Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from LS i believe. Pours black body with a tan coffee head. Nice roast y chocolate notes and some dried fruit. Tobacco and coco almost a bit acidic with the coffee undertones. Still a very nice brew.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bonus bottle thanks to GMCC2181. poured dark brown/black with a copper head that fades and leaves spotted lacing behind. aroma is chocolate, toffee, dark roast, caramel, black licorice, pine resin, and fingernail polish as it warms. flavor is coffee, chocolate, toffee, and pine. body is a little thin with no carbonation. not bad but not great.
TAR (2380) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Penetrable black. Small, quickly diminishing khaki head. Soft and fruity nose of cocoa-dusted truffles, nougat, plums, soy sauce, and black licorice. Whisper of plastic, pinesap, toffee and burnt malt hulls. Miniscule carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Sharply alcoholic and hot, upfront, and relatively thin in body with acidic char hindering the softer malts as it coarsely clutches the palate. Highly concentrated residual sweetness is akin to chocolate syrup which quickly fatigues the palate. Rampant slippery fruitiness exacerbates the sugariness and drastically hinders any potential structure. Quite hollow at the center, as the alcohol steadily contributes more body-lessening sharpness. Malt also fails to compensate for the hollow center as it isn’t particularly well-layered, textural, or polished. Faint sprucelike hops echo the pervasive alcohol with a minty glow. Light oxidation also renders the malt borderline lifeless. Closes with a bitter edge of char and espresso, though persistently flabby with an overt fruitiness and lackluster malt structure. I generally think highly of Baird’s low-gravity offerings, but this falls well short.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A sweet and syrupy impy stout with focus on black liquorice and dark fruits. Good but nothing special.
How: Tap at Dieu Du Ciel (special Japan Night during Mondial 2009)
The look: Black body topped by a long-lasting small tan head
In long: Nose is liquorice and vanilla with a little barrel-like character, although I’m pretty sure the beer is not barrel aged. Body is thick and syrupy with a very soft carbonation. Almost no roastiness sensation. Taste is very sweet (too sweet for me) with lots of black liquorice, dark fruits concentrate and some chocolate. Alcohol is apparent. A resinous sensation in the end but I’m not sure it is hop related. A below example of the genre, I should have gone with a 4oz sample of this expensive brew. Doesn’t measure up to the good American imperial stouts but give them a few years and they’ll factory mass produce high quality cheap imperial stouts and run American breweries to bankruptcy.
TaktikMTL (5377) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 En fût. Verre de 4 oz lors de la soirée "Le Japon chez Dieu du Ciel!". Arôme: Odeur de chocolat avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat avec une de pointe petits. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de chocolat amer en arrière goût. (Rating #2450)
Sammy (7715) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On-tap at Dieu du Ciel’s Japan taps special. Black body with some white head. Above average carbonation. Chocolate and coffee, centennial and amarillo hops, giving it an American experience. A bit of mould in there.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This complex Imperial Stout’s coniferous hops suffuse the ample licorice, molasses and roastiness, creating a balanced and vigorous example of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the blackness.
-Carbonation is rather relaxed, leaving plenty of room of tastebud investigations.
-The roasted malts team up with the piney hops to build levelled bitterness.
-The mouthfeel is not as big as that of the usual Imperial Stout, yet this remains a sipper.
-Candied fruitiness accompanies the licorice sweetness.
On tap at Dieu du Ciel!
after4ever (5729) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Thanks, Pantanap! Pours jet black with a thinnish burnt tan head. At first it pours like the head will just be sloppy bubbles, but then it gathers some substance to it as it settles. Nice. Weirdly soured nose from the herbs and licorice and probably the coffee--smells odd, though the elements are all well familiar from other impys. Watery light body, carb is a little too prickly, and even if it felt right, there’s not quite enough of it. Mid-palate’s got huge coffee flavors, plenty of roast and chocolate, and a slightly more coherent use of herbs and licorice than on the nose. Long acrid finish. Not really what I like in an impy, personally, though I generally go for Baird’s offbeat style interpretations.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This opaque brown ale poured with a thin tan head and a coffee aroma. The flavor is heavy on chocolate, with some dark fruit. It’s mostly syrupy sweet, but there is a little carbonation and some bitterness at the finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark pour with a good head job makes me happy upfront. I love the pancake. Dark roasted aromas. Full nectar with superb effers. Good creamy texture. A defined roast component defines this with the intrusion of sweetness to follow. High cocoa essence resolves to a long finish.