mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, - OCT 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
advanced sample bottle at beerbistro. pours black, tight deep brown head. big aroma of roast, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, figs, coffee, and a whif of smoke and booze. silky smooth mouthfeel. flavour is chewy and malty with caramel sweetness, meat broth, anise, earth and a finish balanced between roast and hop. not the hop monster I expected from perry. excellent.
Ferris (6782) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Vintage 2005 - Molasses, prune, chocolate and toffee. Deep jet brown with a rich brown head. Chocolate, prune and a subtle roasty bitterness in the finish. A very nice beer, that has aged very well. Too bad the brewery didn’t last as long.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle at RBAG. Maybe the most interesting thing opened at RBAG. Sampled from my Commemorative RBAG glass. Pours deep black, with a thin tan head, and decent lacing. Nose is tarry, with light fudge, mocha, smoke, and graphite. Very dry and austere, and wonderfully complex. Flavours of smoke, creosote, biscuit, malt, tar, black licorice, and earth. Dry and fascinating. A real winner!
garthicus (2771) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle with great thanks to DougShoemaker for gifting this to me for my departure from Canada. Thanks Doug. Appearance: Pours a slick jet black, small but lasting coffee head. Aroma: Creamy coffee, baileys, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, smells wonderful. Flavour: Sharp coffee which almost immediately mellows out to a cafe mocha, vanilla, milk chocolate, raisins, wonderful creamy mouth-feel, my oh my this bottle has aged superbly, long cafe latte finish, just a hint of alcohol. Lovely.
DuffMan (7501) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG Summer Session 2012. Pours near black, nearly still, medium viscosity. Aroma is equal parts roast, sweet soy, and soft barrel traits. Complex flavours of roast, vanilla, cocoa, soy sauce, raisins. Not a lot of bitterness here. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. No hint of the ABV. A great Canadian white whale of a beer, unfortunately now extinct, but possessing all of its reputed charms. Delicious.
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBAG Summer Session 2012. 2005 vintage I believe. Pours a very dark brown, with a creamy dark vanilla colored head, and sticky lacing. Giant roasted coffee aromas, raisin, chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol, vanilla. Flavors of big roasted malts, full of coffee beans and chocolate, some raisin and some slight soy sauce. Very smooth, so drinkable, has aged very well.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage. 11.5 oz bottle at Bar Volo in Toronto, served in a tulip. Pours black motor oil with a very small tan head. The head fades slowly and leaves no lace. On the nose there are notes of coffee and roasted malts, along with anise, chocolate, a touch of alcohol and herbal notes. The flavour is slightly sweet with a hint of acidity. Roasted notes dominate, along with anise, coffee and herbs. The finish is long and roasty with the alcohol coming through a bit. On the palate, it is full in body, thick and creamy with almost no carbonation. Overall, this remains an amazing imperial stout, even after all these years of aging. It was truly the best imperial stout ever produced in Ontario, and stood toe-to-toe with the very best. I wish someone would resurrect this recipe. 2011-11-24
TheJester (2053) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Volo. (2005 vintage.) This must have been brewed and stored very well, because it’s still in good shape. There is even a small head! Still lightly carbonated as well. Only the slight acidity and faded alcohol indicates the age. Dominated by coffee and roast, with a slow, bitter finish. Would love to have tried this one in its prime. It’s a shame the brewery disappeared.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottle at Volo.
Appearance : Pitch black with small head. Nice head.
Aroma : Some acidity with roasted malt and light hops and coffee.
Taste : Light acidity with roasted malt and chocolate. Some hops too. Big roasted malt and coffee on finish with a bit more acidity. Carbonation is quite fizzy.
Overall : Very interesting. After all this time it still had quite a lot of carbonation and a nice head. Acidity started taking over on this so I wouldn’t let it age too much (well maybe one or two bottles just out of curiosity). Great roasted malt on the finish. Quite complex. Acidity started getting a bit annoying halfway through. I bet this was much better a few years back.
pushkinwow (2190) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle - thanks Josh. Pours an opaque black, no head, lacing fades quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate, anise and roasted malts - smooth and creamy with a nice dry finish, slight bitterness from the hops. As it warmed it seemed to lose complexity with the sweetness and malts becoming slightly overwhelming...assume that is the age. Still its held up very well and you can’t taste the 9.5% at all.
Metalchopz (2524) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebrating my 500th review with Clash on the Chat... very early in the morning (back January 2006). Thanks to Perry, the owner of Scotch Irish Brewing, for these free tester ones. Pours a pitch black oil-like colour (and texture). The bubbly brown head has medium retention and the lacing is good. Aromas of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, mild candy and no sign of alcohol (great for a 9% ABV). Smooth silky mouthfeel, almost syrupy. The taste is bitter in the middle and comes back in the aftertaste. The beginning and finish is quite smooth. Good rich molasses and coffee with notes of licorice. The two other bottles he gave me are going to the cellar. Cheers Perry !