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Brewed by Wellington County Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Guelph, Canada
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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A rich, dark, coffee-flavoured beer of exceptional depth and complexity; a gold medal winner.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1487) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
Cannette 473 ml. 8%. Couleur noire opaque, mousse beige-brune. Arôme de chocolat et un peu de café noir, vanille légère...En bouche, douce, chocolat, vanille, café au lait...un peu de houblon. Pour une RIS, un peu aqueuse mais en général, très bonne beer, pas beaucoup d’amertume et de houblon, alcool bien cachée. impériale Russian Stout assez simple...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1094) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
jet black colour with a tan head. I find the aroma quite mute but there is roas, espresso and a cereal sweetness in there. I find this beer quite lite considering the style, a fast palate that has all those roasted and malted notes but lacks any complexity. Boring brew if you ask me, for an imperial stout I was expecting more flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 21, 2012
Appearance: Black, opaque, tan head which dissipates quickly but has a nice ring remaining around the edge of the glass. Aroma: Less roasty than I expected, kind of florally, not much complexity in the nose, some alcohol aroma. Flavour: More coffee/chocolate in the flavour, very tasty, not too bitter, not too sweet. Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, long dry finish with some warming alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice flavour. Medium to full bodied with good balance. Overall: Very drinkable imperial.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1262) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
Cask at Beer Bros Bistro. Pours black with no head or lacing. Nose is espresso, dark chcolate and roasted grain. Flavours are mostly the same with a really nice espresso bitterness to the finish. Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol really well hidden, dangerously drinkable. Nice beer!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lanchester (183) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
Tall can from LCBO. Pours a jet black topped with a thin beige head, specks of lacing here and there. Aroma is a pleasant mix of roasted malts, coffee beans and dark chocolate, maybe a tad reserved for the style. Good bitter, roasty flavors up front in the mouth, balanced out by a caramel sweetness that gradually tapers off into a slightly dry, earthy cocoa finish. Body is on the thin side, yet makes for easy drinking. A good stout, though those of the Russian Imperial variety demand a certain boldness that is lacking here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2012
Can @ Chriso. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and caramel aroma. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7750) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2012
473 ml can thanks to (non-ratebeer) Andrei/Torpedo20! Sampled on December 2, 2012.
Dark brown to black color, dark brown head. Sweet, malty, salty, rich taste. Roasted aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet, dried fruits, roasted scent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zimbo (553) - SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
Fizz and liquorice sort of ruin this beer for me. It has some nice reasonably deep roasty elements and the colour is fine but it lacks the core strength and structure to hold onto anything more complex. Time to go back to the drawing board I’m afraid.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
Nov 28 2012. 500ml can pours black with 2 inch thick bubbly tan head. Head settles to a thick cap and leaves a little sticky lacing. Looks and smells rich and strong. Dark bitter chocolate on nose with hints of hops and sour bread. Flavour is bitter chocolate, black licorice and toasty malts. The licorice overpowers much of the depth and hides any alcohol. Palate is a tad fizzy but bitterness cuts any sign of alcohol and leaves lasting finish. Too bad I don’t like black licorice, otherwise this would be great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Can at Chriso Tasting, London. Thanks, Chris! Pours oily black with a brown foam cap. Dark malt nose with notes of tar and rich bread. Burnt toast and dark sugars in the flavor, with some baking cocoa as well. Medium to full in body, lightly chewy. Sweet finish, lightly sticky with licorice, chocolate and modest roast. Good balance, nice nuance.


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