Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pour was black with a thin brown dense head...smell was roasty but almost not even there...taste was sweet molasses and chocolate and hot alcohol...sweet alcohol only in the finish... CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Pours a rich, opaque black with a dense, frothy, well-lacing dark tan nitro head. Aroma is subtle, dry and lightly roasted with a touch of dark fruits. Body has nice viscosity, rich roasty caramel sweetness and a good bittering hoppy presence. Finishes sticky, semi-dry, and lightly cloying with a hint of warming alcohol. A pretty nice imperial, but could be more drinkable without sacrificing flavor. OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
2005 RBSG Montreal Saturday. Opaque dark brown colour with a thick, lasting creamy (nitro) tan head. Coffee, chocolate, lightly roasty aroma. Big coffee, light chocolate, plus some fruitiness that comes across as strawberry and orange peel for me. Full boided, creamy and smooth. egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
RBSG 2005... Poured an opaque black color with a creamy tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet chocolate, light vanilla, and roasted malts. Taste of roast and chocolate, smoke, and dried fruits. Creamy mouthfeel. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2005
2005 RBSG - Coffee, roasted and burnt malt aromas. Silky mouthfeel, very drinkable. Coffee, burnt malt, dark chocolate flavors, some sweetness. Alcohol in not evident. Nice lingering bitter finish.
beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
Well there isn’t a lot of room for variety in the appearance of an impy, so really I tend to judge on the creamy appeal - and this had it. Black with the lasting thick tan head that I love. Roasted coffee prevails although there are some malty choco notes too. Solid. Mouthfeel turned out to be a little thin and mild considreing the initial impressions - Something sweet emerges alongside the evident chocolate nad the the mouth-coating finish leaves you with a touch of coffee again. Decent but not as powerful as an Impreial stout could be. Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2005
Blacker than grim death, with a cappuccino head. Quite vinious, some dark fruits, blackberries and prunes to be precise, it then had a charred aroma that quickly morphed into creamy milk chocolate. Rich, but not overwhelmingly so, it had fruity character with roasted malts and a decent coffee style bitter mouthfeel.
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2005
Yeah, it’s not very over-the-top, many local brewpubs have more flashy offerings in this style, but this one has more balance and doesn’t overwhelm your tastebuds, so that’s why I keep coming back for more time and time again.
Chocolate, coffee, and toasted, and burnt malt notes in this one. A noticeable alcohol prescence (7.5% abv, and worth it). Loads of body and mouthfeel. Pleasant hopping, rather light. Lasting head. Creamy texture and soft carbonation, bitter and metallic aftertaste. Great appearance. Lovely beer. mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
draught. plush black body with a creamy mocha-coloured head. aroma has chocolate, sweet malt, and some roastiness that becomes more apparent as it warms up. sweet start mellows into a milky roasty body. silky smooth. masked alcohol. chocolately finish. it’s a little bit mellow for the style and doesn’t have that huge in your face palate of many other imperial stouts but I still found it to be quite enjoyable. ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 On draught at the brewpub, 4/16/05 with MartinT and Olivier. Deep brown-black colored beer with an initial light tan head, that is mostly dissipating. Aroma of black malt, roast coffee, yeast, fuggles and dark chocolate. A hint of light molasses/brown sugar as well. Flavor begins with roast, light chocolate and lots of yeast. Hints of dark fruits from the barley and yeast. Body is medium, not overly watery, not overly thick. A bit of wood, Spanish coffee and more chocolate through the middle. Flavor is certainly strong, yet on the finish, a dry toffee, strong tobacco and bland yeast all mix together to create, on my palate, all of the joys of a cigarette dropped in my drink. I couldn’t finish this one, but happily traded Martin for his Cerny Hora (and then had another cerny hora, and then later threw up). Maybe I should stop rating Lamere a boire’s dark beers. I just don’t seem to get along with them.