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Brewed by Boquébière
Style: Imperial Stout
Sherbrooke, Canada
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A black majesty offering a rich coffee and roasted malt character with a bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit accents. Malts from Quebec and England. Columbus and Bravo hops. Bottle conditioned.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2011
My Bottom Line:
This brash Imperial Stout’s fruity, tart edges clash with assertive roasted malts, leading to an unrefined bitterness where green Québécois malts, leafy hops and more roastiness battle for supremacy.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is plenty of foam to cover the pure blackness.
-The mouthfeel is pleasant, but a tad overcarbonated for the level of residual sugars and intensity of the finish. A mineral twang appears in the finish, perhaps because of this exuberant carbonation.
-The body is healthy; not too sweet, not too thin.
-Vinous, fruity angles disagree with the prevalent roastiness.
-The grain bill lacks smoothness to really make this enjoyable. Don’t know if Québécois barley malt is the culprit, but it sure tends to give that effect to a lot of brews...

Bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
The beige head that thrones over the tranquil opaque black liquid is ultra dense, consisting of thousand of tiny bubbles that stick to one another as well as the glass. Green raw coffee beans with herbal, slightly vegetal hops act as nuances in this roasted malt forward nose. In mouth, it seems a bit more complex, initially coating the mouth with dark chocolate flavours and quickly evolving more towards a more acidic nature that evolves into a green, herbal and grapey, blackberry-like fruity/spicy mix that is perhaps not the best match for the roast. Meanwhile, the tight small bubbled, very active carbonation for the style thins out the otherwise thick palate and bring unecessary carbonic acid onto the palate. I like a more vinous and acidic stout if its focuses on fruit and complexity with subtle roast, but the roast here remains at the forefront while the fruitiness never is very deep at all. it makes for an almost astringent, toothpastey finish that remains very green. I also don’t see age as a factor that could be of any help for flavour integration. I’d prefer it with some tweaks on the malt bill and spicy/herbal Bravo hops kinda accentuate the points I don’t dig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6021) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de lactose. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un énorme col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe de mélasse fruité et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de cacao en arrière goût. (Rating #3657)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle : Poured a deep black color stout with a quite large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light lactose notes with dry roasted malt and herbal hops. Taste is a weird mix between some roasted malt with notes of herbal hops and light residual sugar notes as well. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not bad but hops presence doesn’t really balance with the rest of the taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4678) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2012
pours pitch black with a long lasting dark beige head, excellent retention and lacing. roastiness, coffee, woodiness, layered in vanilla, raisins. average carbonation, full body, nice bitter coffee and grapefruit finish, medium long finish. nice brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3770) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2014
As Hopkins Stout Imperial. Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of roast malt, sweet berries, light chocolate. Medium body, flavour of the aroma, latte. A bit light bodied for the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
The pour reveals an opaque black color with a thick, light brown head. The aroma has herbal hops upfront with some roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is intriguing, there’s a strong herbal presence, the roasted malt is at best a secondary element, there’s also some richness coming from the malt and chocolate. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. This isn’t a bad imperial stout, but it’s definitely unorthodox and intriguing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3347) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
Le liquide est noir. La mousse foncée est persistante. Quelques pointes restent collées au verre. Au nez, les grains rôtis sont expressifs, la torréfaction présente et le chocolat indécis tandis que des herbes montent en vapeurs collantes. En cours de route, l’alcool manifeste une certaine dureté et apporte dans ses effluves un caractère fruité. Le goût est une attaque de grains rôtis, légère de notes douces, d’alcool et de houblons aux herbes longues. En bouche, le liquide me semble plutôt élancé : son pétillement nerveux le rend léger et fouette une texture à la limite huileuse. La finale se fait sur des notes amères, torréfiées, parfumées et réchauffées par l’alcool.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3255) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
Bouteille de 500ml. La bière est noire, noire, noire avec une mousse abondante, épaisse et crémeuse. Le nez est fruité avec des arômes de mûres. La bouche est mince. L’alcool est marqué en fin de bouche, ce qui détonne. La final est quelque peu poussiéreuse et tannique. L’arrière goût est amer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3103) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle - 500ml. Pours an opaque black body with low carbonation and a huge beige foamy head. Good malty/hoppy aroma with roasted coffee and chocolate hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its robust malty/hoppy taste carries roasty, coffeeish, plummy, and grainy notes. Ends with a long, strong bitter/roasty finish. Good stuff, but it could be a bit more complex.


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