Beardbeerman (341) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
660ml bottle (dated 18-05-2012) served in a snifter around 8 degrees:
This a beer is actually a cocoa stout I came across at the end of the summer. It’s brewed in Blainville, a town on the northern border of Montreal by Brasserie Kruhnen, which I had never heard of before. I couldn’t find much information on the web about them, except they seem to brew just one other beer in addition to this one. Let’s get to it.
Pours a pitch black, letting rise a fluffy hazel head offering good retention and great lacing. So far, so good.
The nose is very stimulating with dominant notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, toffey and spice. Some alcohol gets through but its not a bad point if you ask me. The floral hops give the nose lots of freshness and kicks it up a knotch (not that it needs ot that much anyway).
On the tongue, you get at first toasted/burnt malts with some dark chocolate bitterness. The stout is sharp and round and delivers a long burnt and nutty finish.
This brew is like a combination of a stout, a strong red ale and a black IPA. Normally, I wouldn’t appreciate not really being able to identify the beer, but this one still manages to work even if it streches far to being a simple stout. Like it says the end justifies the means, so I think the brewers did a pretty good job with this one. Cheers! Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
A clear super dark reddish brown stout with a thick brown head. In aroma, smooth chocolate and licorice, fruity and pleasant. In mouth, a superb sweet milkey chocolate with licorice, coffee, alcohol warmth, very nice. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle 660ml. [Bottled 25 sept.2012]
Pours very dark brown with pretty low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of nude alcohol, acidity, malt. A bit weird, brett reminescent (without the funk). Taste is of roasted malt (exposed), including acidity. Bitter, chocolate, yeast (uncommon), someone told me it was belgian yeast. Palate: astringent mouthfeel, dry. Medium-high body. Overall: An uncommon stout. As it has been said, it’s not what you would expect from a chocolate stout. Surprising at first, but not bad. Easily drinkable for a stout. I find that beer better than it appears, but one has to be quite open-minded and, indeed, get an uninfected bottle. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
My Bottom Line : AlainG (2344) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
Light bread and chocolate tones ride a lean mouthfeel and soft effervescence into a shortlived finish where roastiness and piney hops brush the palate.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A healthy head of foam draws lacing.
-Body is on the dry side despite the chocolate touch. This is far from ’dessert-like’ like most Chocolate Stouts.
-Drinkability is quite high, but the flavor profile is too unmemorable for me.
-For this type of flavor profile (balanced and subtle), I’d prefer something in the 5% range.
-I don’t know what the previous rater really drunk since I had the same first bottled batch and everything was faultless. As polished as can be for a first batch even, I’d say.
Brune très foncée, pratiquement noire, elle est surmontée par un col mousseux régulier, imprégnant les parois du verre d’une dentelle éparse. Un nez discret de torréfaction et de houblon, accompagné d’élans de mélasse ici et là. Un goût de café filtre, de grain grillé, d’une douce amertume appréciée, étant donné qu’elle n’a pas beaucoup d’attributs. Elle passe bien, sans anicroches, sans éclats. (embouteillée 18-05-12) (372-250912)
punkska101 (2136) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
660 ml bottled on 18th of may 2012 from flaveurs d’ici. A: chocolate with slight roastiness. App: pitch black beige head. T/p: Med body with toasty and long finish. Med carbonation. O: OK lack in complexity. This bottle was in shape. UM02 (369) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2012
This is a new small brewery and given that two reviewers have found it tasted terrible and two found no problems, possibly it is having quality control or sterilization issues. I also drank a bottling from Aug. 14 and there was nothing off or contaminated about it but judging from the two terrible reviews maybe some bottles have gone bad. I have mixed feelings about it since being advertised as a dark chocolate stout I was expecting something a lot darker and richer. Instead there is a chocolate flavour but less of a cacao flavour than a sweetness like a candy bar. It is also a bit thin and it seems like the malt could use more roast. On the other hand it is very drinkable and not unpleasant at all, just one expects more taste from a dark chocolate stout. All in all if one overlooks what seem to be quality control issues that some other reviewers had, it is a pretty decent first production for a new brewery. I would expect some improvement on it though as the brewery progresses. elminster18 (20) - Delson, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2013
Stout d'arôme timide et mince en bouche. Goût de malt torréfié. Supposément au chocolat??? Anormalement acidulée pour une stout. Bière correcte mais ne révolutionne rien du tout.
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Couleur noir avec plusieurs reflet brun et une mince mousse beige. Nez sure de grains torréfié un peu fumée, un peu bizarre. En bouche c’est beaucoup moins pire, grains torréfié, chocolat, quelques notes acide et fumée. Corps faible a moyen, carbonation moyenne. Une Stout assez étrange, pas si pire que ca mais pas merveilleux.... Diogène (1208) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
Bière noire surmontée d’une fine mousse beige qui s’estompe rapidement. Arômes de malts torréfiés, de mélasse, de chocolats, de caramel et d’alcool. En bouche, les saveurs sont similaires, mais le chocolat est peu présent pour une stout chocolat et à mon avis, cette bière bénéficierait d’une touche de sucre supplémentaire afin de contrebalancer l’amertume. Corps moyen.