SlovakSniper (2518) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(From TheJester, thanks!) Le liquide dévoile une robe brune, à la limite d’être noire. Une large tête mousseuse s’impose et perdure. Le nez est fait de grains lourdement rôtis aux parfums de café fort et de légère fumée. Des pointes fruitées finissent par accompagner des effluves de cacao et de vanille. L’alcool me semble bien caché. Le goût est efficace mais cependant plus monotone avec des notes franches de grains maltés rôtis qui, dans leur robuste élan enfumée, étouffent toute saveur apaisante. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen avec une effervescence modérée et une texture légèrement crémeuse. La finale est costaude et longue de notes amères de torréfaction et de notes amères de houblons.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with McBerko. I brought it to the tasting and it’s a bottle I have had cellared for at least 6 years. You can tell it’s unlike recent bottlings due to the 6.7% alcohol content listed on the label (now 8.5%).
Pours a solid black with tan head. Aroma is immediate cause for concern. There’s some typical stout notes here stuffed down by a medicinal, turpentine scent. Apparently this beer does not age as well as I had hoped, perhaps the alcohol content wasn’t high enough. Taste is not horrific but, having had this many times before rating it, the beer just doesn’t represent itself as it should. For that reason my rating should be considered provisional until I can re-rate with a fresh bottle.
fullers (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle LCBO Pours near black with generous tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and black molasses. Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Some sweetness in flavour finishing with bitterness. Not the most interesting stout I’ve tasted but satisfying.
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
341mL bottle back from 2005, courtesy of and split with manuchampions, pours black with a tan head. This bottle was past its prime, though it’s obvious this once was a great beer, so my rating will compensate for that slightly. Aroma of iodine and wood - not pleasing, but you can tell what it once was. Flavour is a little more forgiving, revealing some dark chocolate somewhere underneath iodine and wood, and finishing with stale bitter notes. Would be interesting to have tried this upon release.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep black color with a medium brown head. Pleasant aroma of molasses and roasted malt. Interesting flavor of roasted malt and molasses with a dry, bitter finish. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.
thb (644) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick black with minimal dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, roast. Taste doesn’t quite live up to the promise, but its still tasty. There’s a surprising grainy/cereal maltiness in there. Lingering roasty finish. Alcohol disppears
czar (3257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 pours clear very dark brown with a beige crema, good retention and lacing. tons of roasted malts, spicy, yeasty, leathery, earthy, chocolaty, herbal, coffee. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, nice balanced grassy-lightly resinous finish. very good brew!
d07c0m (89) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a luxuriously thick head, much like a nitro widget would but without the actual widget. Impenetrable black colour, reeking of chocolate malt and slightly burnt burnt bread. The high alcohol content does not come through which means the chocolate cake flavor is able to dominate.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Volo. Pitch black with a creamy tan head. The nose is herbal with fudgey milk chocolate, cocoa and a rich, figgy maltiness. A little bit of licorice on the back of a fairly boozy palate. Full-bodied despite this with a heavy roastiness and some light spiciness as well. Licorice and heavy charry roasted malt. It’s quite nice – less intense than many Impys, which serves it well.
VertBaconStrips (1951) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to TheJester (S4AD today!) for this dark treat. Blaaaaaack. Nice dark brown coloured skim with some spotty lacing. Thick aroma of wet coffee filters, underlying dark chocolate helps out, toffee, molasses, sweet berries mid smell - something similar to Swedish Berries candy - nice and soft. Dark coffee that stays robust yet not overpowering, more dark chocolate, mid sip reveals some berries and a light citrus but this then gets paved over by the other flavours returning. Ashy mouthfeel especially when warm - a damn fine beer at room temperature as well. Medium coffee bitter harshness sticks around for a long time as does an underlying tang. This was better than I thought it would be.