Simple Malt Impériale Stout | Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Impériale StoutSimple Malt Impériale Stout

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Brasseurs Illimités
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Classique anglais riche et onctueux, velouté et noir comme la nuit. Arômes de chocolat noir, saveurs de chocolat mi-amer et finale de café. Un instant à savourer.

61 IBU

Added by ZorPrime on 11-24-2009

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a tulip glass, Pours a jet black with half a finger of mocha head, The head fades fairly quick leaving a light lacing, I wont dock an imperial stout for not having a lot of head as they dont usually have it anyways.

Aroma - Dark chocolate and coffee hit your nose first followed raisins and a rum alcohol smell.

Taste - The flavor profile is more complex, you get the same chocolate and coffee up front followed by raisin and plum then the runny alcohol, followed by a nutty finish. Very neat flavors.

Overall - as neat as this beer is at times it lacks in the ability to stand out. Its a rather good beer but it is just that, good. I would drink it again but its not up there in my favorites list,

Feel - Full bodied beer with a sticky almost nectary feel and light pricks from the carbonation.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- This pours tar black and is thick in appearance. The head is caramel colored and isn't very thick but it is creamy looking and it does retain well, eventually settling into a film over the brew. The lacing is quite thick and somewhat sticky, and it takes a little while before it eventually settles back into the beer.

S- Heavy cocoa aromas, with blends of black coffee, black forest cake, rummy notes, burnt molasses and/or brown sugar, char, vanilla and Earthy tones. A real variety of smells coming through.....the finish is slightly spicy and catches my nose a particular way as to make it slightly itchy.

T- Hmmmm....the flavors don't mesh as closely to the aromas as I would have thought.....there is a slightly alcoholic tang to this beer that I didn't becomes somewhat metallic as it warms. There are still flavors of coffee, fruity flavors, some cocoa and sweeter caramel flavors happening. Definitely burnt/heavily roasted malt is noticed and the finish is leafy to a point....almost refreshing!

M/O- Medium/Full bodied and zingy yet fine carbonation define the overall mouthfeel. The leafy tang kind of bothers me a bit and the alcoholic content shows itself on the palate more than I'd like. It's definitely flavorful but I don't find it to be the most well balanced Imperial Stout out there. It's good but not great....i probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy this again, but it isn't available in my area and I may reconsider and give it a second go around.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap

Pours pitch black with a good 2-3 fingers of effervescent, rusty brown head that settles to a fat film. Good retention; curved specks of lacing. (4)

Cinammon and raisins. Raisins, baking spices, cocoa, brown sugar. (4)

Rich flat coffee bitterness with some chocolate. Dark fruits, baker's chocolate, some woody character, some cola. (3.75)

Thinnish, unobtrusive and pretty bubbly with a medium body and quick finish. (3.5)

Good enough for government work.
I find that these guys tend to make very accessible stylistically good beers. This one is not different. It is a tasty Imperial Stout but is far from being as imposing as some.
Pours nice with a strange cinammon roll character to it. Good and interesting. The flavor is the same but with more bitter dark fruit notes. Sweet spicy smell, dark roasty flavor, fairly easy drinking. Neither cloying nor sticky. A bit too carbonated for my tastes, but not terrible.
Might have again; neither the best nor the worst. (3.75)

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%

Absolutely pitch black. When I moved my snifter around I got some very slight dark ruby highlights , but it's about as black as black gets. A mocha colored head. On the nose I get a lot of chocolate. A bit of roast and very sweet smelling. Initially I got a touch of alcohol but it's very well masked both on the nose and the palate. Very sweet. I get lots of chocolate once again, and we're talking sweet milk chocolate. You could easily convince me into believing this was a chocolate stout. The sip ends just a touch of bitter coffee roast. Body is thick and creamy. The carbonation was on the lower end, but i find that helps with slow sipping.A bit too sweet in my opinion and the chocolate could be backed down somewhat, but it's pretty good. Tastes very similar to thier "Vin D'orge" honestly, just far more chocolaty.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
1/5  rDev -74.6%

I would list stouts as my second favorite style after IPA....and I had to pour this down the drain after 2 sips.

