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


on tap

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, - JAN 3, 2013
After the last two I decided I needed something Good. Iím 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 itís a strong one. That bite faded quick and was replaced by a mellow chocolate aftertaste and slight saltiness? Soy sauce like? Odd, I havenít been eating anything so Iím pretty sure thatís coming from the beer. This is good, way better than what I had been drinking but Iím not a fan of that bitter bite at the start.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - OCT 4, 2016
Appearance: nearly opaque black with only the faintest hints of clear brown around the margins, two fingers of rocky beige head, excellent retention and good lacing. (4/5) Aroma: roasty malts, coffee and chocolate, liquorice, vinous dark fruits, molasses and toffee. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (6/10) Medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter and mild warming finish. (3/5) A bit thin and light for the style. Having no intrusive ABV is all well and good, but this style can and should exhibit much more warming presence than is present. Iím usually all about the hops, but to be frank the little hop character here isnít helping much. Really more like a Quad than an RIS, but without any of the deep barrel-aged complexity I look for in that case. OK, but not better than that. (12/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (4100) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 30, 2016
bottle @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- dated: 2015/March/13. Aroma of malt and light spice. Opaque brown/black color, two-finger deep tan head, heavy bands of lace. Taste is roasted malt that adds light fizz and chocolate on the swallow, turning from there to light spice and prunes in a soft finish. Iím not getting the alcohol. The parts donít work well together, perhaps partially due to the date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (1617) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 9, 2016
Bottle from LCBO. Bottled Jan 2016. 8.0% and a different label from the one pictured. Pours medium brown with well-retaining and lacing lightish beige head. The aromaís wonderfully rich, itís sweet and roasty, strong molasses... Vinous, thick and intoxicating. Aah. Tastes a bit less as multilayered and lovely but stil very good: roasted malts, chocolate, molasses. The sugary sweetness is kinda too much even, Iíd love more hoppiness and bitterness in a RIS. On the palate itís not as thick and sticky as Iíd have expected, itís very soft and smooth and somewhat lightish with mellow carbonation. The alcohol is well covered. Overall a very enjoyable brew, albeit a tad too sweet as said, and could use more Imperial boldness. Loved the aroma the most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
QcBeer (136) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2016
De couleur brun foncť qui tend vers le noir. Une mince mousse vient recouvrir le liquide sans trop díeffervescence. Au nez, cíest le malt torrťfiť qui domine avec un soupÁon de chocolat et de petit fruit rouge. En bouche, cíest crťmeux en bouche avec une belle offrande de grain rŰtie, de chocolat et de petit fruit noir sous une vague de fumť.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleRider78 (682) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2016
500ml bottle. Pours an insane amount of foamy creamy brownish head and has a pretty dark brown appearance. Nice thick sticky lacing. Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee and subtle chocolate notes. Flavours are also quite malty and sweet, some notes of toffee, faint smokey hints. Also some spices but quite subtle. Very smooth and silky sensation on the palate. Good retention and mouthfeel. Not too bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_sully (446) - - DEC 31, 2015
Deep brown body, almost black, with a tan head.bitter aroma and nutty effervescent taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2015
500 ml bottle with a bottling date of 30 Dec. 2014 (almost exactly 1 year old) served in a Porter Bar goblet t about 50F. Rich flavor with plenty of hops to go with the dark roasted grains; this mix produces a taste dynamic that goes from surprisingly sweet up front to mild+ bitterness by the finish, with a good bit of change in the apparent balance of malts to hops along the way. Alcohol is very well hidden in the aroma but more obvious in tasting and produces a warming effect beyond the listed 8.5%. O: a fine RIS thatís worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13602) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate aroma. Medium toasted dark malt flavor with a medium dark bite finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Below average for style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9137) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
500 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have bigger dark fruits, berries, plums, thin chocolate, very light roast, caramel, this doesnít seem to be very characteristic of an imperial stout, more like a thinned out old ale or quad or something, some tart fruits, hints of alcohol, thin body, ok, but not as an imperial stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Dark fruit up front, heavy roast, little bit burnt. Mild smoke in the finish, some paper. Very dark brown color, with a thin tan bubbly head. Leaves some ridges and bits of lace. Kind of an astringent bitter after taste, not very pleasant. Pretty dry, minimal sweetness. Just a touch of tart. Tannic. Medium to bigger body. Light carbonation. Ultra dry and astringent finish impedes drinkability. Not at all a fan of this. Seems as if itís way past itís prime.

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