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Simple Malt Impériale Stout - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Impériale StoutSimple Malt Impériale Stout

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZorPrime on 11-24-2009)
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Reviews by bgildea:
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black color almost looks like used motor oil. Nice very dark tan head, that sticks around for a little.

S: Smells amazing. Very nice sweet chocolate aroma dominates the smell. Slight background of espresso or coffee beans.

T: Tastes of a dark semi sweet chocolate with a hint of bitterness. Finishes with a slight taste of smokey espresso.

M: Nice amount of chew to the beer. I definitely appreciate the thickness.

D: This beer is very drinkable. While you might feel full after two or three, the quality of this beer will keep bringing you back for more.

Overall: Overall the beer was very good. Really nice aroma to the beer. The taste is of bittersweet chocolate with a slight mix of espresso and roasted malts. Nice Imperial stout, and I would definitely recommend this to any dark beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 00:16:43 | More by bgildea
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12-05-2013 16:32:49 | More by byronic
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08-12-2013 01:25:52 | More by groleau
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06-18-2013 20:34:29 | More by Kegatron
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04-17-2013 13:55:25 | More by Whatup14
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, thanks again to papat444 for the suggestion and eventual trade bait!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with only the slightest of basal cola highlights, and one chubby finger of thinly foamy, bubbly brown head, which leaves a low bleeding berm of lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of milk chocolate powder, lactic sugars, some darker medium cocoa notes, earthy coffee beans, grainy, roasted caramel malt, a bit of wet tobacco, and some musty, dusty hops. The taste is big and rich (TV spin-off pending) roasted caramel malt and bittersweet chocolate, cold espresso, a hint of juicy black fruit, charred ash, weathered leather, earthy noble hops, and just the tamest of booze warming.

The bubbles are actually quite in play, though just enough to keep things from going off a cliff, the body medium-full in weight, with an unctuous quality to its undeniable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the char becoming more prominent, across malt, chocolate and coffee alike, with the hops still doing their job so well that it's hard to know they're really there. Still little to no evidence of the 8 points and change of ABV.

A quite agreeable big stout, the fullness belying the inherent balanced achieved. Tasty, and not so boozy (on paper and in flavour) that you couldn't maybe go for another, perhaps, given the opportunity?

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:28:10 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-24-2013 19:25:12 | More by hopsolutely
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Ontario (Canada)

2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Very dark brown like a dirty engine oil. A very thin head that disappeared totally in no time. No lacing at all.

The smell of cleaning fluid. Some aroma of green grapes.

The taste is strong chocolate and the taste of earth.

A nice heavy feel. Chewy

Not a complex brew at all. Simple. Not to be revisited.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 00:58:15 | More by ssmack
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black, finger of head with some retention and some nice lace rings.

S - Scent is rich and sweet, loaded with dark cocoa and milk chocolate, hints of oak, vanilla and candied cherries with oatmeal on the finish.

T - The dark cocoa dominates alongside the wooden oak, oatmeal, toffee, burnt toast, and a leafy green finish. The sweetness is quickly balanced by a bitter leafy green hop note that lingers alongside the slightest ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - This is a very solid brew that boasts a great flavour profile, is nicely balanced, and whose ABV is well hidden making it dangerously drinkable. I really enjoyed this and would've certainly loved to try it on tap.

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01-29-2013 23:24:21 | More by andrenaline
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 341mL bottle, bought for me as a Christmas gift from Broue Ha Ha. Really looking forward to this!

A damned-near impenetrable black inky demon of a brew flows out of the bottle, sporting an intimidating mocha crown that settles into a thick ringlet. Great looking brew.

Nose is rich coffee and chocolate, mocha, molasses, roasted grain. Incredibly rich.

Well if this isn't a fine tasting stout! Really impressed with the depth to this - cocoa, coffee, molasses, sweet caramel and bitter grains are all balanced nicely, allowing for some great interplay of flavours. The finish is particularly striking: a delayed blast of molasses and dry chocolate.

Sticky and chewy, great viscosity with a nice carbonation pop to keep things moving.

Heard good things about this brew, and it surely did not disappoint. Add this to the list of fantastic Quebec brews. Great start to 2013 - happy drinking to all of you!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:26:55 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large red wine glass. No brewed date on bottle. Drank from cold to about the prescribed temp of 12-14C. This one drinks better warm for sure.

A: Dark, no transparency at all, no apparent carbonation, but is actually a bit more reddish brown than black, with a dark brown/mocha coloured head that doesn't build up too much before dying down to a thin whisp. As you drink, there is almost no retention.

S: Heavy on the roasted malts and as it warms lots of coffee/espresso aromas... the chocolate doesn't come through as much here, and when warm you even get a whiff of alcohol...

T: Roasted malts following the smell, with again lots of coffee flavours here....also getting the mollasses that others get, along with a burnt sugar/caramel type of flavour as it goes down. Light on the chocolate for a stout but there is a bit of bitter cocoa taste, but overall this is not a really bitter style stout, and also light on any sense of alcohol. Not overly complex, but complex enough to not mess with the mouth feel.

M: Light to no carbonation, very smooth and rich, very well balanced with the flavours and alcohol. Strong enough to be called an Imperial, but unlike some of the high ABV Imperials, you could easily drink more than one of these at night, which is a good thing!

O: For the explosion of stouts out there, this one does it very nicely. As others have mentioned, it is not overpriced, comes in a convenient 341ml bottle which is great because this has to be one of the more easy drinking stouts I've had, so you don't feel obliged to drink a whole 650, but if you want more, just crack another. This isn't to say that it sacrifices the beer style though for this drink-ability, it has a lot of nice balanced flavours going on and enough complexity to keep you interested. While perhaps a bit coffee forward, it's not exactly what I would call a coffee stout. A great beer that is worth having around or trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 01:30:51 | More by 4ster
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-29-2012 00:40:19 | More by KalanM
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-20-2012 22:34:48 | More by Molson2000
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer several times now, in the first instance courtesy of Freud, and would like to give it a re-review. Got this particular bottle at Peluso in Montreal. Stellar shop.

From a bottle into a snfiter
IBU: 61

APPEARANCE: Pours out pitch black and sludgy looking, yielding a small, medium-thick, mocha colored head with good retention. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. Body is pitch black in color with no carbonation evident. A faint, splotchy wisp remains and leaves touches of lacing down the glass. Black, menacing and evil looking stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark, pure chocolate, leather and tobacco. Coffee and espresso in there as well. Bold, complex and interesting.

TASTE: Follows the nose quite nicely. Roasted malts again, leather and lots of roasted coffee beans, with some sweet caramel at the swallow. A bold and persistent finish of roasted coffee beans, dark, bitter chocolate, and some decent tobacco. Really flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Great feel for the style.

OVERALL: This is just as good as it's always been. After lots of limited releases and expensive stout beer, this is pretty much as good as it gets. They should barrel age this at some point. Nasty look, piles of wonderful aroma and flavor, and a big, heavywieght feel, this imperial stout can compete with the best of them. This brewery really does impress. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 19:43:27 | More by Jeffo
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

09-01-2012 03:11:12 | More by t0rin0
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jeffo!

Appearance. Pours black with a thin espresso-foam coloured head. Looks ominous!

Smell. Big coffee and dark chocolate liquer, a little molasses and black licorice too.

Taste. Lots of dark chocolate and molasses. A bit of burnt sugar and just a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. I'm starting to expect something brilliant from every Quebec stout I try. This one didn't disapoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 02:46:40 | More by Rutager
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07-05-2012 11:54:06 | More by beerhunter13
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Simple Malt Impériale Stout from Brasseurs Illimités
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