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Founders 2018 Barrel Aged Series CBS

Rating
96
Price
$25
Alcohol
11.6%
Bottle Size
750 ml
Issue Date
12/31/2018
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Founders CBS, or Canadian Breakfast Stout, is one of the brewery's most iconic barrel-aged stouts, right up there with KBS. Part of Founders' Barrel Aged Series and limited in release, CBS is an imperialized version of Founders' Breakfast Stout, brewed with chocolate and coffee, that's then aged in Bourbon barrels which recently held maple syrup. This is one that's well worth the hunt, folks. Dark and brooding in appearance, it leads with intense scents of chocolate malt, roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa that are hit with hints of vanilla bean, maple cream, caramelized turbinado sugar and boozy woodspice. Those notes carry through to the full, lush and smooth palate, with a creamy texture that's carried by just enough carbonation. The finish is complex and enduring, and this is one for the cellar that will only continue to develop and evolve over the next five years or more. Lauren Buzzeo

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*Products deemed unacceptable (receving a rating below 80 points) are not reviewed.

98-100

Classic
The Pinnacle of quality

94-97

Superb
A great achievement

90-93

Excellent
Highly recommended

87-89

Very Good
Often good value; well recommended

83-86

Good
Suitable for everyday consumption, often good value

80-82

Acceptable
Can be employed


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