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


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
VT (1795) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
pumpkinhead2 (656) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bière noire montrant quelques reflets rougeâtre à la lumière, à l’effervescence qui semble très bonne, et surmontée d’un large col brun, mousseux, dense, rocailleux, et qui laisse une belle dentelle sur les parois du verre. Arômes bien maltés, plutôt sucrés, biscuit, mélasse, caramel, torréfaction plutôt timide pour le style, beaucoup de vanille, du fruité (banane surtout), boisé évident, un peu de houblon herbacé, et d’agréables effluves de bourbon. Un beau nez, riche, complexe et intense. En bouche, c’est à peine pétillant sur la langue, pas tellement mousseux non plus, l’onctuosité est intéressante cependant. Au goût, ça demeure sucré mais moins qu’au nez, c’est davantage le chocolat noir qui ressort, plus de torréfaction en bouche qu’au nez. C’est étonnamment fruité également (orange et banane surtout), et on retrouve la vanille, le boisé et la saveur typique du bourbon sans pour autant que le goût alcoolisé soit tellement perceptible. On peut également percevoir un léger houblon herbacé, et la finale amène une légère amertume. Cette excellente bière, un gros coup de cœur pour moi, est riche, complexe et intense, tout en affichant une très belle originalité pour le style. Bravo! Belle réussite!

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UXO (1002) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (1210) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cards04 (2472) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1402) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fashawn (493) - Montesarchio, 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle fm brewery. Black, blue black inky deep. Meaty aroma, salty. Bite. Salted prunes. Vanilla subtle. Gentle but lively. My god this is gorgeous salty, dry, delicious, drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkska101 (1364) - 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.

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