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Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Imperial Stout
Shawinigan, Canada
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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1293) - Canadiana, Ontario, 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1182) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkska101 (1164) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1111) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (999) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
750ml bottle. Very black pour with a dark tan head that lasts nicely. Bourbon really jumps out of the glass with a big roasted fire note, vanilla, espresso and licorice. On the palate the bourbon note still jumps out first with a bit of booziness. Fantastically complex stuff I’d say. It’s a little sweet and finishes with a pleasant bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (968) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cargo150 (955) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
Couleur noir avec un col beige mousseux qui s’estompe assez rapidement. Nez étrange, je ne sais pas si c’est le fut de bourbon mais j’ai jamais senti ça auparavant. Ce n’est pas désagréable mais c’est spécial. En bouche grand mélange de café, chocolat, malt grillé et fut de bourbon. Très liquoreux. Bière très complexe et très spécial unique en sont genre. C’est une réussite, pas tout a fait mon genre je m’attendais de quoi d’autant complexe mais plus standard! A essayer tout de même!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (866) - 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.


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