John By Imperial Stout | Scotch Irish Brewing Company

John By Imperial StoutJohn By Imperial Stout
84 Ratings
John By Imperial StoutJohn By Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Scotch Irish Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CanuckRover on 12-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dark chocolate & espresso. Roastiness, and a little smoke.

Looks: Black. Cream/biege coloured head, slightly larger than average. Good head retention. Good lace.

Taste: Delicious. Roasty coffee. Molasses. Dark chocolate. I thought that I had tasted something smokey, but then it was gone. It has NONE of that black liqorice taste that you sometimes find in an R.I.S., for me that is a great thing because I hate black liqorice! It has a long coffee-like and chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, sticky. Carbonation is just right for this Beer. Creamy, smooth, and silky mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a great Beer, if at all possible, you must try it... or John By will get you!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge brown color head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of black chocolate is quite intense with some subtle notes of coffee. Taste consists of a well balance mix between some black chocolate, coffee notes and some light sweetness to balance the mix. Body is full with some great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. I thought this was a very well balance example of the style and was easily drinkable.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this was available, went and bought a bunch. This poured beautifuly into my pint glass with a nice tan head and a bit of lacing. Smell was very nice and very complex, coffee, chocolate, maraschino cherries, campfire, amongst other things. The flavor of this great brew stands out, very bold coffee with a hint of chocolate and some smoke. A bitter and sweet finish follows. Mouthfeel was thick and smooth, very nice, very enjoyable. Pretty drinkable, alcohol is noticeable but not dominating.

A very fine brew. I actually enjoyed this one a bit more than Tsarina Katarina. Scotch Irish has done it again.

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Photo of pootz
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Canuck "stubbie" bottle.

Small package for such a big beer...

Pores a deep black which defies light, rich 3 finger sticky mocha colored cap that lasts and laces.

Aroma is distinctly mocha aroma with light sweetness and a soft hint of dried fruit and hops.

Rich oily mouth feel, thick malt spine and deep dark roasty character.

Flavors: roast husks, coffee, pipe tobacco, bitter cocoa, chicory root, charred toast...and a lightly salty bittering finish.

Hides the alcohol well and is very drinkable...but its strength is a charred grains from the black patent malt creating an astringent affinity with the hops used...never had a stout that did this so well in such great balance.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased to find this at my local LCBO. With beers like this, Scotch Irish is fast becoming my favorite Canadian brewery.

John By pours perfect black, without even glints of ruby. A rocky tan head turns to a ring pretty quickly, leaving plenty of lace patches on the glass. heavy roasted malt. chocolatey and slightly astringent, fill the nose. The taste is a symphonic plethora of stout flavors, richness to excess. Thick, dark, chocolatey cocoa and fresh espresso mixes with a heavy dose of licorice and a pleasant amount of soy sauce (read: a small amount). A vigorous hopping schedule imparts lots of bitterness and hop verve. Booze is warming and never distracting. The mouthfeel is thick and full, unusually so, especially for the ABV. The finish is roasty, and bitter from hops and coffee-like malts.

Another winner from Perry and Co. Super rich and decedant.

This beer belongs in the Ontario Beer Hall of Fame among many other Scotch Irish brews.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to reviewing this flavourful brew. I am so happy I got a case of this. It pours with a medium light brown head, decent retention and lacing. Has a deep dark brownish color.

The nose is full of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and alcohol soaked fruits. The smell was not that complex at first but once the beer warmed it just started to unravel (the chocolate especially).

Tastes of thick chewy roasted malts, coffee, a good strong hop bitterness, chocolate and dark fruits. This is in my top 3 Canadian beers this year.

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Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewers specs: OG=1.092 & FG=1.017.

That's roughly 10% abv and over 80% apparent attenuation! (Though it clocked in at 6.7% in LCBO lab).

This awesome stout blurs the style guidelines, leaning towards a foreign/export stout. I'd like to find a Guinness FES (7.5%) to try back-to-back.

A: Pure black with a tan head; plenty of head from the pour; some retention & lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt/coffee aroma; molasses, grain, dark chocolate.

T: Pleasant roast flavours, coffee, nut, molasses, dark chocolate, dark bread, smoke, chewy malt, piney, touch of tar, good bitterness, slight roasted acidity.

M: Really well-attenuated with a nice body. It's fairly full, smooth, slightly acidic & chalky. Moderate carbonation.

D: Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. Thick dark chocolate with tons of brown head and lacing.Delicious chocolate aroma. Thick milkshake choking infusion of bittersweet chocolate, as it is so drinkable. coffee in the background. Bittersweet aftertaste, I could drink this all night. The real thing.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This replaced the Tsarina from last year. I put it under Russian Imperial rather than American because it's malt heavy, moderately high in alcohol and generally I think the brewer goes for more old-world styles.

This pours deepest darkest brown, like mollasses, but in the glass it's close to black. Thinnish head, slightly soapy and brownish-white in colour.

Aroma is pretty strong. Alot of alcohol from it at first and then some fairly strong vinous fruits, almost like a port.

Taste is surprising after the aroma. Big, dark roasted malt. There is certainly dark fruit in there, but the emphasis here is on bitter roastiness, coffee beans and dark chocolate. A few sips and your tongue thinks you've been smoking a cuban, great tobacco character. Like so many scotch-Irish beers this is well-balanced, no strong alcohol taste at all.

Mouthfeel is right, good carbonation, possibly a little thin in the finish.

Drinkability... well, usually I wouldn't drink too many, but it's -30 outside.

An appropriate name for this one. John By is Ottawa's most important historical figure and I can just imagine navvies sitting in a tavern in old bytown with a few of these, it would certainly take the chill off. This is a warmer in the truest sense. Good on Scotch-Irish for referencing the Bytown Museum (Ottawa's civic museum) on the label. Another winner from Scotch-Irish.

EDIT: I think Perry wrote on one of the beer boards that he had measured the beer 3.3% higher. After letting it sit for a few minutes, I believe him. Wowza.

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John By Imperial Stout from Scotch Irish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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