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Stout Imperial - L'Amère à Boire

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Stout ImperialStout Imperial

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BA SCORE
87
very good

23 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
L'Amère à Boire visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 05-01-2003)
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Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery pure vlack pour with a nice and thick tan head. The nose is mostly very dull although there are hints of sweet molasses and roasted malts. The mouthfeel and extremely rich and creamy, a pleasure. The sweetness is also in the taste but here you'll also find coffee & mocha notes with some dry, unsweetened chocolate. The finsih bends towards the dry and chalky. A nice stout!

Popsinc, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pint arrives on the bar, and appears black, with slight reddish edges, and a finger of creamy beige head, that leaves little lace. It smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and mild coffee. The taste is thin chocolate malt, and some mild cafe au lait. The carbonation is light, the body not quite adequately hefty, and it finishes quite dry, powdered chocolate lingering. The elevated ABV is seemlessly integrated.

A decent, but not overly memorable RIS.

biboergosum, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The clear winner in the lineup, not that there was a bad one here. Coffee aroma. Thick Chocolatey, creamy, from nitro tap. Beautiful black with mocha head. Taste which is roasty and a touch of smoke and expresso certainly covers alcohol. Full mouthfeel. A nice after dinner drink.
Had again 6 years and something later, and not too thick as an IS is today. Big coffee.

Sammy, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blacker than grim death, with a cappuccino head.

Smell: Quite vinious, some dark fruits, blackberries and prunes to be precise, it then had a charred aroma that quickly morphed into creamy milk chocolate.

Taste: Rich, but not overwhelmingly so, it had fruity character with roasted malts and a decent coffee style bitter mouthfeel.

Yeah, it's not very over-the-top, many local brewpubs have more flashy offerings in this style, but this one has more balance and doesn't overwhelm your tastebuds, so that's why I keep coming back for more time and time again.

Goldorak, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with a whitish head, the head didnt stayed much long, as it thinned slowly. A caramel smell fill the glass. The taste is very chocolate at first then coffee then caramel with a hoppy resorts at last. Very drinkable, but it was served colder than expected so maybe it kept away some of its aromas. One of my favorite at l'Amére à boire

3Vandoo, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of dwmulcahy
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

dwmulcahy, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at L'amerie a boire, Montreal.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt grains, coffee and a strak of sweet malts.

The taste consisted of cocoa, charcoal and burnt grain flavors with a bit of lactose sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a delicious stout. Very user friendly and very drinkable for the style.

plaid75, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Rastacouere
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark body with a tan 1-inch foam->beautiful. Aroma is not too intense, but milk coffeeish, chocolatey -> this is gonna be malty! The mouthfeel is as creamy as it gets, medium to full bodied. The taste is a fine mixture of malt and light drying hops: Brown chocolate, creamy coffee, licorice, a oatmeal character closing to St-Ambroise stout, with salty hints. Very good and easy to drink.

Rastacouere, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black beverage with read hints, a tan even small bubbled head with good lacing and curtains.

Burned notes, black malt, dried dark fruits.

Starting very sweet, brown sugar, dates, chocolate, red berries.

Low carbonation, a slightly coarse texture yet oily, a dry finish.

Very nice dessert, sweet as an american porter, but potent and fulfilling.

rarbring, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of judyblueyes
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance, dark and opaque with brown foamy head. Some roasted and chocolate malt aroma. The alcohol is evident when you drink this although it could be even stronger for an Imperial. Black, roasted and chocolate malt flavors, but not as sweet as a lot of Imperials I've tasted.

judyblueyes, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, creamy tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Light roast, bread, mocha/chocolate.

T: Molases, dark chocolate, light roast, pleasant fruity esters (often lacking in the new world), modest bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy; slight chalky acidity.

D: Very good for its strength.

Derek, May 14, 2007
Photo of vielma
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

vielma, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep black with a medium thick and creamy head which was VERY long lasting.

S-Some roat and a bit of alcohol burn....not very aromatic.

