Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a smooth chocolate with light spoiled meats, boiled veggies. In mouth, a smooth smoked chocolate with creamy sugars, caramelized, not bad. Cask Days, Oct. 30 2011.
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On cask at Volo. Rather thin, accounting for it being a cask, for a RIS. Not really a RIS. Substantive chocolate. Black coloured body.
Earlier Rating: 10/31/2011 Total Score: 3.2
Cask Days 2011.A decent beer with interesting taste,led by bitterness and some sourness. less than par for the style. on cask increased drinkability. Downside is that the mouthfeel is less than average for the style. Sour first, chocolate and coffee second. Sugary and boozy.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Volo as "Bolshevik Bastard". Pitch black with a little bit of thin dark brown head. The aroma is quite sweet with notes of raisin, pepper and chocolate syrup. A little bit of herbaceousness as well. Ethanol retronasally but it kinds of lacks in punch. A little bit sweet and a little bit one-dimensional in a way that I don’t really enjoy. There is some dried fruit but it’s not got the heavy roast and deep middle that I kind of go for in imperial stouts.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
NB Let Tzar Be IS
2011-10-30. Black body, tiny head fades. 3+ FLavour is quite unusual, sweet dark malt, sugary touches, dry notes, light bitterness lingers, muted roast, pretty sweet overall. Modest aroma, funny sort of herbal character and green vegetation. Average plus to medium bodied palate. Takes on some odd esters as it warms. Not unpleasant necessarily, but a bit of an odd melange at times. Cask Days 2011, Toronto
DuffMan (6855) - 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.
mcberko (6692) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341mL bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Nose brings out dark fruits, roasted malt, and caramel malt. Flavour brings out caramel roasted malt and some dried dark fruit - great balance between the two. Carbonation is lively but nice enough, though the whole thing feels a bit dead in the mouthfeel. Solid beer, just nothing overly interesting.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Volo
Aroma quiet peppery hot aroma with creamy feel , some dark dry malts finishing.
Appearance brown-black with creamy fine top.
Flavor and Palate : heavy bodied. creamy texture with smooth roast sided character. Alcoholic warmth. Not perfect yet good effort shown.
Earlier Rating: 11/9/2011 Total Score: 3.2
Cask Days 2011
Aroma slight sourness, smoky, barley roast feel. Tart black berry hints with dark malty behind.
Appearance dark brown with beige light top, sparse lace. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Slight creamy , buttery feel. Mid accented by dark character with gentle hop hints. Dark chocolate with roast is finishing.
blankboy (6127) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Cask Days 2011. Beer #23 of festival. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small bubbly beige head. Slightly sweet, malty aroma along with some faint sour fruit and chocolate. Interesting flavour, also sweet and malty along with a hint of spices and a hint of sour fruit. Average to medium bodied. Didn’t wow me but it’s pretty good.
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
November 28, 2011 - on cask at Volo as "Nickel Brook Let Tzar Be Imperial Stout." Nearly opaque brown-black with a smallish frothy tan head. Somewhat cloying burnt sugar or treacle aroma, a little earthy bitterness, generic chocolate and some prune tartness. Taste follows, maybe some nutmeg and definitely alcohol, it doesn’t gel very well though ... just average bodied, sticky, lightly carbonated, a little burnt and harsh in the finish - just barely decent, for an impy.
TaktikMTL (5836) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. En fût, verre de dégustation au Beau’s Oktoberfest 2012 (Vankleek Hill, ONT). Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié avec une pointe de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café torréfié avec une pointe de chocolat et de petits fruits rouges. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #4570)