Is Founders CBS ready to return finally returning this year?
One of the most demanded beers in Grand Rapids, Michigan based Founders Brewing’s lineup is CBS, aka Canadian Breakfast Stout.
The imperial stout is brewed with a blend of coffee and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. Folks go insane at the mere mention of this beer.
The only time the world saw bottles of this release was in October of 2011, as the second release in the brewery’s Backstage Series.
Since then, the Backstage Series expanded and morphed into the Barrel Aged Series. Still, any indication of a Founders CBS return has been non-existent.
Artwork for Founders CBS relabeled under the Barrel Aged Series moniker and a 2017 release year have surfaced.
Founders is not commenting on the beer’s re-entry into the lineup. This is the closest to the fact from rumor we’ve seen since the bottle debut years ago.
This beer was a massive hit at the 2017 Shelton Brothers Festival in Atlanta. On September 1st, Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep will be found in bottles for the first time.
Another strong entry in Beer Street Journal’s highly unofficial “dessert beer” category, Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep definitely delivers. The 13% alcohol by volume imperial stout has been aging in Sherry barrels and infused with coconut and espresso coffee. Calories don’t count here.
Infused with espresso and toasted coconut before aging in Sherry barrels, this variant of Helm’s Deep produces flavors of German chocolate cake drizzled with coffee and rich Sherry sweetness.
Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep will be available in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery on September 1st.
A great seasonal is about get a little better, thanks to some time spent in oak. Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator is coming this fall.
The brewery’s seasonal, single batch, pumpkin beer has a cult following among their fan base. It got its start as the ninth release the brewery’s Divine Reserve Series. The brewing team’s pumpkin beer approach is an imperial pumpkin stout, brewed with black and caramel malts, plus pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar, and spices. This “pie in a bottle” offering is the most expensive beer Saint Arnold has brewed.
In 2017, the Houston, Texas brewery is kicking the seasonal up a notch, with Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator.
As Bishop of Metz, Saint Arnold spent his life warning of the dangers of drinking water and extolling the virtues of beer. During his funeral, his pallbearers stopped to quench their thirst, but they only had one mug to share among them. Then a miracle happened. The mug never ran dry, and all the mourners we satisfied.
Saint Arnold has begun teasing the release of this barrel-aged offering, but no debut date has been set.
Ed note: Bottle size has been changed to 12oz, instead of 22oz as previously reported.
One of America’s strongest imperial stouts Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, will be a bit different when it rolls around again in 2017. This July you’ll be sipping Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout.
November, as the weather is getting colder, Dogfish Head unleashes World Wide, an imperial stout that usually ranges from 15% to 20% alcohol by volume. The beast has been making a seasonal appearance (almost every year) since 1999. From an off-centered bunch like Dogfish Head, perhaps a change is in order.
Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout was planned for August, but the brewery has officially announced a July 21st release date. The dark and roasty sipping beer has been aged in 10,000 gallon oak tanks with vanilla beans.
“At Dogfish, our raison d’être is to expand the boundaries of the typical beer experience by creating innovative beers made from fresh ingredients, so we decided to take a new spin on our popular stout by adding tons of whole Madagascar vanilla beans to the recipe. The addition of the beans enhances the coffee and chocolatey notes in the beer which we think our fans will enjoy.” – Sam Calagione, founder & CEO
Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout debuts in 12-ounce bottles on July 21st. Important to note, due to its high alcohol by volume, not every state in the brewery’s distribution territory will receive this new release.
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Orpheus The 12th Labor initially joined the Atlanta, Georgia brewery’s bottle lineup in the fall of 2015. It followed the brewery’s first first bottle, Wandering Blues (blueberry sour) that same month.
Orpheus The 12th Labor is an imperial stout fermented with Abbey yeast, aged in Woodford Reserve, and Woodford Double Oak Bourbon barrels. (As long as the same barrels were used for this upcoming release.
This is a big, big stout. The charred molasses, dark chocolate and smoke, plus a big, in-your-face bourbon barrel flavor. This imperial stout pours like motor oil and just begs for vanilla ice cream or creme brûlée as a side pairing. Hell, we love it with steak. Does drinking this in the heat not tempt you? Save it for the first chill of fall.
The 12th Labor is an overpowering 13% Imperial Stout with intensely layered flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and dark fruit. You’ll be lulled to dreams of a distant past you can’t quite remember in a world teeming with noise and flesh. With each sip, The 12th Labor is a struggle at the edge of darkness.
Orpheus The 12th Labor will be available in 22 ounce bottles at the brewery on August 17th, 2017.
Latest Return: 8/17/17
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The 45th entry into the Avery’s Barrel-Aged Series isn’t a sour this round, but a huge imperial peanut butter stout.
Avery has actually been working on a peanut butter beer stout for years, but struggled with the peanut flavor. When you add peanuts to beer, the oil kills the bubbles. (Plus peanuts can get a little oily.) In the past, the beers fell a little short on flavor, so they’ve never gone public. That was until Travis Rupp. Avery’s Research and Development Manager joined the process.
Rupp is a professor at the University of Colorado and graces the bottle’s label. He found the same setback while brewing with peanuts as a homebrewer. In order to get it right, Rupp used refined peanut flour for a burst of nutty flavor, then aged in bourbon barrels.
It’s hard to. ignore the 15.2% on the label, or the peanut butter mention. Rupp and his team have really pulled off a great peanut butter based beer. The imperial stout is creamy smooth with hints of chocolate. The peanut flavor really starts to pop as the beer warms. In the end, this is like a boozy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Avery Nuttiest Professor is available in limited quantities nationally in 12 ounce bottles.
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Asheville, North Carolina’s Burial Beer and Miami’s J. Wakefield are teaming up on a new dessert beer. Meet The Cosmic and Divine.
Think of the “Turtle” candy when approaching this beer. The brand was developed by the DeMet’s Candy Company in 1918. Filled with caramel and pecans and dipped in chocolate, the finished product looks a bit like a turtle.
This beer might not look like a turtle, but it certainly incorporates similar flavors. The base is an imperial stout that has been fermented with lactose for added creaminess, plus salted caramel, chocolate, and toasted pecans.
Upon the backs of behemoths, we hatch the most worthy of ideas. Made with our dear friends at J. Wakefield Brewing, this Imperial Stout was fermented with lactose and salted caramel from Asheville’s Postre Caramels, and then aged with chocolate and toasted pecans.
Burial The Cosmic and Divine will be available in 12 ounce cans when the brewery opens on July 12th. Distribution will be limited.