I've tried almost everything from this brewer and think they do a good job at putting out some decent stuff. They're not the be all end all of Quebecois brewers, but I expected a lot more out of this.

I know it's an imperial stout but it was just SOOO STRONG and OVERWHELMING. Nothing came together nicely at all. It's like chocolate flavored motor oil at 61 IBU

It was litteraly undrinkable...If you're looking for a Quebecois stout, I highly recommend sticking to Dieu Du Ciel, Microbrasserie de l'Île d'Orleans, and Charlevoix Vache Folle.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, thanks again to papat444 for the suggestion and eventual trade bait!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with only the slightest of basal cola highlights, and one chubby finger of thinly foamy, bubbly brown head, which leaves a low bleeding berm of lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of milk chocolate powder, lactic sugars, some darker medium cocoa notes, earthy coffee beans, grainy, roasted caramel malt, a bit of wet tobacco, and some musty, dusty hops. The taste is big and rich (TV spin-off pending) roasted caramel malt and bittersweet chocolate, cold espresso, a hint of juicy black fruit, charred ash, weathered leather, earthy noble hops, and just the tamest of booze warming.

The bubbles are actually quite in play, though just enough to keep things from going off a cliff, the body medium-full in weight, with an unctuous quality to its undeniable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the char becoming more prominent, across malt, chocolate and coffee alike, with the hops still doing their job so well that it's hard to know they're really there. Still little to no evidence of the 8 points and change of ABV.

A quite agreeable big stout, the fullness belying the inherent balanced achieved. Tasty, and not so boozy (on paper and in flavour) that you couldn't maybe go for another, perhaps, given the opportunity?

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Photo of ssmack
2.89/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Very dark brown like a dirty engine oil. A very thin head that disappeared totally in no time. No lacing at all.

The smell of cleaning fluid. Some aroma of green grapes.

The taste is strong chocolate and the taste of earth.

A nice heavy feel. Chewy

Not a complex brew at all. Simple. Not to be revisited.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black, finger of head with some retention and some nice lace rings.

S - Scent is rich and sweet, loaded with dark cocoa and milk chocolate, hints of oak, vanilla and candied cherries with oatmeal on the finish.

T - The dark cocoa dominates alongside the wooden oak, oatmeal, toffee, burnt toast, and a leafy green finish. The sweetness is quickly balanced by a bitter leafy green hop note that lingers alongside the slightest ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - This is a very solid brew that boasts a great flavour profile, is nicely balanced, and whose ABV is well hidden making it dangerously drinkable. I really enjoyed this and would've certainly loved to try it on tap.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 341mL bottle, bought for me as a Christmas gift from Broue Ha Ha. Really looking forward to this!

A damned-near impenetrable black inky demon of a brew flows out of the bottle, sporting an intimidating mocha crown that settles into a thick ringlet. Great looking brew.

Nose is rich coffee and chocolate, mocha, molasses, roasted grain. Incredibly rich.

Well if this isn't a fine tasting stout! Really impressed with the depth to this - cocoa, coffee, molasses, sweet caramel and bitter grains are all balanced nicely, allowing for some great interplay of flavours. The finish is particularly striking: a delayed blast of molasses and dry chocolate.

Sticky and chewy, great viscosity with a nice carbonation pop to keep things moving.

Heard good things about this brew, and it surely did not disappoint. Add this to the list of fantastic Quebec brews. Great start to 2013 - happy drinking to all of you!

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Photo of 4ster
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large red wine glass. No brewed date on bottle. Drank from cold to about the prescribed temp of 12-14C. This one drinks better warm for sure.

A: Dark, no transparency at all, no apparent carbonation, but is actually a bit more reddish brown than black, with a dark brown/mocha coloured head that doesn't build up too much before dying down to a thin whisp. As you drink, there is almost no retention.

