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

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common

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle at Volo
Aroma: strong Bourbon note with alcohol , hint of vanilla and darker malts.7+
Appearance: dark-brown into black. Medium beige top. Classic appearance.
Palate / Taste: Medium bodied. Tasty soft carbonated body with hints of alcohol on dark malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4705) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2012
She poured me a beverage. A bottled black beverage big and foamy on top. Aroma is dusty malt absent any big alcohol note. Flavour has some depth, a dark fruit note. Light swetness. Some sourness. Some sweetness. a cold coffee stout. And then strong hints of the bourbon barrel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
My Bottom Line :
American oak greenness mounts this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout’s roasted malt flavors, while banana candy, vanilla and flowers build depth.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam garnishes the blackness.
-The mouthfeel is soft and plush. Not too heavy, and not lean either.
-Roasted malts create bitterness alongside resinous hops and lingering oak flavors.
-Alcohol is a discreet presence in the flavor profile.

Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2680) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1347) - Gatineau, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3347) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
Le liquide a une robe presque noire. La tête brune est bien crémeuse et possède une belle tenue. Une dentelle s’étend sur le verre. Le nez est très chaleureux, l’effet du fût est bien senti. Les arômes boisés sont présents avec un touche épicée et vanillée. Le malt et les chocolats sont légèrement embourbés par la tranquille force éthylique du nectar américain et accompagnés par des fruits foncés confortables, expressifs dans leur ivre soumission. Les goûts du bourbon sont catégoriques, expansifs et kamikazes, laissant peu de chances aux malts et aux fruits, reléguant aux cachots souterrains du château de l’Impératrice les fines couches chocolatées qui montaient tantôt en belles volutes de fumée. En bouche, la superbe a un corps longiligne, amaigri par le chagrin de ses dernières exécutions. Sa texture, fouettée par des bulles vives et sans doute trop folles, finit tant bien que mal par étendre toute la splendeur de sa soie, une ode à la légèreté, un appel à la gentillesse et au geste courtois. En finale, après tous ces longs soupirs à espérer que se fige l’éternelle insatisfaction, l’Impératrice chuchote des mots doux et chauds, très peu amères, bien fidèle aux grasses rhétoriques de son lointain cousin du Tennessee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4852) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and light roasted malt notes with light bourbon notes though not as much vanilla as I would have expected. Taste is also mostly dominated by black chocolate notes with light green notes and light dry roasted malt. Bourbon notes are more subdued then I was expecting with almost no vanilla notes perceptible. Body isn’t as full as expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall not bad though not as complex as expected with not as much bourbon notes as expected as well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8908) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
bottle at Volo. Fairly strong carbonation.Big roast, very lacy black bodied. Dry, a dry stout/Imperial stout. A sipper. Mouthfeel at best medium.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4458) - 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.


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