Criminelle | La Voie Maltée

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Brewed by:
La Voie Maltée
Quebec, Canada

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abbott
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head could be a bit more present. Otherwise very nice.

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Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9.5% tall can.

Black with a light tan head. Very thin ring of retention shows some leg.

Pleasant roasted aroma of licorice and black strap molasses, which come through in the flavour as well. Good bitterness, light roasted acidity.

Fairly full body, modest carbonation so it doesn't seem too lively.

Thanks TBeckett!

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Photo of papposilenus
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bit of a surprise. Nice roasted malts, slick, oily mouthfeel. A straight to the point imperial stout. Recommended.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MetalCath
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color, creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, creating very good amounts of lacing. Flavors of dark roasted grains, butter, coffee, chocolate, walnuts, oaky, berries, cherries, herbal spices. Thick dark fruity sweetness, with a dash of grassy and earthy bitter spices, balancing it all. Smooth medium body with the perfect amount of crispy carbonation. Medium to strong finish, with a long lingering cappuccino feel, with roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and a strong smoky wooden barrel aged feel. Overall superb quality craft. Doesn't smell much, while the flavors are incredibly delicious, very well balanced, and perfectly intensified. With no perception of alcohol, and a refreshing feel. Very complex finish, with tons of different flavors. Would drink this all night. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Can
Bottled on: Sep-11-2015 (Consumed Dec-30-2015)

Pours a pitch black with a hint of a ruby highlight with two fingers of brown foam that settles to a chubby film and ring. OK retention; concentric rings of lacing. (4)

Sweet coffee and cream. Leather, graham cracker, cream, wood, chocolate. (4)

Sweet, roasty and nutty. Coffee, chocolate milk, dark fruits, wood. (4.25)

Thin with a velvety creamy feel from the carbonation and a lingering sweet/nutty aftertaste. (4)

Crime que c'est bonne!
This beer pours really nice out of its flashy, matte black can. The smell is the least great part (along with its little film/ring). Lots of sweet malt and chocolatey roast flavors. The flavor follows suit managing to taste like a sweet cup of coffee with a dash of cinnamon and chocolate milk. Really good. Lots of roast flavor but little to no bitterness. It could do with a little more body in my opinion, but other than that it is a great feeling beer. I would love to see this bad boy as an Imperial Oatmeal stout. It was much better than I had anticipated and I would gladly get it again.
Worth a shot despite the steep price tag. I'm anxious to see what a year in the cellar will do to my other can. (4)

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Photo of MatChar
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of groleau
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Socialiste
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of VbolieuV
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Krakpoff
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of blaje
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer. Forming a troumendous mocha head, fizzy and disappearing to fast unfortunately leavind just a very small lacing. Jet black in colour and looking a bit watery...
N: Metalic up-front. Hops and some floral nose.Black current. Anise.
M&T: Carbonation is higher than expected, somewhat higher then what I like for this kind of beer and as per 1st impression at pouring, a bit fizzy . Feels thin and a bit watery for an imperial stout. Mora malt would have been appreciated here, the malt backbone is under what expected Flavours of roasted cereals, anise, coffee, somewhat usual. Nothing really special here. Bitternes is good. Aftertasted is long and bitter chocolate flavours come at the very end
Overall: Well this is a deception. Displaying “Americas best strong stout” on the label, my expectation were high and this beer is no way meeting those! Nothing comparable with those best stouts at beer events. For me, this is unfortunately not an imperial stout but just a regular stout with boosted-up ABV.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Oct 20, 2011

Beer pours black with a large, beige head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Working with a bit of a stuffed nose, I still get lots of roasted malt, coffee and anise. Decent but a little thin.

Woah... LOTS of anise in the taste. Roasted malt is there as well, and some coffee and dark chocolate, but the anise is strongest. Not being a big fan of anise, this is not a great thing for me. Slightly bitter.

Thin for a RIS and fairly strongly carbonated.

Overall, not bad but I have no idea how it apparently won "the Americas' best strong stout" at the world beer awards.

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Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of clesius
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into an oversized tulip glass.

Pours black, with several fingers of rich and foamy light mocha head. This retains with a thick rigid finger of foam that slathers the sides of the glass with some heavy swathes of robust lacing. The aroma is hop forward up front, with notes of green bitter fruit and even maybe a bit of leafy spice being present. This is backed in the nose by a tangy blend of dark chocolate and crunchy smelling acrid roast. This definitely has a touch of heft to it in the nostrils.

The taste has a thick base to it of chocolate sweetness and more of an assertive (yet still flavorful) citric bitterness, before trailing off into strong backend of lightly acrid feeling smoky roast and spicy alcohol. This finishes burnt, warm, and spicy overall with some lingering notes of citric fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied and surprisingly creamy and slick feeling for the size but there is still an underlying crispness to the carbonation that helps pop those more assertive notes of hops, roast, and spice here as well. The alcohol has a good presence here, note only giving this some power on the palate but also adding some extra flavors of spice and sweetness to the overall profiles.

This could have maybe been a bit complex overall and the acidic roasted character could have been toned down a touch but I thought that this was a pretty decent take on an Imperial Stout. I don’t know if this cuts it as a full blown RIS but as a Double or Imperial Stout, I thought this was fine. I especially liked the use of the alcohol here and the feel of the body really helped sell the flavors to me. I’m glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Criminelle from La Voie Maltée
3.65 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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