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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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tap at Volo (in cask). Masterpiece. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and also grass. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long lasting. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1146) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2009
500mL bottle from the brewery. Really cool image on the bottle of a Russian Cannon. Pours an almost completely opaque dark brown witha small tan coloured head. The aroma is very typical Imperial Stout charactertistics, nice GR malts with signatue hops, no booze, very inviting actually. The flavour follows suit nicely, hitting all the classic elements of a good Imperial Stout, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, with a nice hop presence that you might almost miss. Really nice malt structure here, and the palate is rich and full but nice and soft for a 9% beer. A bit of a chalky feeling comes out as this warms which I kind of like. And no gross soy sauce! Yeah! Im giving this a high rating for the following reason: I think many here are under-rating it due to high expectations both of this brewery and this style based on many American examples. There is nothing particularly unique about this Imperial Stout except for a few small GR characteristics, but for what it is, a genuine Ontario-brewed Imperial Stout, this is a remarkable acheivment. Compare it to every other IS ever brewed in this province as a guideline, not what brewers in another country have/are doing. Its a very nice, classic Imperial Stout that goes down pretty easy.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
Not really taking into account the style for this rating. Im a huge fan of porters, and this was a very porter-like imperial stout. Complex, smooth, and bold. Chocolaty and malty. Superb.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2010
Aged bottle from tasting night at brewery launch night - slight head, very dark mahogany. Ages very well.. robust cigar and fine chocolate with a delicate sweetness masking the alcohol well. The hard Cambridge water shows though with the moderate bitter finish. A great brew aged or fresh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bejaaamin (115) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2009
Pours deep brown, tinge of red around the edge. Aroma of eucalyptus, coffee, cigar butt, cocoa. Taste; sweet malt balanced with a beautiful bitterness. Fantsastic stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (2985) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2009
Great sweet aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and some light port wine notes. Flavor is again, very roasty, very full bodied, lots of coffee, and some deep port/fruit flavors, A really nice stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3198) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4110) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours dark brown with a very nice 3-finger dark beige-brownish towering slightly rocky head, good lacing. Roasted barley, strong filter coffee, slightly burnt (like coffee on the burner after one hour). Boozy palate. Medium to full body. Omnipresence of hops, very long and pungent finish also. Good Impy indeed!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
On tap at Golden Kiwi. Pours midnight black, blocks out all light. Substntial aroma of roast malt, chocolate and faint alcohol. Flavour is great, raosted malt, chocolate, alcohol is all but hidden. Got better on every sip. Still green, but getting really good. Definitely want to cellar a few of these!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (3605) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2012
A big taste. A surprisingly good beer from Grand River. Full body, although it doesnt pour as thick as some imperial stouts. Strong taste of coffee and alcohol, heavy mouthful. The cost is good too - cheap for an imp stout. Underrated.


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