hangunder (160) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet vanilla, bourbon-like nose, winey notes, chocolate and dark dark malts, not a very powerful nose but beautiful and complex. Completely black, canít see through this one at all, brown head is not huge but has pretty good retention. Taste is pretty amazing and complex, upfront come the boozy barrel flavors, followed by creamy milk-chocolate notes and a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A tad of soy-sauce as well. Amazingly complex, thick bodied and average carbonation. Definitely a great sipper.
blankboy (5617) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Volo, April 12. Pours black with an average size long-lasting creamy beige head and tons of lacing on the glass. Aroma has lots of roasted malt, coffee, a good amount of hops, alcohol and a touch of soy sauce (in a good way). Flavour follows the aroma, itís a bit boozy but itís really flavourful. I donít really get the barrel-ageing qualities of it, which I donít mind. Medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Simply fantastic!
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black pour with a thick mocha-colored head. Sticky and fine laced. Long lasting. Intensely leathery and rich. Loads of cocoa, vanilla and sweet oaky flavour. A lot of rich cocoa and some heavy char and caramel. A bit of spiciness on the back but itís restrained by the sweetness a bit. A bit vineous with some nice leathery/salty back notes. Pretty rich and very tasty.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Volo gorgeous - thick opaque black pour, thick tan lacing head. Fantastic aroma - deep oily roast aroma, soy, prune, some alcohol, just lush, mirth and appealing. Taste follows, so subtle and almost light - follows, a little mineral character, very light fruit, not big at all. Airy, thick as hell, frothy but not hugely carbonated, medium-long oils nutty dry almost burnt toasty finish - subtle, great. Superb.
solidfunk (2594) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is well balanced and superbly brewed. Definitely superior to Hellwoods. Aromas of smokey malt, anise, dark chocolate and a little hops. Cognac presence subtle but good. A little detectable booze as well. Finish is bittersweet barrel with booze and caramel. Consistency on the syrupy side. On tap at brewpub.
Lubiere (9036) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark viscous stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, an intense dark chocolate with molasses, licorice, wood extracts, espresso coffee and wine notes. In mouth, a sweet milk chocolate, bourbon, licorice, coffee extract, vanilla and loads of alcohol warmth. Superb interpretation.
neuromatt (874) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the brewery, served in a snifter. Pours deep chestnut with a small tan head that fades slowly to a remnant and leaves a few bubbles of lace. On the nose, there are big notes of cocoa, cognac, oak and toasted malts, along with subtle smoke, dark fruit and herbal hops. The flavour is moderately sweet up front with big cognac and molasses notes. It becomes even more sweet with loads of chocolate and molasses contributing to a rich, complex sweetness. Cognac emerges again towards the end, along with vanilla, oak and subtle smoke. The finish is long and malty with a nice roasty character. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent cognac barrel-aged imperial stout. It is beautifully complex and elegant with just the right oaky-cognac accent. 2013-04-07
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013-04-06. Black body with a modest brown head and lace. 4+ Aroma of dry cocoa gives way to boozy sweet dark malt, cognac character is embedded into the dark malt and grows slowly but steadily as you drink your way through the glass. 7+ Huge first sip, rich dark malt and a sweet boozy alchol that makes me think of very good aged dark rum, but is presumably the cognac influence. 7++ Very smooth medium to full bodied palate has a soft silky carbonation that is glorious - just about perfect for the beer. RICH overall impression, it is lovely yet hard for me to finish at times, as the cognac continues to grow as you go. Just a touch less cognac character would takes this up a significant notch for my own tastes. Very good stuff, but definitely best suited to small contemplative samples. On tap at Bellwoods, Toronto