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Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Cambridge, Canada
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours deep black with thin tan head. Smell of smoke tobacco chocolate espresso and licorice. Very flimsy and watery mouth feel and probably the only thing I would really change about the beer. Tastes of smoke, dark rich chocolate, leather, licorice and small amount of hops. Overall with a bit thicker richer body this would be a much better stout, however aside from this flaw it still is quite good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cfrancis (2612) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2010
Pours a dark black with a thin off white head and good lacing. Aroma is chocolate malt and coffee. Taste is heavy on the roasted chocolate malt with medium coffee aftertaste. Well balanced and even keeled. Not offensive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5242) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2010
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear flat black body with a one finger frothy beige head that slowly receeded leaving a heavy coating of lace. The nose is a nice mix of chocolate, roast, and coffee with a slight sweetness. The flavor is a touch acrid and rubbery, but it’s not so much that it’s offensive. Thick and full bodied with soft carbonation. The intensity of the flavor is commendable, but doesn’t really hit my sweet spot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours dark brown with a very nice 3-finger dark beige-brownish towering slightly rocky head, good lacing. Roasted barley, strong filter coffee, slightly burnt (like coffee on the burner after one hour). Boozy palate. Medium to full body. Omnipresence of hops, very long and pungent finish also. Good Impy indeed!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tap at Volo (in cask). Masterpiece. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and also grass. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long lasting. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
500ml bottle thanks to matt7215 (I think)
Appearance : Deep black with a small creamy brown head.
Aroma : Green and veggy hops. Some caramel and chocolate. Some butterscotch. A bit grainy. Light alcohol.
Taste : Butterscotch and roasted malt. Some caramel. Rather mineral and a bit fruity. Finish is mineral with roasted malt. Rather dry.
Overall : Palate is a bit thin. Almost feels like a porter. The butterscotch and grainy notes bothers me a bit. Overall : decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
Bouteille 500ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire-rouge et opaque. Nez de malt rôti aux notes brûlées, de chocolat au lait (notes lactiques), moyen de café avec des notes de fruits (cerises sûres) et des traces de fumée de bois. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture moyennement huileuse et légèrement crémeuse. Moyen goût fruité (petits fruits et notes de cerises sûres et de raisins) accompagné d’un moyen goût de chocolat au lait (lactique) ainsi que des notes de fumée de bois lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de malt assez rôti avec des petites notes brûlées et moyen de chocolat noir puis progressivement un léger-moyen goût de café vient s’installer jusqu’en finale oèu l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux. Post-goût moyen-long, moyennement amer de rôti, moyen de chocolat noir, léger de café et de houblon herbeux avec des notes fruitées (notes de moût de raisins).

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strangebrewer (946) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2010
bottle. Poured opaque, almost black with a red hue, and a creamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Full rich mouthfeel, low cabonation. A roasty burnt malt flavour, some coffee, but a little chalky. Finshes sticky and a little tart.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14462) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Black thin beige head. Decent impy stout. OK tar. Good drinkability. At least it tastes of an impy stout instead of all those rubbish Cigar City things.....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
From the Bottle at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010 Hop and malt aromas. Dark red coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a hint of bitterness in a roast malt finish.


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