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Imperial Stout | La Barberie

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La Barberie
Quebec, Canada

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mzwolinski on 06-21-2004

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by duracell:
Photo of duracell
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle served into a pint glass.

A - Very beautiful appearance! Pours a very dark brown color with a generous, relatively dark, brown, creamy head which has a good retention.

S - Nice herbal notes, but the smell is dominated by roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The whole blend seems well balanced.

T - The taste confirms the smell, a good balance between the malty notes and the hop at finish. The coffee/chocolate are well present, making this beer close to style!

M - Good carbonation, leaving a little foamy feeling though. I would expect a bigger body at start but the alcohol gives a nice, warming finish which makes you forget about the body.

O - With a good drinkability and a nice balance, this imperial stout is definitely tasty and worth seeking out in my opinion!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fdrich29
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at Depanneur Peluso in Montreal. Drank Saturday, August 9, 2008.

Great looking beer, deep dark color, brown/tan head and lacing. Rich malt smell with some chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and smoky malt. Mouthfeel is carbonated with lingering smokiness. Drinkability is nice, smooth beer, relatively low alc./vol.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh, thanks to Sourish bitter, and thick, with ample and good carbonation. Good roast aroma. Like a Baltic style taste. Grassy with chocolate. More bitter than late malt aftertaste. Easy drink.

5.5 years later a passable stout. Black with loits of bubbly head. Cococonut, astrongent.Below asverge mouthfeel again.

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Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Bottled may 2007, brought back from Quebec in June and stored in my fridge till August. In French (paraphrasing) : "Unctuous black beer inundates all the senses. Roasted grain aromas with underlying strong alcohol odor. First alcohol taste, then malts, then hops, with a long finish."

Pours coffee black with a gigantic, glass-filling milk-chocolate-brown head. This gradually receded and left impressive lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with a very nice spicy (allspice) undertone. Some fruitiness that brings Belgian yeast to mind. Despite the label notes, I find the alcohol well integrated in both aroma and flavor.

Flavor is really lovely...bitter roasted malt but a very nice balance of sweetness...then more roasted and hoppy bitterness comes through in the long finish, a fairly forceful bitterness at the end. A really well done stout. I had this first at the brew-pub as a small taste and it truly holds its own for a whole bottle.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Big shiny mocha head on top of black. You can find some brown highlights if you look hard enough. Lots of thick, layered lacing. Looks quite good in my champagne glass.

S- Coffee and alcohol. Heavy roasted malt. A little green hopiness. It all melds into something ressembling those black shriveled olives (don't know what kind of olive that is).

T- Like the smell but with a lot less of the already discrete olive. Pretty strong metallic finish. After-taste is a coffee with a hint of green hop and some flat cardboard. Could definitely be more flavorful.

M- Body is pretty big and syrupy but not as much as other Imperial stouts. I think La Barberie are generally light bodied (which is part of why I haven't really found a favorite amongst their lineup). Finish isn't dry at all. I think this would be a nice body for a stout.

O- Pretty much what I thought this would taste like. La barberie has got a pretty good variety of beers but they many seem to have these traits: a bit thin, not incredibly flavorful and kind of cardboardy. It's a good beer but I have no reason to buy it again instead of another.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in CANBIF 2006. Thanks, Matt!

This beer poured like a black oil slick into my pint glass with a bubbly, dark tan head. I don't know if I've ever seen a darker beer: it was utterly opaque when I held it up to the light.

The aroma made slightly less of an impression, mainly I detected roasted barley and a hint of chocolate. There were also some nice fruity esters.

The first thing that struck me about the taste was how well this beer hides its alcohol. For a "big" beer, this one is approachable and drinkable, tasting mainly of subtly roasted malt and dark chocolate. It finished dry and its full body and light carbonation were just right.

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Photo of eat
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I`ve been looking for this for a while. Glad to find it in the hometown of the brewery at J.A. Moisan. The head is slow to rise, careful on the pour! It looks like there`s going to be no head and then it explodes. Looks a little thin pouring into the glass. Black with root beer edges and a copious, airy tan head. Great retention and lacing. The head is still standing half an hour after I poured it.

Pungeant minerals, hops, caramel, roasty malt, sublte chocolate. Real nice smell.

I was hoping the flavour would be more intense than it is. Like a weak translation of the nose: prickly minerals along with light hops and roasted malt. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. A bit of dryness on the finish. A slight alcohol presence. I don`t think I would call this an Imperial stout. At 7.5%, this is the lowest ABV stout I`ve seen calling itself Imperial and compared to all other Imperial stouts I`ve tried, it doesn`t quite match up in the same respects. I think this would be a lot better at something like 9%. The taste is great, I only wish it was intensifed.

I always look for a full body in a stout and this one is thinner than I would like. Medium-thin body with an appropriately light carbonation. I`m sure this would be greatly improved on tap.

I don`t know if I would seek this out again but would happily drink a pint now and then given the opportunity. Quite drinkable as a stout, though I`m not so sure about the Imperial-ness. A good stout that could easily be great with a few small adjustments. This is easily my favorite effort from La Barberie.

