VertBaconStrips (2122) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ooooo! Out on the town! Shed the self imposed house arrest. On tap at beer revo. Wonderful smellz. Cigarettes, choco dark cherries, thick ass thick stuff, borderline coconut, peppery meaty base, souls of lonely walruses. Really tasty as well, burnt lots of things, faint alc feel, hard roast, plummy stuff, ash, very flavorful. Long after taste as one would expect. Cindy lauper is killing it right now. Gonna go home and rent Goonies.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A big body, very fruity, highly roasted and slightly chocolaty impy stout. Good.
How: Bottle 355ml, consumed one year of age. Bottle sent to me by Savvy1982, thanks Kyle.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head.
In long: Nose is roasted, chocolaty, baked dark fruits. Generic but very inviting aroma that feels rather bright for the style. Taste is along the same lines. A lot of fresh and dried dark fruits, chocolate chips cookies, Fig Newton™ cookies, molasses cookies, grape juice concentrate, quite a bit of roast. Body is very full and the medium carbonation seems fitting. A little alcohol bite but nothing bothersome. An after taste of highly charred malts and dark fruits. A nourishing monster that somehow doesn’t feel so sweet. A bit too fruity for my taste in impy stouts, but that’s a personal preference, if you like your impy stout on the fruity side this one will surely satisfy. This beer is named after the old classic theorem stating that 1000 Monkeys typing on 1000 computer for an infinite amount of time would eventually reproduce the entire Shakespeare work, and reading ratings here on ratebeer I am starting to wonder if this experiment is not already in progress.
Travlr (14195) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Calgary beer fest. Black color, dark brown head. Aroma of rich dark cocoa. Taste is smooth butterscotch and cocoa. Very nice.
BeerandBlues2 (10390) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Calgary Beer Fest. Pours opaque black with a medium, creamy brown head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is dark fruits (prunes, dates, figs, raisins), roast, chocolate malt and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt and fruit balanced, light hops, medium bitterness and a dry finish Full body and medium carbonation.
Reimer96 (1415) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with a nice creamy frothy brown top. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet dried fruits, slightly burnt and a bit of chocolate & coffee. Flavor is rich roasted malts that are more on the burnt side bit some sweet dried fruits and chocolate are present. On the finish there is a smooth alcohol warming along with a smooth bitterness, nice snooth ris from paddock wood.
andrewturba (1125) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black as some would call engine oil black with a good amount of fine creamy thin head that slowly amounts to a ring around the glass and a few spots. Aroma consists of roasted malts, dark dried fruits, slightly burnt, some roasted coffee, and overall just a rich dark malty beer. Flavour is rich dark roasted malts, slightly burnt, dry, dark malt bitterness, mild dark chocolate, and mild alcohol. Love my ris’s and this is a solid offering by PW!
DuffMan (7228) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hearty opaque walnut brown with a thick brown head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, soy sauce, and a bit of dark roast coffee. Flavours of dark chocolate, burnt malt, and plums or cherries (I know this isn’t the cherry barrel version, bu it’s there) that give an acidity to the finish. An amazingly balanced imperial stout with great flavours, nothing at ll harsh. These guys are GOOD!
Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light lactose notes and some dark dried fruits notes. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt with medium bitterness level and some light lactose with some underwhelming dark fruits notes (dried raisins) which are a bit too dominant. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but I prefer my IS with more black chocolate notes then dried raisins notes.
cfrancis (2593) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Reimer for this. Pours engine oil black with a light brown top. Aroma is chocolate and prunes and figs. Taste is a little lighter than I expected from the pour. A lot of bitter dark chocolate, a little grape and fig. I liked that they kept the coffee out of this. A little boozy but still goes down a little too good.
Narnad (1484) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black, motor oil pour with a very compact dense, dark tan head. Aroma has a modest overall nose with dark fruits - raisins, figs and plum coming through the most with a light coffee and modest burnt malt to finish. Flavor starts off with a light raisin and dark fruit note but is very quickly over come by the fantastic melding of coffee, burnt malt and dark chocolate flavors that carry it through to the finish. Body is thick with a slight oily texture and very fine sharp carbonation. Overall, a brew that really makes this one of the premiere, if not the premiere brewery in Canada. Flavors are balanced and very robust, fitting the style perfectly. Alcohol is not detected as it’s hidden behind the fantastic flavors. The base to the Barrel of Monkey’s is just as good. Very impressive brew.