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


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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkska101 (806) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle from local Iga A: tropical fruits from the hops, toasty and peppery. App: pitch black beige head. t/p: thin body acidic finish of medium intensity. O : now this is original. The roastiness is present but not upfront. Great hop aroma the yeast add a nice feel to the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lesifflebiere (1026) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Très originale, la Isseki Nicho est exactement ce qu’elle annonce : une bière noire aux accents de torréfaction bien présents, assortie d’une saison légèrement épicée et même poivrée. Une totale réussite, un mélange de genres tout à fait sur la coche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
CBC. Tap, 110512. Black with white head. Aroma of yeast and roasted malt. Flavour with coffee, yeast and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (5362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
650mL bottle at the Dieu du Ciel 14th anniversary party, pours black with a medium tan head. Nose is full of licorice upfront, some sweet gummy bears and very dark burnt fruits. Flavour is very similar, with licorice, burnt dark fruits and some char. The burnt / charred flavours linger forever on the palate, with intense carbonation. Fairly solid, but as with many black saisons, something is usually off – this is too burnt and too carbonated. Very bitter astringency that lingers as well. Still quite solid and enjoyable in smaller amounts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bean (71) - Saint-Eustache, Québec, - JAN 11, 2013
A soapy bubblegum and raisin aroma opens up a very special brew. Grassy hops and slight roast with a good belgian yeast backbone. For me, it felt like having a dark soft wild ale. There’s a VERY nice oak feeling and the palate keeps me wondering. Wow this is good. It’s ...well it’s good and Imperial dark saison or not, this brew is a must for belgian style beer lovers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4601) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2012
Opaque, near black body. Low brown head. Complex aroma. Tinned fruits and a scent of flowers up front, followed by a whiff og nuts, mild chocolate and marzipan. Lightly roasted malt flavor with chocolate tones. A light acidic fruitness is noticeable. Mildly spiced with a gentle bitterness. Slick texture. Medium to full body. A quite exciting one. Nice! [Draft, CBC 2012]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2012
At Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Near black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of fruit, licorice and spice. Sweetish fruity and spicy flavour with a roasted note. Distinct pineapple and licorice in the aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (985) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
Hoppy nose coming from a dark brown beer covered by a moka head. I thought it would be less hoppy than it is but it is excellent that way. Finishes quite dry even if you can still make out a little of the base wort, imperial it is indeed. A touch of roastiness is accompanied by green hops on the flavor side. Overall a really nice and original offering by DdC!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
Dégustée en fût sur place. De couleur brune-noire et quasi-opaque. Nez de malt rôti, moyen de caramel et de chocolat, léger de levures fruitées (raisins vineux), d’alcool et de houblon herbeux avec des notes de réglisse noire. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture moyennement huileuse. Léger goût de levures fruitées (raisins bleus aux petites notes vineuses) et accompagné de faibles traces de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche et qui fait rapidement place à un goût de malt assez rôti (notes brûlées) avec un léger goût de chocolat noir et des notes de pain grillé. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve une moyenne amertume asséchante de houblon herbeux aux petites notes citriques qui est appuyé par des notes d’alcool jusqu’en finale. Post-goût long et sec, moyennement amer de rôti, de houblon herbeux avec des notes d’alcool et des traces fruitées (moût de raisins) (2 décembre 2011)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (12682) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
On tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. It’s a black one, topped by a creamy, two finger tan head, looking really great. The aroma has roasted malts, dried fruits and some Belgian style yeastiness. Roasted malts, licorice hints, dried fruits, a touch of Belgian ale yeast and a fine bitterness in the flavor. It’s creamy, full-bodied, lightly warming and quite dry on the palate, and with a bitter finish. A lovely tasteful and complex beer. 120511

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