T-Sweet and rich with some notes of raisins. Nice notes of dark roasted malt and a bit of espresso.

M-Medium-heavy body. Silky, rich and creamy, very nice! This is by far the best feature of this brew.

D-Smooth and easy to drink. Certainly not the biggest or best RIS I have had but this is a solid beer. The mouthfeel is absolutely crazy, IMHO.

Deuane, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of evil_liver
4/5  rDev +1.8%

evil_liver, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Socialiste, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of hopsolutely
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

hopsolutely, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a completely opaque brown/black with a dense head the colour of coffee froth. Excellent retention and good lacing as well. Looks intimidating. Intense malty and fruity aroma that's slightly vinous and has plenty of roasted malt and coffee character, as well as a bit of dark chocolate thrown in. Low bitterness that didn't quite balance out the intense malty, almost lactose, sweetness. Some ripe fruitiness appeared part-way through. The finish was off-dry with light roastiness and some bitterness from the dark malts. Heavy body with a creamy texture and slight astringency. I'd say this is a fair imperial stout that needs a little work to get things right. Not a bad beer, but better balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, as well as reducing the astringency, would go a long way.

DrJay, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Imperial really doesn't come across as Imperial, I'm afraid. They had this on a ntiro pour, so the pour was black, with some ruby highlights, topped with a coffee ice cream colored head. Nice lacing left through-out the glass. Aroma was actually sweet and fruity, with some roasted notes. Taste was rather mild, although it did have a slightly alcoholic aftertaste. Just not as big and bold as expected.

PatandDavid, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good imperial stout, but not a great one. This beer arrived a totally opaque black colour with a rich, dense, brown head of foam. The aromas were of coffee, roasted malts, and faint hops. The taste? This was a very roasted, coffee-like imp stout, but unfortunately it just did not 'ring my bell' for one reason or another. The mouthfeel was a bit watery and the drinkability suffered a bit too.
A nice try!
-F

francisweizen, May 01, 2003
Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black body with a smooth beige head that hangs around for most of the drink. Coffee and cocoa nose.Treacle and dark chocolate in the flavour, with nice hints of dark fruit and rasins. Warming alcohol finish paired a viscous oily mouthfeel help to make this one a winner.

bobsy, May 20, 2008
Photo of VTaler
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the L'Amère à Boire brewpub on St. Denis in Montreal. Paired it with a very tasty burger
A - nice thick looking black beer with thick white head.
S - German sweet chocolate
T - Tasted like i was drinking a dark chocolate mocha milk shake. Overall kind of sweet but it was balanced perfectly with the hops so that it was not a dessert beer. Not too roasted. This overall flavor was not too complex but it tasted amazing. This is one of the cases where simplicity works.
M - Like a milkshake
D - Too Drinkable

VTaler, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of erica
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of drinking this fine beer late Saturday night during my last trip to Montreal, in the good company of TheLongBeachBum and ErikTheRed. I wasn't all that impressed with the other beers I tried here earlier in the day so I went with what I figured I could count on to be a good choice. I was right! This Stout Imperial was served on nitro, so it was very pretty. The beer was black with a super thick, creamy, off-white head. It smelled a little musty actually, which made me nervous about how it would taste. Then again, I suppose there's usually less of an aroma when a beer is on nitro. But really I didn't get much of anything in the nose except like a closed-up attic. Thankfully it tasted much better. This beer was sooo creamy. And very roasty. So, cappuccino-ish I suppose, but it didn't have much of an actual coffee taste. Just a general roasted flavor, with some creamy milk chocolate thrown in there. I loved this beer! Simple yet completely satisfying for an imperial stout. Mouthfeel was thick like a milkshake. Drinkability was very very good, but on the strong side. I had this at the end of the night after a tasting party, plus the bar staff was kind of kicking us out, so I didn't have an opportunity to drink loads of this, but if I ended up in Montreal on a cold winter afternoon and/or evening, this would be my beer of choice. Highly recommended.

erica, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

tom10101, Aug 10, 2013
Stout Imperial from L'Amère à Boire
87 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.