koleminer20 (3978) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2014
From notes. This was shared at a tasting put on by @mikem409 on November 7. Magnum bottle shared by Steve, thanks! The pour is a nice black with a thick light tan head and some spotty lace hanging around the glass. The aroma is pretty heavy on chocolate with an odd hop aroma that comes with it. There is a little caramel in there, and a touch of dark fruit. It just smells a little different for a RIS. The flavor is a little more harsh. It’s got a little chocolate to go with a mild caramel and dark fruit blend. There is a little vanilla in there, and it’s just kind of off. Like it’s stale. The mouth feel is thin and light, with minimal carbonation to help it out. It’s got a little sharp dry coffee on the aftertaste tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 Bottle: Magnum. Thanks, Steve. Deep, deep brown pour with a small tan collar. Aroma of prunes & mild papery oxidation, light cardboard. Hints of brown sugar, toasted caramel malt, & mildly sweet chocolate morsels. Flavor is a bit oxidized, too, with a bit of newspaper & cardboard flavors up front. Anise, mild prune, sweet raisin, & a very faint bit of roast towards the back-end. A little bit of stale toffee & caramel as well. Not as "stouty" at an Imperial Stout should be... Maybe due to oxidation? Fun to try, but definitely way past its prime. mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle thanks Steve. Pours black with thick tan head. aroma of stale hops and chocolate. taste is coco powder and slight oxidization, roasted coffee too. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Courtesy of Awesome SteveFlandersNed (396) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted nuts, light sour fruit, and light oxidation. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a minimal beige head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and a touch of maple syrup and caramel. The finish has light coffee, nuts, vanilla, and a touch of oxidation. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Saved this beer for years - was still holding up well, but has likely peaked, and is slightly past its prime. Glad to get to try it though!
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2011
1.5L bottle. Poured deep brown with a sticky, well-retained medium beige head. The aroma picked up semi-sweet vanilla, cocoa, and molasses upfront with a hit of coffee and oats toward the back.. moderate roast to everything.. a touch of oxidation.. sweet overall, and age was apparent (but not detrimental). The flavor found a sweet and tacky base of vanilla, molasses, and coffee, with coffee leading the charge.. vanilla and cocoa on the back, carrying through some warmth and coffee bitterness.. a little smoky remnant after the swallow. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with low carbonation.. sweet overall, with a silky fell across the middle of the palate.. I’d love to try a fresher sample. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
In short: A by-the-book strong oatmeal stout. Uninspired but easy to drink.TaktikMTL (7981) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
How: Bottle, 1.5L magnum. Probably about 1 year old. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Black body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is lightly roasted with light herbal/peppery notes. Typical smooth velvety oatmeal stout mouthfeel. Taste is a bit sweet, smooth toasted oatmeal, some raisins, some leafy hops with peppery notes. Easy to drink but nothing special here except that it comes in a 1.5L bottle. I’m not sure what possessed me to buy a 1.5L magnum of this beer. But that’s just me. Once a month I do stupid things for about 30 days.
Bouteille de 1,5 l partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Rastacouere. Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe d’anis. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #3308) MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
My Bottom Line:jimhilt (2626) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Dates and roasted malt flavors are offered by this balanced Imperial Stout, until a rising leafy hop bitterness.takes control of the finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A big-bubbled ring of foam surrounds the brown-edged blackness.
-Alcohol provides subtle warmth, never getting in the way.
-Carbonation is relatively low, making the flavors come to the forefront (even though they are not as intense as the usual American Imperial Stout).
-This is not a heavy Imperial Stout; it is a fruity and diplomatic example, perfect to introduce friends to the world of craft beer.
From a magnum.
Pours a light brown, one-finger head that goes slowly to a thin layer and leaving some lace. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is roasted chocolate. Flavor is roasted to burnt chocolate. Late bitter/burnt finish. Disappointing RIS. Higher ABV is hidden. $26.95 (plus $1.50 bottle deposit) for a 1.5L (serves four) bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.