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Catherine (Grande Réserve) - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 11
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: edugasmtl on 01-27-2014

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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 11
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Photo of TheDoctor
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick-looking black with barely any head at all. The smell is very woody with the rum being really prominent before it warms up to near room temp. Rum, burnt wood, super roasty malts, vanilla, layers of toffee sweetness and alcohol warmth,dark fruits and some red wine-like astringency. This is a big, boozy beast but it is good once it warms. The only thing I wasn't too into about it is that the barrel seemed really, really prominent. I kind of had to ease my way into it and once I was accustomed to the strong flavors at play it was better, mellower, and smoother. I think if that aspect was toned down a bit I would go a quarter point higher on everything. We'll have to see. I'm hoping that a year or so of cellaring will smooth off the rumminess a little. Would have again. She packs a wollop!

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of montrealbcr89
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of edugasmtl
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Krakpoff
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of CanadianBacon
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, This beer kicks you... I've had it out now for half an hour and im done 6 oz. you really need to ease into it as the flavors and alcohol are strong and it really kicks you. One you ease in though, what a beer.

Appearance - Poured from a 660 ml bottle into a 12 oz tulip, the pour was black with very little head, maybe slightly less than a finger.

Aroma - Wood and rum were the absolute first things to hit my nose. followed up quickly by a strong dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit like plum and licorice. This one is really fun picking apart the nose as the smells are so strong.

Taste - Dark chocolate, coffee, oak, toffee, plum, raisin, licorice, and some alcohol on the tongue.

Feel - Very sticky medium bodied, soft carbonation not creamy though. A strong alcohol warming. This is really good.

Overall - This is an absolutely fantastic stout, The high abv really does show its light but not in a way you'd mind, It provides a warmth not unlike a spirit on a cold winter day. The flavors mesh beautifully and the feel really works. If you can get your hands on this your in for a real treat.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black/deep brown without much head and the little there was didn't stick for long. The beer looks decent but nothing much. This is usually the case with barrel aged beers.

S: You definitely get the bourbon notes right off the bat: vanilla, leather, pepper, marshmallows and alcohol. You get also notes of dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits, the usual for this type of beer. The overall smell is really light though.

T: Extremely drinkable for 11ABV and you definitely don't taste the alcohol much, if at all. The beer is extremely well balanced between roasted bitterness and sweetness, even when the beer doesn't feel heavy at all. You get the chocolate, the coffee, the marshmallows and all of the good bourbon qualities.

M: Quite light actually. Usually it's an issue for that imperial stouts are lighter body, but it somehow fits the beer really well. Very sticky though.

O: This is a very solid beer that I have no problem recommending any day. Great stuff, extremely drinkable for 11 ABV.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the great chance of finding an ultra fresh bottle (bottled Nov 2 2015). It says on the bottle that a year of two of ageing would let it develop further but from experience, the hops loose a lot of their aroma with time. So being a true hop head, I drank this on Nov 9 2015.

L: Pours a very dark brown/black colour with one finger of tan head. Not much retention and lacing.

S: Very complex floral bouquet. Some toffee, anis, coffee and a little chocolate. Some sweetness too. Faint alcohol smell. Smells excellent.

T: Lots of toffee, anis, licorice, coffee and some chocolate. Very potent but extremely well balanced between the hops (bitterness) and the malts (sweetness).

F: Medium bodied with some carbonation. A little boosy but great.

O: This beer is a winner and I strongly recommend it to those who don't mind a very potent beer. I will definitely buy it again if I come across it.

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Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Catherine (Grande Réserve) from Microbrasserie Le Castor
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.