S: Heavy on the roasted malts and as it warms lots of coffee/espresso aromas... the chocolate doesn't come through as much here, and when warm you even get a whiff of alcohol...

T: Roasted malts following the smell, with again lots of coffee flavours here....also getting the mollasses that others get, along with a burnt sugar/caramel type of flavour as it goes down. Light on the chocolate for a stout but there is a bit of bitter cocoa taste, but overall this is not a really bitter style stout, and also light on any sense of alcohol. Not overly complex, but complex enough to not mess with the mouth feel.

M: Light to no carbonation, very smooth and rich, very well balanced with the flavours and alcohol. Strong enough to be called an Imperial, but unlike some of the high ABV Imperials, you could easily drink more than one of these at night, which is a good thing!

O: For the explosion of stouts out there, this one does it very nicely. As others have mentioned, it is not overpriced, comes in a convenient 341ml bottle which is great because this has to be one of the more easy drinking stouts I've had, so you don't feel obliged to drink a whole 650, but if you want more, just crack another. This isn't to say that it sacrifices the beer style though for this drink-ability, it has a lot of nice balanced flavours going on and enough complexity to keep you interested. While perhaps a bit coffee forward, it's not exactly what I would call a coffee stout. A great beer that is worth having around or trying.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer several times now, in the first instance courtesy of Freud, and would like to give it a re-review. Got this particular bottle at Peluso in Montreal. Stellar shop.

From a bottle into a snfiter
IBU: 61

APPEARANCE: Pours out pitch black and sludgy looking, yielding a small, medium-thick, mocha colored head with good retention. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. Body is pitch black in color with no carbonation evident. A faint, splotchy wisp remains and leaves touches of lacing down the glass. Black, menacing and evil looking stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark, pure chocolate, leather and tobacco. Coffee and espresso in there as well. Bold, complex and interesting.

TASTE: Follows the nose quite nicely. Roasted malts again, leather and lots of roasted coffee beans, with some sweet caramel at the swallow. A bold and persistent finish of roasted coffee beans, dark, bitter chocolate, and some decent tobacco. Really flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Great feel for the style.

OVERALL: This is just as good as it's always been. After lots of limited releases and expensive stout beer, this is pretty much as good as it gets. They should barrel age this at some point. Nasty look, piles of wonderful aroma and flavor, and a big, heavywieght feel, this imperial stout can compete with the best of them. This brewery really does impress. Cheers!

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Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jeffo!

Appearance. Pours black with a thin espresso-foam coloured head. Looks ominous!

Smell. Big coffee and dark chocolate liquer, a little molasses and black licorice too.

Taste. Lots of dark chocolate and molasses. A bit of burnt sugar and just a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. I'm starting to expect something brilliant from every Quebec stout I try. This one didn't disapoint.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a smallish cocoa-coloured head that begins to dissipate quickly.

Smell is malty and roasty with a distinct burnt caramel or toffee scent. Molasses is there as well, as well as some chocolate and alcohol.

Taste is similar to the nose. Roasted malt, burnt toffee, molasses, some dark chocolate. Pretty good. The toffee flavour I find unusual for the style though not strikingly so. It works well in any event.

Moderate carbonation, higher than I like for the style. Full bodied but not particularly so. A bit of an alcohol burn.

Overall, pretty good. Big difference between when it warms- vast improvement.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 20/4/12

A black out of the bottle with just a little cola at the edge, fast falling two fingers of dark head leaves zero lace, I'm more impressed by the darkness then anything

S molasses, dark chocolate, licorice, booze, smoke a little coffee and dark toffee, smells great with some peaty notes as it warms

T coco powder is fairly strong and lots of smokey, charred wood, a little espresso is stronger then the coffee I could smell but I found a little more complexity on the nose, please don't get me wrong taste's solid

M thick and rich enough bubbles to give it a creamy feel, no booze felt and a long chocolate pudding finish, no problems in this department

