Beer Review: FOUNDERS CBS – THE REVIEW

Beer Review: FOUNDERS CBS – THE REVIEW

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout boasting a blend of coffees and imported chocolates, aged in bourbon barrels previously housing pure Michigan maple syrup. This review offers a candid assessment of the beer’s key attributes without succumbing to the prevailing hype.


Appearance:

The pour yields a dark brown liquid crowned by a fleeting tan head, leaving behind scanty, sporadic lacing.

Aroma:

The olfactory experience introduces a medium roast coffee infused with sugar, accompanied by subtle boozy notes and roasted undertones. Lingering echoes of old coffee filter grinds contribute to the overall bouquet.

Taste:

Dark chocolate, black coffee, and a hint of sugar converge, accompanied by burnt roast nuances. The aftertaste is dominated by coffee, with faint barrel tannins emerging as the beer warms. Surprisingly, bourbon notes are elusive, overshadowed by the beer’s second stint in the barrel with maple syrup.

Mouthfeel:

With a full-bodied and silky texture, the beer boasts a modest carbonation that complements its weight.

Overall:

Despite the prevailing hype, an honest evaluation is warranted. Regrettably, this reviewer diverges from the consensus, finding little enjoyment in Founders CBS. Resembling Founders KBS, a previous disappointment, the overpowering coffee profile in the Imperial Stout base proves a deterrent. Notably, the beer lacks the discernible wood and bourbon characteristics expected in comparable bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. The anticipated “real” maple syrup essence succumbs to the dominance of coffee and chocolate.

It is crucial to acknowledge Founders’ prowess in brewing outstanding beers that often eschew the hype train. In light of this, the exorbitant expectations set for Founders CBS may have unfairly influenced this evaluation.

This beer, long coveted and hyped, may not meet every palate’s expectations. However, the recommendation stands to experience it firsthand and form an individual judgment. While deemed worth the $17-22.00 price tag, the exaggerated secondary market prices are not justified. Founders offers an array of remarkable brews that deserve equal attention, diverting focus from the relentless hype surrounding this particular release.