Lubiere (9328) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - 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 it’s restrained by the sweetness a bit. A bit vineous with some nice leathery/salty back notes. Pretty rich and very tasty.
NielsenRatings (8114) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBWG Fart Share. Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Dark chocolate, dark fruity, plum, roasty aroma. A bit thick. Goopy. Pretty good.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Bar Volo event. This didn’t work for me. Roast, black with head. Just off, and somewhat musty aroma. Not so great for the style, despite brewer having from my glass to say yeh, its not off (as I did with another of their IS).
Drake (7848) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #41. Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a dark brown color with a thin foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of big roasted malts, leather, tobacco, herbal hops. The taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee, tobacco, leather, bitter hops. Medium bodied, chewy texture. Nice beer.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Afterparty2 ][ 500mL ][ Globe ][ Tasting ][ 2/7/14 ]
>> Pours inky black with ruby highlights. Big cognac barrel nose, soy, sharp candied orange, Grand Marnier. Taste is tart lemon, some sugar, a tad headache inducing atop all of the roast and chocolate. Palate is rich, warming, spicy. Enjoyed this one nevertheless.
jercraigs (7319) - 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
jtclockwork (6932) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours tar black with brown head. Nose and taste of cognac, roast chocolate, chocolate pudding, vanilla, oak, licorice root and brownie. Full bodied. Well balanced.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where and how: on tap @ Volo
Aroma medium bolder approach , rich barrel fell, alcohol – cognac play.
Top: large tanned look.
Base: opaque brown-black.
Palate : soft ,easy going imperial stout. Long lasting finish. Medium plus bodied but not thin for style.
Taste: rich bold as in aroma bold barrel treatment noted. Molasses , bittering side with alcohol.
HogTownHarry (5977) - 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.