Le Trou du Diable V

Formerly brewed at Le Trou du Diable
Style: Scotch Ale
Shawinigan, Canada
Serve in Thistle


on tap


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
5th anniversary beer, claymore scotch ale aged in Jack Daniel barrels.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (7055) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3 oz bottle pour at ChurchKey shared by solidfunk, thanks Josh! Clear golden brown with no noticeable head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, light soy sauce. Tastes of caramel, toffee, vanilla. Medium body with a dry finish. Barrel character isnt noticeable to me, probably faded from age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (8638) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Plum and a touch of peat. A hint of smoke. Pours amber without much head. Light sweet and crisp finish. Good stuff. Bottle pour at Churchkey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (888) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Brune. Nez: Caramel. Banane. Whisky. Vanille. Nougat. Bouche: caramel au beurre salé. Boisé. Ronde. Très sucré. Madère. Belle chaleur d'alcool. Datte. Vanille. Réglisse. Très bien.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
In short: A caramelized beer with medium oak barrels presence and ligt notes of boozy whisky. Straightforward.
How: Cute but overpriced 500ml bottle. Purchased at the brewpub on release day. This rating for a bottle with some age on it. I didnt like it fresh after I had already purchased many bottles.
The look: Cloudy copper-brown body topped by a medium beige head with good retention.
In long: The nose proposes mild whisky notes over a piece of crme caramel. Taste is rich caramelized malts, toffee candy, medium oak barrels presence, only light notes of whisky. Boozy finish that is also slightly astringent, woody and dry. Unfortunately very carbonated making the body feel a bit light and airy, this is the type of beer that shines with a smooth carbonation. Gone is the perfumy Jack Daniels character that annoyed me in a young bottle. Time has helped integrating the once-awkward JD but the the beer didnt developed any complexity, I was surprised at how easy to drink this beer is nowadays (relative to a BA scotch ale) but theres not a whole lot of things happening in this beer. Good beer overall. When I first had it; it was too young; then when I opened another bottle it was a bit too old; there are two things I havent learned to do yet; when to open a barrel aged scotch ale; and when to use a semicolon;

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6141) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
500ml at DC tasting. Amber-brown. A very nice beer. Chestnut tones. Perfect effervescence, bottle conditioning. Caramel, nutty, brown sugar. Well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3469) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle 500ml. Pours dark brown with low beige head. Intense lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, caramel, malt, alcohol, lsigth Jack. Taste is of vanilla, wood, malt. Some Jack. Very good balance. Palate: Medium-high body. Overall: Easily drinkable. Surprisingly "thin". Very good Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5959) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle (500 ml). Thanks to Nbtetreault! Murky brown with a small persistent beige head and good lacing. Aroma of whiskey (not overwhelming), caramel, toffee, malt... complex and well balanced. Taste is about the same but much smoother... surprisingly thing considering aroma. Body is medium (but thin for a scotch ale), alcohol is well hidden. Low carbonation (but theres still some). Very complex beer (especially aroma), great balance. Sweetness isnt cloying which is very good for a scotch ale and make this one easily drinkable. One of the best scotch ale Ive had so far. If you still have one, you better drink it soon though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (16137) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle. Was drinking this as Adam Henrique scored to put the Devils into the Stanley Cup Finals. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose/taste of caramel, wood, sweet malt, bourbon and vanilla. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3283) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur cuivre fonce etr voile. Nez bois (ft de chne), de vanille, dalcool liquoreux sucr (brandy), de caramel sucr, lger de sirop drable et de fruits (raisins lgrement vineux et cerises sucres) avec des notes de chocolat au lait et des traces fumes. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen ainsi quune texture lgrement crmeuse et liquoreuse. Lger got fruit (raisins aux traces vineuses, notes de cerises, faibles traces de prunes vertes) accompagn dun got de vanille et dun faible got de malt fum (traces de tabac) lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got de malt rti doux avec un got de caramel, des notes de pain et de petites traces de chocolat. Paralllement, lon retrouve un goput bois (ft de chne) avec lger got dalcool liquoreux (brandy) et des notes de houblon herbeux jusquen finale. Post-got long-moyen et un peu sec, moyennement amer dalcool doux, de rti doux, bois (ft de chne) et avec des notes fruites (mot de raisins).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2012
This is a nice offering if you want a barrel aged ale that provides the bourbon flavors up front, but not in an overpowering manner. An amber-colored ale that pours with good carbonation, it provides a good and lively mouthfeel and smells and tastes primarily of bourbon with maybe a bit of belgian yeast (?). To be honest, it is a bit one dimensional in that respect, but it is very drinkable for a barrel-aged offering. I enjoyed it.

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