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Brewed by Le Trou du Diable (MolsonCoors)
Style: Imperial Stout
Shawinigan, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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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3.9
reebtogi (6385) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
750ml capped bottle pours black in color with a 2 finger light beige head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass while settling. Aroma is bourbon with some raisin and chocolate. Taste is bourbon with a chocolate malty and raisin sweetness with a moderate alcohol burn in the finish. Would rate even higher with more of a roasted presence, seems just slightly imbalanced towards the sweet side, but tasty nonetheless.

4.2
tom10101 (6266) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle 750 ml. Appearance: Pours black with a nice foamy brown head. Aroma: Strong bourbon notes, roasted malt, alcohol, wood. Taste: Bourbon, wood, dark fruits, roasted malt and warming alcohol. Overall: Very good imperial stout. Very complex and well balanced.

3.9
Marheb (6193) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Habité par une multitude de sucres, des figues aux noix de coco, du cuir au chocolat noir. Les tannins et l’alcool sont également présents. Un peu mince et volatile en bouche mais somme toute, une belle expérience.

3.9
TimE (6130) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2015
Pitch black color. Thin brown head. Surprisingly sour nose with lots of roasted malts, very vinous with light bourbon notes. The mouth is superb smooth, tart, vinous, lots of dark fruit. The end falls off quickly, but alcohol is well hidden. Sour with a bit of bourbon in the finish.

3.7
JulienHuxley (5950) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle. Dark syrupy pour, no head. Aroma of burnt sugar, caramel, light coffee, some light bourbon notes. Taste is quite sweet, molasses with a bit of a roasted grain finale. Palate is a little syrupy, good body, not too heavy because of the slightly boozy finish but lacks carbonation. Decent IS.

3.6
nearbeer (5608) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2017
750 ml. looks to have been bottled 24.04.2016. Mahogany pour with a lasting film of meringue. Nose is vanilla, coffee, roasted peanut and whiskey with hints of chocolate and oxidized apple. Initial flavors of vanilla, chestnut and whiskey are pretty mild. Later tastes of cherry, tobacco, coffee and cocoa are equally mild. Medium-heavy body has smooth low-medium carbonation and a nice balance. The quality shows in the brew, but both the smell and the taste seem a bit washed out.

3.5
SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
Le liquide a une robe presque noire. La tête brune est bien crémeuse et possède une belle tenue. Une dentelle s’étend sur le verre. Le nez est très chaleureux, l’effet du fût est bien senti. Les arômes boisés sont présents avec un touche épicée et vanillée. Le malt et les chocolats sont légèrement embourbés par la tranquille force éthylique du nectar américain et accompagnés par des fruits foncés confortables, expressifs dans leur ivre soumission. Les goûts du bourbon sont catégoriques, expansifs et kamikazes, laissant peu de chances aux malts et aux fruits, reléguant aux cachots souterrains du château de l’Impératrice les fines couches chocolatées qui montaient tantôt en belles volutes de fumée. En bouche, la superbe a un corps longiligne, amaigri par le chagrin de ses dernières exécutions. Sa texture, fouettée par des bulles vives et sans doute trop folles, finit tant bien que mal par étendre toute la splendeur de sa soie, une ode à la légèreté, un appel à la gentillesse et au geste courtois. En finale, après tous ces longs soupirs à espérer que se fige l’éternelle insatisfaction, l’Impératrice chuchote des mots doux et chauds, très peu amères, bien fidèle aux grasses rhétoriques de son lointain cousin du Tennessee.

3.9
KansaiBeerLvrs (5375) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 6, 2016
Trou du Diable L’Imperatrice Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 10% Deep cola black with a tan head and a whiskey/bourbon, chocolate, maple, coconut and vanilla. Medium bodied and dry with oak, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and maple. The cookie subdues the bourbon and accentuates the chocolate. Great stuff!

4.3
Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle fm brewery. Black, blue black inky deep. Meaty aroma, salty. Bite. Salted prunes. Vanilla subtle. Gentle but lively. My god this is gorgeous salty, dry, delicious, drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Creamy, off-white head atop a black body. Nose is slightly sour, wooden and bourbon. Steep in flavour - very smooth, red wine, toasty malt and cocoa nibs. Thin finish. Very good.


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