Apocalypse | Brasseurs R.J.

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Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 34
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium: Capped.
Opacity: Opaque.
Color: Black with a very light copper hue.
Head: Creamy and frothy brown 3 finger.
Legs: Decent with strong swirl reaction.
Smell: Coffee/Chocolate/Wood.
Taste: Prunes/Raisins/Molasses/Toffee/Herbal.
Feel: Roasted/Earthy/Smoked/Esters.
Body: Medium silky and creamy.
Carbonation: Light crisp, a bit fluffy.
Overall: Easy to drink and alcohol well hidden. High quality.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 6/10 - Intensity 7/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8/10

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Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a half hair hint of ruby when held to the light. Topped with 2 fingers of deep brown, beige head.

Smells like a porter, heavy toasted notes, dark chocolate, chocolate liqueur, notes of coffee and a touch of umami.

Tastes of chocolate, dark, roasted toasted notes, a hint of char, and a solid, dull, long bitter finish.

Medium body, moderate, foamy carbonation. Smooth, but light, oily feel.

Got this at LCBO, drinking in Muskoka, Feb 4th, 2018. Solid mouth feel, good on the nose, and decent flavour.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a 750 ml cork and cage bomber for about $10 CDN. Served fairly cold into a chalice.

Appearance - Super dark brown, appearing black. Nice two fingers of light tan head, good retention. Imposing looking which is to be expected from a beer named Apocalypse.

Smell - Really nice here, plenty of charred notes, coffee, ash with a healthy black licorice and molasses combo that I personally really enjoy.

Taste - Very similar to the nose, quite bitter, ashy, a little smokey with coffee subtle vanilla moments and much less molasses and licorice than was on the nose. Those are present but disguised. Beer opens up in flavors as it warms, but a little too bitter for the sake of being bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth, full bodied, creamy at one moment and not so much the next.

Overall - A solid if not terribly memorable imperial stout that smells divine in my opinion but doesn't quite get there in terms of taste and feel. Nonetheless another successful brew from this under-the-radar Quebec brewery.

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Photo of Jtee
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 750ml bottle served chilled at 12 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 13.07.2019.

Look: The beer pours an opaque black (cola highlights) with 4cm of dense, sticky, deep mocha head that settles into a solid cap in 3+ minutes. Great lacing and overall retention for a high ABV beer.

Smell: Moderate strength and quite balanced. An earthy muskiness and cooked, herbal hops up front followed by mildly roasty dark malts featuring notes of toasted cocoa, dried fruit, and faint brown sugar or toffee. Pleasantly complex and nuanced with something off... is it the muskiness or do the hops clash with the malt? Each vigorous swirl of the glass brings out that unpleasant character.

Taste: Medium-strong and bitter. The flavour follows suit with the aroma with amped up strength and less subtlety. Dominating roasted malts and dark fruit character with herbal hops and an aggressive bitterness. Mostly the same descriptors as the aroma however the faint notes missing. The finish is long, strong, and bitter with a noticeable mineral quality and faint ethanol.

Feel: Medium-full body with lively to high carbonation. Creamy yet sharp with smooth alcohol warming of moderate strength. There's no question you're drinking a 9% ABV beer. Moderate astringency and quite dry.

Overall: A satisfying winter warmer with some complexity in terms of the malt profile and balancing hops. It could still be more layered and it's lacking some subtle, ineffable balance. Moderate drinkability due to high perceived bitterness and borderline harshness in the mouthfeel. I did finish a 750ml bottle without any issues so calling the drinkability low would be lying. Nothing like a 100% chocolate or straight up cacao nibs (which I both tried) to compliment this brew. Dayum, I managed to also throw a triple cream brie (Délice de Bourgogne [Lincet]) at it and it pairs dayum-well. All that bitterness is now turned over to sweetness! Good stuff for sure so give it a try if you're a fan of strong stouts.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and dark black with a couple of fingers of brown head. The head lasts quite a while, and upon break there is some really nice lacing and wisps of foam left on top. The smell is roasty malts, coffee and cocoa. The flavor follows the nose, but there seems to be more cocoa and a touch of leather present too. The feel is medium/full and the carbonation is medium. The booze is well hidden.

