I've reviewed a few beers by Microbrasserie De L'Ile D'Orleans before, a DIPA and a strong stout, but at 10% this seasonal winter beer tops them both. But, as this is mid-century week, well worthy. Who was Jean Dit Laforge?
Deep dark brown ale with a rich rim and foam of melted chocolate. Dry cocoa and vanilla on the nose. While creamy, it has a somewhat modest body for its strength. Twiggy minty hops, vanilla over milk chocolate then bitter baker's chocolate with maybe a bit of plum in the malt. Sweet but short of cloying. A bit of a convection but what to make of it? Maybe not an imperial milk stout but perhaps a Congressional one. I am working on gradations of government organizations as adjective for beer quality. Trying to figure out where People's Bulgarian Soviet Agrarian Committee, Sub-Committee on Transport fits. What I like about it is how it displays another sort of balancing. Balance is often describes achieving a middle point with layers but in this case, it's more of the see-saw sort of balance. There's a range of bitternesses as well as sweetnesses here. But it is fairly deftly pulled off.