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

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2011 edition had 9%


fsquirrel29's rating

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fsquirrel29 (79) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2013
I definitely liked this beer. A very nice stout and not as heavy as many of the other more popular stouts.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014
bottle, definately aged for a few years. Impressed. fuller mouthfeel, roasted malt heavy, chocolate & coffee notes. well done

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (158) - - JUN 4, 2014
First observation is it was extremely hard to get open. Took me about 12 minutes to open it. This is due to them waxing over the cap and it being very reluctant to come off in anything but extremely small flakes. Was it worth the effort? It sure was. Got toasted malts, subtle dark chocolate undertones, and even a tad of coffee. Very flavourful, and right up there amongst some of the best stouts I have had. Would definitely recommend it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1123) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
500ml bottle, 2013 vintage, 9%. A very good example of the imperial stout style. Dark black, red edges, big, thick, mocha head. Taste and aroma are mostly dark coffee and some chocolate. Full body. Overall, solid thumbs up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1248) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
2013 vintage, thanks to robinvboyer for this one! Pours a rich black with a medium moka head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of big roasted malt (a little ashy even), alcohol and raisins. Taste is of coffee, dark chocolate, aniseed and not too sweet overall. Finish is ashy and acrid, sadly. Body is full, really full and mouthfeel smooth if you make abstraction of the sad finish. Otherwise it is a fair imperial stout, nothing mindblowing but still well made (except for the finish, ofc). Maybe a little more sweetness would do magic? Anyway, good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1249) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Noir profond, sous une mousse chocolatée ; le breuvage est épais, et émet en nez des notes cendrées et de fruits foncés confits. En bouche, l’amertume est prenante, alors que les malts chocolatés dominent en fin de bouche, enrobant la langue. Notes de café grillé et de chocolat très noir, le tout est moelleux, a beaucoup de corps. Un stout impérial dans les tons, soyeux et complexe, enivrant aussi.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (885) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Bière noire ténébreuse au profil liquoreux qui présente un mince halo de mousse moka. Le nez offre un juste compromis entre un café corsé et un chocolat sucré. Un peu de madérisation en arrière-plan arrive à déstabiliser. En bouche, la puissance de la bière se bute à une douceur qui vient tout contredire et rétablir les bases. Une amertume de café se mêle à un sucre résiduel fort agréable. La bière a une texture soyeuse. Belle découverte, en plein dans mes cordes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (551) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
500ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Has been in the cellar for two winters, and time appears to have treated it well. Pours black with a thin mocha coloured head. Molasses, black licorice, light cocoa, espresso, brown sugar, and very faint spearmint in the nose. Full bodied with great carbonation it’s heavy in black Panda licorice-like notes, raisin, molasses, light bitterness, espresso, big roasty malt notes, and tiny bit of butter in the finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (576) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
2013 bottle. Dark black pour, nice tan head. Aroma, very hop forward, almost smells like an imperial black IPA. Taste, some nice hop character up front, a bit of roasted malts, and bitter lingering finish. Overall it lacks that umph that I like in my imperial stouts, nicely done though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Very dark brown. Thin head, nose is rich, deep dark fruits (plums, raisins), that classic burnt fruitcake, molasses and Okinawan black sugar. The body has a little lightness for the style, but the palate still shows muted fruity dark sugars.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (4417) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle, many thanks to my Secret Santa -robinvboyer. Almost black color with medium beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Taste, dark chocolate, coffee, coconut, citrus hops. Tasty.


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