mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5oz bottle pours a viscous black body without producing much head. The aromas are wonderful -- roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, and some dark fruit, as well. Flavor follows big time. Lots of sweet, roasted malt and coffee flavors. Alcohol presence is pushed just to the limits of excess, but doesn’t overpower you. Overall, just an excellent drinking experience. The nose tends toward being mostly sweet, but the flavor is very well balanced between all the components.
generallee08 (703) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The pour is dark brown like used motor oil and looks glossy black in the glass. On top of this dark opaque liquid sits a two finger tall dark tan head. The frothy foam is slow fading but keeps a small cap of foam for the duration of the session. It also makes nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of dark roasted and toasted malt character with notes of coffee, dark toasted bread and some boozy alcohol. I also pick up lighter notes like chocolate, earthy leather, caramel and molasses. Its flavor profile has just as much complexity as its aroma. There is a ton of toasted bread and grain with dark roasted coffee flavor. I get sweet bready and caramel notes with bitter coffee and chocolate. Hops are not really popping out to me but I’m sure they are adding to the bitter flavors. As it warms I get some vanilla and grainy booze notes moving in. It finishes with a mellow booze bittersweet character slow fading from the tongue. The texture is slick and smooth with soft carbonation.
RickTheRick (378) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
D’un noir sans équivoque, ce grand classique est surmonté d’une mousse onctueuse rappelant un bon café crème. Le café est la flaveur dominante de cette bière, et est supportée par des notes chocolatées et de malt rôti. Bien ronde en bouche, sa texture crémeuse facilite grandement la déglutition de ce stout impérial de réputation internationale.
Hidden_Pooch (316) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A coffee stout done great. Pours pure black with a beautiful crema head. Aroma is of strong coffee, chocolate, and sour milk. Tastes of strong coffee, dark chocolate, chocolate milk, roasted malts, and hides its booze very well. Has a heavy body with low carbonation and an oily texture. The booziness adds a warmth, yet is still so smooth for how strong it is. Absolutely beautiful this beer be.
EtTuCthulhu (1049) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The color of this beer is a solid jet black, and it pours with a large tan head that fades slowly. The aroma is full of coffee beans with undercurrents of roasted and caramel malts; the taste is a lustrous blend of mild malt bitterness with heavy coffee flavor, but it’s mellowed out by the mild umami and touch of sourness. The aftertaste is purely coffee flavor because the bitterness only continues to mellow, and the palate fuses an oily texture, medium body, and a soft carbonation. Overall, this beer is a very, very amazing--if not the best--coffee stout.
Clownoisseur (214) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Nice aromas of coffee, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt and cocoa. Taste follows the nose. Loads of coffee in the foreground. This is coupled with cocoa and vanilla and into the roasted malt. Hints of burnt toast. Fairly bold hop profile as well. A nice harmony of bitter and sweet make their way into a lively finish. On the higher side of carbonation for a stout of this size, making the body feel a tad bit thin. Slightly oily, but stays crisp. Really nice stout that keeps a great balance.
bursprak (598) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a oversized snifter. Jet black pour with a tiny head that quickly settles and leaves tan lacings. Nose has loads of ground coffee, some chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with some soy sauce and medium bitterness. Pretty nice!
BrewGoblin (312) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh la la! Les Francais savent comment faire une biere Stout! This is absolutely divine, smells of wonderful dark roast espresso, very dark raw cocoa, roasted malts, some chocolate ilk sweetness and smooth, light, roasted barley. Looks are impeccably sexy, exceedingly brown-black with a tan head that retains itself well and laces the ol’ vessel most kingly. The tongue is treated to everything to nose enjoyed plus some sweet tart cherry and vanilla. Quite sweet to start and ends bittersweet with a warming, playful booziness. A nice smooth, lightly oily mouthfeel with mid-low carbonation makes it all to easy to gulp.
guzgorog (264) - FRANCE - SEP 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Noir avec des reflets rouge, mousse chocolat. Nez de café, d’alcool, de bois et de fruits noirs. Bouche sur le café et le chocolat, malts grillés, alcool. Belle complexité. Corps puissant, chaleur de l’alcool présente dès le début de la dégustation. Amertume forte et peristente. Grande longueur en bouche. Superbe bière !
rdixon77 (720) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super smooth imperial coffee stout. Opaque black with glowing tan ring. Great lacing. Charred malt, black coffee, dark cocoa. Toast follows with great balance between bitter char and boozy sweetness. Great lighter mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
MrW (420) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample in Alibi Room, Vancouver.
Aroma had coffee, roasted / burned, caramel, chocolat.
Pours black, lacing beige head. Only one of the rack that had a head actually.
Taste had lot of roast, coffee, liquorice.
Finish was light spicy, dry.
Good beer to start my stay in Canada.