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Imperial Stout - La Barberie

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mzwolinski on 06-21-2004)
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Reviews by santa109:
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Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 55 degrees. 500ml format on lees.

A: Poured a perfectly opaque black with a thick foamy 2 fingers of light brown head into a pint. Looks thick as oil, beautiful beer.

S: Seems a bit faint in the aroma department when cold. As it warms a bit, a poweful roastiness drowns what seems like faint notes of chocolate and coffee.

T: Once again, mostly roasted malts with a bit of expresso. There's an interesting bitter finish as the hops make a last attempt at showing their presence.

M: Definitely not as thick as it looks but still not too thin for an imperial stout. A very lively carbonation feeds the head until it is finished. Leaves a very dry feel in the mouth.

D: Does not feel like a 7.5% beer, quite easy to drink since nothing's extreme in the taste department. I don't feel as if I would want to have more than one though.

Overall, not a beer I would buy again. It's not bad, but there are much better ones in this style out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 21:05:02 | More by santa109
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-17-2014 23:46:45 | More by Mack
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-30-2014 11:29:44 | More by Noelito76
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-01-2013 04:55:04 | More by rale
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

09-06-2013 01:53:25 | More by bsuedekum
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Quebec (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, roasted black with a airy-but-creamy brown head that pours huge, but eventually calms down to about an inch. Good retention; fat, stringy lacing. One little chunk of orange yeast broke off, but no big deal.

Nuts, caramel, smoked meat. Really malty and warm smelling. Smells like it looks.

Rusty and dirty. Really malty up front with hints of coffee, grass, and pepper. It has a really noticeable rising acidity that almost gets to be too much at the finish.

Thin tasting and sadly watery with medium body. Carbonation is good.

Not bad at all. It is not quite the near-meal I had expected but it was a really nice stout nonetheless. Could be a little meatier in the taste and mouthfeel departments, though. It almost seemed hollow. It is a good beer, but has the potential to be a great one.
Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 22:17:12 | More by TheDoctor
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-31-2013 04:02:08 | More by VbolieuV
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-29-2012 00:58:22 | More by KalanM
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -45.5%

11-06-2012 19:00:45 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from hoppypocket. Thanks!
Bottled on 26 JUL 12. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Poured very dark brown, settled black. One finger of mocha coloured head with a lot of visble carbonation.

S - Big roast and smoke aromas with hints of chocolate and molasses.

T - Roast, licorice, smoke and some bitter-sweet chocolate.

M - Medium body. Heavy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 22:55:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-21-2012 22:34:20 | More by Molson2000
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2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at Depanneur Peluso in Montreal. Store is just insane.

APPEARANCE: A careful pour comes out dark brown and yields a three finger, slightly looser looking tan head with good retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a good, thick cap. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Head need to be thicker, but this is the best part of the beer.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smoked malts and some cacao powder. Touches of sweet cream as well. Medium strength at best, but a little underwhelming.

TASTE: Roasted malts, smoked malts and some caramel sweetness. An average though lingering aftertaste is roasted with cacao powder and some sweet cream. Some bitter chocolate and coffee linger nicely on the palate as well.

PALATE: Ligher body and lots of carbonation. Just like their IPA. Airy on the palate, goes down fizzy and finishes somewhat dry. All wrong for the style, and all wrong for beerdom.

OVERALL: Like their IPA, the fizzy, airy palate hurts this beer imensely. This could have been pretty decent, but it was just not to be. Never drink this beer on purpose if you don't have to.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 20:54:35 | More by Jeffo
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2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: May 25, 2012, 500 mL poured into a tulip glass.

A: Black color which blocks all light, think tanish brown head, good head retention, laces the glass, viscous
S: Dark chocolate, caramel, sweet alcohol, espresso, burnt sugars, smells good
T: First thing I thought was sour, it caught me off-guard completely. Now the second taste, espresso and dark chocolate give pleasant bitter taste. There is also tastes of yeast and metal. I'm hesitant to state the yeast taste because of the style, but I'm going to say it anyways.
M: Medium body, it doesn't quite match its appearance, light carbonation, smooth. I like the body, but nothing spectacular.
O: I'm disappointed with this beer. The appearance and smells are great. I do personally prefer a heavier body. The taste isn't pleasant, the sour flavor is pretty strong and I don't like yeast flavor in this style. This is a Quebec beer, which explains the yeast. I may be spoiled by living in Michigan where we have many good imperial stouts (ex. Founders), but I will not buy this again. This beer isn't a bad price either, but I'm staying away.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 02:53:59 | More by Founders_Fanatic
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-18-2012 03:06:58 | More by Foudebiere
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my hotel glass... oh well..

Real dark body, nearly all black, maybe even a bit of red hinting out on this thing, but a real creamy cocoa light brown top on this for the head. Lots of staying power, clumpy and thick, ring lacing, this head just will not budge. Very impressive.

Nose is a dense malt, hints of dark chocolate, and thick whipped cocoa on the nose. Huge dark chocolate, really nice.

Palate hits with a little wet body, but filling the hints on the nose nicely. Light bodied richness of dark chocolate fills with a slight prickly tonic water body. Finish even seems to be a bit hopy with a good amount of pine after lingering sensation. Charring toasty grains all over.

Overall I just wish the silky sensations I seemed to smell on the nose would have translated into the palate feel and richness. Regardless, it's still quite solid and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:42:52 | More by smakawhat
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

04-07-2012 02:43:46 | More by MasterMart
Photo of duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle served into a pint glass.

