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


on tap

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 (813) - Windsor, Ontario, - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flip_soeperman (681) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2015
Surprisingly good. Aroma of chocolate with a medium body. But the taste is very nice and complex, warming, some plum...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deepeary (245) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours black with tight beige head. Nose is roady malt and chocolate. Taste is more roasted malt, chocolate, caramel. Lingering bitter finish. Medium body for the style. Nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10789) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle from Julien_Huxley, thanks! Black, pours a huge head. Ash and licorice in the aroma. Malty salty flavor with hints of ash. Very dry for an imperial stout. Licorice. tasty, aromatic, but tough to pour this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2015
500ml bottle, black color, with a thick creamy beige head, nice sweet black, chocolate, toasted, caramel malty, molasses nose, with some light coffee, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, semi-sweet dark chocolate baking bar accents and a light burnt toast, burnt bran muffin, chocolate pie crust, subtle licorice spicy note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth black, roasted, chocolate, toasted malty, dark bitter chocolate, burnt toast, burnt fruitcake character, with some light dark coffee, molasses, burnt dark dried fruit, mochaish, burnt sugar pie crust flavours, leading towards a warming fruit yeast, molasses sweetness, dark dried fruit, black coffee, lingering chocolate, black, caramel, toasted maltiness, roasty bitterness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lesifflebiere (1383) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
Liquide à apparence de pétrole, avec une carbonatation faible et une mousse pour ainsi dire absente. Le nez est de grains torréfiés, de café et un peu de raisin. Consistance mi-épaisse. La bouche est mince, plus dans les fruits confits que dans le café chocolaté, mais son amertume et ses saveurs franches viennent quelque peu la sauver. Cependant, certaines de ses saveurs sont justes, et d’autres moins. Satisfaisante au final.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1466) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2015
16 ounce bottle, label says bottled on 2014/AUG/28. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, molasses and a bit of nuttiness. I think the taste pretty much is just like the aroma, but to me it seems the roasty bitter flavors are the strongest compared to the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and is easy enough to drink. Low/moderate carbonation. Overall I thought this was a decent brew, definitely worth a try! $5.20 a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CacheManyHose (310) - HONG KONG - DEC 31, 2014
At the farm in Calabogie. Smells of coffee, dark roasted malt. Tastes quite bitter, spiced cola, dry fruit. Body is acidic, medium, fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (364) - HONG KONG - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from LCBO at the Farm. Black slightly thin pour. Sticky legs and head. Aroma is sort of generic stouty - not in a bad way - toasted malt. Taste is chocolatey, bitter roasted flavor. Good. Lasting bitterness. Palate a bit thin. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cargo150 (891) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
Couleur noir avec aucun col. Aroles de café,chocolat,mélasses, sucres,caramel,alcool. Complexe mais pas du tout mon genre d’imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1214) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 5, 2014
Botella de 50 cl en el lúpulo en el momento el 12-07-2014. Embotellada en 02-05-2014. Color negro intenso con espuma oscura. Buenos aromas iniciales a especias, maltas tostadas y bastante chocolate. Sabores mas suaves de lo esperado con toques ácidos tipo saison o brettas bastante acentuados, junto con un cuerpo ligero,, muy fácil de beber para ser una imperial stout y tener 8.5 vol,,. Solo al final cuando ya esta a temperatura ambiente aparecen mas sabores propios de este tipo, siendo el chocolate, la melaza y las especias como la vainilla los mas perceptibles. Me esperaba otra cosa un poco mas densa y con mas cuerpo, original, se podría repetir.

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