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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
750ml bottle, thanks to tom10101, brewed March 2012. Dark brown with a blended mocha head that gradually settles to leave a nice layer across the glass. Semi-sweet and roasted malts, oddly enough a bit of salt, smoked trout, espresso, some light bourbon and oak, things are a bit muted overall. Moderate carbonation, slightly strange body which is both light and medium in nature (might be the affect of the bourbon aging), mild sweetness that disappears quickly to leave more of a bitter taste that becomes dry, leaving some cocoa, malts, peat and espresso.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1742) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
Habité par une multitude de sucres, des figues aux noix de coco, du cuir au chocolat noir. Les tannins et l’alcool sont également présents. Un peu mince et volatile en bouche mais somme toute, une belle expérience.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (1582) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
A really interesting imperial stout. Pours a dark muddy black with a soapish beige head and tons of huge bubbles. The nose is amazing with an overlying bourbon wood note, funky fruit and yeast notes, toffee, espresso and vanilla. Smooth and silken taste with an expressed roasted malt and coffee bean note. Rich and dessert like but a tad bit watery. Overall an exceptional brew

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Minderbinder (1578) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2013 Bottle 750ml. Pours black, with low beige head, featuring good lacing. Aroma is of malt, coffee, bourbon. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, wood. Nice balance: Overall: quality stuff, pretty good. [Note: The last bottle I had had clear bretts notes, and was a tad funky. Very good too.]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1488) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a big tan head. Aromas of green oak, light bourbon, light smoke, and alcohol. Flavors of licorice, bourbon, and dark caramel. Quite hot with alcohol front and center.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
VT (1298) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1035) - 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)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1021) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
D’un noir bien opaque, elle semble à mi-chemin entre le mince et l’épais, avec un cercle de mousse de couleur beige ; au nez, on croit détecter des levures brett, et pratiquement rien d’autre. En bouche, elle dévoile finalement une certaine profondeur : un peu de café, de vanille, mais l’effet "brett" est toujours là (acidulé, cuir), renforcé en cela par le bourbon qui vient fermer la marche. Un Imperial Stout un peu éclectique, étrange sur les bords, qui vient jouer sur des notes peu attendues. Au total, elle est agréable, costaude et savoureuse, mais pas de la façon que l’on croyait. On lui donne le bénéfice du doute, car le résultat, volontaire ou non, est intéressant sans être impressionnant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
750 mL bottle at a Trou du Diable barrel-aged tasting at Volo, served in a stem glass. Pours Black with small tan head that fades quickly and leaves a trace of lace. On the nose, there are bug notes of molasses, roasted malts and chocolate along with vanilla, anise, herbs and whiskey barrel. The flavour is subtly sweet, with notes of roasted malts and bourbon barrel. The finish is long, with lingering toasty barrel notes and a touch of anise. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice barrel aged imperial stout. Very elegant and smooth, a nice brew for the fireside. 2013-05-25

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (988) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
jet black colour with a tan head. big roast/toast notes mixed with port/brandy sweetness in the aroma. big flavours of roast/ bitterness and a sweetness that adds balance. it is a boozy beer but super complex. nice and tasty!


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