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83
style
Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Imperial Stout
Shawinigan, Canada
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 120   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (2617) - oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 1, 2016
Caña en la Ipa Gijón IV aniversario 01..10..2016. (r111). Color negro intenso con poca espuma beige oscuro. Aromas y sabores maltosos algo quemados con buenas dosis de envejecido en barril y de bourbon con ligeros quemados maderas y carbón y cereales junto con una sensación licorosa alta. Cuerpo medio a intenso con quemados y mas carácter de licor y de bourbon que se imperial stout. Así con todo bastante Buena.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
750 ml bottle with resealable cap (happiness). Pours an orange-brown black with a resilient, cream-beige head. Smell is coffee, black chocolate. Taste is tons of chocolate, black coffee, burnt caramel, vanilla, wood, bourbon. Finish is black coffee, cocoa, somewhat light bitterness, but comes balancing all the malt quite nicely. Medium to thick body, soft, velvety mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. I feel like calling it a masterpiece. Ok, let’s go ahead and call it a masterpiece. I need more bottles of that, right freaking now! Aging time!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2469) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
Thick dark brown with a good sized beige head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is raisins, plum, vanilla, fig, subtle hint of bourbon. Medium bodied, well balanced palate. Taste is raisins, plum, fig, purple grapes, hint of oak and bourbon. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (2459) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
A really interesting imperial stout. Pours a dark muddy black with a soapish beige head and tons of huge bubbles. The nose is amazing with an overlying bourbon wood note, funky fruit and yeast notes, toffee, espresso and vanilla. Smooth and silken taste with an expressed roasted malt and coffee bean note. Rich and dessert like but a tad bit watery. Overall an exceptional brew

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (2368) - Hagen, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
Sampled from 0.75 l bottle at RBBSG 2016 in Evergem. Hazy, very dark red to black with a light brown head. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty aroma of dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla and some oak. Sweetish-malty, quite roasty taste of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some oak, followed by a medium long, moderately roasty-bitter, slightly warming-alcoholic finish. Medium body, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Slovaksniper, pours a nice dark black, decent head, the was light tan, aroma was very sweet, lots vanilla and very bourbony, I think this beer would turn out really well with some age, it was a quite sweet at this stage, but overall a really solid offering

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2322) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
Rating #1073 - May 2, 2014 - bottle from Coop. Big bubbly black pour with a tan head that erupts from an aggressive pour. Aroma is heavy roast malt, caramel,mild vanilla. Taste is roast malt toffee sweetness, and an unchalky bitterness, medium-heavy alcohol character, but well tempered with the luxurious toffee sweetness. Impressive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (2238) - Warszawa, POLAND - SEP 23, 2016
Rami Rami is drinking a L’Impératrice - Brassin Spécial (Bourbon Barrel) by Le Trou du Diable at Mikkeller Bar Duzo wanilii i kokosa (pol na pol). Wisnie, sliwki suszone. Malo RISa. Malo ciala. Za dlugo w beczce? Ale smaczne bardzo.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Super dark brown with a small beige head. Hot booze, chocolate, caramel, and awesome coffee roast. Medium to full body with very law carbonation. Roasty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (2042) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
Noire opaque, coiffée d’une mousse beige compacte et persistante, qui se cramponne aux parois en une écume. Au nez, la mélasse semble omniprésente, alors que l’alcool est assez convainquant. On sent la cerise confite, les biscuits à l’avoine ainsi qu’une senteur de bourbon, qui ne nous envahit pas, c’est bien dosé. Un goût de caramel brûlé, de tire-éponge, de liqueur alcoolisée à la cerise. C’est bien équilibré, ça sollicite plusieurs des sens, sans agressivité et ça procure un réel plaisir en bouche. Fait à noter, elle est âgée de 14 mois. (Embouteillée 08-11) (417-211012)


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