StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle This is black. Coffee head of about 2 fingers. Frothy and beautiful. Aroma of molasses...kind of bready. Dark chocolate of course and coffee which is to be expected from these, but also vanilla, burnt toffee and yeah, that molassesy thing going on. Flavour is sweet with the vanilla that I mentioned and the booze is very well hidden here. Has a bitter bite in the finish. Creamy. Beautiful beer in my favourite style. Different too from the usual IMPs.
kevinsenn (1060) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 Bottle from LCBO. Pours thick and black, with a dark brown head. Aroma is really nice; chocolate and roasted barley. Roasted coffee, and lots of cocoa in the flavour. Very bitter roasty finish, with some cinnamon. Thick mouthful. A good imperial stout. Update: tried a 3-year-old bottle and was not as impressed. Taste was leathery and bitter. Updated my score to average out the two tastings.
gilvanblight (772) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black black brown pour with an almost oil like consistency and dirty oil like colour. Strong earthy hops and malt in the nose. Slight touch of bitter coffee. Dark brown head, actually one of the darkest heads I’ve seen. Warming pleasant mouth. Lots of flavour. Quite complex yet still balanced. Lots of hops and malts but a variety of tastes. Not just one hops taste but a mix, sweet, bitter and tart all in the same mouth. Chocolate at first, even slightly sweet and wet, then goes tart with a very clean finish. A very nice beer. Very rich. I don’t think I want two in a row. I think my next beer tonight will have to be a pils or lager to wash my pallet.
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a jet black with brown fluffy head. The aroma consists of: blackberry, raisin, coffee, alcohol and a light orange. Pretty heavy body. Flavour of dates, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate. Overall, pretty boozy. Probably needs more time but pretty nice early going.
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kschep (1706) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#1048 bottle; Nose is decent syrup, oak, coffee, red apple, heavily roasted malt, feel is broad and decent creamy, carb is medium, taste follows nose with alcohol and complex red berries in the end
chris__hartley (274) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a lovely viscous, jet-black; a gorgeous mocha brown, fluffy head. The aroma consists of: blackberry currant, rum, burnt espresso and a very faint lemon-sherbert (some hop characteristic). The taste is light-heavy sweetness, that finishes medium bitter and dry; the notes are: dates, burnt vanilla pod, rum, burnt espresso, and a very dark bitter chocolate. The palate is, smooth and creamy (slightly watery for an imperial), very littler carbonation. Overall, a great imperial; for an introduction to the style. Needs to be aged.
PatIrish (168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick deep black. Almost syrupy in texture. Notes of sweet vanilla, the bourbon is very prominent. I’m certainly a fan of this stout. A nice addition to the St. Ambroise portfolio.
IWillBeLight (9) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Deep, dark brown with medium sized browny-tan head. Roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate. In the words of Connie "It smells pretty damn good." Full bodied, creamy and thick. Taste of bitter chocolate and coffee. Some citrus notes on the finish. A really nice, full stout. Super delicious. Would love to try it on tap.
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque black, huge brown head. Aroma is of coffee, hints of chocolate, notes of vanilla. Palate: Thick, creamy, slightly astringent (wtf?), slightly dry finish. Taste: Sweet, but slightly sour. Something feels a bit weird, but otherwise it’s good.
fredthecat (297) - CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a completely opaque, impenetrable black with a fair head that fades away to a steady brown lace. smell is alcohol, lots of woody whiskey smell, a bit of roasted coffee. palate is really hot but smooth and quite creamy. taste is also very hot, alcoholically overwhelming, some dark roasted coffee, fair amount of bitterness which seems to come around at the end. this is a high level experience beer, but damn i wish i had let it cellar for at least two months and it would turn into something great.