Eructoblaster (3255) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mondial de la Bière (Montréal). Pours a black opaque body with a thin brown head. Aroma and taste are both awesome. It is rich, complex, robust. The beer carries various notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, fruits and yeast. No hints of alcohol at all. It ends with a long and warming finish. This is an amazing beer!
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
My Bottom Line:
An ocean of soy sauce and floating residual sugars frighteningly recalls SA Triple Bock. A viscous and cloying Imperial Stout whose complex flavors of coffee, molasses, vanilla and roastiness just don’t have room to shine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-This headless monster did sport a dauntingly opaque black dress.
-The mouthfeel is as thick as it gets, and this just doesn’t agree with the saltiness for my palate.
-Alcohol burns in the back, and the overwhelming sugars are on the verge of triggering my gag reflex.
-I am against the grain here, but this overly sweet sumo sipper just doesn’t work for me at all.
Bottle at the Mondial de la Bière.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe noire sans mousse. Arômes de caramel, de torréfié, de vanille, de boisé et de sucre. Saveurs de caramel, de torréfié, de levures, de vanille et d’alcool.
Sammy (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Mondiale 2007. Review #2200. A very good RIS, I do not know why it is labelled American. Dark brown with a macha crown. Chocolate and alcohol nose. Medium plus mouthfeel. A lot of sweetish chocolate. Significant carbonation.
Quevillon (2604) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bu au Mondial 07. Noir simple avec très peu de collet. Arome de café chocolaté fort et sucré. Goût de malte choco-café sucré et un peu alcoolisé.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light aroma with a tinge of chocolate. Black with no head--very oily looking. Medium palate for an impy. Flavors are extremely sweet! Lots of bitter chocolate and brown sugar and definitely alcohol. Tangy aftertaste detracts. I just felt this one was way too sweet for my tastebuds.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body, oily and furious. Fluffy dark brown head slowly builds from within and then dissipates quickly. Aroma is complex to say the least , full of vibrant roasted malts, dark rich chocolates, treacle, cocoa powder, burned licorice, caramel, plums, smoke, fresh coffee beans and hints of hoppiness trampled by a long slumber. Flavor is stupendous, starting off with sweet roasty malts, leading into an array of stunning tastes. These include more molasses, decadent dark chocolates, densely packed coffee, licorice, briny water, plums and other related dark fruits and intensely satisfying caramel candies. The flavor is a knockout, a real treat. The palate is creamy and vinous, oily and rich, coating and warming, incredibly full bodied. Finishes warming and moderately bitter, sticky and thick. A serious beer, one I’d love to sample straight from the tap.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Pitch black with a thin dark brown fluffy head. Dark heavily roasted malts, leather, some salty soy, dark chocolate and cocoa along with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Flavour is very chewy and sweet, with a savoury saltiness, leather and dark chocolate throughout. Full bodied and very rich tasting. A soft charcoal and dusty roastiness on the finish. Assertive bitterness. Very tasty brew.
Ughsmash (7275) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the Holiday Pack thanks to styles! Highly-viscous deep black pour with a lovely initial cap of deep brown head (stuck around for quite a while considering the strength of this brew). The aroma was most excellent (unless you ask my wife)... heavy espresso roast, molasses, charred anise, and dark chocolate.. no overt alcohol, but its power was evident.
The flavor department found deeply-roasted dark chocolate and plummy fruits... layers of molasses, light soy, charred oak, and espresso bitterness (and mild sourness)... alcohol warmth accents the long chocolatey finish. Thick, creamy consistency on the palate that felt so very good.. well-placed bitterness.. wonderful flow. Fantastic beer!
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Boston EBF 2007 (advertised at 13.5% and not 12.5% as above). Black body with a medium tan head. That’s a stout with a strong focus on the chocolate flavours. Taste is dominated by dark chocolate flavours with a cacao-like bitterness. Very creamy body. Earthy roasted undertones. Alcohol surprisingly well hidden. My notes say that it was like drinking a chocolate cake. That would explain the love handles.