dnstone (3386) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 7, 2009papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2017
Nice color, ligh body, deceptive for 9% abv. Very "drinkable", almost tastes like a milk stout.
Appearance: Black dense body with a thick & tan foamy head, about 2-3 fingers. Clings a little to the glass and dissipates at an average pace. So far, so good.
Smell: Hit with chocolate, roasted coffee (or coffee beans), dry cocoa and malt but at the same time a slight acidic (metallic?) twinge. Uh-oh. Fortunately, it seems to disappear and is overshadowed by a quite pleasing aroma that is always there whenever i inhale.
Taste: Thankfully no sourness or acidic edge to the taste but the smell that i digged doesn’t translate to a great taste. Some coffee but the taste is fleeting and finishes way too clean. Lacks complexity and depth associated with the style. There’s nothing offensive to it but it’s far below what an imperial stout should be. Reminds me of a very average porter or stout.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a smidgen of coarseness. Carbonation is fairly high though it relaxes as it warms. Body is thin at the end. Not unpleasant but not engaging either.
Reviewed on: 09-05-2009 madmitch76 (24388) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
11th January 2011VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
Opaque black beer, good tan head - short lived. A little paint on the nose. Light airy palate, frothy. Dark malt, mildly toasted. Trace of paint. Dry finish. Doesn’t hang together, a bit odd.
341 ml bottle. Pours black with an orange tint, extremely short-lasting beige-brown head. Leaves little or no lacing. Smell is dark chocolate. Taste is roast, moka, chocolate. Some burnt toast and dark coffee in the finish. Light body, oily mouthfeel. Almost no carbonation at all. Not the best Imperial stout I’ve had... chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Thanks to Alex for this rare Canadian...This is a gusher, I didn’t expect it and wasn’t paying attention until quite a bit was on the table. Pours a dark brown, almost black, looks good. A big tan foam with a full cap and good lacing...This smells great! What a ris should smell like, light roasted malt, slightly bitter, lots of milk chocolate. Bitter malt balls. This is great!....The taste is not as good, this is probably slightly infected. The nice roasty bitters now come across as just burnt, not as much as finesse. A little chocolate...There is a lot of carbonation in this, almost too much, yet the beer doesn’t come across full enough for me...Easy to drink.
With the reviews had no expectations for this, turned out to be quite decent for an infected stout. Can’t recommend but I enjoyed my pour.
UM02 (366) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
Very mediocre imperial stout. Nothing unpleasant about it but one expects a lot more subtle flavours in an imperial stout. A bit of burnt malt, a hint of chocolate, not a very big body or taste. Passable imperial stout but nothing to savour.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head with poor retention. Malty body with hints of dark fruits, plums and cherry notes. A bit ashy probably some oxidation, no idea how old this is. Light soy and chocolate notes. Okay but aged. j12601 (10994) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle that’s been in my cellar since I got back from a trip to Montreal about a year and a half ago. Pours a deep dark black with a thin to medium sized tan head that all but vanishes almost instantly. Big old plums and chocolate, roast and some oxidization. Age is evident right away. Medium bodied, sweet and plum filled, turning into old coffee grounds and ash. Finishes with more old bitterness and coffee. Paired up with a piece of nice dark chocolate this was passable, but still dumped the bulk of it. Aged out too much. sseb69 (1907) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2010
Bouteille 341 ml. 9%. Couleur noire opaque, mousse beige. Arômes de chocolat et alcool. En bouche, encore comme l’Or Noir de Saint -Arnould, trop grande effervescence. Goût de café, chocolat au lait, herbes ?. Finale avec un peu d’amertume et notes de cacao. Bonne mais pas à la hauteur des Impérial Stout. DerWeg (1678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Very dark with dark espresso foam. Aromas coffee roast and dark fruit. Taste follows with french coffee, deep sweet black fruit, dark roast malt, hint of wood ash, finishes with slight acidic lemon hop and acidic fruit. Overall a lightweight for an imperial and pretty sweet, so it’s more a sweet stout with imperial stylings in the dryness/bitterness. Middle is a bit ’empty’ but I’m enjoying just drinking it, a typical Quebec beer that’s not ultra demanding. It did not fare badly as described by Alain at Peluso. SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
Le liquide versé a une robe brune presque noire et laisse une mousse mince et fuyante. Parfums de malt rôti, de cacao, de café sucré, de crème avec une touche fruitée mais surette. Présence de traces herbeuses. Les saveurs détectées sont principalement celles des grains torréfiés et d’un de ses corollaires, le chocolat. En bouche et sous le palais, cette stout impériale est très peu effervescente et a une réponse plutôt mince pour sa prétention. La finale se fait sur des notes amères et, avec effarement, sur des notes acidulées.