Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Draft. Pours a black body with a tan head. Malty coco and molasses notes. Lactose, turpentine, a chalky mouth feel with a moderate warming. A slick chocolate finish. Decent ale. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 20, 2009
Best Defiant I have had. On tap at TAP and bottle from brewery. Super dark rich full body. Aroma of molasses, caramel, dark cocoa, and some creamy coffee. Taste is smooth and creamy and pretty big. Nice. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2009
Deep black in colour with a very long lasting and large tan head, excellent lacing. The aroma was quite sweet and highly roasty, lots of dark malts, coffee, espresso and chocolate. The flavour was of coffee, chocolate, molasses, sugary sweetness at times, creamy. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes long, creamy with lots of espresso. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
Very nice, excellent balance. The alcohol is very well hidden which isn’t always as easy for some other brewers of Imperial Stouts. A good sipping beer.
Bottle at Mondial 2008, Montreal, Quebec.
Sampled on May 30, 2008.
In short: A very roasted basic American Imperial Stout. Very basic and characterless but very drinkable.beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2008
How: Bottles 22oz. Consumed fresh. A few tasting sessions.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Rather roasted nose. Taste is straightforward but effective. Highly roasted malts, borderline burnt. Generic black cake, the type without much black chocolate flavour. Almost no fruity notes. Very active carbonation and the body is somewhat fluffy giving the beer a pleasant cushiony mouthfeel. Second bottle was overly carbonated and it killed the finish. Short but sharp bitter finish. A little alcohol presence. Overall this is a highly drinkable but very standard American Imperial Stout. Nothing new here. Compliant Stout of War.
Nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and sweetness. Good flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, there’s some sweetness and then bitterness in the end. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
[1407-20080530] Bottle. Woody chocolate milk mocha aroma with roasty malt notes. Dark black brown body with a long-lasting bubbly dark brown body. Wooden plank milk chocolate slabs, sweet ash and a bit of booze in the flavour. Full body. Quite nice blend.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(5T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)
Poured an opaque black with a decent sized brown head. The aroma and the flavor had notes of chocolate and dough. Medium bodied with a nice warmth and not much alcohol on the taste. MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
My Bottom Line:Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
This idiosyncratic Imperial Stout paints roasted and chocolate maltiness into raisiny and anisey tips for a highly friendly sipping experience. This bottle was way too carbonated though, which detracted from the complexity of the tasting.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A mountain of foam crowns the pitch blackness.
-This is way too gassy off the bat; this frothy effervescence heralds Belgian stylings.
-The finish brings back all elements of the flavor profile.
-Alcohol is very well hidden
A very strong stout whose roastiness is low for the style.
jercraigs (10527) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Interesting yeast profile stays part of the portrait all along with alternating earthy and fruity notions. Rich creamy mouthfeel despite the highly active carbonation. Vanilla, nutty and peaty complexities.
Original, but not necessarily better than a standard Impy, where its smooth character could make it more drinkable, its yeasty character has the opposite effect.
2008-05-30. Black, good sized creamy brown head with light lacing. Very roasty aroma, lightly acidic, muted mocha, coffee and chocolate touches. (7+) Flavour has a healthy roast alternating between bitter and a sweeter side. All over the above reaches a brief moment of cohesive perfection along the finish before parting their separate ways again. Smooth average to medium bodied palate is more carbonated than most stouts, to its benefit in my opinion. It grew on me a whole lot as the glass went on and my tongue become used to the roast, allowing the nuances of the malt to show more. Really very nice, and gains a point or two for being unexpected. Bottle, Mondial, Montreal, 5T