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

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

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by papat444 on 10-29-2011

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 20
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Volo. Fairly strong carbonation. The bourbon was there without overwhelming. Big roast, very lacy black bodied. Dry, a dry stout/Imperial stout. Drinkable, good, and different than the usual higher end RIS we have been drinking. A sipper. Mouthfeel at best medium.Had again late in year, and even smoother with the bourbon giving it an edge.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mademers
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hoppypokcet for this bottle. Dated 03/12.
Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Poured medium brown, settled black. One finger of fluffy light brown head that receded to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

S - Roast up front that gives way to bourbon, oak and a touch of vanilla. Some chocolate is present as well as an overall sweetness.

T - Alcohol is noticeable up front and gives way to the barrel flavours - bourbon, oak and vanilla. Roast is present as well along with some semi-sweet chocolate. Good flavours but the base beer and the barrel flavours don't come together at all. Perhaps this could benefit from some age.

M - Light to medium body. A touch watery at times. Moderate carbonation that is a little more than I would like.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unibroue4ever
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of mmurphy525
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of montrealbcr89
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to hoppypocket for getting me this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, bottled Aug. 2011.

Appearance: 3/4 of the glass fills with a dark brown foam. The body is brown bordering on black. Looking on the side, air bubbles make it look like an Aero bar. Long lasting head.

Smell: Boozy, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Heady and i like it.

Taste: Whoa! Strong right out of the gate. Dark raisins and the bourbon is strong, almost overpowering. Some whiskey notes believe it or not. Vanilla effects are felt in the aftertaste. Good but slightly one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation gets in the way even as it warms but that's the only pitfall. Smooth and velvety.

Overall: I have to admit to struggling with this one. The barrel aging offers no complexities as everything seems a bit lost in the bourbon. While it gets better as it warms, its brashness suggests that this could use some smoothing out.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle - thanks to iguenard for this

Appearance - Black/brown colour with with an average size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, roasted/smokey notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a touch of a cheap booze flavour. It ends with a smokey aftertaste with some lingering bitterness.

Overall - The mouthfeel was off and the flavours just didn't seem to mix well. It came across as boozy and it didn't seem like it was made with high quality ingredients.

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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Poljazz22
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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