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Brewed by Wellington Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Guelph, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, dark, coffee-flavoured beer of exceptional depth and complexity; a gold medal winner.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, - SEP 8, 2012
Sampled at the GCBF. Looks like coffee. Smells like roasted... prunes. Feels like I’m baking a fruitcake here. Mouth of prunes, coffee, nondescript spice. Malt much much stronger than the hops and when plugging the nose the sweet wins out... I think that’s the reason that, while I do like impies, I don’t hold them in quite high regard as other reviewers. I just don’t care for sweet things in general. However, because the "roasted prunes" are so strong here I consider this much better than average for the style, and this seems perfect for an early winter drink. Too bad we don’t get winters here.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Adamsville (125) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2016
Cadeau d’un collègue de travail. Merci beaucoup! Apparence : Coule brune rougeâtre, noire dans le verre, bon col brun aéré et pétillant, effervescence semble élevée et moyennement rapide. Dentelle acceptable. Nez : Grains grillés avec des notes brûlées/âcres, léger chocolat amer et léger vanille. Plus on la laisse reposer, plus le chocolat au lait vanillé fait surface plutôt que les grains rôtis. Intensité moyenne. G : Chocolat mi-amer, sucre résiduel, finale dans laquelle l’amertume joue de la partie avec le sucre et pourquoi pas une pointe d’acidité avec ça. Bonne intensité, mais le sucre est l’élément qui prend le plus de place et donne un effet moyennement agréable. Sensation : Effervescence faible, crémeuse, corps moyen à dense, longue finale sur le sucre artificielle, des notes amères et un peu acides des grains rôtis. Bref : Bière correcte, sans plus (ce qui est faible pour une Imperial Stout). Rien de spécial, pas nécessairement équilibrée; le sucre prend trop de place et l’intégration des saveurs n’est pas convaincante. Ça ne donne pas un résultat exceptionnel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 26, 2016
Can sample at a tasting at Tom L’s place. Thanks troubles. Black with a lovely brown head. Aroma of toast, ash, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, a bit of licorice, and a bit of alcohol. Bittersweet flavor with chocolate, some dark fruits, licorice note, a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied, rounded. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portwood (124) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2016
Smell: chocolate, dark roast coffee. Taste: thick mouth feel, sweet, creamy carbonation. Finish: bitter coffee, dark chocolate. (can 12/23/15)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
culchiem (3444) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2016
Can from Urban Srpawl. Oily black with a tan head. Aroma of malt and sugar. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, molasses. Creamy finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bumpgrrl (1) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2016 does not count
One of my all time favourite stouts.Rich, dark, coffee and an almost chocolate flavour. Crazily full-bodied with a long finish. One of my "chewy" standards.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1442) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2016
16 oz can. Pours black with a tan head. Some dark fruit, molasses aroma with a touch of smoke. Cocoa flavor, roasty. Decent, though not that exciting.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleRider78 (573) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2016
Enjoyed this one on tap at The Rhino Restaurant + Bar on Queen st. in Toronto. Arrived with a nice layer of brownish foamy head. Has a dark brown appearance. Dark roasted coffee grinds in the aroma. A bit of a watery mouthfeel. Weak lacing. For flavours, they are abundant: Chocolate, coffee, mocha, molasses, and hints of nutmeg and a dash of caramel. Pretty good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
QcBeer (118) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2015
Canette acheté à la LCBO. Arôme assez doux d’espresso sous une vue d’un noir dense avec une petite mousse couleur crème! En bouche, on y retrouve un joyeux mélange de chocolat, noisette et d’espresso. Une finale assez douce et onctueuse en bouche !

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Canmoore (401) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours jet black, with a dark tan head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, burnt malts, and licorice. Tasting notes include chocolate, espresso, chocolate, rich malts, and a bit boozy. Not overly complex, but a decent intro Impy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (16932) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Thanks to HogTownHarry. What can I say? Thanks Harry, it was great to meet up and share some beers this summer. Particularly liked sat in The Bottle Shop with you and Dave chatting baseball. Can. Black beer lasting tan head. Chocolate and roast malt aroma. Malty imperial stout. Some liquorice. Well it’s the best Canadian imperial stout I’ve ever had in a can. The chocolate finish is pleasant. I also don’t think I’ve had a beer in a 473ml can either, so another first. Quite smooth in the mouth. A bit too much liquorice for me. Still it’s quite an impressive impy stout for a can. Just a touch boozy. Cheers Harry.


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