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Le Cheval Blanc Stout Impérial Russe

Le Cheval Blanc Stout Impérial Russe
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Brewed by Le Cheval Blanc
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Very dark ale, rich and smooth, with loads of torrefied and choloate malts, well hopped (70 IBU) with Amarillo. Served on cask! 8,5% alc./vol. Ale noire de luxe, chocolatée, torréfiée à souhait, généreusement houblonnée (70 IBU) avec de l’Amarillo. 8,5% alc./vol. EN CASK!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (4118) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
Just boat loads of roasted malts, burnt malts, soy, charred burnt espresso. The amountof roast and char in here is quite impressive. There is a noticeable green leafy hop shot in the background and finish. The bitterness is quite high, but super pleasant with the incredible roast, and a touch of bitter cocoa to finish it off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15519) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
Dark brown with a thin head. Served on cask. Chocolatey and slightly coffeeish. Light body and with a fair bit of roast. Nice acidity late.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (11870) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 20, 2012
draught@brewpub - dark black beer with a persistent beige foam; strong roasted aroma with notes of coffee, hints of wood; full-bodied, thick and fairly bitter; nuts, chocolate and roasted malts with lingering notes of vanilla in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Cask at brewpub. Black with everlasting brown head. Big aroma is silky aroma with deep chocolate, vanilla. Rich. Palate as soft as velour. Not as roasty as expected. Instead of roast, we are greeted with fruity chocolate. Heady and strong but bo alcohol detected. It is exceptionally smooth. Lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5863) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2011
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a medium off-white creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with loads of black chocolate and light dry bitter finish. Taste is also a very concoction of black chocolate with some roasted malt and light lactose notes to offset some of the bitterness. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and some good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice level of complexity but also has a good drinkability factor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5006) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2011
On this rainy and boring day, my wife is currently finalizing the income taxes and my daughters are busy playing with friends. So, what can I do? Read The Brothers Karamazov or watch a Korean film with Arabic subtitles ? Nah.... Already done. And why not get into my car and drive until I can knock on heaven’s doors? Good idea. Here I am, 20 minutes later, at Le Cheval Blanc, first beer geek of the day, ordering a russian imperial stout, a beautiful 8,5 abv black beast with a nice dark brown head and suitable lacing. First smell of this magic potion reveals lucious aromas of chocolate and gentle dark grains. And then, after a nanosecond, a burst of fresh hops tickles the nostrils and seems to remain in the atmosphere. First sip of this chocolat indulgence liquid hit me with strenght : stimulating hops flavors along with fruity roastiness provide a hophead kind of resinous bitterness. Good enough. What about the mouthfeel : after using my pocket density analyzer, I can honestly say that the body of this cask version is medium to full with just enough carbonation and a true oily texture (thanks to my pocket texture analyzer for this one!). Finaly, 20 minutes later, looking at my watch and my empty glass, it is time to walk my way out and try not to burp all the bitterness and the roastiness stocked in my mouth. Nice pit stop. (April 16th)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
Cask, pours a black body with a bubbly lacing. Roast y malt tones, fudge, toffee and roasted malt tones. Inky roast y body, feels a bit thin despite the 8 plus abv. Burnt bittering malt tones, light licorice, and a bitter coffee, oak and earth y hoppiness. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (4174) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
Un verre sur place. Un mousse brune comme de la crème fouetté trône sur cette bière noire. On dirait une Guinness avec mousse plus foncée. Arôme de torréfaction, houblon. En bouche la bière est crémeuse, l’amertume bien présente, la mousse aussi. Il y a un bon équilibre entre la torréfaction et le houblon. Manque un petit quelque chose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9292) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Imperial Stout gratifies the senses with its raisiny malts, dark chocolate severity and the gripping bitterness of roasted malts and resinous hops.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A compact nitroed head of foam laces atop the blackness.
-A light acidity follows the dark chocolate notes, post-taste.
-Nitro is too important for my tastes; it veils part of the aroma and the flavor profile, making the poignant finish come as a surprise.
-I’m not sure if that bloated mouthfeel is simply a result of a too high nitrogen percentage...

On tap at the brewpub; nitrogenated version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1590) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2010
Hook me to the Ratings Crack Pipe. Dark brown, little head, aroma of cocoa and black olive. Taste sweet dark blueberry fruit. Licorice, spice, herbal and puckering dry grassy hops and coffee liqueur, seems a bit loose but definitely has promising attributes.

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