JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour. A thick brown head. The aroma is quite rich and coffeeish. A touch of berry fruit along with some intense pepper and roast. A little bit of savoury sort of black licorice and light spice. More like carafa special than roasted character (dark but not ashy) with a fairly savoury component to it. Sticky and intense without being overly cloying or sweet. Very herbaceous flavour. Despite all of the things I like about it, it leaves me kind of wishing for some more sweetness and chocolate character. It leans toward the savoury/salty side of impys more than sweet and chocolatey. Personal preferences aside, it’s a very well-constructed brew.
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kevinsenn (843) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from brewery. Pours black black with dark brown head. Roasty and chocolatey aroma, with a distinct sourness to it, which seems a little out of place. As it warms I get more fruit - particularly fig. Very intense taste - roasty and bitter, a little licorice and molasses. A thick beast of a beer. This is good stuff.
toffsbury (113) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by kevinsenn. Thanks, cousin! Aroma is unimpressive... Kind of stale and sour. Sourdough, even. Appearance is magnificent. Beautifully dark brown chocolate head and a completely opaque pour. Flavour is vanilla and woody coffee with a bit of molasses in the finish... Very, very nice. Figs and chocolate as it warms. Roasty coffee bean aftertaste sits on the tongue. I love Bellwoods, and they did a good job here... But I’ve never had a stout with such a poor aroma.
rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown color, with a tan head, nice yeasty fruity nose of dark dried fruits, with a chocolate praline, mild phenolic sweet molasses note, with some coffee, black bitter baking chocolate bar, roated, toasted, wheat smooth maltiness accents in the aroma follows through on a ful-bodied palate with a warmth sweet roasted, toasted, chocolate, wheat maltiness, fruity yeasty character of dried burnt raisins, dates, plums, with a molasses, licorice spiciness, burnt muffin, brown sugar, coffee flavour, leading towards a warming chocolatey, coffeeish, dried dark fruitiness, licorice spiciness, alcoholic roasty bitterness finish.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewpub
Black color, with brownish creamy head. Unexpected aroma: glue and flourpaste. Full bodied; good chocolate flavor with traces of roasted malts and hint of liquorice; comforting alcohol warmth; strong bitterness.
Excellent chocolatey Imperial Stout, too bad for the aroma.
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
September 22, 2012 - The Golden Tap Awards at Beer Bistro. Bottle sample. Nearly opaque brown-black, quite thick looking, had a smallish lovely light brown creamy/foamy head. Aroma has nearly no alcohol to it, but there is medium roast malt, light coffee, some crushed mint leaf - nutty and floral; odd. Taste- oh yeah, there’s the impy! - coffee, baker’s chocolate, molasses, very very herbal, middling alcohol, some mint and ... raisin jack? Average body, slick and sticky, quite airy and lively, builds a to a long bunt/bitter finish, really sticks to the palate - nice!
Hammy78 (660) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the September release. Pours a completely opaque, motor oil black with a tan head that dies down to a thin layer. Smells of deep dark rich chocolate malt, coffee. Tastes of malt and a lot like coffee, has a bit of chalkiness to it as well, you can almost chew it. Really good.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 2012-11-21. No notes. Seemed fruitier, and a little less full bodied than previous samples. Still quite nice, but a little thinner and less richly delicious than last time. On tap at Bellwoods, Toronto
2012-09-22. Black body with a nice tan head. Syrupy dark legs on the glass. Rich dark malt core, good amount of roast and something else, lightly fruity "imperial stout melange", bitterness is subtle but finishes intriguingly and lingers long into the finish. 8+ Aroma is nice, modest roast, muted chocolate, modest alcohol. 7+ Very smooth full bodied palate. Carbonation is just a touch light. 4+ Not super complex, just very rich and delicious. On tap at Bellwoods, Toronto
neongolden (284) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(On draught at the brewpub Sept 29 2012) Poured black with a small brownish head. Aroma of dark heavily roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, soya, a bit of pine and fruit. Flavour big dark roasted malts, brown sugar sweetness at first, some chocolate, dark stewed fruit, a bit of woody vanilla and the sweetness tempered at the finish by piney hops as it warmed up and the bitterness kicked in more. Rich flavours. Fairly full mouthfeel, soft to medium carb, a fair bit of alcohol on the finish as it warmed up. A pretty good impy, quite big but not quite as perfectly balanced as it could be. Great effort though.
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. Pours straight black with a tiny bit of fine brown head. Smell is lots of roasted malt, and somehow some sort of melon. Palate is quite thick with a bit of fine carbonation. Taste is primarily roasted malts, with a tiny bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, definitely a russian imperial stout, can almost taste the barrel. Quite tasty!