Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle aged one year. My first aged beer!!
Appearance: Completely black and opaque, thick rocky brown head, which takes about a minute to reduce by half.
Aroma: Chocolate is unmistakeable in the aroma naturally as they use actual cocoa. Vanilla is also immediately noticeable. Surprisingly not finding it easy to pick up the cranberries in the nose (after letting it warm a little the dark fruits came through beautifully). Hop aroma not evident.
Flavour: Wonderful roasted bitterness (perhaps hop derived or maybe from roasted barley) balanced by a malty chocolate flavour, definitely some dark fruits (now I think I’m getting the effects of the cranberries!), almost port like in the aftertaste with a lovely warm alcohol feeling that creeps up after about 15 seconds.
Mouthfeel: Low to moderately low carbonation, smooth and silky, finish medium dry, warming.
Overall: Very satisfying to have waited a year for my first aged beer and have a result like this. Decadent. And getting drunk! :-)
Note: This beer scores very well, but I notice that it does not score well to style. I disagree, in that the definition of an Imperial Stout is " boasting high alcohol by volumes and plenty of malt character. Low to moderate levels of carbonation with huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavours. Often dry. Suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols are quite evident. Hop character can vary from none, to balanced to aggressive" (Beer Advocate)
Minderbinder (3173) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with high creamy beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is of roasted malt, fruits, chocolate. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Ok.
Hidden_Pooch (502) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour ruby black with big crema head. Aroma is of chocolate, cranberry, toffee, and roasted malts. Tastes of dark chocolate, cranberry, toffee, and brown sugar. Has a heavy dry body with low carbonation and a bitter cranberry aftertaste. I would love to grow one of these beards for the Winter.
mathieuc (3026) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a good black with a beige cap that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of grapes and chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt and is moderately sweet. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel is smooth. Pretty cool.
tom10101 (4899) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (750 ml) shared at tasting. Slightly hazy amber-brown with a small ring of beige foam leaving little lacing. Aroma is of cranberries, dark chocolate, roasted notes, caramel, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet with cranberries, dark chocolate, caramel, roasty notes, medicinal notes and mineral presence. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Cranberries and roasted malt finish. Not so easy drinking.
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared. Deep red almost black pour with frothy tan head. Aroma is fruity, roasty, light raisin, light cocoa. Taste is lightly sour, roasty, fruity, super medicinal finish. Palate is med bodied with good carbonation.
QcBeer (94) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur rougeâtre tirant vers le noir avec une belle effervescence! Une belle mousse beige tout au tour du verre. Petit odeur chocolaté, d’alcool et de petit fruit rouge. En bouche, c’est sucrement doux. Les papilles ressentent conjointement le chocolat et le canneberge! Une belle rondeur, c’est crémeux, un finale assez sèche de chocolat au lait et on y ressent un peu l’alcool mais nullement agressante. Un bon petit dessert!
Ron (3415) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Old Toad. Pours black with tan head that disappears and leaves very little trace. Aroma is berries, licorice, chocolate and roasted. Flavor is light to medium bitter, light to medium sweet, chocolate and roasted. Nice malty and oily. .
___Steve___ (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black unfiltered stout. Thick brown foam head that dissipates quickly. Dark bittersweet chocolate aroma some faint berry fruit notes. Fairly dry and simple flavour chocolate and malt. Alittle yeasty and spiriteous. Pleasing enduring aftertaste.
ncube (110) - - DEC 26, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drinking a bottle I got Christmas 2014. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and faint sour notes, that I can’t quite peg as cranberry. Taste is much the same, sweetness upfront, with a chocolaty body with vanilla and sour undertones, fading to a more distinctly cranberry backend, and a bitter chocolate aftertaste. Body is smooth and had some weight to it, but lighter than many of this style.
From what I remember from other tastings of fresh bottles, a year of aging has softened the cranberry notes, and made this much more balanced. I liked this much more than I have in the past.
guil0000 (349) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours is dark black with a medium beige head. Nose of coffee, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit (probably cranberry) and caramel. Medium sweetness creamy mouthfeel, small to medium bitterness at the end. A bit of alcool coming throught but not too much. So well balanced. Very good!!!!