O a nice rich stout that was gone before I knew it, I could drink a few of these without getting board

a big thanks to papat444 and unibroue4ever for sending me this one, I've been trying to find this one for a couple years now and I'm glad I did

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Photo of Kacid
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - beautiful pitch dark black with a small nice lacing head at the very beginning of the pour which then recedes to a floating touch
Nose: sweet dark chocolate, sweet espresso, slight touch of smokiness, slight alcoholic sweetness, a slight amount of alcoholic burn in the nose which blends with alcoholic liqueur flavor. Overall mild but well balanced nose, smells like wet chocolate, the very mildest oxidation. Nice strong juicy sweet chocolatey syrup taste/smell
Taste: medium alcoholic burn, chocolatey liquor burn/flavour, carbonation bubbles in mouth are perhaps sharper and larger than i would have liked. It's also a little thinner than i would have liked (a medium to medium-thin body). Has an interesting chocolaty sour bite aftertaste. Smoothens out a bit as it warms up, very delicious.

Overall: not the greatest or most complex imperial stout, but not a bad one by any standards. Nothing special just a good classic imperial stout. Wouldn't probably buy it again because of the availability of better stouts, but i certainly wouldn't turn it down if given to me. So chocolatey sweet and

Edit: poured the other half of the bottle a bit warmer with less gas in it. Giving it a hard pour it created a beautiful 2 finger head that quickly dissipated after the pour. It was creamy espresso creme. The chocolate taste becomes more pronounced and the alcohol simmers down. A slight touch comes of bite comes out. Smokiness becomes more pronounced, with stronger notes of coffee, with stronger body, slightly syrupy. It seems actually very similar to an Imperial version of St. Ambroise's Oatmeal stout. This makes me very curious to try out St. Ambroise's barrel-aged RIS that i have aging. YUM.
This changed my mind completely about this beer. Warmer is better.

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Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle that was off a few years ago, and never reviewed it. Thankfully this one lives up to its reputation.

A: Black with an EXTREMELY dark tan head, very thin ring of retention shows some leg.

S: Black strap molasses, booze, woodsy spice, espresso, black berries and figs.

T: Black strap molasses, licorice, bakers chocolate, espresso, caramelized dark raisins, toasted rye bread, hints of wood & pepper, roasted nut, solid bitterness with a touch of alcohol warmth.

M: Very thick and dense, but not much residual sweetness, some roasted acidity and a drying alcohol finish. Great.

Very well-crafted and EXTREMELY drinkable for the strength/style. Great stuff.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a huge size fizzy/frothy brown coloured head. I can't see any carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted/burnt nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and it's slightly syrupy on the tongue. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. There is also a bit of a dark fruit flavour. The beer ends with a bittersweet chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall – The alcohol was well hidden and the beer had a fantastic appearance in the glass. I found it to be a little bit too bitter, but other than that it's an above average brew.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this!

Black as night, with a nice mocha colored head. Dissipates to a nice foamy ring. Big coffee and roasted malt aroma, slight chocolate and a bit of smoke. Big chocolate taste up from, slightly bittersweet, very roasted, almost burnt, with a coffee-like bitter finish. The feel is medium to full, but could be a bit fuller on the palate. Overall, this is an excellent Imperial Stout!

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice brew here, The beer pours out as a nice big thick black brew. The head was brown is color and had a good looking thickness to it also. The smell of the beer has a nice chocolaty aroma coming off of it along with a coffee essence too. The taste is full of roasted flavors and chocolate, also a light sweetness too. The mouthfeel of this beer is creamy and thick, just the way it should be. Overall I enjoyed this brew, I would probably drink it again one day.

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Photo of papat444
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours an almost pitch black with an average head that is a dark brown. Retention isn't as long as it should be.

Smell: Best feature. Raisins, a bit of anise, nougat, milk chocolate straddling dark chocolate all while riding a wave of mocha coffee. Reminiscent a bit of cognac.

