probstblueribbon (2851) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 mL bottle in a mixed pack from LCBO served cool in a tulip glass. Deep brown-black with a fair mocha head. Quite fruity, some molasses, dark chocolate and black coffee, dark treacle, a little woody and boozy, a bit brothy, more dark-roasted malts. Medium-full body with fairly aggressive effervescence. Lots of deep, fruity molasses, dark chocolate, a little licorice, treacle, more molasses, a touch of wood, almost no booziness; sweet with plenty of bitterness and a very long, mouth-coating finish. Decent.
CapFlu (4458) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full flame bayed banana and booze nose. Quick dissipating head with an opaque body. Flavour is rich with coffee and cocoa shavings, very boozy and creamy oily soya finish.
Metalchopz (2197) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at Borthers Beer Bistro in Ottawa, ON. Pours a very dark brown colour with a small light brown head and not much lacing. Smokey roasted malt aromas with hints of maple. Nicely balanced between the dark malt and sharp bitterness. Decent hop lingering in the aftertaste with notes of molasses. A nice light dry mouthfeel. Well-blended Imperial Stout that goes down nicely.
SteveLikesBeer (50) - - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This imperial stout is black and pours with a grey head. I’d previously tried the brewery’s Kentucky Bastard, which is the same brew but aged in bourbon barrels. It’s made with a blend of roasted barley, chocolate and amber malt, has a mild bouquet and the taste offers hints of chocolate and coffee. It’s surprisingly smooth for a nine-per-cent beer, while providing some crispness and an easy finish.
GRM (2912) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample, draught, during the National Capital Craft Beer Festival, savoured on August 16 2013; eye: black, opaque, brown head, nice lacing; nose: green, roasted malt, light hops, light coffee; mouth: green pepper, roasted malt, slight hops, light coffee, “green” finale with presence of caramel, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, lightly sweet, a bit thin; overall: ordinary
Échantillon, en fût, bue lors du National Capital Craft Beer Festival, savourée le 16 août 2013; œil : noire, opaque, mousse brune, bonne dentelle; nez : vert, malt torréfié, léger houblon, léger café; bouche : poivron vert, malt torréfié, très léger houblon, léger café, finale « verte » avec présence de caramel, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, légèrement sucrée, un peu mince; en résumé : ordinaire
chris__hartley (274) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours opaque black; the head is mocha and mousse-like. The aroma has notes of: sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The taste is medium sweet that finishes medium bitter; there are notes of: coffee, licorice, dark rum, and pumpernickel bread. The palate is full bodied, has a creamy/oily mouth feel, has low carbonation, with a long finish. Overall, a decent product from Nickel Brook.
mathieuc (1141) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from CANBIF 2013. Pours a nice black with a nice moka head that unfortunately fails fast (no retention) and doesn’t leave much lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and ash. First whiff reminded me of raisins too. Taste is maybe sweet but this sweetness is crushed by the roastiness. Again, caramel flavors and ash. Not a fan of ash in a stout... Body is "medium", maybe a little weak. The ashy bitterness persists for a while. Carbonation level is medium. Drinkable but definitely not great.
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Pub Italia during out final outing as a clan of five residents. Slight cherry complementing tootsie roll and dark chocolate. More red fruit in the finish. Moderate dark malt but more like a dunkler bock than a stout. Some belgian yeastiness to it.
reebtogi (4033) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml bottle pours black in color with a small light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is light roasted grains and chocolate. Taste is a raisin and chocolate malty sweetness with a light roasted grain and hop bitterness. As far as Imperial Stouts go this one is quite a bit below average.
cfarr069 (7) - Rockland, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap at Brothers in Ottawa. Very strong chocolate and malt, not much else. The flavour is lacking in complexity, and the mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired.
Much better in the bottle, a lot more roast coffee, and stronger stout mouthfeel.