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


on tap

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2016
(750ml bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of charcoal, bourbon, burnt wood, chocolate, and roasted grain. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, burnt grain, wood, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4884) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2015
Pitch black color. Thin brown head. Surprisingly sour nose with lots of roasted malts, very vinous with light bourbon notes. The mouth is superb smooth, tart, vinous, lots of dark fruit. The end falls off quickly, but alcohol is well hidden. Sour with a bit of bourbon in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
Backlog time. Rated May 25, 2013 at Volo, bottle. Opaque ruby-black with an incredibly long-lasting tight creamy/foamy tight biege head (4+). Smells a lot like their barley wine - apple must, yeast, light roast, subtle but present alcohol and bourbon/oak - quite dry. Taste - restrained roast, moderate alcohol, light oak - quite floral and airy, quite delicate - maybe a hint of astringency with a medium-quick finish; dry and quite fruity, not boozy at all. And "mabel" saying "haaaaaaaarrrrrrrryyyyyy!" repeatedly while I was dictating too, hmmph.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fashawn (583) - ITALY - MAR 10, 2015
Gtan bella birra, dove le note di bourbon sono mersvigliose. Cioccolata, caffè, orzo e mirtilli, oltre il profumo di rose e bourbon che arricchiscono un bouquet già fantastico. Molto ben fatto

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4365) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2015
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, brett, light bourbon, bit of funk. Light sweet, light sour flavour, lots of coffee. Finish bourbon, some sweet alcohol, light tart notes. Bit funky but works really well.
(from bottle shared @ joes’ bbq tasting, Oirschot. Bottle from trade with mathieuc, thanks!!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cocoa, nice bourbon, hints of oak into a bit of earth, some coffee into some yeast. Taste is a mix of cocoa powder, toffee, some molasses, touch of dark fruit into nice oak, vanilla, hints of bourbon into a bit of slight toast, finishing slightly dry, slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammyboyy (70) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
electrotype (615) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1686) - 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.

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