stef73 (651) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
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BiereLuc (1276) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
(Dégustation verticale 2011-2012) Noire, noire, noire... avec une sublime mousse café. Au nez : du chocolat du bois du café et une touche de raisin (dans la 2011). En bouche, l’alcool prend les saveurs en charge en les étalant avec puissance. Le bois et la fumée sont plus présent dans la 2011, le café et le grain grillé dans la 2012. Dans les deux cas, c’est bon en diable! La RIS de McAuslan est définitivement une bière à faire vieillir sans crainte. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks! Pours a deep black with some translucency at the edges. Dark tan head. Nose is smoky and meaty, noted oak and vanilla. Light dark fruit and some cocoa notes. On tasting, it is ashy, smoke forward. Oddly dry and too roasty without some balance. The barrel contributes tannin and vanilla. Kind of all over the place and the smoke just mixes it all up. Nice to try but a bit thin overall. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle shared by drewbeerme. Thanks, Drew! Pours a deep blackish hue, full bodied pour with a frothy brown head atop that dies to a firm layer, laces well. Healthy opaque body with some darker brownish edges around. Aromas are deep and roasty, chocolate and gentle ash hit the palate. Cocoa, caramel, a bit of wood and gentle spirit hit the nostrils. Toastiness, biscuits, and toffee. A full nose with a gentle dryness, gentle coffee and smoke elements really runs the whole gambit. Initial is fuller bodied, offering roast and smoke, toastiness and a full body. Gentle oak creeps in, bit of spirit, toffee and toast. Caramel, some toastiness and smoked wood. Gentle dryness, richer coffee and cocoa elements at times. Really well put together, backend shows some dryness, firm smokiness, and oak elements. Really lingers well and quite the memorable brew. kbudd19 (1019) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Has a nice coffee and wood smell up front. Can taste a bit of the wood finish on the way down. Overall not bad.
deyholla (11910) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle shared by Drew, thanks! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of roasted malts with a bit of bourbon and wood with a bit of smoke. Flavor has a combination of roasted malts and ashy smoke with a hint of bourbon. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours black whispy head. Aroma scotchy, vanilla, smoke, ash. Flavors ashy, scotch, cocoa, bitter finish. andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours an opaque black with a nice big brown head leaving lace nicely up the glass. Aromas of fantastic roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, licorice, coffee, dark fruits. Flavours of dark chocolate, complex rich roasted/burnt malts, dark fruit sweetness, bourbon, oak, creamy mouth feel, medium bitterness on the finish. Very well rounded flavourful beer. Sask89 (529) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Pours pitch black with a small creamy mocha head. Aroma is heavy in chocolate with some coffee and vanilla scents, alongside a slight caramel and buttermilk undertone. Taste is rich and sweet up front with a lingering dry bitterness. Full bodied, subtle carbonation and a creamy mouth feel. Overall an amazing imperial stout, would love to have this one again. stantheman (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
Small bottle in a presentation tube from Viti Wine and Lager on Seymour/Smythe in Vancouver.
Pours pitch black with a moderate darker tan head. I’m getting sweet milk chocolate and coffee on the nose. Flavor is of chocolate and coffee. Mouth feel is a bit oily. Finish is long and somewhat bitter.
An excellent imperial stout, with, I think, a more bitter finish than most of it’s type. I don’t fault it on that; a matter of preference, however...
I have to fault it somewhat on price and value. Except for the noticeably more bitter finish, I didn’t find it remarkable for it’s type. Except as previously noted, it’s not readily distinguishable from such greats as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or Old Rasputin IS. The bourbon cask treatment fails to come through in a beer that is already very rich in flavor.
Personally, I find it over-packaged (it’s beer, not scotch whiskey, folks!) and overpriced at 8 bucks locally. I won’t even comment on the screw neck, practical though it may be!