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

bottled
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RATINGS: 405   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7565) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
11.2 oz brown swing-top bottle. Brewed with cane sugar, Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, and Bourbon vanilla. It pours a dense ink black with an amazing looking dual tone caramel/tan head. There is a line going through it that separates the two different colors. It is thick and foamy with a bit of froth. It recedes decently quickly leaving just a little lacing but a nice froth atop the beer. This beer doesn’t say it is barrel aged but it kind of smells like it. It is probably form the nice bit of vanilla you get. The tea and the pepper bring a nice spice to the mix. This is above a nice chocolatey stout base. The flavor is interesting. It is a bit too tangy than what I normally liek for the style and perhaps a bit sweet but it has a nice flavor. The sweetness levels as you go. There is a nice dose of coffee and smoke, rich sweet chocolate, spiciness some dark fruit, and residual cane sugar. The alcohol isn’t completely hidden, but not a burden. The tea plays a role in the after taste with a nice dryness. This one has some amazing and interesting flavors. It is a bit thin for an imperial stout, but the mouthfeel is still pretty decent it has a unique dryness in the finish perhaps form the tannic tea. It is kind of a wonky beer, it looks and smells amazing, and tastes pretty good too but it is a bit on the odd side for mouthfeel. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-02-2010 23:17:46


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevnic2008 (8216) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2014
Poured black with light brown head. Chocolate malt aroma. Taste is rich chocolate and malt.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rouhlas (194) - GREECE - OCT 19, 2014
From tap at BierCab, Barcelona. Black color with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate, light alcoholic and kind of perfume. Taste is sweet and bitter, roasted malty and alcoholic again. Almost medium body, oily with average carbonation and alcoholic finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3219) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
En fût au Saint-Bock. Petite tulipe bien foncée, entre le brun et le noir. Un anneau comme représentation mousseuse. Un nez de cola à l’italienne avec des petits fruits et quelque chose comme un mélange de poivre, d’anis et de réglisse. Une bouche passablement épicée, vaguement sauvage, peu chocolatée ou même impériale, avec cette sensation épicée qui n’est pas désagréable ni charmante mais assez singulière ou unique. Un corps trop pétillant qui n’est cependant jamais trop mince. Une finale épicée/mentholée/médicamenteuse qui me laisse songeur. En fait, ce truc, bien éloigné du stout impérial tel que je le connais, n’est pas fait pour mon palais. Ceci dit, je vois cette dégustation comme une expérience enrichissante.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (1302) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Black with a brown head - Dark malt aroma with some dark frutiy tones - Good malt body with some sweet notes from dark fruits, and in the back some roasted malt bitterness - Lingering malt finish with some alcohol as well - This was good

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, creamy/frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of rubber/plastic/carpet, sour apple, burnt meat. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. BFM was 3-for-3 with me before this, so I ignored the stupid "Extremely Complex" stamp on the label (if you have to say that to sell it, then it probably isn’t true) as well as the stupid list of adjuncts (pepper, vanilla, and tea, none of which are apparent in the aroma to me...and if you need to add stuff like that to an Imperial stout, especially vanilla, then your base beer clearly needs work). Unfortunately this is pretty unpleasant...the aroma is just kinda weird and phenolic and dirty, doesn’t smell a whole lot like beer even. I kept thinking "vanilla", and couldn’t find vanilla. Ditto for the pepper and tea. Sour and dirty in the mouth too, so...um...yeah...this is a huge swing-and-a-miss. Down the drain with this one, I’m afraid. The only attractive thing about it is the appearance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a chalice. A: Beautiful black color with a huge beige head when poured. As it dissipates, many lacings are left around S: Complex. BFM spiciness trademark. Acid and tarty. Vanilla, roasted malts and black chocolate. Earthy yeasts end. Few of alcohol can be noticed despite the considerable 10% ABV T: Complex as the nose. Considerably tart for an American Imperial Stout. Amazing taste of BFM yeasts. Spicy. Notes of pepper. Vanilla, caramel, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Pleasant roasted and hoppy bitter end M: Full body. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted and hoppy bitter aftertaste O: High drinkability. Great beer. From the best Swiss brewery [ BA Review @ 7/24/2010 ]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (3409) - Linz, AUSTRIA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle: Fruity aroma of plums and dark berries, light roastiness, malt. Nearly black color, creamy brownish head. Flavor is full bodied, malty, roasty, dark chocolate, cacao, dark fruits (plums, dark cherries).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1171) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle at Hop Scotch, Malaga. Pours black with a quickly dissapating head. Intense coffee roast smell and some green paprica. Thin very roasty body, quite some bitterness, lacks a bit of more sweetness to be beatifully balanced. Taste is candi syrup and coffee and black chocolate.

3.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
solvaris (106) - - OCT 5, 2014
---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (86) - - OCT 2, 2014
Batch 2014, drinking slightly below room temperature. I’ve had this one a few times already though. Dark brown-black color with medium beige head. Roasted malt in the arome, a bit of tartness, fruits and sugar. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, a slight bit sour and a little bit of tea. Smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very good.


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