Taste: Strong roasted coffee which is the predominant flavor but there's also some bittersweet chocolate and what i can only describe as alcohol drenched nuts. While good, it doesn't live quite live up to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit higher than normal. Strong body that only reaches a medium level. Veers slightly towards abrasive with the bitterness though it smooths out more as it warms. Lightly thin around the edges.

Overall: Knowing the brewer and the level expected, i am slightly disappointed in this one. Should have been fuller and richer. This is still a very good stout and is recommendable but it's not quite an "A" stout.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. I bought this one at Beer Run more than a year ago. $2.79. No idea when it was brewed.

Appearance: Seriously opaque black with a thick, dark brown head. Really dark brown head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasty with notes of chocolate, coffee, raisin, fig, licorice, and a little bit of tobacco.

Taste: Bit of a let down after the smell. Dark fruity and roasty without a lot of burnt bitterness which is good, but the taste overall is sort of a mess. Some coffee in the finish. It doesn't mesh, its OK.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a little thin. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall: Started good, finished weak. OK, just OK.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Broue HAHA. From notes.

A - Poured with a great 2 finger dark, dark brown head. Black with mild carbonation coming up. Some strings of lacing and a film of head retention.

S - Tons of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. This was a very big aroma with a punch of all three mashing together aggressively.

T - Huge roasted malt elements with coffee and chocolate coming in to play second fiddle but still going strong. Maybe a hint of licorice as well.

M - Mild to medium carbonation and a full body. Dry/bitter finish with a sweet note right before the scrape.

O/D - A solid Imperial Stout. Well done. Not adventurous, just what it should be.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like oil, with a pitch black colour to match. Thin and bubbly mocha coloured blanket covers the surface.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice & caramel sweetness, and picking up some spice in the form of anise.

T: Roasted malts, dark coffee & chocolate, and syrupy caramel notes. A unique almost citrusy-sour tanginess in the finish, but not necessarily a bad thing, rather it adds a refreshing element. Leaves a pleasant dry taste in the mouth. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

M: Despite the thick pour, actually a fairly light and thin mouthfeel that is quite refreshing. Medium, above average carbonation for the style.

D: Would purchase this one again, however at $2.99/bottle in Montreal I believe this is priced more than Dieu du Ciel's offerings. Regardless, a good Imperial Stout I would try again, despite the odd tangy-fruit aftertaste I was picking up.

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Photo of Francepants06
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So first thing I did is pour the beer and stare at the most beautiful brown foaming head I ever seen, it took over half of my glass and took about 5-10 minutes before i can even take a taste. I smelled espresso coffee and bitter chocolate. I tasted super bitter chocolate and creamy body. I waited till the beer warmed up a bit to about 52-54 degrees Fahrenheit or 11-12 Celsius and the bitter chocolate mellowed out and I got more milk chocolate. I didn't have any problem with the alcohol and overall the beer was just very smooth once it warmed up.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good RIS with a lingering bitter finish.

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist capped bottle. Simple label design centered on contemporary and informal typography with a minimal dark motive in the background with the insinuation of an armchair . Front narrative includes a short description (in French), the back elaborates on the context and careful craft of the brew. Shows IBUs (61), serving suggestions, and 8.1% Alc by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, 1/2" creamy brown head, moderate retention, small surface memory with a fair surface ring.

S - Good roasted notes, touches of chocolate and coffee.

T - Mouth expands nicely the nose with a longer roasted sense, dash of chocolate and a more accentuated coffee presence, in particular as it weaves itself over the bitter/hop notes. It grows quite a bit in the finish with added fruitiness to the bitter coffee sense.

M - Medium full body with small tingly carbonation, somewhat sticky sense and smooth flow with a lingering finish.

O - This is a good RIS, the bitterness grows a bit much as it flows but remains stimulating in any case.

Notes: Another good brew from their Simple Malt series, a bit overpriced, import and all, but not as much as it used to be.

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Simple Malt Impériale Stout from Brasseurs Illimités
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