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 (1253) - 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 (1481) - 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 (4151) - 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.
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Brothers Beer Bistro, Ottawa. Tasted side by side with Dieu de Ciel’s Grande Noirceur, and this beer suffered greatly by comparison. Sorely lacking in malty depth, with flavours of plums and cola and capsicum, this did not stand up to its competitor. Thinnish mouthfeel.
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask: Poured a dark black color stout with a light dark brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of chocolate and green pepper is not the most interesting. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt, bitter chocolate and with loads of green peppers. Body is a bit light with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I am not sure what brewing flaws generates the green peppers ester but this was not the most pleasant experience.
pushkinwow (1997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at National Capital Beer Festival. Dark black with a generous brown head that is beautiful to look at. Roasted malts, hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee grinds, some alcohol. Moderate carbonation and body, smooth, clean, slightly bitter and enjoyable.
LarryBeast (491) - - AUG 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Toronto Festival of Beer and again at Forest City Beer Fest. Enjoyed much more at the former than the latter. Dark, syrupy, roasted coffee, plum and chocolate.
Gethinbeer (2149) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iechyd da bra. Thick black, syrup pour with a thin quick dissapating tan hrad leaving a cling lace. Very bold roasted malt chocolate aroma. Delicious flavour of roasted malt, chocolate. Great texture with a pleasant alcoholic kick. Slight herb hints. Very nice.