Simple Malt Impériale Stout | Brasseurs Illimités

Simple Malt Impériale StoutSimple Malt Impériale Stout
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Simple Malt Impériale StoutSimple Malt Impériale Stout

Brewed by:
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 -8.1%
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 -19.3%
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 Electros
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of f3el
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rugene
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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 dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benesi88
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.89/5  rDev -1%

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 tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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 Kelp
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Urik
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of LarryAppleton
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of byronic
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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