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Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 11.7%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Barrel Aged Series. 2017 release. Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and coffee aged in maple syrup – bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) CBS was born when we stumbled upon some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. We opted to put the same base beer as KBS, an imperialized version of Breakfast Stout, in the maple barrels and, after one taste, we knew we had something special. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.55
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 27th October 2017. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Black in colour with a one finger fluffy brown head that had decent retention while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweetish milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and coffee bean with hints of oak, maple and caramel.
Taste: Sweet bourbon and maple upfront with roasty coffee, chocolate, vanilla and caramel. There is light booziness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full to medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: This was an excellent sipper. There was perhaps less maple than I expected, but still just enough to make an impression with the nice bourbon flavours.

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18th Street Hunter

Brewery: 18th Street Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
Other Notes: Hops – Warrior and Cascade. This is the base beer for the Hunter Vertical Series.

Brewer Description: (from can) Cocoa nibs and lactose sugar create a rich chocolate flavor and a creamy texture. Vanilla, roast, and caramel sweetness are met with a bright hop bitterness.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 20th December 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a one finger creamy brown head that had ok retention but no lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa with hints of vanilla and nuttiness.
Taste: Similar to the aroma with roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and caramel with a light char. Also a nice light sweetness throughout.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Very nice Double Milk Stout with great flavours that wasn’t overly sweet.

18th Street Devil’s Conclave

Brewery: 18th Street Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8.2%
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Brewer Description: (from can) Double milk stout brewed with lactose sugar and cocoa nibs, with cinnamon & sea salt added.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 14th December 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: It was black in colour with a one finger brown head that had pretty good retention but left only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa and coffee.
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, coffee and cinnamon. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: I didn’t get much cinnamon in the aroma, but it came through nicely in the taste. I’m also not so sure about the sea salt as I just didn’t get that at all. Nevertheless, there was some nice roastiness that balanced the light sweetness and made it great and easy to drink.

18th Street Velvet Cashmere

Brewery: 18th Street Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 4.5%
Style: American Pale Ale

Brewer Description: Not much information I could find on this beer, but I assume Cashmere hops were used.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.84
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A one pint can, canned on 26th December 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very lightly hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet pineapple coupled with citrusy grapefruit rind, pine and a light floral character.
Taste: Light bitterness, citrus rind and peel, melon, mandarin, lemon/lime and pine. There’s some light sweetness and floral on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice and easy to drink.

Modern Times Mega Black House

Brewery: Modern Times Beer
Country: USA
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 45 IBUs. Beer with coffee added. Malts – Two Row, Roasted Barley, Flaked Barley, Pale Chocolate, Crystal 60, Crystal 120, Munich, Oats, Dark Chocolate, Black Barley and Midnight Wheat. Coffee – 75% Ethiopian Hambela and 25% Sumatran Mandheling

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Mega Black House is a big, beastly version of our year round oatmeal coffee stout. It rocks a massive coffee aroma & flavor from the vast quantities of house-roasted coffee added to each batch (did you know that we’re one of the only breweries in the world to roast our own coffee in-house? You didn’t, did you? DID YOU?) It sports a complex & chewy malt body that explodes with mucho sabor on the palate before leading into a long, lingering coffee-drenched finish.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.25
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with a half finger dark tan head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and chocolate.
Taste: Roasted malts, lots of coffee, some cocoa and chocolate with hints of caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice coffee coming from the aroma and taste, but body is a bit light and carbonation perhaps a touch too much. Nevertheless, it was still extremely drinkable.