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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1026) - New York, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle, 04/01/2013. Pours black, huge foamy tan head dies down to an inviting fluffy pillow on the surface, large bubbled lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, sweet chestnut, vanilla cake frosting with caramel and bourbon in the end. Taste is chocolate and cocoa powder, dark roast porter notes with slight coffee bitterness, bourbon prominent in the finish, a little hot but not too abrasive. Medium full palate, becomes more round with time as it was perhaps overly carbonated at first. Enjoyable, though not top notch, imperial stout for me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
quelquechose19 (27) - - MAR 24, 2013
De délicieuses arômes de bourbon et de vanille légèrement boisé. Des saveurs de chocolat, de café, de caramel avec un gout surette de cerises. Le goût de bourbon est présent sans être trop dominant. Une bière de dégustation de grande qualité.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4013) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bourbon influence is strong here. Pours black with good lacing and head. Aroma of strong bourbon - a little unbalanced actually. Some vanilla and coffee as well. Booze in finish. Ok but overpriced and overhyped. Bottle thanks to Delires des terroirs for finding this one in the back for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Pours dark, unclear coffee in color with an easily dissipating grayish cocoa head, from the barrel aging. The aroma gives a bit of infection - wild yeast, and some roasted malts. The body is also thin, from the barrel aging I assume, and some flavors of for me, again, lightly infected yeast notes with carmel and roasted malts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkska101 (894) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle from peluso shared with dad A: vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasty. App: pitch black beige head. T/p: full body finish is sweet and average long. O: amazing the balance is awesome complex yet digestive.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (728) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
Bouteille 750ml. Couleur noire opaque, mousse couleur lait au chocolat laissant un voile léger. Arôme de bourbon, vanille, boisé, café. Goût de bourbon, boisé, café noir, malt torréfié. Carbonation moyenne-faible, corps moyen, un peu collante.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
750 ml bottle with resealable cap (happiness). Pours an orange-brown black with a resilient, cream-beige head. Smell is coffee, black chocolate. Taste is tons of chocolate, black coffee, burnt caramel, vanilla, wood, bourbon. Finish is black coffee, cocoa, somewhat light bitterness, but comes balancing all the malt quite nicely. Medium to thick body, soft, velvety mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. I feel like calling it a masterpiece. Ok, let’s go ahead and call it a masterpiece. I need more bottles of that, right freaking now! Aging time!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stef73 (213) - - NOV 3, 2012
dans un verre ballon une belle couleur opaque et en mettant le nez dans le verre plusieurs aromes sont melanger avec une forte dominance d alcool et de chocolat.en bouche un melange de cafe et chocolat et a la fin une touche l alcool vient fermer le tout. a prendre par une soiree froide d hiver elle reconforte je vous la recommande a tous par stef73

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1221) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
Noire opaque, coiffée d’une mousse beige compacte et persistante, qui se cramponne aux parois en une écume. Au nez, la mélasse semble omniprésente, alors que l’alcool est assez convainquant. On sent la cerise confite, les biscuits à l’avoine ainsi qu’une senteur de bourbon, qui ne nous envahit pas, c’est bien dosé. Un goût de caramel brûlé, de tire-éponge, de liqueur alcoolisée à la cerise. C’est bien équilibré, ça sollicite plusieurs des sens, sans agressivité et ça procure un réel plaisir en bouche. Fait à noter, elle est âgée de 14 mois. (Embouteillée 08-11) (417-211012)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
750mL bottle, courtesy of manuchampions (thanks Jon), pours a very deep dark amber brown with a big tan head. Aroma of light bourbon barrels, toasted nuts, vanilla and rubber. Flavour is very rubber-heavy, with loads of leather, some barrel / woody notes and a bit of chocolate. Not the most complex, and a bit off, with the leather / rubber notes. Disappointing, but solid nevertheless.


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