AlainG (1180) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trés beau liquide noir opaque coiffé d’un généreux col brun, épais et très dense. Au nez, le chocolat noir, le houblon et le café espresso valsent avec les effluves de bourbon, sans que ce dernier ne vole la vedette. En bouche, le goût est plus qu’agréable en étant cependant pas tout à fait fidèle aux arômes. Les houblons sont très présents en bouche, ainsi que l’alcool, d’où son arrière-goût de whiskey du Kentucky, qui s’installe au travers cet élixir sirupeux, laissant un espèce de résidu sucré sur le coin des lèvres.
rejtable (1273) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 2013 update: fresh bottle. Similar all around to previous notes, although maybe add a hint of licorice that I hadn't noticed before. Outstanding beer no question.
Incredible. Pours a jet black with an initial massive foamy tan head that disspiates to a longer lasting quarter inch or so. Initial hints of molasses, maybe coffee and vanilla. In the middle the bourbon comes through. Some dark fruit lurking in the background as well. Creamy in the mouth with low-ish carbonation. Quite simply an incredible brew.
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml bottle (in canister)
9.2% ABV (as written on canister)
I tried this beer on December 13, 2011 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a pitch black colour with a 1" dark brown head that stuck around. The aroma was roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and molasses. The mouthfeel was creamy and full-bodied with good carbonation. Flavour was coffee, molasses and a hint of smoke. Well worth it.
saindon (2) - - DEC 15, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bought during Fall of 2011 & tasted in december Beautiful head foam against opaque black body. Texture is oily and thick. lots of concentration. the concentration will break with bottle aging and will taste more powerful with maturation. Long finish with excellent bitterness: an eternity of bitterness lingers in the mouth long after the beer is gone.
manul255 (47) - Montmagny, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Une bière qui demande à vieillir. Superbe apparence foncée et mousse généreuse brune pâle qui brille carrément. Elle est onctueuse et on perçoit le bourbon au travers. Dans quelques mois ou années, si je patiente jusque là, elle va être encore meilleure...
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love the Chocolate Stout and while I am not a big proprietor of the Imperial style after this, I could easily become one. This beer has a nice smokey wood while still clean palate and a jet black pour with a beautiful tan head. The aroma of the beer is slighter than usual with a certain watery quality. The abv is well contained in the beer, so much so that before you know it, the beer has you curled up with a blanket or a roaring fire on a cold night -- nice and toasty!
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 version in an RBSG 2010 snifter. Pours as thick as motor oil with a tight sticky dark brown head. The aroma is loaded with rich dark chocolate and cocoa along with some heavy dark cocoa and a lot of roast as well. There is a lot of cocoa and a bit of vanilla and bitter chocolate. There is a pronounced chewy roasted malt character along with a ton of ethanol. Heavily hopped with some licorice and heavy woody/charry notes. Intense bitterness with pronounced bourbon character. A little bit boozy as it warms up. Thick and quite sticky, but enjoyable.
maneliquor (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor (2010), cheers for the swap Geoff ! Pours sinister black with a thick, fudgey tan head which clings to the glass. Amazing lacing left about. Nose is all about the smoke and chocolate mix. A touch of tar and pepper as well. You can smell the bitterness this one is going to bring. Thick fudge is the first thing to come out in the taste. Creamy, dark chocolate mingle with a touch of tar and smoke. As it warms some vanilla comes out with a little ash. Slight warmth from the alcohol which is rather pleasing. Sweet vanilla slowly turns into a long bitterness reminiscent of St Ambroise’s regular stout. Thick as fudge mouth feel with light carbonation. Fantastic beer and fantastic to try this with my business partners
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 edition. Bottle thanks to Dany, merci beaucoup! Pours a beautiful jet black color with a medium thick brown head. The aroma is dark fruits, molasses, oak, some smoke and bourbon. A sweet vanilla and subtle bourbon flavor with dry chalky roasted malts, cherries, oak, some bitter hops. A big beer but very mellow. Excellent. Quite dry and smooth. A very good beer.
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle, thanks Glouglouburp! Pours black with a tan head that fades a bit leaving a solid ring of lace. Nose is quite metallic (some may call this heavy metal!), acrid, and smokey. Some more subtle notes of cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon are evident. Flavor is quite bitter and ashy as well, heavy notes of char, lighter vanilla. Full bodied, with a slightly boozy and and astringent finish.