Bov (8989) - 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 Bière 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
Jool (164) - - FEB 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 600 mL. Brune-foncee presque noire. Belle mousse qui s’estompe tranquillement. Nez de grains rotis et de reglisse. Bouche onctueuse de grains rotis, reglisse, melasse avec un cote l’acte. Corps moyen a fort. Excellente.
cfrancis (2102) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. This is my type of stout. Pours black with a big frothy beige head. Aroma is rich dark chocolate and lightly roasted malts. Taste is light roasted malts, dry belgian mouthfeel, bitter dark chocolate all in a great balance. I could drink a lot of this.
MXD (303) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 Ceramic. Pours dark brown, forms a creamy tan head. Smells chocolatey and toasty, with hints of oak. Little to no hops in that one. Two surprising things in that one : first, it is slightly smoky (which is a pretty good thing), and second, how persistent is the banana taste on that one. Also, it just never tastes it’s 8%. Imagine a MUCH darker dunkelweizen, and you have Matt’s Sleepy Time. My beercrush of 2010, without a doubt.
EDIT : The 2011 version of the MST seems to be a little boozier than the first offering, but has a stronger wood-oak taste as well. While the first offering felt like stout-ish Weizenbock, this one has much more of an old ale "feel" to it. To be honest, I drank this one just after a Podge Imperial Stout, and while it blew the Podge out of the water, the Podge had certainly more of a stout feeling to it.
Gorbalev (2888) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best of Beaus 2012 4 pack. Pours pitch black with a small oily head. Aroma is strong roast, alcohol, and sugar. Taste is very interesting and complex - strong roast and alcohol in the classic impy sense but mixed with a strong, sweet sugary taste, as well as licorice. Also a dark fruit and port like taste. Short finish. A very complex and unique stout that certainly divided the room I shared it with - I quite liked it.
Lubiere (9328) - 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.
swiseman (406) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice, big beer. lots of malt, chocolate and nuts. However, the lack of balance disguises some of the more subtle flavors. Seemed to have a light moutfeel considering the style, but this works for it. definitely worth trying.
blankboy (5745) - 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! Flavour’s 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.
DerWeg (1426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
WOW. Great aroma look taste and feel. And why the F is Steve from the Brewery at Bar Volo today when I try this?? Has a very nice blackish viscous look. Aroma is winey with fruit and coffee. Taste is similar, with spice coffee and dark fruit. Really good balance. Was just not expecting this from Beau’s!!
HogTownHarry (5977) - 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. You’re finally starting to win me over, Beau’s - just don’t make that damned sugar bomb DIPA again, please!!!