Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This "Imperial Dark Saison" is a collaboration between DDC and Shiga Kogen. It has the grain bill of an Imperial Stout, hops grown at Shiga Kogen and is fermented with Saison yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arcanor (78) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
Source : La Porte des Bières Appearance : Pitch black with a tall brown steady head. Aroma : Roasted malt and hop. Taste : Same as aroma with moderate bitterness and herbal finish. Palate : Full mouth and lively. Overall : Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (4927) - GERMANY - JUN 28, 2013
On tap at CBC2012. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Flowery-hoppy aroma. Starts malty-fruity, sweet, reminds me of some sweets. Finish morr dry and spicy, notes of different herbs. Complex-malty finish. But still quite drinkable. Not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matt7215 (2173) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
341ml bottle shared by jsprime. black with a tan head. roast malt and belgian yeast clash in the aroma but the 2 individual part are both fine, they just dont work together. the flavour is similarily awkward with all the components clashing instead of coming together harmoniously. the commercial description is 100% correct on this one and the beer tastes exactly like it says it will. no brewing flaws, just a bad idea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (594) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
Big thanks to Pat for thrown this in when traded last. Pours thick black with a boat load of head that does not evaporate. Smells very much like a black IPA, nice bits of hops and malty sweetness at 9.5% this should be interesting. Wow very different and not what I was expecting. Up front there is a nice hit booze and coffee, there is some hops and some sweetness. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidnyc29 (6) - - APR 25, 2013 does not count
Very innovative hybrid and a success. Definitely more saison characteristics than imp stout. Medium body and very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5330) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at Blind Tiger with Streets and RB ppl. Pours a deep blackish brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is fresh, spicy zest yeast with a touch of funk, grass and roast. Mouthfeel is medium with an interesting mix of roasty, chocolate stout character and yeasty, spicy saison. This compound of styles would seem to be bizarre, but it really works here, and I like the outcome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (1213) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
Liquide noir ayant une mousse brune qui se résorbe en un mince voile au-dessus de celui-ci. Des arômes de houblons et de figues en émanent. Goût tout en amertume, par des houblons résineux et comme un café espresso ou encore le chocolat noir. Son côté velouté semble vouloir nous feutrer la bouche, et ce, longtemps après la fin de la gorgée. L’Alcool, malgré son haut taux, ne fait son travail, ou plutôt, ne cherche pas à impressionner. C’est bon, bien équilibré, mais ce n’est pas dans mes cordes. (518-190113) à la deuxième consommation, la mousse est plus dense et persistante. Je détecte plus d’arômes d’agrumes mêlés à d’autres de miel. Le goût est plutôt âcre qu’amer, acidulé et alcoolisé de façon civilisée, avec des impressions sucrées. L’arrière-goût est âcre. (300113)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at Blind Tiger for the DDC event with Max, Andy, Jay, JRedmond and others. Pours brownish black with a compact mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted coffee, some grassy hoppiness and floral notes. Taste is bitter with notes of roasted coffee, Belgian yeast and spice. Finish is long and bitter and a little bit boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3346) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
341 ml bottle. Dark brown with a smooth tan head. Nose is yeast, grass, wheat and mocha. Silky medium body finishing with a bite. Taste is coffee bean, cacao, bitter greens and slight citrus peel. Interesting rustic qualities if a bit harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
On tap at Smoke & Barrel. Nose is dark chocolate with mild spice. Flavor is really nice with mild roast, chocolate, spice, & faint black licorice. Medium creamy body.

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