JoeMcPhee (8156) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - 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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SteveLikesBeer (33) - - MAR 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I wasn’t impressed with the aroma and there was little head in the pour, which was almost oily. This is a very dark stout and the dark roasted malt was the most obvious element in the flavour along with the bitterness. There are a lot of imperial stouts that I prefer over this. The 10-per cent alcohol content isn’t overpowering, but it’s definitely evident in the aftertaste.
czar (3660) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours oily almost black with a very nice and reviving crema head, good retention and lacing. burnt malts, strong bitter chocolate and pure bitter cacao, roasted molasses, coffee - creamy latté - just a hint of lactose, very smoky, licorice, spices, blackberries, roasted acidity, pinch of dirt. moderate to low carbonation, medium to full body - oily, a bit sticky, grassy-resinous-bitter coffee-smoky finish. creamy and smooth mouthfeel. complex and very tasty. loved it!
crazy_cat_lady (53) - - FEB 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
January 18, 2014. 500mL bottle from Bellwoods bottle shop. Cherries and chocolate on the nose. Lovely lacing; very dark in colour. Touch of sharpness, as expected from an imperial stout. Quite nice.
rejtable (1121) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love this. Pours oily black with an initial froth light brown head and quite a bit of spotty lacing. Nose is espresso, roasted grain and molasses. Notes of all those as well as bitter chocolate, some dark fruit. Tastes are heavy/med sweet and heavy/medium bitter. Pretty thick oily mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Really nice beer!
Freaky_tiki (361) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours oil slick dark with a disappointing one centimetre cap. Despite the limp size, the head is interesting in that it starts a deep dr pepper red & settles into a wet sawdust brown. Taste is loud & proud, with all the elements in the favour profile turned up to 10. And that’s part of its challenge: there’s a lack of balance here that lowers its standing in the race for the most interesting local imp stout. Still pretty damn good.
Alpha10 (247) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013/11/19 - Pours an opaque black colour, with a thick, frothy, tan head that reduces quickly to a lingering surface film. Aroma is toasted, smokey malts, dark fruit, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Taste is toasted malts, cocoa, coffee and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with low carbonation and a bitter, slightly warming finish. Nice imperial stout.
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Ferris (1865) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Dark roast malts, dark fruit and some bitter chocolate. Jet black with a creamy brown head that disperses quickly. Dark roast, chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. There is a nice bitterness that cuts through to the finish. A really nice complex RIS.
shorlin (573) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted a small sample at a BeerThief gathering. Beer is black and very leggy. Nice hop aroma as well as the solid good roast, but not really much chocolate. Taste is all roast and some coffee very late. The finish is a very good dry, but with an edge to it. Another fine Imperial Stout from Bellwoods.
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Cask Days tent at Beau’s Oktoberfest 2013, Vankleek Hill. A ruby reddish tinted black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate. Flavor is big dirty chocolate, bitter cocoa,dark coffee, burnt caramel. Lots of bitterness in the finish. Quite noticeable. Lingering burnt caramel, dark coffee, extra dark chocolate flavors. Thick body, oily, thick mouthfeel, null carbonation. Great.
dresden (725) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a foamy head that takes a little while to show up. Aroma of burnt malt, slightly smoky. Taste is slightly fruity, dark bitter chocolate and some smoky malt. Nice beer.