CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) is an American Imperial Stout by Founders Brewing Co. that masterfully blends coffee, maple, dark chocolate and bourbon.

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) is an American Imperial Stout that’s brewed by Founders Brewing Co. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) by Founders Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) by Founders Brewing Co.

What You Need to Know

CBS is an imperial coffee chocolate stout aged in bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup. Essentially, it’s their popular KBS beer with the additional maple flavor. Sadly, the 2019 release is the last time that CBS will be brewed by Founders.


CBS pours an opaque, inky black and is topped by a thick, dense cap of tan-colored foam that shows good retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a coat of residue on the sides of the glass. A mottled swirl tops the ale.

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The aroma is quite strong with a scent of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee roast. Once the beer begins to lose its chill, the nose is filled with a scent of bourbon.


The palate is led by a taste of browned bread that crests to robust blend of coffee roast, earthy wood, and boozy bourbon. The bitter medley lingers beyond the finish and the tasting is rounded out with sweet notes of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and maple syrup.

Label art for the CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) by Founders Brewing Co.

Label art for the CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) by Founders Brewing Co.


The feel smooth, luscious, and quite creamy with a full body and moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and the alcohol lends a moderate warmth.


The CBS looks every bit a stout with its opaque black color and lingering tan head. The aroma is fantastic and persistent. The palate is delightfully complex and tastes absolutely amazing. The feel is velvety smooth with a bit of chew that supports the brew’s decadence nicely.

Overall, the CBS is nothing short of spectacular. And when you taste it, you’ll understand why you spent so much on that four pack. Indeed, this one last time is every bit as amazing as the time before.


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