Bierotherapeut (43) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bu au Vices et Versa. Arôme de vin fortifié, de porto et de café. L’impression des odeurs de porto se répercute sur le goût. Ce goût est accompagné par des touches fruitées de dattes et de prunes. La finale est rôtie et est soutenu par une amertume délicate ainsi qu’une légère chaleur d’alcool.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse timide. Arômes de pain, d’alcool et de cerises. Saveurs de liège, d’alcool et de malt.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The thin but steardy grey head lasted the whole way through in the really nifty cognac snifter this Beer came in. It was as black as advertised, no reflection in the light at all.
The sticky sweet hops and roasted aromas were like strawberries diped in melted Cuban chocolate. Alcohol effluves weren’t overpowering, slightly pruny/port. Absolutely solid.
Cocoa with a side of licorice, full bodied with no traces of fusels, aftertaste wasn’t acrid, in fact I couldn’t find anything wrong with this one, except maybe that it was a touch overcarbonated, but certainly not a cardinal sin in my book. Satisfying roasted malt flavors and just enough alcohol in the finish to warm you over.
Another awesome offering from a brewpub that derserves to be hyped.
GonZoBeeR (2751) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance:strong black,good head....
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2006 Jan. 2005. Deep black ale with no head. Light chocolate and vinous aroma. Sweet sweet malt and chocolate and moka notes, with light hops in finish. Light alcohol in finale. Merci Rasta! 7-4-7-4-14
On tap at Vices et Versa, Sept. 3 2006. Dark stout with a thin moka head. Sweet milk chocolate with fruity plums and smooth alcohol. In mouth, a stout veering on a barley wine, with sweet chocolate, cold coffee, vinous notes, and alcohol warmth. Rich and pleasing.8-4-8-4-14
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Sampled on tap at Vices & Versa. The pour reveals a pitch black color with brown highlights and a thin light brown head. Excellent, complex aroma of licorice, raisins, chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. The flavor is amazing and complex, raisins, licorice, chocolate, rich and round roasted malt and alcohol pleased my palate immensly, there is mild bitterness in the finish. The body has a light to medium thickness with a liquorous texture and moderate carbonation. An incredible imperial stout.
From a mason jar. Opaque black color with no head. Vinous aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, fruits and alcohol. Flavor of chocolate, fruits, roasted malt and alcohol. Medium body, vinous texture, very soft carbonation. Thanks to Rastacouere for bringing this back from the brewpub!
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 Raisins, burnt wood and icing sugar in the aroma. Opaque dark brown with shy tan head that recedes to ring. Very sweet chocolate flavour with a light nuttiness doesn’t quite hide a vegetal undertone. Decent finishing bittereness. Medium-full body is somewhat sticky in the mouth. Alcohol is apparent with a light warming sensation. Sampled from a mason-jar growler from the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere and MartinT. Resampled at the 2010 Olympic tasting with similar notes and score.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 First tap tastings: subtle raisins and molasses pierce the roasted wood and dark chocolate. From the earth towers a charred tree stump, decorated with dark chocolate bark, brown sugar dust, living off vinous veins. A delicate roasty bitterness is obtained when hugged snuggly. 3.9/5
A tap version available at Vices et Versa in Montreal was not as sensual, though did not lack personality. Carbonation was increased, astringency was reached in the finale, and roastiness didn’t seem to get along with the vanilla/chocolate sweetness. But this was a one-time occurence, as future samples were the same as the first encountered quality...3.4/5
A few other snifters at the brewpub have proved to be as imperial as the first sample I had had, full of raisins, molasses, dark chocolate in a wealthy body. This can be a malty masterpiece, though not nearly as heavy in dextrins as many American examples. 4/5
The newly-bottled batch, brewed at Microbrasserie Charlevoix, is a very classy beverage, a lot drier than most Imperial Stouts I’ve ever had, and much more subdued as well. Elegant roastiness, licorice and timid fruitiness throughout, playing with milk chocolate undercurrents and light alcohol warmth. This drinks like some Belgian Strong Ales in that it is classy, prickly and never heavy even though it is a 10% brew. 3.6/5
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Totally pitch black pour. Creamy beige head is rather generous for the style. Deep dark chocolate emanates from the glass. Smells black! Tons of dark malts in there, very roasty and with no acidity to speak of. Excellent balance between roasted malts (burnt grain and toasted brad reminiscent), oatmeal like cerealic character and the bold hoppiness that brings in an eternal aftertaste of herbal and vegetal green hops and ashes like dryness. Very tasty and efficient. As balanced as can be. Perhaps just lacking in fruitiness, I couldn’t name one fruit flavor, but this is still one of the best I’ve had, just not as complex as an expedition, although the alcohol is better hidden. Silky is the word to describe the mouthfeel, a velvet coat that you want to wear for a long time. Full bodied, moderately carbonated with small fine bubbles. Top of the scale.