Surprised at this one to be honest. I was not expecting much from this at all, and it turns out to be a nice stout.

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Photo of Poljazz22
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a lovely stout on the strong side. Coffee chocolate and toasted malts. Opaque black with some dark brown lacing.
Quite dry with a fair amount of bitterness. Well worth a try. Double fermented as a stout then a Belgian dark ale.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As good as Brasseurs R.J.'s Death Valley was, as average this one is.
Then again, I like my stouts with some pizazz (see Peche Mortel, Founders KBS or Dragon's Milk) and this one has none of it, just straight on bitterness. Not that it's bad, but it doesn't stand out for me either. Nice nose and head.

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Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 edition, found on shelves. Mouldy, less so in last part of the bottle. More bitterness became of age? Hops in the finish. Drinkable, with food. Dark colour.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apocalypse from Brasseurs R.J. bought a 12 mix pack for 15,99$

Look: Dark, with a brown/dark head. About 1 finger of head.

Smell: Roasty coffee with a touch of caramel.

Taste: Like a espresso shot. Very roasty, some caramel on the aftertaste.

Feel: Very nice. Goes down really easily. No alcohol burn what so ever.

So overall would I recommend it? For sure. This is a awesome beer. And a really great Stout

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed the 2014 version. Beautiful beer to look at with one of the darkest heads I've ever poured. A little thinner than I'd like, but very well balanced with mild coffee and cocoa notes. I'd like it a little better if the booze was hidden a little better. All in all a very good beer from RJ. Thanks Ultrarunner100 for throwing this in as an extra.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt notes with some bitter black chocolate notes is pleasant enough. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted malt with some bitter black chocolates notes. Belgian yeast provides light and quite subtle fruity notes with some cocoa also noticeable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice take of the style.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Very black and almost entirely opaque in my snifter. About a finger of head that really does look Belgian. It's got that large bubbled soapy appearance with carbonation streaming up the glass something unusual for a stout.

S: Very dark roasted malts. Perhaps a touch of a plastic like aroma.

T: Interesting. Fairly bitter and very roasty. Somewhat a bit too acrid for my liking actually. I feel like the Belgian bottle conditioning might have dried it out somewhat too much and gotten rid of any residual sweetness from the pre bottled beer. I can detect a slight bit of the Belgian yeast strain in the finish which presents itself as a bit of clove and maybe even some cherry if the drinker is really looking for it.

M: Too much carbonation in my opinion. Belgian style carbonation is not something that lends itself well to stouts or other American/English styles well. A touch thin as well , like I said it might be due to the overly attenuative belgian yeast. High carbonation can also make a beer seem thin as well and this could be doing it.

O: A decent beer but I could definitely see it shining with some more age on it. Also a surprisingly bold offer for Brasseurs R.J

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is brewed once a year around Christmas. I've got 2013 edition.

Big beer in a big bottle. Impressive blackness in the color with a very brown head... dark brown head that looks like ice cream. Sticky and dense too. The aroma is dominated by the chocolate with some roasted malts. Alcohol is noticeable too. Pretty intense on the nose, this one is introducing itself as being big just by the smell. In the mouth, its is bitter like a very intense espresso. Some coffee ground in the bitterness. Powerful bitterness... its a pretty robust beer. The alcohol is present too. Some chocolate in there too. The presence of hops is distinguishable too. Some piney. Wow... pretty intense taste for RJ. Never thought they would put out a beer that intense. Pretty awesome. Sweet and very complex beer. The taste lingered in the mouth for quite a long time.

Pretty big beer to have by alone... this one is for sharing. Tasty and boozy!


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Apocalypse from Brasseurs R.J.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 34 ratings