philgc (1) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2015 does not count
This beer is one of my absolute favourite. So nice and dark with great notes of chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of dried fruit.
So amazing. Randy4Beer (513) - - JAN 23, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2016 Almost jet black, with an extremely thin, slightly off-white head.
The aromas are burnt malts, an alcohol sting, coffee, and dark fruits like raisins.
Tastes feature dark chocolate, malts, booziness, black coffee.
I can truly say this is one of my favourite Nickel Brook beers, and very good bang for the buck. A superior brew at every day prices.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
Cask at Vankleek Hill’s/Beau’s Oktoberfest. Orangeish opaque brown with a short lasting beige head. Smell is roast and chocolate. Taste is roast, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Lots of dark chocolate and citrus bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, sticky, velvety mouthfeel. Definitely the highlight of my tasting session! superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2016
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/18/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Incredible appearance! Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, caramel, molasses, smoke, char, light licorice/dark fruit, herbal, wood, floral, pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy/piney hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, caramel, molasses, smoke, char, light licorice/dark fruit, herbal, wood, floral, pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Good amount of roast/char and herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, caramel, molasses, smoke, char, light licorice/dark fruit, herbal, wood, floral, pine, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; with a great bitter/sweet roast malt/hop balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Russian imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. ILduce (283) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2016 Bottle: black beer with tan head. Dark fruits, espresso, and a bold malty aroma. Rich, complex flavours of roasted malts, dates, cocoa, and yeast. Oily mouthfeel with a long sweet bitterness in the end. Excellent Imperial stout.
MatChar (59) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2017
Appearance: dark black, with brownish head. Smell: cacao, coffee, confit fruits. Taste: Especially dry for the style. Overall: top level IS at a reasonable price. Evolutionary (503) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2017
Tap at mellow mushroom. Pour is black. Nose is dark smoke and hint of nut. Carmel and thick molasses up front with nut and alcohol feel later. Super smooth and moderate complexity for an imperial stout. bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
Pint on Tap at Imbibe in Kitchener. I was warned when ordering that it is 8.5%. Very dark brown, almost black with decent beige head. Roasted malts and mocha and a little sweetness that belies the strong alcohol content on the nose. Lighter feel than I expected in the mouth, but still very good. taste is the same sweet roasted malt and slightly bitter coffee that showed up in the nose. Overall, an excellent stout. Karol (917) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle bought at the Nickelbrook brewery in Burlington/Canada. Overall a fantastic mind blowing imperial stout that has it all! Sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma. Pitch black color, no light penetration. Beige creamy head that keeps a pretty thick layer. Taste is phenomenal! Roasted malt, espresso, sweet vanilla, bitter chocolate plus some minor dark fruits. Alcohol very very mild and warming. A mind blowing brew! Chief6rocka (2) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2015 does not count
Awesome dark beer. No head
Chocolaty with a hint of coffee. Goes down smooth with will give you a little buzz off the first pint