punkska101 (728) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
09.12.31 Brown bottle: dark it’s solid black with a beige small head. Some lacing. Aroma smoke, roastiness. Flavour roastiness and chocolate dominate than fallows licorice and caramel. It’s super thick and full in body it’s robust . Finish is medium and bitter. An excellent brew.
strowlands8 (170) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big beer with lots of bourbon and wood in the flavour. Hopefully they make this yearly.
MrFecesious (655) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to jsp for this one.
i don’t know if maybe i was drinking something quite different than the other reviewers here, but my experience was much better. not served at around 15°C, but more on the 18-19° range. poured black (held to light and ridiculously dark) and developed a thick, tan cap, that dissipated after about 5 minutes. left a thin skiff. aroma was pure chocolate. all i could smell was chocolate. slight hint of smokey malts. first sip smacked my tongue. again, mega chocolate. didn’t have the charred malt bitterness i find in most imp stouts. didn’t leave a harsh aftertaste at all. body was full and balanced. no overpowering alcohol taste whatsoever. dark chocolates and toasted malts, coffee. maybe a bit of caramel, but the bitter dark chocolate was dominant. good lacing throughout drink. was excited to drink this, and wasn’t at all disappointed. very thankful to have gotten to try it. great brew.
godofsky (264) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle picked up at marché rahman, very expensive! poured into snifter. colour is a typical opaque black with a gorgeous moka coloured head that lasts throughout the beer. aroma is of dark chocolate and roasted malts, the alcohol makes its presence as well. nice carbonation, and silky smooth on the palate. the barrel ageing is very evident. hints of oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. by far my favorite Mcauslan product.
this is an incredible imperial stout, and makes me wonder why it is only in the 93rd percentile. i guess this being the 17th rating has something to do with it. i recommend this brew to any RIS lover. unfortunately, i read quantities are limited. such a shame this beer is not as available as their oatmeal stout.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Bourbon oak chips and roasted malts excitedly burst from this Imperial Stout’s cushiony body, proposing a long wooden and charred bitterness, coloured by bourbon-y fruitiness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-The viscous pour yields a sturdy mokaccino-like foam atop the impenetrable darkness.
-The nose is definitely not as outgoing as the flavor profile.
-Leafy hops join the roasted malts and oak chips in the finishing bitterness.
-The hops are lightly citrusy too.
-The malts lack finesse and depth of flavor. Perhaps they are lathered in oak?
-Alcohol heat accompanies the bourbon-laced oak chips.
-This is a powerful and pleasant evening sipper, but at this price I’m afraid I won’t revisit very often.
-Have to agree with Trevor here; I really prefer the Oatmeal Stout for its balance and better drinkability.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The initial growing, uniform tight foam is nothing short of spectacular. After a few minutes, an honest cover remains, as well as traces on the glass. Underneath, there is only blackness. While the bourbon is not necessarily exagerated, it’s still the first thing I pick up from this otherwise coffee laden aroma with a certain green touch from a liberal hop dosage. Bittersweet chocolate, mint and plain burnt toast follow. Its intensely roasty that one, drying out and becoming borderline metallic as the hops bitterness join in the roast already considerable one. Opens up a lot as it warms, growing slices of complexity, but focusing enough on roast that I cannot capt any distinct fruitiness. The bourbon woodsy, vanilla undertones remain in the show all along, reaching their pinnacle in the finish where the remnants are mostly roast and bourbon. A good sipper, but not as polished as I expected and not so imposing in terms of mouthfeel. Its carbonation is not all that smooth, showing biting peaks and the flavours would not mind a heavier bulk.
presario (4423) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
#3000. Black with thin brown head. Smokey aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee improve as you sniff. Starts out oily. At first seems thick but not so much as you drink. Winey charcoal with some coffee and hints of chocolate. Almost a hint of cherries in the aftertaste. Overall I much prefer the regular Oatmeal Stout. This seems to need some work; a bit tinny and charcoaly.
Eructoblaster (2742) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - 341ml. Opaque black body with low carbonation and a thick brown creamy head. Well balanced, complex malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate, vanille, roasted coffee, and woody hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its sharp, robust hoppy taste is fantastic. It carries fruity, woody, and coffeeish notes, and ends with a long, strong bittersweet/roasty finish. I had that awesome Imperial Stout as my 1,500th rating.
Diogène (1056) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thick pitch black with a huge cappuccino head. Great retention and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, smoke and a slight touch of alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, wood and a bitter finish with some alcohol. Full body with a creamy/oily mouthfeel.
MJGG (894) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2010 Bouteille de 341 ml. Arômes de chocolat noir, de réglisse, de malt foncé. On remarque une touche d’alcool fort. Robe noire et opaque, effervescence moyenne et légère mousse moka. Bien maltée et ronde en bouche, le chocolat noir est accompagné par une touche discrète de chêne et de bourbon. Présente certaines caractéristiques de la St-Ambroise Oatmeal stout, dont une touche de réglisse et une finale sèche et bien amère de houblon. Une stout très agréable et bien équilibrée.