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

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (316) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours very deep brown with tiny beige head that doesn’t hang around. Nose is coffee, chocolate and vanilla with notes of oak, caramel and dark fruit. Very sweet malty front with soya and vanilla in the middle and a dryer than expected finish without being overly bitter. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazy_cat_lady (120) - - FEB 4, 2014
January 23, 2014. Bottle from LCBO. Chocolate and coffee in the aroma with a hint of cherry. Small head that quickly disappeared. Bitter aftertaste. Not quite as smooth as other imperial stouts I’ve had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1024) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle. Not the one pictured though. My parents picked this up for me on a recent wine trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Pours a nice dark brown. Smell has a little bit of cinnamon, a little licorice, a little cardamom. Taste is similar but heavier on the chocolate. Nice beer, no boozy aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ILduce (205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle LCBO: opaque black brown with thin head. Bold aromas of toasted malt, grains, and espresso with zambuca. Tastes like molasses and dark malts and hops. Slick mouthfeel with a very bitter finish. Really satisfying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1094) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Murky brown to black colour with a thin head that disapears quickly. Aroma is filled with grains and oats, roast, sweet sugary/molasses notes. On the palate it is sweet, molasses flavoured and finishes a slightly burnt toast bitterness. It is a fairly boring imperial stout and another example of ontario brewers more focused on ’drinkability’ than having a bold beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (511) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours ink black with a one finger brown sugar cap. I really like the taste here: starts off chewy toffee & finishes with a nice sustain of muted mocha. May not pack the high octane ammunition some other Imperials boast but it is a great sipper.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cattaneopapa (149) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
Aroma: Toffee and coffee Appearance: 2 fingers of head w fine bubbles, body is coke colour. Taste: Strong hoppy taste with a spicy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (1740) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle 500ml. [2011] Thx mathieuc. Pours very dark brown (black) with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of smoke, roasted malt, burnt nuts, some fruits. Taste is of smoke, roasted malt, bitterness, coffee, bitter chocolate (80%+ cacao). Palate: Medium-full bodied. Overall: Good. I don’t dig that smoke all too much, but it is not cloying. Not too heavy. In good shape for it’s age. Pretty bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
Relatively pale brown for an impy, gentle beige foam. Roast forward nose, bringing forth burnt grains notes with coffee undertones. Not particularly complex, just a stronger stout. The sweet brown sugar & molasses creep up suddenly at the beginning of the second half to then leave all the room to the roasty bitterness, procuring a major dry-out effect giving the impression that the beer is overall on the dry side. Lingering ashey bitter taste is accentuated by above average carbonation. Leafy, earthy hops are complementary and never attempting to dominate. I don’t really see the point of drinking a strong beer if it’s not to be impressed by either original flavours / textures or impressive complexity and we’re not in that zone here, so it really is one among many others.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papillon (366) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
500 mL Bottle. Deep black-brown body with a thin tan head settling to a wispy but tenacious film and ring leaving some stringy lace. Aroma of toasted malts, crystal malts, molasses, and prunes. Flavor of sweet and toasted malts, a "burnt toast" and treacle aftertaste followed by an intense hop bitter and "that English pub taste" in the finish; just the way a stout should be. Solid yet smooth in the mouth.


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