beerstodiscover wrote:Maybe this is the best maple beer I've had. Maybe it's the best coffee beer I've had.
Still about 175ml left beside me.
Founders' ability to balance flavours is truly a work of art.
That's it. Everything Founders does knits together so well. This kind of release is sort of a gift even for the high price (Backwoods Bastard even more so.)
Heck the American MSRP for Founders CBS is $25 (US) for a 750ml bottle, often at a one-per-person limit
.This new CBS:
Really good, some big coffee contrasting with the sweeter flavor layers. Besides the coffee nothing sticks out too much, just enough chocolate and a suggestion of maple. Warming bourbon oak, echoes of chocolate. Not super heavy but plenty assertive in the malt profile, wow. Finish is not acrid at all but plenty dry from hops and roast and coffee.
* Edit * drinking more of the bottle, it's extremely pleasant how the little bit of maple trickles down the late finish of the beer, and how that maple compliments the candy-ish caramel corn-like qualities of the bourbon-oak.