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Photo of StormAles
4.89/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a big foamy dark brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt and coffee is interesting. Taste of coffee and really dry roasted malt is OK but doesn’t mix very well with the yeast. It seems to be a consistent trend in the Barberie beer I had lately were yeast just completely take over and doesn’t mesh very well with the rest of the taste profile. Body is a bit thin for the style ad alcohol is well hidden. This beer is not bad overall but not close to standard of the style.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into wine glass. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Ultra dark black with a deep tan frothy head that never goes away. Good lacing along the glass.

Deep dark malt smell with warming alcohol and light hop character. An odd soap smell, but that doesn't take much away from it, as it is very mild.

Bitter malts mixed with some bittering hops in the background. The alcohol is well hidden. Seems a little bit thin for the style. The finish is packed with lingering bitterness, and a dry roasty nut taste.

A comendable RIS that presents itself well, but barely anything special. Seems to still be well within its category. Recommended for at least a try.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from hoppypocket. Thanks!
Bottled on 26 JUL 12. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Poured very dark brown, settled black. One finger of mocha coloured head with a lot of visble carbonation.

S - Big roast and smoke aromas with hints of chocolate and molasses.

T - Roast, licorice, smoke and some bitter-sweet chocolate.

M - Medium body. Heavy carbonation.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my hotel glass... oh well..

Real dark body, nearly all black, maybe even a bit of red hinting out on this thing, but a real creamy cocoa light brown top on this for the head. Lots of staying power, clumpy and thick, ring lacing, this head just will not budge. Very impressive.

Nose is a dense malt, hints of dark chocolate, and thick whipped cocoa on the nose. Huge dark chocolate, really nice.

Palate hits with a little wet body, but filling the hints on the nose nicely. Light bodied richness of dark chocolate fills with a slight prickly tonic water body. Finish even seems to be a bit hopy with a good amount of pine after lingering sensation. Charring toasty grains all over.

Overall I just wish the silky sensations I seemed to smell on the nose would have translated into the palate feel and richness. Regardless, it's still quite solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on March 3rd, 2009.

Appearance: Pours as a very opaque dark black color.
Smell: The smell is srtong. I get mainly roasted malts, then chocolate with an hint of vanilla. Nice!
Taste: Strong taste that last quite awhile in the mouth. More like an expresso taste. Roasted malts. No chocolate in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Major carbonation... I prefer less. The carbonation make the beer feel thin bodied, in my opinion.
Drinkability: One bottle per session is enough for me however, this is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol doesn't show itself.

Good stout. Should be great on tap.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense opaque black, utterly impermeable to light, with a rich spongy deep tan head that leaves a thick coating of solid lace in its wake. Impressive. The alcohol can immediately be detected on the nose. Also noted is sweet milk chocolate, burnt grains and espresso. There is a bit of sourness in the flavour at first combined with some burnt malt, but it is quickly overcome by sweet milk chocolate towards the middle, blending into a smooth finish with espresso notes, and a coffee-like aftertaste, some bitterness. A velvety smooth mouthfeel, although a bit thin for the flavour. An enjoyable imperial stout all around, instead of having the hops in an IPA ripping out some tastebuds, the intense malt profile in this does its own amount of tastebud ripping. Bitter, but a different spectrum of bitter. It's thanks to La Barberie's Imperial Stout for providing me that insight. And a huge round of thanks must be given to 3Vandoo for having the insight to offer me a sample of this stuff on his recent trip out West.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pitch black beer, black as black should be. Good foamy beige head that slowly let herself go away.

Smell is limpid, lacking of smells, some notes of cocoa and syrup are there but it is about it.

taste, the burnt coffee flavours hits you first, followed by a shy bitter hoppy finish, with a watery "bouquet". Bitter taste followed by a malty presence.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mountdew1
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a completely opaque dark brown with a foamy light brown head. The head was small bubbles on the bottom, with a nice frothy top. Aroma seemed a bit smoky, reminded me some of beef jerky, but in a good way, with a small amount of burnt brown sugar sweetness. Taste was smooth, a bit burnt, but nothing overwhelming. Some toast and dark chocolate was evident as well. Felt a bit watery in the mouth, but otherwise was solid. Nicely carbonated and coated reasonably decent. Definitely a sipper, but well worth enjoying.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrmanning
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a very thinn head. Hops in the aroma as well as cocoa. Tastes like cocoa and malt but I find it a little watery or just not as thick as I would like. Maybe it's just me though. I 'm getting a touch of alcohol in the throat, which gives this imperial stout a bit of a "punch".

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Photo of Quej
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with a creamy/tan head which is thick and long lasting.
S - Sharp hoppy smell comes through the heavy coffee and chocolate scents.
T - Very bitter taste up front from the espresso tastes of burnt coffee. Sweet caramel and toffee flavours are detectable with some nice hops in behind. There are some sweet sugary malts which balance quite nicely the coffee and dark chocolate tastes. This beer lingers nice and bitter like a swig of espresso. The considerable %ABV is unnoticeable.
M - Rather thick and soothing, quite viscous with a long bitter aftertaste which coats the mouth.
D - Surprisingly and dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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