GRM (4240) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
Brown bottle, 750 ml, bottled on Jan 2 2013, from and with Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on June 23 2016; eye: dark brown, semi-opaque, ring of brown head, slight lacing; nose: malt, residual sugar, chocolate, balsamic vinegar; mouth: malt, residual sugar, chocolate, balsamic vinegar, finale in balsamic vinegar with presence of malt, medium body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 750 ml, embouteillée Jan 2 2013, de et avec Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 23 juin 2016; œil : brun foncé, semi-opaque, anneau de mousse brune, très légère dentelle; nez : malt, sucre résiduel, chocolat, vinaigre balsamique; bouche : malt, sucre résiduel, chocolat, vinaigre balsamique, finale en vinaigre balsamique avec présence de malt, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : correct Lagerboy (2239) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
750 ml corked and caged bottled on Jan 2, 2013. Virtually hueless deep dark brown, mostly lasting mocha foam. Aroma of black licorice, dark fruit, some roastiness. Taste is dominated by a tart dark fruitiness, hints of cocoa, black Nibs and caramel, surprisingly easy. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys) SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2016
(Bottled on: Jan 2nd. 2013) Une bière noire avec un bon col brun qui dégage de parfums de mélasse, de réglisse et de jus de cornichons. Une bouche toute aussi désagréable, surette et noire, fruitée et pleine de ce sentiment d’inquiétante étrangeté. Le corps me semble être crémeux, loin de la maladie. La finale se fait sur des notes de malts noirs vinaigrés. Aille, aille, aille.... Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light tart notes with roasted malt is OKish. Taste is a major mess with load soft rat flavours which don’t integrate well with the gin barrel and the roasted flavours. Body is light with good carbonation. Worst beer by far that I have had from this fine brewery. DeanF (2647) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
Retired, jou sayz? Well, I bought one just last week at Sherbrooke. So, perhaps it’s not brewed no longers but still is being sold at a few select fine locations. Oh, there it is: bottled Jan. 2013. So that’s like, uh, three years ago. All aged and stuff, right? Or skunked? Am I supposed to know the difference not having tried it before? I mean, if I buy your beer and it’s skunked, I’m gonna say your beer tastes skunked. Moral of the story: don’t let your beer get skunked. Good bedtime story for the kids, will help ’em grow up right.
I keep my house cool these days, about 10c, so beers can be set on the shelf and tasted without refridgeration. Works well, keeps the heating bill down. This one has amazing head and a great blackness to it, very appetizing indeed, fudge sunday kinda stuff at 13.5 celcius (hey I brought it into my warm computer room). There is this cherry sundae aroma to it, chocolate and cherries with sweet coffee, black forest cake that’s it. Like a kid at a birthday party stuff, Safeway special, paper plates and all. Flavour pulls back into sweet barley, still lots of maraschino on there, not bad but not as symphonic on the mouth. A little muddled. Great start, good opening, needed a bigger punch in the flavour department but nonetheless still is one to remember.
Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
I recall this beer being really hot and sweet when it was first released... Now after three years this is a super nice black licorice porter aged in barrels. Finish is almost tart oak with bitter black nibs in the background... Somewhat of a dry finish... Super complex and delicious... Definitely a share bottle though. jtclockwork (17634) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2015 Bottle. Pours black tan head. nose/taste of gin, spruce, black licorice, milk chocolate and sweet alcohol -medium body vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Dark and roasted malts, chocolate and caramel toffee aromas. Dark dry malts, roasted and dark tones. Very bitter finish. Bahumat (179) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2014
Aroma: 7/10. Very interesting notes of apple and bread in this recipe. --
Appearance: 5/5. Dark black brew with a pale mocha head that lingers. --
Taste: 3/10. Oh jesus christ what has science done. This tastes like someone dumped apple juice and licorice in here. Not black licorice. Red licorice. The sourness is entirely overpowering to this beer. It’s like someone dumped crappy cider into a mid-tier porter. --
Palate: 4/5. Nice consistency, a little thin. Faintly green-apple astringent and with a lingering gentle coffee. --
Overall: 5/20 -- What were they thinking, accepting this batch for sale. I don’t know what’s to blame for the awful appley sourness, but this might just be the first imperial porter I pour out instead of drinking. :( Very disappointing offering from two stores I ordinarily respect very much. sulawang (1209) - - MAY 26, 2014
Visual: Pours jet black with a large lasting foamy head, extreme lacing, a thick layer of retention, some streams if you look closely.
Nose: pukey sour, light smoky malts. (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: incoming gueze sourness
Mid-palate: high yet manageable sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) pukey barnyard, roasted malts, mild oak
Finish: lingering sour roasted malts
Summary: Initial sip = this is f*ckin’ weird! Quite interesting, certainly and idiosyncratic brew. Barely any alcohol detection. This drinks like if you mixed a geuze and porter = sour porter. I’m not getting much of the juniper from the barrel aging but just a bit of oak and the malt. Last sip = this is still f*ckin’ weird!