Matera Brasseurs Tonneliers

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American Imperial Stout
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4.16 | pDev: 7.21%
Matera Brasseurs Tonneliers
Quebec, Canada
Notes: This imperial stout was infused, cold brew style, with green coffee beans that were first barrel aged in bourbon barrels for several months and then roasted. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, berry fruits and a hint of bitterness will linger at the party that is happening on your taste buds!
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Photo of flipper2gv
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored and creamy looking head. Retention is very good, as well as lacing and alcohol legs.

S: Right off the bat you're hit with a nice amount of sweet coffee. Lots of cacao in it too. Then you get the bourbon aging notes with a solid amount of vanilla, oak and pepper. Light leather and mineral notes in the smell. A tiny amount of pine-y hops.

T: Follows the nose quite well. The main flavor is one of a coffee stout. It is very slightly sweet with a good amount of vanilla. It is very well balanced with the oak and leather notes. Slight bitterness from the light hops. Also, there is some raspberry and smoke. Very well balanced.

M: Quite heavy and smooth carbonation but not too sticky thanks to the low-ish residual sugars.

O: I feel this taste more like a Baltic Porter than an imperial stout. Mainly because of the leather and smoke notes. Still, it is the best new stout (or baltic porter) produced in Quebec that I had the chance to taste in a long long time (5 years +). Highly recommended.

EDIT: FWIW, this beer has a lot of variation from bottle to bottle. I had another bottle and it wasn't nearly as good as the first one I had

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Dec-15-2017

Pours a cola black with three fingers of cascading cinnamon head. Decent retention; streaks of lacing. (4)

Coffee, maple, roast, some milk chocolate as it warms up a lot. (3.75)

Similar to smell, more woody bourbon and alcohol, sweet, some lingering roast tingle. (3.75)

Thin body with a pop-ey carbonation and finish. (3.5)

Pretty good stout.
Definitely what I would consider wacky.
Beans (unroasted) in barrels (or in bourbon in barrels?) in stout. It is all right. It is flashy looking and expensive for sure but the rest was a little hollow. Straightforward stout nose and flavor. Body and taste a little thin. Coffee, maple/vanilla sweetness, bourbon spice, coke. There is a little bit of chocolatey richness that comes out once it is practicall room temp but it still could use with a little oomph. The plwaxstic seal is annoying as hell and nigh dangerous, too. (3.75)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nice floral coffee notes with subtle bourbon notes, light vanilla and rich black chocolate is quite exquisite. Taste is a nice mix of rich black chocolate notes with some light vanilla notes, some black chocolate notes with nice floral coffee notes with some subtle bourbon notes and light residual sugar notes to cut through the bitterness. Body is full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. This was quite the treat with super good drinkability and nice level of complexity.

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