patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
On draft at Kite & Key with James, Linh, and Ken. Thank you so much, Linh and Ken, for saving us a seat and a playing card! In exchange for my deuce of clubs, I was rewarded a tulip of deep, supremely midnight black beer with an insanely creamy, smooth, amber head. The lacing is rich, frothy, and sticky as maple syrup; like a a mocha with whipped milk and amber syrup. Aroma of pure, bitter espresso beans, roasted malts, bittersweet dark cacoa, maple syrup, buttermilk pancake batter, vanilla, and some dark fruit ester mixed with heavy molassess. The nose is absurdly warm and inviting. Body is full, softly carbonated, smooth, and filled with a subtly spicy, ever-so-boozy undercurent. Huge black coffee and dark chocolate flavors rise up, swelling with sweet milk, roasted malts, and some very intense maple in the finish. CBS is one of the best stouts I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. This is, quite simply, a must try for any fan of the style, and a wonderful example of a beer crafted just right. Cheers, Founders! jredmond (8284) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2015 Draft at kite and key in Philly. Pours a dark brown, pretty much black body with thin well carbonated lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma is rich deep, coffee roast with some compliments of dark chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with notes of coffee, chocolate, sweet maple, bourbon. Lots of sugar and maple a bit too sweet overall. Reynolds314 (3441) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Had on tap at Armsby Abbey stoutfest in Worcester Mass. What an amazing beer. Aroma and taste are so complex its nearly impossible to pick out all of the intricate flavors. Light maple sweetness compliments the rich chocolate and coffee flavors. If you have a chance to try this beer go out of your way to get it. blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Draft. Pours near black with a tan head. Roasted malty and sweet aroma with nice molasses notes. The flavor has roasted malts, coffee, maple syrup, a hint of smoke, and really light hoppy notes in the finish. Super smooth. Awesome awesome stuff. Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Huge thanks to Forgetfu! :) Pours pitch black, medium sized beighe head. Looks absolutely beautiful! Aroma is filled to the brim with maple, vanilla, roasted malt,dark chocolate and some coffee. Some dark fruits can be felt aswell. Just lovely! Flavor is intense with some pretty sweet notes of chocolate, roasted dark malt, subtle nice vanilla tones, some bourbon and of course maple syrup that completeley coats the entire mouth. Ends with a luxurious sticky alcohol punch and some really dry dark chocolate along with some dark malts and coffee. The party ends with a huge amount of fat creamy maple syrup that hides the alcohol excepitionally! Just great balance, nothing more to add! WOWIWOW!
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2011
On tap at Fountainhead. Pour is thick, gluggy black with a nice heavy tan head on top. Subtle aromas of brown sugar, maple and rick, dark malts. Maple really comes through in the taste with notes of vanilla. Almost creme brulee like. Very good Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 Had on tap at the armsby abbey stoutfest, Most complex aroma, most of the maple is on the nose, the maple adds to the already immense complexity on the KBS patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2011
tap at the brewpub last summer - Pours black with a lasting tan head. It smells of dark roast malt, coffee, and bourbon. The intense flavor has very rich roast malt, ample hops, coffee, smoke, and... is that a note of bacon?! Perhaps seeing the words "Canadian" and "breakfast" just make me think of bacon. Anyway, this brew is very full bodied and quite excellent. drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Opening night at Birch and Barley / Churchkey, special appearance by a white whale of a beer, Canadian Breakfast Stout from Founders on draft.
Served in a snifter, beer looks as you might expect. Black, thick, brown thin head carbonation low to moderate. Head leaves minimal lacing on the glass.
Aroma is very complex. There is a dominant aroma of cream or milk, with hints of wood, chocolate, sweet, some smoke, and a tiny sour note in there as well.
This is one of the most balanced and drinkable beers I have ever had. Seriously. Mouthfeel is good, not too thick, not thin at all. Flavors line up well with the aroma. The beer warmed a bit, probably around 50 - 55 degrees when I was drinking it. The cream flavors come through, in the back there is some, slight, roast, a good balance for sure. Lots of chocolate and some wood notes.
This beer lived up to the hype for me. If you ever get an opportunity to try it, do it. Its amazing.
Serving type: on-tap DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Big coffee aroma. Beige head Black strong in alcohol hoppy and initially sweet on the palate with a hint of bitterness in a dry full coffee roast finish.