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

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RATINGS: 81   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5247) - 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 (5990) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5969) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
66cl bottle @THT courtesy of JulianHuxley. Thick creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Nice subtle bourbon taste. Very smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4043) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of vanilla, roast malt, dark fruit and chocolate. Full body, quite vinous, chocolate, dry, sweet end.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver; dated Jul 2013
Black impenetrable color with generous, light brown, compact head. Nice aroma, not too strong, but harmonious; vinous, with gentle roasted malts and a hint of smoke, dates and roasted hazelnuts. The mouthfeel is bold and smooth; quite strong flavor of roasted malts and roasted hazelnuts, with moderate residual sweetness, some dark chocolate, light acidity, and vinous character; more chocolate and red wine than oak barrel; luckily the roasted malts are not ashy; comforting alcohol: the final tends to be a bit nutty.
I don’t find roastiness and acidity to play a good game together usually; despite that, it’s still an excellent beer, with a high price tag unfortunately.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (512) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2014
Sombre et impénétrable, sa mousse est plutôt fugace. Des notes très sucrées et chocolatées accompagnent le boisé des barriques de bourbon. Il y a un petit quelque chose de fruité également. Cette impression fruitée se répète en bouche. L’alcool ne pardonne pas et à chaque gorgée, une vague de chaleur enveloppe les saveurs chocolatées et vanillées. Très soyeuse en bouche, presque pas de carbonatation, c’est divinement bon. Un aspect vineux s’est étrangement pointé en finale, question de complexifier le tout. Juste wow.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (894) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
Aroma is a sour and acidic one with a slight roastiness. Taste is a sweet rich maltiness with some roastiness at finish. Body is dark with a beige head that retains well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6340) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle - Oak and whisky notes, roast malts. berry and vanilla notes. Jet black and frothy brown head. Big whiskey notes, surprisingly milder and well rounded than the nose. You would have to be a huge whisky fan to truly enjoy this as that is the dominant flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimspady (213) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours black, very bubbly. Head and lacing disappears quickly. Lots of coffee and alcohol. Caramel. Slightly oily in the palate. Another hit from a great brewer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4662) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Creamy, off-white head atop a black body. Nose is slightly sour, wooden and bourbon. Steep in flavour - very smooth, red wine, toasty malt and cocoa nibs. Thin finish. Very good.


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