Brewed by Brasseurs du Monde / Le Picoleur
Style: Sweet Stout
Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada


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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Stout au moka

L’Exploité est un stout au moka, robuste et sucré. C’est au XVIIIe siècle que le nom « stout » fait son entrée pour de bon dans l’univers de la bière. Il aurait été utilisé pour identifier les porters plus forts, plus goûteux et souvent plus secs. À cette époque, ces bières noires passablement sucrées et faibles en alcool étaient souvent consommées par les « porteurs » de colis desservant la gare et le port de Londres. C’était les débardeurs du temps. Exploités par les négociants et les importateurs, payés à la pièce, ils travaillaient fort et ne prenaient guère de pause pour manger, préférant boire rapidement une pinte ou deux de bière noire et sucrée et surtout, la moins chère, d’où son appellation bière des porteurs ou, en anglais, porter’s beer. C’est aussi à cette époque que le café et le cacao firent leur entrée en Angleterre et il n’était pas rare que les porteurs aient à en transporter de lourdes poches pour des commerçants qui faisaient fortune à transformer ces grains. Le premier café, de type arabica, provenait presque exclusivement de la ville portuaire de Moka, au Yémen, et avait des arômes subtils de chocolat. Pour reconnaître le travail de ces exploités qui ont transporté des milliers de poches de café sur leur dos courbé, nous en ajoutons à notre stout. Et comme dans certaines régions du monde le mot moka est associé à un mélange de saveurs de café et de chocolat, et que les porteurs ont sûrement dû en transporter nombre de poches aussi, nous ajoutons des fèves de cacao transformées ici même, à Saint-Hyacinthe. Cette bière contient aussi un peu de lactose. L’Exploité offre des notes suaves de torréfactions complexes allant des noix grillées au caramel brûlé, en passant par le café moka et le chocolat doux. L’amertume et la pointe d’alcool sont enrobées des sucres résiduels, ce qui équilibre et adoucit les saveurs en bouche.

L’Exploité is a mellow and sweet moka stout. The word “stout” first emerged during the 18th century, apparently used to differentiate stronger porters that were typically tastier and drier than usual. During this period, semi-sweet and low alcohol dark beers were often consumed by Londons dock workers, who were also known as “Porters.” Exploited by merchants and importers, paid per unit carried, Porters worked hard, barely stopping to have a full meal, preferring instead to drink a sweet, low alcohol beer, often the cheapest one, which came to be known “Porter’s beer”. Coffee and cocoa beans began appearing in England during this era. Porters frequently had to carry heavy bags of these products for merchants who were making a fortune processing these beans. The first coffee, an arabica variety, was primarily imported from the port city of Mocha in Yemen and had a subtle cocoa aroma. In tribute to these exploited porters who carried thousands of coffee bags on their broken backs, coffee was included in this beer. As in many parts of the world, the word mocha is associated with a flavor combination of coffee and chocolate, so we added some locally processed cocoa beans as well, since porters must have surely carried their share of these cocoa bean bags too. A bit of lactose and a touch of vanilla have also been added to complement these flavours. L’Exploité presents mellow and complex notes of torrefaction ranging from roasted nuts to burnt caramel, incorporating Mocha coffee and sweet dark chocolate. The low bitterness and alcohol bite are wrapped in the residual sugars, which balances and smoothes the flavors in your mouth.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (18101) - P´Castle, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkles fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner cremigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, süß schokoladig, Kaffee. Geschmack süß schokoladig, Kaffee, leicht bitter röstmalzig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14680) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle shared with Joes, Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah @ weekly tasting. Opaque black color, small light brown head. Aroma is malts, coffee, iron, mocha, roasted malts. Taste is malts, loads of mocha, loads of chocolate, liquid chocolate pudding, a touch of sweet and some bitter. Thick, very thick and oily texture, full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (13588) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 Bottle - Smells like chocolate syrup but in a nostalgic good way. Opaque brown black with an off white head. Bitter chocolate and coffee with a bitterness throughout. Body is a bit lacking and the cloying finish doesn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13193) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2016
A deep dark stout with a thick collapsing brown head. In aroma, beautiful sweet fruity chocolate malt with light milky notes, treacle, light vanilla extract, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with light herbal hops, light mineral notes, light vanilla, light powdery character, interesting and pleasing. Bottle from Brouhaha, Gatineau.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12279) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 12, 2012
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - black beer with a little beige foam left; strong aroma of mocha and vanilla with some grainy notes; velvety palate, some sweetness; a good malt body; a fair earthy bitterness before long notes of mocha and nuts in the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle. Poured a brown color with a small sized off white head. Chocolate, roasty, caramel, earth, and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (10093) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
2011-10-30. Black body, head fades. 3+ Asken roast in the aroma, dry roasty cold cofee. 6+ Flavour is similar, dry and roasty cold coffee over sweet dark malt. Some sugary touches around the edges. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. A decent beer but one that is very much not to my taste. Coffee drinkers will like it better. Cask Days 2011, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9755) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle, from Beer Revolution, Calgary. Dark brown, amber highlights, average beige head. Sweet coffee and roast aroma and flavour, chocolate too, burnt bitterness. A tad thin with aggressive carbo, which diminishes the enjoyment somewhat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9673) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2016
341 ml bottle.
Pours deep dark ruby red, almost black color with a large beige head. Chocolaty aroma with cocoa and malt bitterness, subtle coffee notes, mild hops and roasted notes. Flavor is bitter malty, very roasty, subtle syrupy sweetness, caramel and chocolate, finish is licorice and coffee. Dry yet sweet, carbonation is tad strong but fits here nicely, quite interesting and flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9592) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
My Bottom Line :
A massive coffee presence overwhelms most chocolate malt flavors in this unrefined but nonetheless flavorful Coffee Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A flimsy head of foam dives into the darkness.
-Lactose adds to the impression of sweetness.
-The high intensity of the coffee flavor, coupled with quite high residual sugar perception, make this feel much heavier than your average 6.5% brew.
-A vegetal, roasty angle is found alongside earth and pepper in the finish.
-This is an obvious nod to huge Coffee Stouts like Péché Mortel, so if you’re in the mood for such a brew, it will surely satisfy you... until you find a bottle of the real deal.


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