Brewed by Microbrasserie de l’Île d’Orléans
Style: Imperial Stout
Sainte-Famille, Île d’Orléans, Canada
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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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La bière d’hiver c’est la Jean dit Laforge. Fort et robuste, il fabriquait de ses mains les outils des cultivateurs de l’île d’Orléans. Il était quelqu’un et sa bière... est quelque chose. Ses effluves de malt, de chocolat et de vanille vous le confirmeront.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle: Deep brown, near opaque with a thick khaki head. Tarry black patent aroma with notes of licorice & dark chocolate. Slick body- light tartish notes in the fore flavor- elderberry notes and fudgey chocolate yet it remains fairly dry. Some black malt roast and more residual chocolate. Rich & tasty, yet gentle & rounded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle from j12601. Sweet, pruney, mineral and caramel aroma, Light bitter chimney notes. Sweetish, very malty flavor, with mild smoky ashy notes. Light prune flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle thanks to Daknole. Thick black totally opaque with tan-brown head. Aroma is carob with dusting of cocoa powder. Bright rich and fruity aroms are like a dense flourless chocolate cake with some natural vanilla. Mouthfeel is a tad chalky. Finish is correspondingly tannic. Has excellent dark, as in 99% cocoa dark, chocolate mouthfeel and flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
Dark brown. Slight head. The aroma is minerally earthiness with some fun dark fruitiness. Somewhat chocolatey character, especially in the finish. A bit of raisin in there, with without the richness. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9053) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2009
This hard to find gem was provided by Glouglouburp. This is the first rating of this beer outside Quebec!!! Black pour with a light brown head. Aroma is pure chocolate decadence. Some fruitiness is detected as well. Flavor is full of really nice chocolate, dried pears and some roast. damn this was fun to sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2009
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur brune très foncée et opaque. Nez de malt rôti et légèrement brûlé, de chocolat noir, de pain grillé, moyen de café, léger d’alcool, de bois brûlé et avec des notes de houblon herbeux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche et moyennement crémeuse. Léger goût de fumée de bois accompagné de traces de chocolat au lait (faibles notes lactiques) et de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût amer de malt assez rôti et aux notes brûlées, de chocolat noir avec un léger goût de pain grillé avec des notes de céréales puis en finale l’on retrouve un moyen goût d’alcool (notes réchauffantes) et de café ainsi qu’un léger goût de houblon herbeux. Post-goût plutôt long, amer de rôti-brûlé, d’alcool, moyen de café, moyen-léger de houblon herbeux et avec un moyen goût de fumée de bois.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2009
500ml bottle. Pours dark with a medium brown head. Quite fluffy and creamy. Very nice looking. Aroma is quite roasted. Some chocolate and some alcohol. hints of caramel. Taste is a bit bitter on the finish. Hints of sweetness. not much complexity hints of bittery chocolate. Rating #39

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5706) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2009
2 bouteilles de 500 ml partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un moeyn col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de céréales grillées avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #2199)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 In short: A big chocolaty roasted imperial stout with vanilla notes. Surprisingly drinkable.
How: Bottles. Re-rate for new winter 2009/2010 release. Consumed relatively fresh a few months after the beer release
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Roasted nose. Taste of roasted malts, some chocolate (half milk chocolate, half black chocolate), some burnt wood, some vanilla a little bit of caramel. A light dryness sensation coming from the high roastiness level. Medium bitterness. Medium body. Alcohol well hidden. The type of beer I came to expect from the USA, not Canada. But we’re not like American, we don’t put ketchup on our breakfast eggs, that’s gross, here we put maple syrup in our pea soup, mmm….

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This healthy Imperial Porter focuses on chocolate and roasted malts, leading to the balanced bitterness of wooden hops and more roast.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sliver of foam decorates the brown-laced blackness.
-Alcohol is well hidden throughout.
-The roasted malt character is a lot less vegetal in the new ’9-’10 version.
-This is quite carbonated, making it pretty drinkable for a strong ale.
-This is well dried out, never too heavy and the flavors are all balanced. This Laforge is much better executed than last year’s Cuvée Hiver, its first incarnation. From 3.2 to 3.7!


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