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


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2011 edition had 9%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2986) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
2012 Bottle, 9%, LCBO. Pitch black with a chocolatey brown head. Aroma is interesting but not quite inviting - sort of tinny, some alcohol, but in a port sort of way, a bit of roast malt - this threw me off a bit. Taste - better! Sweet, strong, roasty and rich. Medium oily mouthfeel suits it perfectly. A thick big beast of a stout that is very good, but just finishes too short - lacks the complexity of the exceptional beers in this category. Still, a fine effort that I will buy again (and have already) - aging should do this one some good as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4846) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Smells very good from the outset. Pours black/mahogany with mocha foam. There’s smoke, roast malt and hops in the taste here. Pretty low carbonation. Taste has a little spice but palate is very cloying - leaves sour after five second mark. Very sweet and syrupy, palate is very viscous. Almost a little puckering. Starts off well but doesn’t really end on the same note. A little overrated. 2012 bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukin (510) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours inky black, brown head. Aroma is chocolate and expresso, roast. Taste is fantastic. Warming, yet no alcohol, rich coffee and chocolate, sweet start and just enough bitter hop at the end to balance it out. Really nice, looking forward to seeing how this does in a few years in my cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
500ml bottle, 9% a/v To start, the wax dip is cool, but harder to get off than id like! Spent a minute just trying to get into the bottle. Pours a thick creamy looking black color with a thick chocolatey looking brown head. Aroma is nutty, chocolate, and roasty coffee (though I had a stuffed up nose during this rating, so may have missed some nuances). The taste is fantastic, espresso, chocolate, and a bit nutty. Palate is thick, creamy and taste. Overall a spectacular brew, worth the minute of getting through the wax! Great brew Jaime and pals!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
Found at the Lickbow, 500mL bottle format. The wax top looks awesome but unfortunately makes it a pain in the ass to open. Pours an opaque dark brown with a medium tan head. The aroma is quite nice, rich dark chocolate with minor coffee and perhaps a hint of herbal hops. Flavour has anise, dark fruits, dark chocolate and some dryness to balance the odd sourness I also pick up on (minor acidity). Finishes with some tar-esque character. Feels somewhat light on the palate for the style. Over-all quite a nice stout for the Ontario beer scene, though this would probably be far better with a year or so of age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2442) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
A pain to open the bottle but a very nice beer was inside. Dark black appearance with brown head. Warm bready malt aroma with dark chocolate notes. Tastes of dark chocolate, dried fruit, and bitter coffee. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreamflower (630) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
This beer is intoxicating. :) It’s heaven in a glass. Caramel chocolate aroma. Toasted caramel head. Deep dark chocolate colour. Chocolate caramel coffee taste. I want to steal this from northropfrye.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AGAquino (663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
On tap at C’est What. Pours a dark black with a creamy tan head. Nice aroma of toasted nuts, coffee and chocolate. Flavours of dried fruit, coffee and bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (919) - - 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.

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