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Le Trou du Diable L’Impératrice (Fût de Bourbon Américain)

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Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Imperial Stout
Shawinigan, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels, gives notes of roasted malt on a coffee, dark chocolate and caramel background. The velvety palate is sustained by a sagacious amount of alcohol warmth that give this beer the taste and feel of a fine spirit.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammyboyy (43) - Shawinigan, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Un classique du trou du diable, bu 2 bouteilles jusqu’à présent et toujours aussi excellente d’une année à l’autre. Texture très dense et goût bien chocolaté. Grains torréfié, le goût du bourbon est bien présent et bien dosé à mon avis. Le bourbon n’envahit pas le goût de l’impératrice comme dans certains cas. Il y aussi un côté sucré au chocolat qui nous semble être du chocolat très ’’cacao’’. Le 9% d’alcool est très bien ressenti, ça fait du bien.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
bottle at The Only, Toronto, CA. big beer, lots of roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, hints of coffee. Healthy dose of bourbon aging. nice smooth mouthfeel. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
electrotype (264) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Bouteille datant de novembre 2012. Au nez, je dois dire que je suis un peu déçu : les notes sont davantage vinaigré/condiments que torréfiées/café/chocolat. C’est en bouche que cette bière devient intéressante... Une stout certe, mais qui se boit comme une bière plus légère. Le corps est vivant et frais! Les notes habituellement retrouvées dans une stout se dévoilent finalement, une fois en bouche. L’alcool est très bien cachée. Je serais curieux d’en boire une fraiche, pour comparer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1111) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
Rating #1073 - May 2, 2014 - bottle from Coop. Big bubbly black pour with a tan head that erupts from an aggressive pour. Aroma is heavy roast malt, caramel,mild vanilla. Taste is roast malt toffee sweetness, and an unchalky bitterness, medium-heavy alcohol character, but well tempered with the luxurious toffee sweetness. Impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (824) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Dark pour with beige head. Aroma is sweet with cotton candy, toffee, dark chocolate, oak. Really neat smell. Sweet, roasted malts up front and with earthy hop bitterness. Nice smoothness from the barrel. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cards04 (1937) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
This is maybe the best stout I?ve ever had. Good Lord. Thanks Dominic the alehunter for this liquid gold. Pours a somewhat thin black with lots of mocha head. Aromas are creamy and milky with red berry notes. Then vanilla, and milk chocolate come through. Flavors are so damn smooth. Milk chocolate and sweet vanilla. Like drinking a candy bar. A nice boozy finish. Finishes a touch thin and effervescent for a Stout.. But the flavor and aroma profile more than make up for it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UXO (470) - CANADA - JUN 20, 2014
Pours solid black with two fingers of fluffy beige head diminishing gradually to a half finger skim and heavy lacing. Nose is bourbon, oak, and dark roasted malt, with sweet caramel and vanilla in the background. Taste opens up with sweet malt and vanilla, with strong bourbon and oak, finishing with bitter coffee and chocolate. Heavy-bodied, smooth, and creamy. Oof. This is a massive, challenging beer. Complex and intimidating, it exhibits every bit of its 9% ABV right from the outset. Sweet and thick, it’s definitely a dessert beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9143) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle @ DTE tasting shared by JulianHuxley. Opaque black color, full sized decently lasting light brown head. Aroma is malts, a bit roasty, a bit winey and decently bourbon coming through. Taste malts, a bit roasty, even some fruityness in there and off course bourbon. The carbonation is a little fizzy though, a little high. Otherwise quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5132) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle at the DTE tasting, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is fruit, roasted malt, light alcohol. The flavour is medium to strong bitter, light sweet with a rich vinous frothy alcoholic bitter palate. Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. An unusual bourbon barrel aged beer. A little fizzy and more vinous than expected, but a great beer nevertheless.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5871) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to Julienhuxley. Pours dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, vinous aspects, bourbon/vanilla behind with toffee, light roast and chocolate. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Light full bodied with moderate carbonation.


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