ianben (1583) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2017
Well, I'm sad (as a Canadian) to admit that the addition of maple syrup did little for me on this one. Perhaps it would allow the beer to age better? But at this price, it seems crazy to be banking $25 bottles just to see if that is true. I tasted it alongside the KBS, and found CBS to be too sweet in comparison. And the price... $7 for a 5 oz pour, was far too much for this. A very solid beer, just not as good as the hype (in my opinion).

4.7
poolboy07 (7) - - DEC 9, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 Yummy. Christmas just came early. If Santa got a hold of this, he may not eat any more cookies that were left out for him. Hell, he may just sit on the couch for a while and some kids may not get their presents. This is a sweet , dark, smooth stout with hints of chocolate and coffee. Boom!

4.2
Gerbeer (4047) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2017
On tap. Pours black with moderate tan head. Aromas of sweet chocolate, coffee, light oak and slick tissues malts. Flavours of dark sugars, maple syrup, oak, rich milk chocolate and smooth roasted malts. Oatmeal, pancake syrup and sweet syrupy stout. Excellent.

4.7
GC1379 (43) - - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 5oz snifter at WoB - pours dark black with a thin tan head - smells of coffee, malt, and maple - slight boozy taste maple adds a nice balancing sweetness - lingering chocolate in the palette- If you can get, do so!

3.4
mallons72 (210) - livonia, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2017
Everything KBS is, but sweet, sweet, sweet. Too sweet. The sweetness is seems more sugar than maple syrup. Just not the right fit for my palate.

4.2
Johnsense (1773) - - DEC 8, 2017
Pitch black pour, larger brown head, crazy lacing, ring of retained head. Aroma of whisky, maple syrup, black strap molasses, black brewed coffee. Quite sweet up front, maple, molasses, spent coffee grains, light ash, bourbon, dark bakers chocolate. Heavier body, coffee in the aftertaste.


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