Lubiere (9885) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown stout with reddish hues and a thick brown head. A pungeant chocolate aroma with light fruity esters, dunkel like, very nice. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate with loads of bananas and berries, light cloves, chocolate notes, not a stout really but still a good offering. Bottle from brewery, shared with Inertiaboy, Diogene, Mike H. and GRM.
Bov (9452) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from Mondial de la BiŤre 2011, Strasbourg - cloudy dark brown beer with a rubish hue; pretty nice foam left; nice lacework; deep aroma of cold coffee, cocoa and vanilla, roasted and with notes of hazelnut; full-bodied and creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation; some sweetness and a respectable bitterness, very long chocolatey and nutty finish with light notes of warming alcohol - superb
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on-tap at Bar Volo, with the owner of Beaus. A complex aroma of coffee and yeast. Black with a notion of head. Medium mouthfeel, or even a tad below for its style. A story in chocolate, and yeast. Very drinkable, more of a single stout really. A touch of sourness mid-sip.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black pour with a touch of soft licorice and a bit of light clove and cocoa. A touch of bitterness and some distinctly spicy character. Softly peppery. Decent.
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MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Milk chocolate and earth evolve into a chicory-like bitterness in this lean and forgettable Belgian-style Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown.
-This is a tad too vegetal for my tastes (not from DMS though).
-The mouthfeel lacks comfort.
-The malt flavors donít have the type of flavor I like in the style.
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010-04-14. Black body with a modest tan head. 4+ Flavour is interesting, pleasant modest roast, sweeter core of muted malt, fruity yeasty character throughout. 7+ Aroma is mild, partly because its cold. Light fruity yeast and alcohol comes out as it warms. Smooth medium bodied palate is appropriately carbonated. Enjoyable. The roast contrasts with the underlying fruity character which varies in how well it works. On tap at Volo, Toronto
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Robbie and Grippitis. Dark brown, amber highlights, very lively tan head. Not a lot of roast in here, more dark fruits, dark caramel, sublte spices. Nice enough, but not very stouty.
Radek Kliber (6401) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Volo - Toronto ml
Appearance: dark brown but not black as it might appear at first sight. Minimal fizz on top.
Aroma: Belgian yeast in the nose , with hint of soy sauce , bit dusty , hint of dark soil with touch of alcohol. 6+
Flavour/Body/Palate: Mid bodied with thinner sides. Black dryness in centre with Belgian character onsides. Hint of alcohol at finish with its light burn. Touch of licorice and black earth. Bit like strong Schwarz beer brewed with Belg. yeast.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught tulip goblet at Volo 2010-06-21. Very very dark ruby-black pour (almost opaque) with a solid creamy tan head, nice ragged lace remnants. Subtle and appealing aroma - roast chocolate/nutty malt, almost burnt, not terribly creamy but a hint of vanilla and some dusty-dry herbal bitterness - would be 8 if it were just a little stronger. The taste is extreeeeemely smooth and balance - chocolate deep roast malt, hints only of anise and young vanilla oakiness (not bourbon, not overly green, not aged, just ... young) - and the usual suspects, coffee beans, dark chocolate, even some sultana - and pretty much NO alcohol. Slick, smooth mouthfeel, perhaps a little light-bodied, not much carbonation (but I for one find carbonation often gets in the way of enjoying an imperial stout) - very soft; starts malty and starts to finish more like an impy, dry with noticeable bitter/alcohol residuals .... slides off the palate easily and leaves a very favourable, easy-to-drink impression behind. Well balanced, quite good - not amazing, but very good. I will drink this again. Youíre finally starting to win me over, Beauís - just donít make that damned sugar bomb DIPA again, please!!!
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Volo. Pours black with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, slightly sweet, with Belgian yeast, lots of milk chocolate and a bit of smoke -- nice! Flavourís roasty along with Belgian yeast, some coffee and chocolate, though not as chocolaty as the aroma suggests. Some alcohol but fairly well hidden. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good, an interesting beer.