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


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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidnyc29 (6) - - APR 25, 2013
Very innovative hybrid and a success. Definitely more saison characteristics than imp stout. Medium body and very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2471) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
A really awesome beer. Great sipper. Pours complete thick black lots of bubbly mocha head. Aromas of funk, white wine, citrus zest. Nice tangy fun followed by dark toasted grains. Such a well crafted beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dreamflower (711) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Bottle shared with northropfrye. He trumped this one up quite a bit but it’s not to my liking. Too bitter and I get a metallic quality. I have a hard time choking this down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2910) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Dark black body, brown bubbly, frothy head, some lacing. Aroma of hops, yeast, lactose, roast, funk, urine, rhubarb. Taste is rich, some roasty bitterness, herbal element, again tart dry rhubarb, hops, resin, cherries, chocolate, anise. Not too boozy. abv well masked. As I kept drinking this I had to go back and up the taste score even more. Often the aroma on a beer outweighs the taste, but on this one it’s the opposite. Really quite fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is toffee, chocolate, roasted, taste is similar, sweet, light fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsandBolts (224) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
Black coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, charcoal and some licorice coming though. Fair bit of complexity to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (2476) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a glass. Black with huge light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, medium body, medium carbonation, and thick Big-bubble lacing. Taste is big rich dark chocolate and some herbal hops with dry finish. Imperial saison or strong Belgian ale not really, imperial porter more like, good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
budedou (623) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - OCT 29, 2015
Noire très opaque. Arômes de malt torréfié avec des notes de chocolat et d’agrumes sur un fond sucré. Belle petite amertume surprenante et un goût de malt fumée. Alcool puis sécheresse en fin de bouche. Etrange mélange entre une stout, une bière belge forte et une saison (très sèche sur la fin).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1776) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Pour is black with lots of dark tan head and leaves a ton of lacing. Nose has a fair bit of roasted malt, moderate green olive note, mild dark fruit sweetness, faint peppery spice. Flavor follows suit, assertive olive, lighter roasty malt, subtle dark fruits and a peppery spice that hasn’t been in some of the other stouts. Very dry finish, assertive carb, medium body, fairly smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gluepot (239) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2015
A big departure from past Isseki Nicho editions.The nose is of dank hops, yeast and sweet malt. It has a dense dark brown colour topped by a frothy, thick tan head. Whereas past versions verged on imperial stout status, the 2015 edition is a bit of a mixture of less compelling elements in my view. Roasted malt, dank hops, Belgian yeast and some sour cherries and berries are featured in this version. A far cry from the crisp, clean, creamy chocolate and coffee "near stout" of bygone days. Why use the same name?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (718) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
341ml Bottle from Halles St-Jean. Aroma: citrus, roasted malt, chocolate cake. App: pitch black with medium brown head and great lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, smooth, light sweetness and light bitter finish. Overall: great balance between the sweetness and bitterness. for some reason I didn?t rate the previous batch but this one is quite awesome. Highly drinkable. A 4 pack might not be enough to last a year without with. Will grab some now. As always great job DDC.

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