pintbypint (3309) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml brown bottle from a tube. 2011 version which is 9.2% abv according to the label. . Black pour, opaque. Dense brown head with a creamy bead. Thick messy lacing clings to the glass. Nose has some warm bourbon alcohol notes, lots of dark chocolate malts, sweetish but not overpowering. Taste has deep roasty malts, dark coffee, cocoa/chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, charred wood, sweet warming alcohol. Finish has bourbon and hops, long roasty and hoppy end, late wood barrel notes. Full body, mellow carbonation, very smooth feel in the mouth. Overall I found this came together super well as a fresh imperial stout and would have no problem drinking these fresh on the spot .I’m usually not one to lay down imperial stouts, but I would have no problem socking away a few of these to have 2 or 3 years down the line. A very well put together wood aged stout at a very nice price.
reebtogi (5471) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottle pours deep black color with 2 fingers of tan head which leaves some lovely lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate with some light wood and roasted malts and some alcohol. Taste is roasted malty bitterness with some bourbon and alcohol with a lingering hoppy bitterness. This is a really decent imperial stout and was quite enjoyable.
canuck_j (80) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
AROMA: lemon pie, black currant, molasses cocoa and coffee and roasty malt. Wonderful complex nose!!
APPEARANCE: Completely opaque and black even in the pour. Huge 1+" light brown fluffy head. Wowsers. Looks wonderfully inviting.
TASTE: big roast malt with coffee, toffee black currant, plum, bourbon and bitter chocolate notes. heavy and an alcohol tinge in the hoppy finish.
PALATE:full bodied and thick on the tongue, with good carbonation and a nice bitterness at the end
OVERALL:A great big complex beer worthy of very high marks indeed. Barrel-aged perfection i would call it.
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 (1894) - 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 (821) - 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 (1707) - 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 (377) - 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 (182) - 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.