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Scotch Irish John By Imperial Stout

Kichesippi Beer Company
Formerly brewed at Heritage Brewing Limited

Style: Imperial Stout
Ottawa, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Our John By Imperial Stout is so deep brown in colour you might as well say it is black. This ale’s powerful malt flavour is not overwhelmed by its alcohol content. Just the thing to ward off the cold of a Canadian winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
Bouteille de 341 ml achetée chez LCBO (Ottawa, ONT). Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié avce une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col brun mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe de lactose. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café au lait en arriere goût. (Rating #3473)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4714) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2011
(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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fullers (269) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (12456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (797) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
d07c0m (126) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
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.

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