L’Imperatrice – Le Trou du Diable

From Shawinigan, Quebec’s Le Trou du Diable comes their “L’Imperatrice” an Imperial Stout aged in American bourbon barrels.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla and whiskey.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke, dark fruits, berries, oak and some mild funk at the end.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This beer is not one to toy with but my oh my is it drinkable!  Look past the sticker shock and pick yourself up a bottle!  You will not be disappointed!

Commercial Description poorly translated from French:  This imperial stout aged in American bourbon barrels shows hints of malt grilled on bottom of coffee, chocolate and vanilla caramel. The mouth, velvety and sweet, is supported by a sagacious presence of alcohol that gives it looks like a fine liqueur. This stout is brewed to high density and strong hopping since once, he had to make long road towards the Basque country and Russia, where it was highly prized by the Imperial Court. Aging was Bourbon does that add to the complexity and richness of what all the sovereigns, regents, monarchs, tsars and emperors in the soul dream of drink.

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