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

bottled
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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2213) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Black pour with a great creamy head and clknging lace. Roasted malt, fruity smoked aroma. The beer has a lovely texture, smooth as silk. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavour. Very well balanced stout. Full flavoured beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours deep black with a small tan head that fades quickly and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose has big roasted malts, molasses and chocolate, along with anise, coffee and subtle earth. The flavour is mildly sweet throughout with a large roasty, smoky component and notes of coffee, molasses and hops. A subtle resiny bitterness grows through the middle and leads to a long and hoppy finish with roasty notes. On the palate, it is medium in body with a syrupy texture and very soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent imperial stout, but it feels like it is missing something; the malts are light in body and their complexity is overwhelmed by roasty notes. 2013-03-10

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gpnterojd (176) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
Aroma of chocolate and cinnamon when cracking the cap. Turns more alkaline and grainy as it warms. The first few gulps are sweet and surprisingly light. After that, hops dominate and some soap creeps in.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2101) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Nice brown with a decent light biege head. Molasses, smoked malt, some coffee grinds and bittersweet chocolate, alcohol. Moderate carbonation and body, still smoky, becomes quite dry and bitter, like the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (812) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
After the last two I decided I needed something Good. I’m hoping this fits the bill. Sure looks great. Near black pour with a bubbly yet not fizzy tan head. Malty raisin scent, something fruity. Bitter, very bitter start. Like a bite in the tongue followed by a bite in the back of the throat. A bit too much of a bite. Low carbonation. Not at all boozy even though it’s a strong one. That bite faded quick and was replaced by a mellow chocolate aftertaste and slight saltiness? Soy sauce like? Odd, I haven’t been eating anything so I’m pretty sure that’s coming from the beer. This is good, way better than what I had been drinking but I’m not a fan of that bitter bite at the start.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hstreet (71) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
Dark brown almost black colour. Initail taste of yummy dark chocolate, coffee and molasses. Full body and rich flavour. Bitter assertive finish leaving a crisp bold bite. IMO a little overpriced being almost a dollar per 100 ml CAD. Next time I will try to pair with either steak, meat pie, smoked meats, chili or game meats. However IMO there are better value stouts priced per ml available. Still worth a try!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1562) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
Bouteille 500 ml. 8%. Couleur noire, mousse beige crémeuse. Arôme de café, chocolat noir, houblon. En bouche, malt grillé, café, alcool, mélasse, houblons. Finale en mélasse brulé un peu, houblons, choco. Amertume qui persiste en gorge. Bon stout.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmacleod75 (110) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
Poured dark almost black with medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, and coffee. Taste about the same, with lots of hops bitterness. Thick creamy mouthfeel, with good head retention and nice lacing on glass. Bitterness lingered.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (276) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
Light, roasty malt aroma. Smells sweet, slight soy sauce. Pure dark color, relatively quickly dissapearing brown head. Body is light for an imperial stout with hop bitterness on the tongue. Average carbonation. OK imp, like this one better than wellington imp stout

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16123) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
21st December 2010
Dark red - brown beer. Little brown head. Quite a light palate for an Impy. Mild carbonation. Smooth dark malt with a touch of roast. Nicely tangy. Subtle well integrated fruits. Trace of chocolate. All very well joined up. The whole bottle vanished! Very drinkable.


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