Granville Island Imperial Chocolate Stout

Formerly brewed at Granville Island Brewing (Molson Coors)
Style: Imperial Stout
Vancouver, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Editors note: it was 7.5% in Winter 2010, then passed to 8.4% in 2011 and 2012

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (20218) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2013
2013-01-02, draught at Malones Urban Drinkery, Vancouver, 8.4% ABV, 6-4-6-4-13=33
The color is almost black. Some aroma of chocolate for cakes (not the best one indeed). Good mouthfeel; flavor of choclate malt and cheap chocolate, with correct bitterness; the final is nicer and it ends quite well.

2011-01-11, draught at St. Augustines, Vancouver, 8.4% ABV, 7-4-6-3-13=33
Black color, creamy beige head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, with just a touch of ashes and chocolate. Good body and mouthfeel; sweetish flavor of cheap chocolate; correct bitterness. Balanced, and with a strong chocolate character, but quite vulgar.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stantheman (1000) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2011
Well, I double checked and this is by gosh! the Imperial version. Looks like they bumped it up another 1% to 8.5 this season. Lets get at it then. Pours very dark, 9/10 out of 10. Little carbonation here. Aroma is straight up chocolate. Same with the flavor. Not much nuance here! A bit of hops, just enough to remind me that this IS beer and not chocolate soda. Note to previous poster v1rgil: This aint no hoppy amber beer. I think you drank something hoppy and amber, then posted under the wrong beer. Beer can do that to ya, LOL!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
Nice and hoppy amber beer. Not sure what the irish influence is. Nice clean finish. Best amber ale Ive had period.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crel (37) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 6, 2011
Beer pours opaque black, with a tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma is of Chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar. Taste is very boozy. Once your mouth gets over that, the chocolate makes itself apparent. It finishes slightly bitter, but there is some lingering malt sweetness. The body is surprisingly big, and well suited for the style. Not a bad chocolate stout, but there are better ones out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchant in James Bay. Pours a thin, beige head atop an opaque body. Aroma is a delightful vanilla fronted chocolate, very sweet and perfume - swilled around the glass and you get some hops. Texture is gritty. Flavour is semi-boozy with bourbon, the bitterness is far more apparent on the tongue than the nose. Very sweet, it gives the impression of maple syrup squares or brown sugar cubes swirled with vanilla and ample cocoa powder. I would say that this is bang on considering the lower ABV. A lovely Impy Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3931) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
Black,small lasting tan head.Nose of vanilla,choc, brn sugar, more of same in palate. Light roast bitterness in finish. Quite sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
microakes (160) - CANADA - DEC 12, 2010
Well I cant see through this dark brown liquid at all, and the foam resembles the crema on a cappucino. So far so good. The nose is thick with malt and a hint of that chocolate metioned on the label. Very much a dark chocolate taste with a touch of caramel rolling back into more bitter- but certaily not too bitter- finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Draft at the GI taproom. Deep brown, close to black pour, small light tan head on it. Softly chocolatey aroma with some nuttiness. Light coffee roasty flavors with smooth chocolate. Pretty simple, but smooth and unflawed. Pretty good as GI beers go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
Pours a deep slightly brownish black with thin tan head. Aroma is very evident chocolate with some hops and a hint of coffee. Taste is powerfully cocoa, slightly sweet and cloying. Mild roast in there as well. Finish is lush and satisfying. If only the G.I. brewers were given more opportunity to make beers of this quality in their regular offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (16595) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of light cocoa, roasted malt and nuts. Flavour is quite rich chocolate, with a velvety body and smooth creamy finish. Definitely one of the better ones from Granville Island.

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