Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour whose edges you can actually see through. The beige film is thin and disappears rather quickly. Heavily roasted malts dominate the aroma, bringing forth earthy, peaty edges. Oriented more toward the coffee than the chocolate side of the spectrum, it’s a relatively dry impy with a generous green backbone, very herbal, almost minty, adding a complexity of a registry rarely encountered in those beers who usually pull out their structure from various sugar or vinous nuances. Here, we have neither. Inky, salty finish is perhaps a bit rough edged, yet the general texture is great, thick, chewy, punctuated with just the right, conservative bubble level and roasty, almost astringent enough to kick out any impression of syrupiness. Not precisely my favourite type of beer but I reckon this is solid stuff indeed.
swoopjones (5900) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at rudy’s. black pour, smaller orangeish head. chocolate & roasted malt abundance. Medium bodied, Rolos. somewhat boozy at 10%. Well balanced stout, flavorful. Impressed with Bellwoods
Gethinbeer (2158) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour. Brown head and clinging lace. Slight smokey roasted malt aroma. Sweet malt flavour. Bitter finish. Excellent brew.
TheJester (1883) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle. A beautiful pour; black, with a large, sticky, brown head. Aroma is surprisingly mild, with only a little orchard fruit and milk chocolate coming through. Perhaps my nose is not working properly this evening. The flavour is surprisingly restrained as well, with only the alcohol at the end to give away that this is an Imperial. It’s good, and has some complexity, but I want it to be bigger.
Spab (2401) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from brewery. Pours an opaque, virtually black brown with modest but lasting light brown head. Aroma is quite smoky with licorice, coffee and some dark fruits. Flavour is quite roasty with sweetish anise, dark coffee and plum/fig. Some booziness in finish. Nice.
hangunder (233) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty, malty goodness. Nothing overly complex in the aroma, and not in your face either, but nice and balanced. Completely black, dark brown head, pours very thick. Taste is full of flavor, milk chocolate and hops on the frontend, maltiness in the middle and lingering hop bitterness and cocoa in the slighty sweet finish. The alcohol is fairly well masked for 10%. Heavy mouthfeel and mild-medium carbonation. Quite delicious.
GRM (2990) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 750 ml, bottled on 4/9/12, from and with Ian Guénard (merci!), savoured on January 11 2012; eye: black, opaque, dark brown head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, burnt barley, dark chocolate, light alcohol, milk chocolate; mouth: roasted barley, burnt barley, dark chocolate, light alcohol, milk chocolate, iodine, astringency, dry finale in roasted barley with presence of black coffee, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: quite fine
Bouteille brune, 750 ml, embouteillée le 4/9/12, de et avec Ian Guénard (merci!), savourée le 11 janvier 2013; œil : noire, opaque, mousse brun foncé, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, chocolat noir, léger alcool, chocolat au lait; bouche : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, chocolat noir, léger alcool, chocolat au lait, iode, astringence, finale sèche en orge torréfiée avec présence de café noir, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : bien bon
shaynsawchuk (483) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 mL bottle. Pours opaque, with a thin brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, prune, fig and alcohol. Richly sweet and well hopped. A thick coating mouth feel, medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. A warming alcohol tinged finish. Needs some rich roasted meat to stand up to this.
neuromatt (1155) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub, served in a snifter. Pouts black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a trace of fine lace. The nose has notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, earth and dark fruit. The flavour is moderately sweet and moderately bitter with roasted malts, pine and earth. It closes out with a long bitter finish. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, an excellent hoppy imperial stout. The hops are subtle, but provide just enough balance. Would be nice on a cool fall evening. 2013-03-06
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes with medium bitterness. Taste is a good balance mix between some black chocolate notes with medium bitterness and some dry roasted malt with light lingering sweet notes and light coffee notes. Body is quite full with nice creamy touch and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed without necessarily standing out from the pack.