Imperial Stout | Microbrasserie La Chouape

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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Microbrasserie La Chouape
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ZorPrime on 09-07-2010

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Odri:
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serviceable stout. All of the elements there: roast, chocolate, hops though faded in the finish. Dark colour. Drinkable stuff. Improvement: lighter body than the style warrants.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear dark black color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with dry bitter notes with vegetables notes. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted malt with some light chocolate notes but also some overcooked vegetables notes with light green pepper finish. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation. Definitely too light for style with some weird vedgy notes.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is black but not very dark for an imperial stout. No head at all but only a little thin ring around the glass. The aroma is chocolate with some anise. The taste presents some cherry notes, chocolate and the finish presents a bitterness similar to coffee grains. It lingers in the mouth, very good. It is smooth in the mouth. A decent imperial stout, and I think it suffers from the bottle. This one is probably good on tap.

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Photo of SebD
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasted malts, some coffee/espresso and some black licorice.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet roasted malts, some coffee, bitter dark chocolate and some licorice.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of duracell
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Pouring a pitch black color with a 2-finger creamy head, this Imperial stout features very good aromas of malt, roasted coffee and chocolate. Very smooth on the palate, the balance between the hop and the malt sweetness is excellent. Alcohol notes are very subtle, adding a warming touch at the finish.
A pretty solid Imperial stout I would definitely drink again!

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Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Krakpoff
1.75/5  rDev -52.8%

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I believe the recipe has been changed since it was first posted too BA, as my logo seems different and my ABV is higher.

Appearance - This beer pours black with 3 fingers of creamy off white head.

Aroma - the smell is not super strong, I get coffee right away followed by some roasted malts and dark chocolate. that seems to be it.

Taste -Bitter coffee is the first thing I taste and it really stands out. This is followed fairly strongly by dark roasted malts, Then by a light dark chocolate which sits on your tongue after you've swallowed the beer.

Mouth feel - The feel is a very creamy medium body, I was expecting somthing a little thicker, With that said I still gave it a 4 because regardless of style I enjoyed the feel.

Overall - I think this beer is a fairly good beer, is it the best stout I've tasted, no. Will i go looking for it, probably not, But if it pops up at the right price and I want a stout I'd definitely pick it up.

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Photo of Mack
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle

A: Pours a very dark black. Very, very slight tinges of ruby red come through when pressed to the light. One finger head. Head retention was decent.

S: Dark roasted malts. Some plastic like tinges in the smell similar to the aroma I've gotten in some of my home brew.

T: Very darkly roasted malts are most prevalent. Dark rich chocolate is also available along with espresso. Hop bitterness is not to powerful and the beer has a good balance overall. Nothing was really outstanding. alcohol is well hidden and really not noticeable at all. Some dark fruits , namely plum, are around too but in minimal quantity. More flavor appears as it warms and some slight anise begins to appear.

M: Creamy mouth feel with just enough carbonation. Rather nice texture but maybe a just a tad bit thin.

O: Was a decent beer but nothing outstanding or what I was expecting it to be. I'd drink it again but not go out of my way for it.

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Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4ster
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*Update: They are now selling the Imperial Stout with a lying down Beaver on it.... Not sure if something has changed or just a labeling thing, though it no longer says "Edition Limitee" on it.... Maybe it is more of a regular offering now?

Bottle Reviewed : One with Moose on it, says "Limited Edition"
Drank out of a large wine glass. Hard to read the bottled date, but I'm going to go with December 5/2012 (that or May 12th?)

A: So black i can see myself in it. 2 fingers of tawny/tan head that slowly disappears into sticky traces on the glass and a frothy lace on top.

S: Dark, sweet malts, dark fruits (plum).

T: Very smoky/roasted malts up front, sweet minerally, a bit black sour cheeries, tart, finishes off with a nice hop bitterness of espresso, a 80% cocoa lingering burnt bitterness and finally a slight alcohol finish.

M: Nice carbonation, well balanced, minerally-refreshing, not too heavy or sticky.

O: A very nice easy drinking imperial stout....slots nicely in-between a regular stout and a slow sipper at 10%. Leaves you wanting more than a pint. Haven't tried anything yet from La Chouape but was fairly impressed by this offering. I'd recommend giving this one a go. It may not be the most complex/perfect stout, but as it is different enough from your standard fair it's worth a try.

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Imperial Stout from Microbrasserie La Chouape
3.71 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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