Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Cambridge, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (829) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours very dark, with lingering bubbly tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, black licorice. Peaty almost? Rich, oily mouthfeel. Taste is chocolate, dark fruits, sweet opening, intense bitter finish. Alcohol is a touch more present than Id like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1520) - Linkping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
(500 mL bottle from LCBO). Served at cellar temperature. Pours jet black with a medium tan head that held for a little while. Aromas of mocha, caramel, licorice and some soya sauce, the latter not my favourite. Initial taste is chocolate with coffee and malty sweetness, mid-palate rather sour with some vanilla, finish dry, bitter and somewhat roasty. Mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste of this style but it is not over-carbonated. A decent example of the style from my home province, but I prefer something either hoppier or richer, with fewer sour/soya components.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OntBeerDrinker (514) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
Jet black,with a big creamy cappacinno mocha head. Smells of chocolate,roastedness and mabye a tiny little smoke and or spice. Taste is lots and lots of chocolate and lots and lots of roastedness that is a little sour and its bitter. strong liong lasting flavours and heavy boodied,I enjoy it but too heavy and intensce for my likeing. Love stout and black beers. wish i could get a lot to review cheers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IWillBeLight (9) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
In short: A pretty basic imperial stout. Pours black with big tan head that fades into nice lacing. Smell is coffee and chocolate. Taste is molasses, smoke and a bitter finish. Thick full bodied ale that sits heavy in the stomach. Decent but nothing special

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2011
A bottle from the LCBO: 500mL, bottled on Dec 02. Dark brew, with a butterscotch head that slowly dissipates. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and leather. Taste is full-bodied, lots of malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee and caramel. The carbonation and alcohol do not get in the way. Theres some bitterness later on, a very pleasant amount. Unfortunately, there are some burnt notes as well. This is well balanced - a great beer for the long winter nights.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
500 ml bottle This guy pours black black black with a big tan head and really nice lacing. The head dissipates a little quickly but judging from other reviews, that might not always be the case. Some claim it never goes away. Aroma is bitter dark chocolate and some faint coffee. The flavour offers up nice bite of bitter chocolate off the top, followed by coffee, some sweet caramel perhaps, then a round bitter finish. Nothing too intense. Not quite as hop forward as some of its American brothers, but this is really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (2561) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
Awesome great big beer. Big coffee up front and through the middle. Pours a pitch black with an initially huge foamy tan head. Big bitter on the tongue with a creamy feel in the mouth. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin (606) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
bottle. Pours dark oily black, brown head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, dark coffee. Taste is a little sharp/burnt, intense. For local RIS, I prefer Welly, but this is still pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
500ml bottle
8.0% ABV (as written on bottle)
Bottled On: November 9, 2011
I tried this beer on November 20, 2011 after purchasing from the Queens Quay LCBO in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a brownish-black with a thin light brown head which lingered a while. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and medium carbonated. The flavour is dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (2172) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2012 500mL bottle from LCBO. Pours dark brown, with a little bit of translucency. Aroma is coffee and licorice. Taste starts of smooth and roasty, with a surprising hint of hops, and ends roasty and quite bitter. A good imperial stout from my favourite local brewery.

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