overall
98
82
style
Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Imperial Stout
Shawinigan, Canada
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels, gives notes of roasted malt on a coffee, dark chocolate and caramel background. The velvety palate is sustained by a sagacious amount of alcohol warmth that give this beer the taste and feel of a fine spirit.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (8776) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2016
On tap at Cirkus, Stavanger. Pours black with a big creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, caramel with some ash. Taste is moderate sweet, some nutty malts, boozy alcohol, treacle and roasted malts. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
[4225-20111231] Tap. Roasted dark fruity raisin aroma. Black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Chocolate roasted wood nut flavour has a long roasty aftertaste. Full body. Tasty, drinkable. (8/3+/8/4/17) 4.0
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (8577) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bourbon influence is strong here. Pours black with good lacing and head. Aroma of strong bourbon - a little unbalanced actually. Some vanilla and coffee as well. Booze in finish. Ok but overpriced and overhyped. Bottle thanks to Delires des terroirs for finding this one in the back for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (8249) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
75 cl bottle (10%) @ ISKTR ’16
Lot 1102/16, BBE 36 months later
Foams a lot when pouring. Aroma sweet bourbon notes, vanilla and some coconut. Somewhat foamy palate. Flavour has coconut, vanilla, coffee and woody whisky notes. Warming alcohol in the dry finish. Good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (8077) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2012
750ml bottle pours a watery, translucent black with some clumpy, beige head. Nose is sweet, malty, brown sugar, nutty, bread. Flavor is sweet, malty, bread, cola, toast. Medium bodied, dry finish. Hardly any bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (8049) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Almost certain I sampled this at the last station I stopped at during THE FESTIVAL with Andrew. If there was a different stout there, please let me know, as this was 50 or so beers into the session. Pours a deep brownish black body with thin chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is chocolate, light booze, oak and bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of roasted chocolate malts, wood, chocolate syrup, bourbon, sweet vanilla, nuts and maple.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7921) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle from an old trade (Dated 4/2012). Now available locally. Pours with a very dark brown, but not quite inky pour, medium sized fluffy brown head. Medium retention, good lace. Aromas are of coffee, dark chocolate, pancakes and bourbon (typical morning). Some minerality, very mild esters, vanilla, lactone, lightly spicy spirit character. Medium caramel to butterscotch roundness. Flavors are vinous and possibly a touch tart (definitely low pH for an imperial stout). Dark fruits, currant, light barrel, dark chocolate and caramel. I’d say there is definitely an infection starting up (which is a shame). Still quite drinkable now. Barrel character is moderate to light, but there is a medium strong tannin influence on the mouthfeel. A bit thin, livelier carbonation than expected. Medium warmth. Glad I drank this on now.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (7585) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Odeur de chocolat noir et de café. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et café avec une pointe de caramel. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de vanille arrière goût. (Rating #4820)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7276) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle at Volo
Aroma: strong Bourbon note with alcohol , hint of vanilla and darker malts.7+
Appearance: dark-brown into black. Medium beige top. Classic appearance.
Palate / Taste: Medium bodied. Tasty soft carbonated body with hints of alcohol on dark malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
750ml shared by ygtbsm94: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing beige head. Has a sweet dark caramel and smoked malty nose with some brown sugar and vanilla notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and fine carbonation with a hint of vinous oak and sweet dark caramel maltiness with some dark chocolate and earthy smoky bitterness toward the finish. Pretty well-balanced and should age well.


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