It's always nice to see an old friend return...especially when that old friend is a big delicious Imperial Stout. The good folks over at Founders decided to bring back their popular Canadian Breakfast Stout this year, a beer that's been gone since 2011. This version is only available on draft and finding it around the city can be incredibly tough but it's so worth the energy.
CBS is brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates then aged in bourbon barrels previously used for aging maple syrup. The result is a big creamy stout with the incredible nose of maple, vanilla and chocolate and flavors of even more maple syrup, toasted marshmallow, bourbon and coffee. It's a bit sweet, a bit boozy but incredibly drinkable and smooth even with the 10.6 ABV. I was nervous this new batch wouldn't hold up to my fond memories of CBS years ago but it completely hit the mark in every way. Now if I could just find some more...Cheers!