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Chernoe Pivo | Le Trèfle Noir

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Brewed by:
Le Trèfle Noir
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged.

Added by Phyl21ca on 03-29-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 26
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Winter Warmer: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head. Aroma of intense roasted malt with nice black chocolate notes makes this a very appealing beer. Taste is a solid match between some black chocolate notes with some roasted malt with are somewhat dry but also offset some of the sweetness. Body is full with a nice creamy smooth texture and some good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and something I would like to have access to on a regular basis.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to David for this bottle. Bottled on Nov 3, 2012. Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a huge amount of medium brown head.

S - Roast, chocolate, anise and lighter wood and vanilla notes. The barrel is very muted in those nose.

T - A massive roast profile with some oak woodiness is accompanied by hints of dark chocolate, anise and a touch of vanilla. No bourbon comes through at all.

M - Medium body with very high carbonation. The carbonation levels detract from the mouth feel.

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3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mtomlins
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Very black and opaque with a massive, bubbly mocha that falls fast to a thin collar. The head is so large and airy, it suggests over-carbonation issue.

S: Lots of big roasted malt, black, bitter hops; maybe some hints of chocolate. No real booze aroma.

T: The flavor profile is almost completely dominated by dark roasted malt, some related chocolate notes. Not much residual sweetness from a heavy grain bill and is dry and borderline astringent. Very slight boozy/bourbon flavors. Relative to other bourbon barrel ages Russian imperial stouts, this is fairly one-dimensional.

M: Medium body and extreme carbonation which is way too high and distracting from the beer. The body was subsequently too thin, especially for the style.

O: If the carbonation was under control, then this would be a decent RIS, but there is very little boozy/bourbon notes and no real added complexity. There are lots of great dark roasted flavors but the over-carbonation and thin body steal what little depth had been developed.

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4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked the beer for two reason; highly recommended at espace houblon and with the Soviet symbol just to tease my wife.... a former soviet herself.

Poured a thick beer which reminded me of molasse. Pitch black with a thick foamy coffee head.

Smell is roasted coffee, sugar and oak.

Taste is sweet, cherry like with a shy caramel and coffee burnt. Shy oaked finish but very smooth in mouth.

A nice suggestion

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of davegray
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 660 ml bottle to a stemmed tulip.

A: dark almost black in appearance, with a three finger off white head that was firm and fairly slow to break. After the head breaks a thin cap of foam is left with some lacing on the sides.

S: malts and roast, wood, bourbon was nicely present.

T: bourbon is a bit more forward on the tongue but follows the nose closely. Roasts and malts are there and the wood and bourbon make for a nice round taste profile

M: medium body and medium carbonation. There is a warm finish and it is a little dry.

O: I got this bottle from my beer store guy and he told me I'd enjoy it if inlet if sit for a few months. I did this and I have to say, I enjoyed it. As opposed to other bourbon barrel aged beers I found this was not overly bourbon forward, which is a good thing from my perspective. This is not a bad beer, but had my guy not thrown it in my order for free I never would have gotten it at $11 per bottle.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Black beer with a nice 1-inch head. But the smell, oh the smell! It starts with a nice chocolate aroma then you get hit by the bourbon and alcohol smell. There's some coffee too. Similar taste, lots of chocolate and bourbon. A really interesting beer.

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Photo of grover37
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500ml for $8 Canuck in June 2015. Split into two mini balloon tulips.

Pour has good head a finger or two of foam. Dark with reddish brown highlights.

Nose is mostly chocolate, some dark fruit, maybe orange, and light English ale driven esters. Minimal oak and bourbon.

Taste is immediatly milk chocolate and lightl broasted coffee. Then a darker chocolate mixes with some light bourbon and oak on the back end, really minor/complementary though. More expressive ale yeast character throughout, maybe plum.

Feel is only medium, perhaps a bit thin for the style. Carb is medium, again, perhaps a bit high. Drying chocolate flavor that is nice.

Overall much better than I expected, but room for improvement.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well, it's been a while since I did a review, good beer to get back in the game.

A: This is really thick. Honestly, I wasn't expecting this level of thickness from a micro that is barely unknown (well, at least to me). Also, very dark, pitch black. Good amount of head, which is mocha colored with solid retention, soapy ish type of bubbles.

S: Now, a bit disappointed by the smell, it's very subtle. But the little there is, it's pretty good. Lots of powdery cacao, vanilla, smoke, bourbon and a tiny bit of leather. Light amount of alcohol fruits (dark red fruits with raspberries and overly ripe cherries).

T: Just like the smell, wayy too light for an imperial stout. But, like the smell, the little there is is very tasty. Nutty notes, powdery cacao, vanilla, smoke, bourbon, leather, pepper. Again, the fruits are there. I know I'm repeating myself, but it follows the nose really really well.

M: Super light, again for the style. Too much carbonation and at the same time too sticky. Weird, and definitely not appropriated for the style.

O: Well, it's not a really bad beer, it's definitely drinkable, and definitely decent. But at 15$ the bomber, it's definitely EXTREMELY overpriced for what it is, even more considering you can get a bigger bottle of Porter Baltique for 7.99$. Anyway...

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Strong bourbon taste. Aromas of toffee, alcohol and coffee. Great roundness, very creamy. Small bitterness in final with traces of black chocolate and anise.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Peluso in Montreal. Awesome label. From notes.

A - Black pour with a three finger luscious khaki creamy head. Great lace spatterings and a finger of retention.

S - Woody, bourbon, chocolate, sweet vanilla. Nice and complex. Good aroma.

T - Strong bourbon note, woody, some milder chocolate, lot's of woody bourbon. More barrel than beer it seems. Chocolate, roast.

M - Nice mild-ish carbonation, dry bourbon finish with a bit of heat, frothy full body.

O/D - The barrel added quite a bit to the beer. I was a bit torn on it b/c of the strong barrel influence. Can't say it was the greatest barrel aged stout b/c of it's overwhelming influence, but it was definitely interesting.

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4ster
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large wine glass @ 10C.... bottled Nov 23, 2012

A: Massive amount of head, like the kind that will escape out of your glass if you're not careful, (go very very slow on the pour.)... nice off tan, light chocolate milk head in colour. Sticks around for quite a while, lots of porous bubbles, decent lacing...

S: I get lots of sweetness, the vanilla really shines through on the nose I find, coming off slightly maple-y when mixed with the light wood undertones. Otherwise you get other familiar RIS aroma's, dark fruit, sweet malt and a slight woodsiness with nuts... though they are all quite light.

T: Roasted, slightly woody malts, middle is light dark fruits, finishes with light mocha and vanilla undertones, and a slightly alcoholic aftertaste.

M: As other note, really high on the carbonation, to a point that it goes beyond "refreshing" and actually starts to kill the complexity of the flavours... obviously a reason for the huge head which is impressive compared to other RIS's, but really, the focus should be on the flavour.... and after all the bubbles go down, there still is a bit of a sticky, alcohol left.

O: A hard one to review, starts off well but doesn't finish all that great. Lesson learned I guess. To add to other reviewers, specifically flipper, I think there is a underlying good beer here, that leans towards the chocolate, fruit and roasted malt sweetness with a decent amount of vanilla coming through, more than any other bourbon barrel flavours. Unfortunately the aroma's and taste are quite light, which leads you to believe that if they toned done the carbonation this beer would start to shine more... needs some time (7 months in the bottle hasn't helped as far as I can tell, and they don't say how long in the barrels), and I agree with Flipper... for 14$, too expensive to justify it right now.

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3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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