Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Motor oil pour with nice tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is chalk full of chocolate, and some coffee notes, some vanilla, smoooth. First mouthful is absurdly good. Smooth bitter chocolate and loads of vanilla. it is silky smooth in my mouth. the finish is a little dry and the vanilla lingers on the palate. Incredibly balanced. So enjoyable I’m almost at a loss for words. Sublime
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 341mL bottle from a trade with Lubiere, thanks Luc! Artwork on the bottle is just great. Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. No light getting through. The aroma is very fine, sharp cocoa, chocolate/toffee malts, only a subtle hint of vanilla, but quite nice. Nice but not anything mind blowing. The flavour is not at all in line with the aroma, perfect roasty bitterness matched with dryness from the cocoa and sweet chocolate malts with more vanilla. Everything is blended perfectly well together. Awesome! But the palate is the best part, thick yet utterly smooth, it just slides down the throat elegantly. Aftertaste has a lot of astringency in it and almost a hint of rummy booze though it’s very fleeting. Lingering flavour of awesomeness. Liquid silk. This is probably the best balanced stout I’ve ever had. Well, it’s not making me submit to myself sexually, nor anyone else around me, so the name is bit odd but this stout is almost perfect for what it is.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle with a big thanks to Glouglouburp for the hookup! Man, I’ve been wanting to try this for so long it’s not even funny, so thrilled to hear its bottled now. Pours a dark brown that sits black in the glass, and a large foamy tan head that lingers for a long time and leaves a good coat of lace as it dissipates. Aroma is inviting, with creamy milk and dry bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla in harmony. Flavor is stellar, with a great fullness to it, and more creamy milk chocolate, some bittersweet chocolate, cocoa and a hint of vanilla. A drier finish but far from chalky. Wow, definitely not disappointed on this one, and it found a way to exceed my high expectations. Great stuff, thanks again Dany!
craftycarl21 (2115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 On tap at DDC. Inpenetrable creamy beige head, tight to the glass, black color; really beautiful. Aroma is heavy on chocolate, vanilla, and cream- true to the brewing ingredients, and also has good roast qualities. Flavor is fantastic; milk chocolate, cream, and vanilla- not a ton of roast, but great sweetness, and well balanced. Not overdone in any direction. Palate is excellent, clearly not as heavy as an impy, but ever so smooth. Phenomenal brew.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2010 On tap at Dieu Du Ciel. Black pour with 1.5 finger beige head that forms tiny lasting foaming bubbles. Lacing is nitro-like in its quality. Aroma is loaded with vanilla, dark chocolate, and massive quantities of roast, which is augmented by the creamy chocolate. Epic amounts of milk chocolate, vanilla, and a backbone of sweet roast. Coffee, cream, chocolate and vanilla prevail. Palate is very thick and full, culminating with a semi-dry, semi sweet coating finish. Simply masterful.
06/28/09 Bottle conditioned re-rate
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap Mondiale 09. Finally! Very sweet aroma - milk chocolate - amazing. Pitch black, thick creamy brown head speckled white head. Interesting taste - milk chocolate, sour edge, milky finish. So much flavour at this ABV. A great session stout and one of the best stouts, imperial or otherwise, I am likely to try. Did not disappoint after years of looking for it!
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle from a trade with Glouglouburp. pours black with an everlasting ta head. aroma of roasted malt vanilla and chocolate. the aroma is a touch shy. the flavour is huge with roasted malt bitterness leading to a dark chocolate center and a sweet vanilla finish. the flavour grows and baloons in your mouth. great complex flavours with a silky smooth mouthfeel equals a 5 in palate. the best stout ive ever had for session purposes. mindblowing. thx dany!!
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 Cette bière aux flaveurs prononcées de cacao et de vanille et très raffraichissante pour une stout. Elle se boit facilement, autant en hiver que par une chaude journée d’été.
Fred82 (2091) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle. Pitch black with a medium brown foamy head. Aroma is dark chocolate a bit coffee and a bit roasted malt. Some sweetness also. Carbonation is tickling the palate. Funny feeling. Flavor is really well balanced with a slight bitterness all along (cacao bitterness). A bit of a dry feeling on the mouth like that of dark chocolate. After a few sips, I’m getting this vanila aroma. Quite powerfull actually.... making me wonder why it was not present right after the pour. Taste is slight roasted malt, slight dark chocolate. I can barely fell the alcohol (a bit more at the end). Taste is not as powerful as many stouts which make it a bit harder to judge for my not so experienced palate but It is almost certainly the best stout I’ve had thus far. Thumbs up for DDC !
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla is dominating with some notes of black chocolate. Taste is also dominated by rich vanilla notes with some black chocolate and also some lightly bitter roasted malt notes at the end. Body is full with great carbonation. Very well done with some bourbon resemblance which might come from the vanilla. I guess I am slightly disappointed with all the hype that had been surrounding this one but still very good nonetheless.