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


on tap

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RATINGS: 201   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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (15431) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2010
500mL bottle, pours black with a thin beige/tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, espresso and some smoke. Flavour is quite smoky, with burnt roasted malts at the forefront, and a lingering peaty finish. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VertBaconStrips (2360) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - AUG 1, 2010
Thanks to The Jester for sending this my way. Well... I kinda forgot that I opened it but here we go. Black brew with a light brown cap that has never totally faded leaving big rings. Very malty nose, sweet, milky. It was pretty thick on the chocolate from the get go but that does not dominate what so ever after a warming period of several weeks... or so it seems FOCUS! Brown sugar is pretty big, weak coffee. Tasty stuff for 8.4%, no notice of alcohol and Im wishing I was baked cause this zeppelin is sooo damn trippy! Now this zepp song is just lame and Im glad I dont do that shit anymore. Now I just want to neck punch an emo... or an emu... which ever. Damn. If this heavy malty flavour doesnt bring me back to that doppelbock I so didnt enjoy yesterday. So much roast happening now that its really warm. Me thinks this beer was better on the colder side. Chocolate, more milkiness, very light bitterness which is welcome here, back end coffee is low in stature except on some sips where there is a slight coffee bitterness that lingers.. especially now that Ive let this beer warm for almost 6 years. This isnt a bad beer but Im not sold. Finishes alright with enough bitterness that rides out into the sunset. I really should have drank this cold out of the fridge cause that is when I enjoyed it the most. Not a hater, just not a lover.. unless we are in discussion about anything to do with that old Panago commercial from about 4 or 5 years ago that had some awful looking blonde chick with massive curly hair doing one of the worst dances ever created outside of Elaine Benes.. and on a white background with the camera zooming in and out way to fast.. that was one of the worst commercials ever and that dunce should, if she has not already, drive herself into a giant vat of hydrochloric acid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (41884) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2010
50 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate and smoked. Dark malty, sweet, dark roasted and mild acidic. Smooth mouthfeel. Bitter and roasted malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Doug Shoemaker.
Fully black with a reasonable tan head. Slight card and vegetables let down the good roasty malt in the back ground. Its only slight though. Big and fruity, a load of American style chocolate, lots of bitterness and impressively dry. Mainly chocolate and fruit dominated. Roasty finish. Straight forward but decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tessic (1077) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2010
This stout poured a deep black colour with an almost non-existant head. even after a good vigorous pour. To the nose there are scents of molassass, caramel, alcohol, Melloids (English Cough Candies) and ripe fruit. First taste was somewhat weak and thin but still had quite a bit of flavour. Strong Meloid flavour with additional flavours of roasted malt, coffee and a little smoke. Finish is burnt and malty with a lingering palate of heavily roasted coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3854) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
Brown bottle, 500 ml, bottled on APR 21 2010, gift from Karl Probst (danke!), savoured on June 23 2010; eye: deep ruby, no effervescence, clear, foamy caf crme head that turns into a tiny ring, good lacing; nose: roasted malt, coffee, lactic, meaty, light chocolate, light coffee, light maple syrup; mouth: roasted malt, coffee, acidity, acridness, light chocolate, light coffee, dry finale in roasted malt with presence of maple syrup, medium body, below-average carbonation, a bit thin, lightly sweet and lactic, foamy texture; overall: fine FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, embouteille APR 21 2010, cadeau de Karl Probst (merci!), savoure le 23 juin 2010; il : rubis fonc, pas deffervescence, claire, belle mousse caf crme mousseuse qui se transforme en un petit anneau, bonne dentelle; nez : malt torrfi, caf, lactique, viandeux , lger chocolat, lger caf, lger sirop drable; bouche : malt torrfi, caf, acidit, cret, lger chocolat, lger caf, finale sche en malt torrfi avec prsence de sirop drable, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, un peu mince, lgrement sucre et lactique, texture mousseuse; en rsum : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2010
Pours a black color with a thin beige head. Appealing aroma of smoked and roasted malt. Good flavor of smoked and roasted malt with chocolate and bitterness. The body is light to medium with a vinous texture and moderate carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strowlands8 (190) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2010
Aroma is nice roasted malt with some chocolate. Taste is a bit different from what you expect from a RIS. Nice and hoppy, with a big roasty character. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, and alcohol is very well hidden. Interesting not quite sure what to think of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bonesey (33) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2010
500 mL bottle. Pours almost black, with reddish edges and a thin tan head. Aroma is tobacco, leather and berries. Not the typical espresso notes found in a RIS. Taste is roasted malts with a bitter finish. Very smooth, no alcohol detectable, dry finish. Not a wold class RIS, but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Near black pour with a loose tan head. Sweet milk chocolate aroma with lots of oats, some brown sugar, strong coffee, subtle dark fruit and a bit of a mineral note. The flavor tastes like the malt was roasted too much and comes off very harsh and bitter. Heavy hopping accentuates the bitterness. Theres lots of nice milk chocolate and coffee notes that salvage the flavor a little bit and lots of alcohol in the finish. The body is creamy with soft carbonation but a bit thin for an imperial stout.

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