mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4564-20120623] Tap. Chocolate cherry roasted malt booze aroma has a light hint of hazelnut. Dark brown body with a quick foamy tan head. Sour grainy dry chocolate toasted malt flavour. Dry medium body. Interesting, quite dry. (9/3/7/3/15) 3.7
(Festival @ Session 99, Toronto, ON)
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
June 23, 2012 - draught at "Session 99" - session #2. Opaque - looks like a thinned-out motor oil, maybe a hint of red around the edges - smallish frothy tan head. Aroma - very nice indeed - deep nutty roast with some sour cherry and only a hint of oaky vanilla - nicely restrained. Taste - wow, huge sour cherry - love it! - with chocolate roast - still decently balanced, not too much oak or alcohol at all. Slick, a little under-carbonated, sticky, and finishes quickly. Damned enjoyable.
neongolden (1099) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Draught at Bryden’s, Toronto, Sept 23 2012) Pours nearly completely black with an inch of pale brown head that left lacing. Aroma lovely as it warmed, sour cherries, dark chocolate malt, a bit of roast, woodiness. Flavour had a fair bit of tart cherry throughout along with dark cocoa and a faint bit of roast, light coffee and and some oak. As sour as it is sweet, without the huge malt, roast and alcohol notes of a standard imperial stout. Instead the cherries and wood give it a few of the qualities of a red wine, particularly on the slightly tannic finish. Still fairly full-bodied, silky smooth, very soft carbonation. This is a unique imperial that works its lighter, more balanced characteristics to its advantage. Great brew.
blankboy (7044) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Session 99, June 23. Pours murky brown with a small mostly-lasting frothy tan head. Nice aroma of cherries, light malt, chocolate and a bit of wood -- but it’s all about the cherries. Flavour of light roasted malt, a good amount of cherries, wood and chocolate. Lots of cherries in the finish. Average body is cask-like, not sure if it was cask or draught though. An interesting beer and a good beer.
GregClow (3067) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at CBN beer vs wine dinner where it was debuted, as well as at the Session beer festival a few days later. Dark ruby-black body with a thin mocha head. Inviting aroma of dark roast, bitter chocolate, sour cherry and a bit of smoke. Flavour follows - great combo of dark roasted malt, cocoa and cherry, along with a hint of coffee and some tannic oakiness in the finish. Lighter than expected body for an imperial, but still solid enough to support the flavour, and remarkably smooth for a 9% beer. Really, really good!
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-06-23. Black body with a small tan head. 3+ Modest aroma, sour cherry fruit, light roast. 7+ Flavour has a good amount of sour cherry flavour, very light roast, dark malt. Tons of lovely cherry flavour up the middle with a nice modest sourness to it. 7+ Average plus palate is a touch lighter than my preference for a stout but works for it well enough. Nice stuff.At Session Festival 2012, Toronto
Lubiere (12270) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 A deep dark stout with a thin big bubbled brown head. In aroma, sweet chocolate with light cherry notes, light molasses, OK. In mouth, a sour cherry and toothpaste with bitter chocolate, maraschino cherries, astringent notes, mint, a bit weird. On tap at Session 99, June 23 2012.