Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse onctueuse (azote) beige très persistente. Saveurs douces de caramel, de café et, légèrement, de cacao. Houblon de soutien. L’alcool ne paraît pas vraiment. J’aime bien. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
A very smooth and easy drinking stout with lots of sweet malt and roasty cofee. Definitly enjoyed this one. pivo (2689) - GERMANY - MAR 19, 2005
TAP: Peaty, roasted malt nose - woody and charcoal-like too. Jet black color with a low tan head. Amazing sweet malt taste countered by the roasted malt. Black cherry tastes tucked away in the middle. Complex but beautifully balanced. Medium body. Slight alcohol presence intensifies the flavor profile. Nice one. richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2005
on tap at the brewpub, the last of 8 beers sampled in this session, and definitely saved the best for last. the pour was solid black and viscous looking. the head was thick, tan, and creamy, almost like it should have been on a nitro beer. a huge aroma of coffee and roasts comes out of the glass. as you drink it, it really does have a viscosity, a chewy mouthfeel that echos the robust body. the taste is strong with coffee, tailing away into sweet chocolates, and a slightly burnt flavor. the tail end was slightly bitter, as expected, but balanced nicely by the burnt tones. if peche mortel hadn’t blown my mind the night before i had this, it would easily have been the best beer i had from the 3 brewpubs i visited. hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Draft. Deep dark color, with tan head. Dark chocolat aroma. This beer is creamy, tasty, taste of coffee and roasted malt, sweet, easy to drink.
De couleur noir foncé avec un collet brun. Odeur de chocolat noire. Au goût, elle est onctueuse, crémeuse, vraiment invitante, gout de café et de malt grillé, elle est douce pour une stout, facile a boire.
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 Draft... This beer rocks!... The lighting is not great inside this brew pub, but this beer is pitch black as far as I can tell. Very creamy, well-tanned head with excellent retention. The nose is of dark chocolate, espresso and red wine with touches of licorice and wood. For such a heavy beer, the flavor is very well-balanced and nicely bittered. Lots of burnt, charred notes in the flavor, but not overwhelmingingly scorched. Chocolate notes. Full-bodied and creamy with mild carbonation. Medium-length, moderately bitter, roasty finish. Very nice! SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - NOV 19, 2004
Small light brown fully diminishing head (the tasting glass stayed for a while on the table, see notes at the end). Black color. Roasted, chocolate, port, a bit smoked and alcoholic aroma. Quite some bitterness as both initial and final flavor, short to average lasting. Medium to full body, dry yet a bit syrupy? Soft to lively carbonation. Tasted on tap at the brewpub in a small tasting glass, 10 (last) of 10 beer in this session (18 november 2004). Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 17, 2004
Very nice presenting brew, dark brown with decent head. Dry plums, acidic aroma. Bitter, clean, dry plums carried over from aroma to flavour. Not bad. DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
Bitter roasted coffee aroma, dark brown, small toffee head. flavours of coffee, chocolate and treacle. Rather light bodied given the style, some bitterness. Ordinary. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Pitch black pour, huge creamy tan head. Wonderful, light hop, chocolaty aroma. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Just a subtle alcohol presence and hop kick for the style, but the whole thing is balanced perfectly - lots of chocolate as well. And excellent beer, my favourite from my brief trip to Montreal. I enjoyed the brewpub itself as well.
Re-rate. Went back to Montreal, had this again. While it was still good, it was not a 4.8 as my original experience rated (ambiance playing a big factor both times). It was still very flavouful but it seemed thinner this time. And the aroma was extremely muted and maybe just a tad stale. Still a must try when in Montreal, but just not at the great heights I originally thought.