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

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle thanks to Matt7215. Pours an expected dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, spices, smoke, and coffee. Flavor matches well, but has a certain taste that I have been getting from all of these Grand Rivers. Pretty decent brew and very drinktable, especially as it warms up from fridge temp.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weezel (241) - Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2015
2013 bottle. Nice anise and dark stone fruit aroma with a slight alcohol bite. Taste is more of a dark Barleywine but awesome fruitiness and the anise licorice comes through in a very good way. Very well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5337) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle: Shaker: Enormous foamy head. Took half an hour to settle! Ruby red black ish beer. Beige head. Aromas of oat, chocolate, roast, malts, caramel, hint of tobacco, mocha and nuts. Flavours of roast, caramel, minerals, skunk, bitter, light dry, iron, mocha, hint of bay leaf and nuts. Aftertaste malts, grains, oat, toast, minerals and some bitters with hints of dried leaves, skunk and nuts. Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3493) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2015
16 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/13/2015. Pours fairly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, herbal, wood, light char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, light dark fruit, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/wood char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good Russian imperial stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (1335) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
Negra opaca. Excepcional espuma, superabundante, ultradensa, color ocre, muy muy duradera, dejando una montañita, se puede escribir en ella. Aroma rico, tostado, chocolate.También chicle. En boca, tiene algo de muchas cosas, pero nada en exceso. Café, licor, chocolate, tabaco, malta. Todo ello con un cuerpo ligero, minimamente agrio pero bebible, escondiendo bien el alcohol. Final bastante amargo y postgusto de chocolate, amargo y calentito dejando patente (ahora sí) el alcohol. En conjunto equilibrada y notable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersammich (71) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Pours dark with an almost nonexistent head. Smell is mostly of toasted malts. Taste is much the same. A little bit more mild then imperial stout would suggest. A nice beer over all. I had this from a bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuperTiti33 (775) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
Noire. Fin collet blanc. Chocolat au lait. Sucré. Vanille. Nougat. Légèrement aqueuse. Noix (arachide). Bien.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flip_soeperman (809) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2015
Surprisingly good. Aroma of chocolate with a medium body. But the taste is very nice and complex, warming, some plum...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deepeary (305) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11206) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3211) - 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.


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