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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Rich malt and light roast aroma with yeast. Chocolate and toffee flavor with yeast. Medium bodied. Toffee and chocolate linger with yeast and light spice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3380) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2013
0.341l (why) bottle brought home from BrewDog Camden. Looks really nice in the glass this. It has a huge almost 3D looking super lacing deep chocolate brown colored head on top of a deep dark brown body. On the nose this is really different. Didnít really know what I was expecting a imperial dark saison to smell, but I really like what Iím nosing here. Itís ally hoppy, thatís a easy one, but all the other things going on is hard to our words on. It has a saison yeasty zesty zing with lots of wet leafs, sold amounts if silo grass and some lime peel. It smells really different and really good. Itís quite high on the bubbles but they are so small that itís almost giving a creamy feeling in the mouth. The taste is just as weird as the nose. Itís first of all really salty this and I get lots of lingon and cow berries in the taste. Soft cocoa also here and it has tones of acidic wood as well before it ends with a rush of Belgian yeast in the finish. Lots and lots of things going on in this strange but flavorful creation. 26.12.2013

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (710) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Draught at Mugs BK. Pours like stout with great lace. Aroma is of a soft sweet stout with a very interesting and hard to down notes. Iíll say they earth, cinnamon, spice, farmhouse funk, vague citrus. Flavor has these but is considerably more roasty with a strong bitterness. The feel is remarkably full and soft with a deep roasty and warming finish. This is just awesome even two weeks after tapping.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Rating #838 - December 16, 2013 - Bottle courtesy of @plunkie and on several recommendations. Failed to disappoint. Little tan head bubbles out of an opaque black pour. Aroma is spicy yeasty esters, lemon peel, and chocolatey raisiny malt. Palate is a cornucopia of awesome - lots of body, medium alcohol warmth, mild carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Notes of plum, currant, chocolate, coffee, caramel, allspice. Moderately hopped and a phenomenal bitterness and a slight sourness from the yeast. So gewd.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown with a light brown head that laces beautifully. Aroma is packed with pungent green hops initially, then the dark malts start to climb out, then the spicy estery yeast shows up. This is a chameleon of a beer! Crazy complexity, with hops and yeast battling it out for domination on a bed of roasty dark malts. Really really interesting-- captures the idea of a black saison beautifully! Wow.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Atticuzz (1) - IRELAND - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasty, herbs, resin, black, cloudy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, soft carbonation, full body, creamy, long finish. Incredible beer. Wasnít sure at first, thought the two styles clashed, but as I drank more it just kept improving.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (334) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2013
2013/12/05 - Pours an opaque black colour with a foamy, khaki head that lingers. Aroma is saison yeast, smokey malts, chocolate and espresso. Taste is similar to aroma with minor citrus and peppery notes as well. Mouthfeel is medium with prickly carbonation and a bitter, drying finish. Odd beer, but not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6499) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a thick but transient tan head and a smoky treacle aroma. There is a rich dark molasses flavor with a bitter finish. This is a very strange beer, but all the disparate tastes somehow work together.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11074) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours very dark brown/black with a creamy/fizzy dark tan head. Sort of dark malt aroma with yeast and hop aspects. Rather confusing. Full bodied. Flavor is biting, yeasty, "green" hop, treacle and dark malt. With a little time it gets somewhat earthy. Maybe dank is a word I should be using. Now I think I get a hint of mint. Or something that "tingles". Pretty nice ale.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maley1 (781) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
Black pour with foamy persistent beige head. Aroma of malts, yeast, hops and slight citrus. Taste of roasted malts, yeast, slight citrus, hops and pepper. As it warmed I noticed faint fruitiness up front, quickly hidden by the peppery middle and hoppy dry finish. This beer just doesnít do it for me.


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