Happy was I - on the last stop in Quebec on return trip except maybe for the half tank of gas because it was 1.41 a liter - to realize that not only did I already have bags full of good stuff from Marché Atwater but, after getting the squeak causing curds, to also realize that La Fromagerie Atwater has a corner or rather an alcove behind the cash register down a few steps that has over 100 sorts of Quebec craft beer. This was one of them. Action photos of the shopping opportunity below.
Don't think I have had any of the beers from Microbrasserie Du Lac Saint-Jean before. According to this handy pdf of all their beers this is apparently their imperial stout. The pdf says Rang Dix it is 9.7% but the handwritten label says 10.8... or rather 10,8% this being Quebec. It pours an inky blacky-brown with a thick lacing mocha head. It gives off aromas of espresso, dark chocolate as well as maybe a touch of port.
Very attractive. In the mouth, fortunately this is one of the cream sort of imperial stouts rather one of those ash tray meets squid ink concoctions going around these days. Licorice and a bit of burn but only in the middle after dark then milk chocolate waves. A fitting tightening drying hoppy note in the finish. A lovely beer. $7.49 Canadian for 500 ml. Highly rated by a low number of BAers.