La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

La Vache Folle Imperial Milk StoutLa Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout
BA SCORE
4.15/5
261 Ratings
La Vache Folle Imperial Milk StoutLa Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
microbrasserie.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phyl21ca on 02-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,039
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
261
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
54
Trade:
4
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of fortyfield
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whatup14
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nuebs
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chucker17
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfreeze
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a milk stout should be. Creamy, sweet, but not overbearing.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle dated 2015/06/26.
L: Pours impenetrable darkness, well perhaps one or two mysterious ruby highlights when held up to the window. A vast rocky head of loose, light-brown foam that slowly dies back to a wayward island of bold suds with some spotty lacing.
S: Brandy, plums, licorice, coffee grinds and vanilla caramel.
T: A brown sugar custard with brandied plum sauce. Some chocolate, walnuts, dates and vanilla. Only mildly sweet, with a long, long mellow, slightly bitter and boozy aftertaste that lingers forever on the palate and in the sinuses.
F: Silky smooth with very fine, light carbonation.
O: This is some fine drinking, like cream, infused with viagra and codeine. I could lay myself down in a trough of this.
Jesse, I'm feeling very generous toward you at this particular moment.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on October 2nd 2015 (nearly two months before I drank it). It pours a dark, ruby-tinted body with foamy, beige head that looks somewhat similar to that of foam at the surf on a beach. The scent is rich in coffee along with some berry-like scents and for some reason a blueberry aroma in particular. The taste is a wonderful bouquet of caramel, milk chocolate, and mild alcohol taste, with a phenomenal balance between sweetness and bitterness. The feel is very smooth. This is an excellent stout for staying in on a winter's night and relaxing, and one of my favorites to date.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle.

Opaque black with minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. Light chocolate and malty, coffee aromas. Chocolate milk, light sweet malt with chocolate bitterness to finish. Full bodied with expected creaminess and moderate carbonation. Solid and enjoyable. Thanks for sending the bottle Byron!

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Photo of theDuck
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ShakeRaul
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great stout! Full flavour! a little sweet but not too sweet. One of the best stouts I've had. Comparable in flavour with ten fiddy but not as thick or syrupy.

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Photo of Vold
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wood.

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Photo of ksimons
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black in color with no visible color highlights and a light tan creamy head

S-dark and milk chocolate, light roasted malts, and lactose

T-taste is similar to the smell, lots of milk chocolate and some lactose but with a slightly roasted, dark chocolate finish

M-medium body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall I usually don't like milk stouts but this one is way better than I was expecting, still a milk stout but with a bigger body and more roast than usual.

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Photo of DarkMaltLover
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just tried this beer. LOVED IT! Taste is sweet roasted malty, caramel, molasses, coffee and cocoa. At 9% alcohol has a nice kick.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - First of all I must say the Vache folle logo is great. This stout pours black, the only light that gets through is at the base where it turns a ruby brown. @fingers foamy head that lasts a long while.

Aroma - expresso, chocolate, nuts, dark fruit, roasted malts.

Taste - Coffee, chocolate, lactose, nuttyness, dark fruit. wow this is complex.

Mouth feel - The feel is medium bodied, with prickly carbonation, finish is bitter and lasts, with some dark fruit.

Overall - This stout was a little thin bodied compared to stouts ive tried in the past but is by no means bad because of it, we should always be open to new things and this is the case with this beer. The different feel along with the complex flavors is a really special mix and it comes out on top. this is one of my favorite stouts to date.

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Photo of TimWakimika
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Simon212
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anatole
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Crazycanuck17
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rather dark, reddish brown with copious fine off white foamy head and good amount of visible effervescence. Smells pleasantly of almonds, molasses, coffee, an earthy almost herbal note, hint of cocoa.
Taste is sweet roasted malty (caramel / molasses), dark fruit (prune/raisin), coffee mid note and then ending with a bittersweet note of coffee/cocoa and a fairly clean finish. The lactose qualities were muted.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied – a little thinner than what I’d expected for a stout – and a fair amount of carbonation that gave it some qualities similar to a brown ale – not unpleasant – just unexpected. The carbonation did lift the notes a bit, made it a bit more astringent and though a (overall) sweet stout – it wasn’t syrupy.

Overall – I really enjoyed this ‘Imperial Milk Stout’ – I picked it up on a recent trip to Quebec – one of many incredible craft brews in the Quebec region that I wish were available in the states. . . Definitely a beer I would buy in bulk if I find it in the states. Delicious.!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewpub enjoyed two nights later in a beer wasteland.
Rich creamy smooth chocolate and roasty caramel with just a hint of sweetness. Nice beer!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Creamy brown 3 finger sparkly head, lasting around 10 minutes, with strong legs. Aromas of pleasant woody roasted nuts and toffee, though it gets faint quite fast. Taste of coffee and cocoa, nuts, dark fruits, toffee, oak, molasses, plums, raisins, and herbal spices. Highly roasted bitter taste with low sweetness. Also a little vinous and dry from the yeast. Milky smooth medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong bitter finish of medium length, ending with thick estery fruity feel of berries, cherries, spicy herbs. Toasty and Roasted feel lingering on the tongue, with a noticeable barrel aged feel. Overall one of my favorite sour stout having incredible body and complexity. Although not the most visually appealing nor strong on the smell, it has some of the most delicious flavors, similar to a barley wine. Heavily warming while remaining decently fresh. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of Chops557
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 261 ratings
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