Michigan's top-rated and most-sought-after beer returns this December, for the first time in several years.

Canadian Breakfast Stout, an imperial stout made with chocolate and coffee that's aged in bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup, will be available starting Dec. 1 on draft and for $24.99 per 750-milliliter bottle, Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. announced to its Cadre e-mail list members.

The beer is made with the same recipe as the celebrated Kentucky Breakfast Stout, just with an added maple-syrup element. And if the price seems super steep – yes, you could buy a 24-pack of average beer for about $15 per case – here are a few accolades that show it's in a different league:

Founders reports that its last official bottle release of CBS was in 2011, and at that time it was 10.6% alcohol by volume. There was also a limited, employees-only 2014 release with a slightly different label. And a limited keg run was released in 2015, Founders spokeswoman Francesca Jasinski said in an email.

More than 6,000 barrels of Founders Brewing Company's craft beer is aged in an old mine 85 feet underground at Michigan Natural Storage in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Canadian Breakfast Stout is a beer that beer-lovers well beyond Michigan crave, and it's a fitting way for Founders to finish off the first year of its often-bold "Barrel-aged series."

"You all have been very vocal in petitioning for its return and it would’ve been cruel for us to hold out any longer in delivering on that," according to the Cadre announcement.

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