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Brewed by Microbrasserie de l’Île d’Orléans
Style: Imperial Stout
Sainte-Famille, Île d’Orléans, Canada
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RATINGS: 91   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17182) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty smoky chocolate and vanilla aroma. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate and vanilla flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and vanilla finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (12945) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle at DC local tasting, grâce à CaptainCougar, merci bien, monsieur! Dark maroon color, tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Taste has lots of alcohol, cocoa. Tasty, but strong alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12777) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11581) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
50cl bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small tan head, black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some alcohol warming, roast. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some smoke, alcohol burn. Medium-full body, light acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a sweet milk chocolate with Bailey’s qualities, milky and nice. In mouth, a smooth milky chocolate, B52, very nice, lightly roasted notes in finale, nice. Bottle at Hivernale, Gatineau, Jan. 20 2012.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9401) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8839) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
Imperial stout or imperial porter? Not too thick as a stout, yet clearly roasty. Pours dark, a modest white head. Roasty stouty, very consistent roastiness,and you can smell it. Overall like a 1.5 not imperial, some chocolate. Decent drinkability, there is some sourness in the finish that is strongly malted away. Significant nuttiness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8771) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle thanks to Arch. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of black licorice, roast chocolate and black malt, vanilla and coffee. Some spiciness in taste. Overly carbonated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8024) - 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!

Bottles.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
2011-01-02. Black body with a good sized tan head that fades slowly. 4+ Aroma of roast and slightly charred sweet dark malt in the core. 6+ Flavour has a nice base of sweet dark malt, dry bitter roast overtones. Finishes with a nice balance of bitter roast and sweet malt that lingers into the aftertaste. Smooth medium bodied palate. Tastes a lot like a roastier version of my homebrew imperial stout actually! Solid but simple. Bottle from trade with Fred82


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