Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick liquorice pour. Off white white head and lace. Great looking stout. Malt, chocolate, vanilla aroma. Vanilla whiskey, roasted malt and chocolate flavour. Thick milkshake texture. Full bodied. Absolutely gorgeous beer. Similar to the Oatmeal with a finish that kicks you in the balls. Very tasty indeed. Excellent Imperial Russian.
Disgraziato (4) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was looking forward to trying this, as St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorite stouts. It came in a nice case, with a $5.95 price tag for a 341 ml bottle. It pours a deep black - even the bubbles are dark brown, with a nose of coffee. Upon my first sip, I noticed it was quite thick with a strong taste of espresso, and nicely carbonated. The after taste was bitter and slightly sweet, tasting perhaps of cherries. I enjoyed this beer. However, due to it having a high alcohol content and being a bit pricey ,I would probably only get this as a one-off, and stick to St Amrboise’s Oatmeal Stout.
Final word: A great stout, if you don’t mind paying a little extra for it.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2012 (Bottle) Pours black with a brown head. The aroma holds minerals, dark berries, dark chocolate, molasses, salt liquorice and mild tar-ish asphalt. The nose is light oxidized. Light wooden.The flavour is medium sweet, near medium bitter and light acidic. Heavy roast, light burned and earthy hops. Dark chocolate, salt liquorice and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is soft, creamy and round with a light to medium carbonation. Bitter hops linger alongside light sticky brown sugar. Medium to full bodied.
pintbypint (3327) - 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 (5590) - 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 (1970) - 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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