La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle Imperial Milk StoutLa Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout
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4.15/5
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265 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

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Added by Phyl21ca on 02-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,173
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
265
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
56
Trade:
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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 119
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

Photo of yasky
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bf_89
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VbolieuV
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice black beer with a one finger off-white head. Smell of dark chocolate, malt and alcohol. Nice sweet taste in the mouth, you again get dark chocolate flavors, sugar, subtle hints of dark fruits and malts. Really smooth for a 9% beer.

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Photo of graybayou
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rugene
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Advocaate
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Caveat: drank this with friends a few days ago so recollection is an issue here. But...

Pours jet black and opaque. Less head than other poster noted, maybe 1 cm with minimal lacing.

N: Mild and nondescript, fruity and nutty.

T: Awesome! Immediate lactose tang and very rich fruit and coffee notes. Didn't notice much by way of chocolate, no more than a typical pale ale would have. Definite alcohol punch and very malty finish.

M: Low carbonation and very creamy, which I love personally.

O: Outstanding overall. Any truly creamy beer wins points from me, and the flavour was complex without being overwhelming. Only criticism was the disappointing pour, some more bubbles wouldn't kill this brew.

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Photo of Merlin68
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sherpahigh
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of TheDixieFlatline
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Mack
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ptumbiolo
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Team_TMM
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Pookas
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%

The beer comes in a rich black color.

The aroma has a big punch of dark fruit, raisin, roasted malt, espresso and chocolate.

The flavor is full on the palate. In the front, there's dark fruit of dried date and raisin. Then onto chocolate onto the sides of the mouth, espresso and roasted malt on the back end to dry out the beer. Touches of vanilla and molasses for more complexity.

An underrated brew that tastes towards an hugely improved Narwhal.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Pours black with no light getting through, but a ruby brown shine at the base when tilting glass into light. 1.5 finger mocha head. Unproportional retention, but really beautiful lacing! Like picture worthy lacing!

Nose: Fresh Skim Milk, Coffee, Chocolate.

Taste: Something I cant put my finger on!!!! Its probably the first taste of the lactose, which I get right after..coffee & chocolate of course, at 9% ABV im getting a bit of alcohol which is expected, but tolerable. Say in comparison to St. Ambroise who do an imperial stout at 9.2% ABV and its a little hard to drink, but this is perfect.

Mouth: Some good body from the lactose, which they do specify on the bottle. Low to low-medium carbonation. A tad of stickiness around the lips.

Overall: "SOMETHING DIFFERENT", a good stout with a twist, i think brewing with lactose really sets it apart. Very very good honestly, and at 9% ABV these 500ml bottles will give you a buzz which makes this a nice after-dinner couch beer!

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Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of videofrog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 265 ratings