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L'Impératrice (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Le Trou Du Diable

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L'Impératrice (Bourbon Barrel Aged)L'Impératrice (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: papat444 on 10-29-2011)
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-01-2013 21:01:31 | More by Krakpoff
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4ster

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 2012. Poured into a Leffe Chalice. Chilled a bit in the fridge and drank while warmed up. This beer has seen 2 house moves, 2 cities, and various cellar and non cellar conditions, so i thought it was time to crack it.

A: Dark, black-brown, after sitting for over a year and a bit, it almost had no carbonation so almost no head, just a few wisps that quickly died down. Little white flecks of yeast floating in the beer....

S: Bourbon, alcohol, malt vanilla. Some wood and that's about it.

T: The oak really has taken over this beer, and while I haven't had it fresh, the alcohol has mostly mellowed as well. As it warms, mild flavours of coffee and malt, fairly sweet, with a lot of tobacco and leather on the palate.

M: Light to no carbonation, and not syrupy either. Lighter than I expected with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue still.

O: I think this beer falls under the "rare beer that becomes hyped"... the harder it is to get the better it must be. That's to not say this is a bad beer, and if you like bourbon aging characteristics this one is quite nice... I also can't say it is because I've aged it, but it is not that old, and I feel it just is a little flat, and not as rich as you'd expect for an imperial stout.... A decent enough beer but still has a long way to go to reach a barrel aged Peche.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:01:55 | More by 4ster
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Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

11-09-2013 05:21:25 | More by mattsander
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-17-2013 02:20:30 | More by Kmat10
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from hoppypocket in CanBIF Fall 2013. From notes.

A - Poured black with a one finger mocha head. Spotty lace left over with a finger of retention.

S - Dark fruit, vanilla, whiskey, nice complex imperial stout. Less roasty than I would expect for the style.

T - Sweet up front with obvious barrel influence. Dark fruit, roast, good blend.

M - Very mild carbonation, full body and a sweet dark fruit finish.

O/D - Pleasant and drinkable with an unorthodox, yet workable flavour. Good stuff. Barrel has definitely had an influence on the beer that is complimentary.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 16:52:23 | More by tbeckett
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into tulip 26/9/13

A not quite black with deep cola edge, large mocha foam slowly falls to a table top island, a couple partial rings of lace followed by some random patches on the way down

S smells a little hot with a mild booze sting, charred wood, a little smokey bourbon and bacon, loads of the darkest licorice you can imagine, vanilla, dark chocolate, cola, and just a hint of Brett

T much like the nose, barrel and booze with faint funk, some dark chocolate covered berries and lots of char

M not the body I expected from a big dark one and booze hits your chest, low but detectable tannins, char lingers

O this one has great potential but doesn't quite get there, good but considering who brewed this I expected more

This is my second attempt at this one as my first bottle was a infected gushing fountain of an undrinkable mess. I'd say it needs age to mellow out the booze but I can smell the infection starting take hold in the background and I'd drink this batch ASAP and cross your fingers. I doubt this is exactly what they were attempting and I'd love to try what LTDD was trying to achieve BB aging a big stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 03:26:12 | More by wordemupg
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. After a day of house buying busywork, and 3-plus hours of infant screaming, I am now so ready for a beer. Oh, so this is the first one that greets me upon opening the fridge. So be it.

This beer pours a solid black oil abyss, with nary a basal highlight of any sort, and two fingers of densely puffy, generally foamy beige head, which leaves some Ayers' Rock and low pressure weather pattern lace around the glass as things slowly seep away.

It smells of astringently wooden alcohol right up front - bourbon barrels on acid, so to speak - caramel and toffee malt, in equal proportion, dusty milk chocolate, dry vanilla, some dark sugar molasses notes, a touch of black orchard fruitiness, and overwhelmed earthy, musty hops. The taste is much more moderated, a thinner caramel maltiness prevailing, with a soft cocoa quotient, a slight coffee essence, some middling bourbon barrel notes - wood grain, and vanilla, mostly, and a subtle dark fruitiness, one that blends nicely with the attendant earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly subdued, and nothing more, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, and when considering the transitory hop and alcohol esters, is quite creamy as well. It finishes well off-dry, the neutered caramel malt, multifarious barrel notes, and malingered hops notes all performing a dance of the near dead.

Another crazy-ass barrel-treatment afflicted stout where once again, the wood fucks up the malt, in the sense that all that awesome chocolate and caramel goodness is sliced up and meted out in parts less than the whole, in a sense of this maligned metaphor. Good, I suppose, but hardly a world-beating version of the style, and not really worthy of the dear price tag incurred.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 05:40:27 | More by biboergosum
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-24-2013 19:03:46 | More by tom10101
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks Deadbolt82

Appearance. Pours black with over a finger of thick tan head.

Smell. Oak and bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate, molasses, dark malt and some tangy dark berries.

Taste. Well roasted dark malts, dark unsweetened chocolate, bourbon and wood with just a little bit of berry and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of medium bodied, with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Not as big a stout as I had hoped it would be but there's plenty of bourbon and its barrel going on. Not bad but I personally wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:24:46 | More by Rutager
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.5%

03-23-2013 04:14:28 | More by bostonryan
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was bottled on march 2012. I did let sit a little bit before tasting. Tasted in September 2012.

The beer color is dark black. Good brown head sits on top of it. The smell is dominated by bourbon notes. Some toasted bread in there with vanilla notes. Pretty decent aroma. In the taste, I get bourbon and vanilla, it's simply awesome. This beer is very delicious. Warmer. Voluptuous... Some carbonation is present too.

This is a very good stout. For me it is near perfection, I can't agree with the other reviewers. This is one to seek out. Not cheap 'tho.

Mouthfeel is great as the taste linger in the mouth... Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 13:38:23 | More by ZorPrime
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and light roasted malt notes with light bourbon notes though not as much vanilla as I would have expected. Taste is also mostly dominated by black chocolate notes with light green notes and light dry roasted malt. Bourbon notes are more subdued then I was expecting with almost no vanilla notes perceptible. Body isn’t as full as expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall not bad though not as complex as expected with not as much bourbon notes as expected as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 18:33:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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L'Impératrice (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Le Trou Du Diable
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