A - Very beautiful appearance! Pours a very dark brown color with a generous, relatively dark, brown, creamy head which has a good retention.

S - Nice herbal notes, but the smell is dominated by roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The whole blend seems well balanced.

T - The taste confirms the smell, a good balance between the malty notes and the hop at finish. The coffee/chocolate are well present, making this beer close to style!

M - Good carbonation, leaving a little foamy feeling though. I would expect a bigger body at start but the alcohol gives a nice, warming finish which makes you forget about the body.

O - With a good drinkability and a nice balance, this imperial stout is definitely tasty and worth seeking out in my opinion!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:29:38 | More by duracell
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

11-30-2011 17:04:03 | More by kelvarnsen
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at La Barberie, but purchased a bottle which I will be comparing later. The bartender indicated that La Barberie's beers are VERY different on tap versus in bottles because (for the bottles) they use a natural carbonation.

The appearance is a dark black. There is a big, thick, creamy white head (as expected from a nitro-tap), which kept for most of the drink. No surprises in carbonation; generic nitro-tap again. There is not a lot happening in the smell, but the one thing I pick up is a bit of smoke, maybe smoked meat. The mouthfeel was very smooth, with a bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-03-2011 19:15:00 | More by jmugg
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Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Big shiny mocha head on top of black. You can find some brown highlights if you look hard enough. Lots of thick, layered lacing. Looks quite good in my champagne glass.

S- Coffee and alcohol. Heavy roasted malt. A little green hopiness. It all melds into something ressembling those black shriveled olives (don't know what kind of olive that is).

T- Like the smell but with a lot less of the already discrete olive. Pretty strong metallic finish. After-taste is a coffee with a hint of green hop and some flat cardboard. Could definitely be more flavorful.

M- Body is pretty big and syrupy but not as much as other Imperial stouts. I think La Barberie are generally light bodied (which is part of why I haven't really found a favorite amongst their lineup). Finish isn't dry at all. I think this would be a nice body for a stout.

O- Pretty much what I thought this would taste like. La barberie has got a pretty good variety of beers but they many seem to have these traits: a bit thin, not incredibly flavorful and kind of cardboardy. It's a good beer but I have no reason to buy it again instead of another.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 21:51:23 | More by Yoonisaykul
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL. Bottled May 10/10, purchased in Quebec City in July, Cellared. Poured into a tulip

A great looking RIS with a huge mocha head that laces atop a deep black beer. The aromas are decent, consisting of roasted malts and molasses, though I was expecting something stronger. Taste of the beer itself is nice, though not complex with a pretty straightforward roast /molasses through the hour long session. This though is greatly hindered by a hot alcohol that doesn't do the beer well. Much too hot for 7.5%. Would have preferred a bit more viscous of a body.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:20:05 | More by kjyost
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous brownish head that sticks around the whole time leaving nice lacing. Black but not opaque with some red notes.

S - Lot's of coffee on the nose with a slight amount of burnt sugar and roasted malt but coffee dominates.

T - Roasted malts come through with the coffee. Nice bitter finish.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Works well.

D - Really good. Nothing holds this back and the alcohol isn't noticable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 19:00:15 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with tight tan head. Some roast in the smell, but lighter than most other imperial stouts I've had. Faint chocolate in the nose as well, with maybe a bit of coffee. The body was a bit thin, not as creamy as expected from the appearance. A bit of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 18:23:13 | More by kwjd
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I`ve been looking for this for a while. Glad to find it in the hometown of the brewery at J.A. Moisan. The head is slow to rise, careful on the pour! It looks like there`s going to be no head and then it explodes. Looks a little thin pouring into the glass. Black with root beer edges and a copious, airy tan head. Great retention and lacing. The head is still standing half an hour after I poured it.

Pungeant minerals, hops, caramel, roasty malt, sublte chocolate. Real nice smell.

I was hoping the flavour would be more intense than it is. Like a weak translation of the nose: prickly minerals along with light hops and roasted malt. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. A bit of dryness on the finish. A slight alcohol presence. I don`t think I would call this an Imperial stout. At 7.5%, this is the lowest ABV stout I`ve seen calling itself Imperial and compared to all other Imperial stouts I`ve tried, it doesn`t quite match up in the same respects. I think this would be a lot better at something like 9%. The taste is great, I only wish it was intensifed.

I always look for a full body in a stout and this one is thinner than I would like. Medium-thin body with an appropriately light carbonation. I`m sure this would be greatly improved on tap.

I don`t know if I would seek this out again but would happily drink a pint now and then given the opportunity. Quite drinkable as a stout, though I`m not so sure about the Imperial-ness. A good stout that could easily be great with a few small adjustments. This is easily my favorite effort from La Barberie.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 21:01:52 | More by eat
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a completely opaque dark brown with a foamy light brown head. The head was small bubbles on the bottom, with a nice frothy top. Aroma seemed a bit smoky, reminded me some of beef jerky, but in a good way, with a small amount of burnt brown sugar sweetness. Taste was smooth, a bit burnt, but nothing overwhelming. Some toast and dark chocolate was evident as well. Felt a bit watery in the mouth, but otherwise was solid. Nicely carbonated and coated reasonably decent. Definitely a sipper, but well worth enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 23:07:03 | More by mountdew1
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Imperial Stout from La Barberie
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