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


on tap

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
Pours an expected motor oil short lived beige head. The aroma is pretty cool, as well as the typical roastiness, chocolate, licorice, and coffee, there are also some lighter, interesting notes of dark cherry, and mint. The flavour is pretty typical, and mirrors the aroma spot on, even with a little mint in the finish. Really an enjoyable imperial stout, surprised at the lower ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2010
tasting on 3/6/10. dark pour with tan head... very sweet malt presence... light to medium body... some roasted malts... dark fruits... not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2010
Faint choco aroma. Black with espresso head that coats glass espresso also. Smooth, warming, bubbly, faint choco taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4172) - Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Pours a dark, opaque sable with a tan head of average thickness and persistence. Rich aroma is fruity, malty and smoky with a firm coffee undertone. Strong, smoky flavor has undertones of fruit and caramel without being too sweet. Texture is smooth, tingly and fizzy. Worth finding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
500ml Bottle: Pours almost black, seems a bit thin, with a reasonable tan head that wasnít around long. Extremely sweet aroma of cotton candy, sour cherries, leather.. oddly, what I donít smell is alcohol. Good, viscous mouthfeel. Taste is bitter, slightly roasty, woody. Iíve never in my life had a beer that smelled so sweet and offered none of it in the taste, this is just strange. Iíve let it warm in hopes of improvement but the nondeScript bitterness pervades. Find a way to put some sweetness in here, boys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2010
500ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a reddish cola brown with little light permeating the darkness. Aroma is full of treacle maltiness. Taste is viscous, strong malt back with coffee hints, tobacco and leather. Slight hint of smoke. Finishes nicely with a lingering bitterness. Alcohol is moderately worked but more evident in the finish with that warm afterburn. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grimestown (9) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2010 does not count
Cask @ cestwhat. Pours midnight black with tiny but lasting cappucino head. Notes of roasted malt in the aroma and very slight chocolate. Though high abv does not smell of alcohol. Very very slight smell of berry or cherry? Not a whole lot of flavour up front but def sweet maltiness. Bittering hops do a quick job of evening out the balance and leave a dry bitter aftertaste. Again, not notably boozy in nose or taste but can feel the Alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2010
500ml bottle from Volo. Pours black with tan head. Nose is smoky. Body is oily, more smoke, liquorice and chocolate notes. Finish is long and a bit unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2010
Aroma is a majestic coffee, darkest brown, tiny tan head. Flavour is inky/iodine like, cappuccino. Light bodied, bitter, easy to drink. Great!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 25, 2010
500 ml bottle via MasterSki. Pours out with a cola hue and clarity with lively carbonation. Minimal mocha head with a sparse, but fine bubble lacing. Nose- stewed fruit, vanilla, faint powdered chocolate. Taste- licorice, sweet dark fruits, oak, and roast. Initial sweetness then becomes a dry chalky, grass like bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with an above average level of carbonation for the style. Drinkability is pretty decent for strength and style. This beer has potential with some fine tuning.

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