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Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Imperial Stout
Shawinigan, Canada
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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.


quelquechose19's rating

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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (770) - 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 (1764) - 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 (211) - 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 (8233) - 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 (4360) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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 (5068) - 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 (5261) - 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 (3291) - 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 (14581) - 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 (375) - 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.


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