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Brewed by BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Imperial Stout
Saignelégier, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.28%
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Silver medal at Soleure’s extreme beer fest 2007. An extreme black beer whose nose goes toward pepper, vanilla, ashes, tobacco and fresh hops. It reaches the palate all in softness, but quickly becomes intensely bitter, though not very dry. Long and satisfying finish.
This Cuvée was created in the honor of the Jurrassian revolutionist Alex Le Rouge. Enjoy this wonderful Cuvée at about 10°-12° Celsius (50°-53°F), with a crunch of bitter Chocolate or a Cigar. Cuvée Alex Le Rouge can be sequestrated for a few years in a cellar. Ingredients: water, barley malts, hops, cane sugar, yeast, Serawak pepper, Russia tea, Bourbon vanilla.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours dark brown with full tan head out of bottle. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and bitter fruits. Taste of bitter fruits with finish of roasted cocoa beans. Good beer overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1128) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2014
Very dark brown body with a light-brown head. Strong and sweet aroma with funky hints. Roasted notes including coffee, chocolate and dark caramel, on a background of fermented fruits and berries. Strong flavour that follows the aroma, with additional alcohol. Moderate sweet initial taste with pretty heavy long-lasting finish. Close to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. An unusual but nice imperial stout.
[Superficial speed-rating of small sample @ Haand Ølfestival 2014, Drammen]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTStiles (757) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Pours black with a thin white head. Boozy bread aroma. Taste has notes of tea, herbs and coke. Finish is bitter tea.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (1431) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 24, 2014
33cl bottle thanks to Bov. Dark color with thin to medium brownish head. Body is quite smooth. Taste is medium to high bitter. Aroma is ashes, hops, roast and coffee. Nice freshness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (707) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 23, 2014
Bu à la pression de 15cl, magnifique robe marron avec une mousse entre le marron et le blanc, belle effervescence, au nez grosse odeur de bonbons au chocolat, et en bouche attaque sur le chocolat asez intense et une pointe de vanille en fin de bouche excellente !

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voras (61) - - MAY 15, 2014
Brown with a beige head. Aroma: spices. Taste: spices, vanilla, chocolate ending. Unusual imperial stout. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (226) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2014
Tap @ Moeder Lambic. Black color, fantastic, long lasting beige head. Earthy aromas of black coffee, tobacco, bready malts, hints of burned toffee and even floral hops. Flavor is defined by an unique vinous touch, which creates a little confusion on the palate at first, but notes of caramel and toffee lure into a slick, smooth experience, absorbed by bitter chocolate, black pepper and wood. Roasted malt and coffee notes lead to a long bitter finish, which gets softened by a spicy vanilla touch. Despite of all the different flavors, the beer’s body doesn’t actually remind me of an imperial stout, but has a perfect balance of all those sublte flavors, which get coated up in a very pleasant way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2014
I am not into the tea here. Turns it into more of a sweet "beverage" than a beer. Very weird. Caramel chocolate tones. Who in their right mind adds tea to beer? A lot of sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2817) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
On tap @ Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Black with a huge mostly lasting brown head and heavy lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, anises, milk chocolate and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet with roasted malt, anises, milk chocolate, caramel and hints of dark fruits. Medium body, but a tad light for the style. Medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Interesting RIS because it’s very different that your usual RIS. The anises, even if there’s not that much, doesn’t work for me and hinder the balance.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kingvit (182) - - APR 28, 2014
Aroma: milk, caramel, coffee, chocolate; Appearance: dark hazy brown, minimal head; Taste: slight bitterness, slight sourness, medium sweetness; Palate: medium carbonation, long finish, full body, creamy texture Last September I got an infected one which tasted like an insult but this one is a sweet perfection, with an immaculate balance of spice, sugar and bitterness... Creme de la creme of Swiss beers.


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