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

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2011 edition had 9%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12723) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2011
Complex and satisfying imperial stout. This is to be brewed on a rotating basis. Spicy rye,wheat,oats some sugar and coconut,chocolate malts, and warrior, centennial and cascade hops delivering their measured IBU of 100. This is a big beer, no head, carbonation right there. Coca-cola like caramel, some Maris Otter.At Castro Amsterdam event.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 2013 bottle. Deep black with a thick sticky dark brown head. The aroma has an intense tarry roastiness with a lot of cocoa and heavily charry soy character with an aggressive, earthy bitterness. Has a fairly intense ashy/woody note and some lingering bitterness. Fruit component seems more restrained that in the 2011 bottle. Pretty tasty - although Iím hoping some age will round off the edges. 2011 bottle. Pitch black, dark brown head. The aroma is lightly savoury with a bit of licorice and heavy roasted malt. Lots of cocoa and treacle along with some faint dried fruit. Some blackberry flavour and a little bit of smoke. Slightly herbal and chewy along with some lingering bitterness. Fairly rich and sticky mouthfeel. Itís a pretty lovely brew, really. 7 4 8 4 15

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This spot-on Imperial Stout develops delicious roasted malts with dark chocolate accents, as black pepper and alcohol warmth spice up the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the blackness.
-The malt profile is beautiful from aroma to finish.
-The mouthfeel is rich yet never cloying.
-There are some black bean depths as well in the chewy center of the cereal profile.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2011
2011-06-22. Black body with a massive brown head and lace. Flavour is dry up front, sweeter fruity malt in the middle finishes with dry roasty malt returning. Modest alcohol makes itís presence known but is not as prominent as it could be for the abv. Aroma is a bit mild, notes of anise like herbal character are ephemeral and possibly imagined. Light roast and fruit, pleasant malt-mocha-roast melange that has a nuance that defies my dissection. 7+ I enjoyed it quite a bit but I canít decide if I want more or not. Perhaps I will come back to this one on another day.Cíest What Festival of Small Breweries

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6886) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6696) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks Mike), pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is quite subtle, with licorice, dark fruits, wood, and molasses. Flavour features woody roasted malt upfront, with some dark fruits and subtle licorice notes behind - fruity sweetness and high hoppy bitterness on the finish. Medium-to-full bodied with a medium complexity for an impy. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 21, 2011
Tap at Volo
Aroma mild nose , gentle hint of coffee cake with roast. Light hop with blended in alcohol. Solid aroma. 8-
Appearance black, opaque with medium plus tanned dark beige look. Nice presentation. 4+
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied, quiet heavy. Mild texture, slight sourness of dark malts with gentle roast feel wrapped by creamy blanket. Mid accented by vanilla and gentle alcohol dryness. Solid, balanced strong stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6144) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
Bottle [500ml]. First off, I must say that the bottle looks great with the black wax, but holy fuck is it ever a bitch to get open! O.K., onto the rating: Pours black with an average size lasting frothy beige head and some decent lacing on the glass -- looks great. Nice aroma of roasted malt, leafy hops, cream, some coffee, chocolate and caramel. Great flavour of roasted malt, leafy hops, chocolate and alcohol along with some coffee, molasses and a roasty, bitter finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Great stuff, this is a solid Impy Stout and one of the best beers Amsterdam have ever put out -- well done! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - 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.


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