Brewed by Amsterdam Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2011 edition had 9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (856) - - OCT 19, 2012
Black pour with a minimal mokah coloured head. Rich smelling - coffee, Chocolate, 85% cocoa, wood in the aroma. Coffee bitterness up front, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, a very slight hint of lactic sourness (which works with this stout),slight herbal bitterness in there as well. Alcohol is well hidden for 10%. Full bodied. After years of mediocracy, Amsterdam has stepped up their game big time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
In short: A complex imperial stout with a bit of everything
How: Bottle 500ml, black-waxed top requiring lots of work to open. Consumed 7 months after receiving it from blankboy, thanks a lot Paul
The look: Black body topped by a large tan head with good retention
In long: Nose is moderately hoppy (citrusy, herbal) over roast and black coffee. Taste has a bit of everything you can hope from an Imperial Stout. Medium roast level, come black chocolate, some burnt toasts, some roasted coffee beans, nutty notes of roasted almonds, some molasses and even some dark fruits. An Imperial Stout all-dressed. Hops are more discreet in mouth than in the aroma but quietly work in the background to achieve balance, certainly not underhopped. Nothing that really stands out here, but the whole is more than the sum of its parts, a superior example of the style. An excellent offering coming from Ontario, a Canadian province where convenience stores don’t sell beer in, so please someone tell me what’s convenient about them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dougshoemaker. Rating taken from notes taken on paper napkin of half drunken bottle. Very dark, typical of the style, a very oily appearance with a nice thick mocha foam. It leaves layered lace as you drink it. Heavy on the dark chocolate and roast/coffee, with just a bit of vanilla and soy. Sweet with medium bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Oily, bitter finish. Thanks so much Doug.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tessic (906) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
This stout poured a deep balck colour with a deep tan coloured head that was very creamy. To the nose there are scents of roasted malts, molassass with a little coffee and cocoa. A hint of the old time Meloids Cough candies too. First sip had a very heavy mouthfeel with strong flavours of smoke and strong coffee,. Finish was as roasty as you can get. Very full bodied Imp stout, not for the faint!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle @ RBAG - Pours clear black, thintan head, spotty lacing. Nose is toast, biscuit, burnt bread. Flavours of toasty black biscuit, some light mocha, some mineral/graphite. Big on the finish without being sticky. Faultless, but not one of the World’s Greatest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
August 27, 2011 - on draught at The 2011 Golden Tap Awards @ BeerBistro. Impenetrable black pour, light brown creamy head. Aroma - lovely - deep nutty roast, with chocolate, coffee beans, fresh herbal bitterness and some clotted cream in restrained proportions, framed unusually by lush grain, oily, something like ripe sorghum or canola -- and fairly light alcohol presence - overall a nice balance, says "drink me!" Taste follows, less grain, a bit more alcohol, add licorice and plenty of fruit - maybe a bit of cola to knock it down some in score. Average impy body, slick, light carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish - solid. **** I have had this a couple of times since, and my opinion is higher as a result - great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2012 Summer Session. Near black pour, looks awesome! Aroma is heavy burnt sugar and roast, very enticing if you like sweet dark things (and I do). Rich roasty palate, muscavado sugar, cream, bitter chocolate, mmmmm! Surpassed my expectations for sure! Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1460) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle shared at RBAG Summer Session 2012. Aroma is lots of roasted malt, chocolate, slightly woody and just a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is incredibly rich, the beer almost feels thick in your mouth. Taste is lots of dark bitter chocolate, and roasted malt, with a bit of a yeasty character it seems and just a hint of dark fruit. Really nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2706) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2012
RBAG summer 2012. Bottle from wilco, 2012 bottle with 10% abv.. Black pour, mocha head that sticks to the edge of the glass. Nose has roasted malt and coffee. Taste has roasted malts, chocolate and pleasant bitterness. Late roastiness, some alcohol notes. Lingering coffee and dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied, smooth in the mouth, light carbonation. Solid imperial stout, would be easy to drink a whole bottle to one’s self.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours solid black/brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dates, wood. Flavour as above. Extremely roasted, heavy, dark, sooty. Sublte sweetness present at the beginning of the mouthful, then it turns dark and intensely roasted. Full bodied. Nice.

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