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5 min ago

“How do you rate one of the best IPAs ever made. So smooth and full of flavour but without overpowering with too much hops. Keeps the flavour lasting throughout and the aftertaste lingers. Keeps me coming back for more.” -- by worldbeertaste

6 min ago

“23.06.2014 & 22.07.2013 Vintages – 2 * 750 ml. sampled @ Maldegem tasting. Thanks to Mathieu87 & PriorL. Two completely different beers. Hugely so, they even look different. 2014 one is orange / yellow with not much in the way of head. Nose is big lactic huge fruit, kiwi, exotic fruit, pineapple, hibiscus,… Taste is big lactic, mandarin, orange, hibiscus, very puckering but hugely fruity as well, light strawberry,… Puckering lactic body,… Awesome, hugely fruity,… 4.7/5. 2013 Vintage. Dark amber, little head. Nose is amber, caramel malts, light strawberry, caramel,… Taste is mucky lactic caramel, puckering, light strawberry, sugar, not terribly expressive,.. Puckering caramel malt body,..; Not on par with the 2014 Version but still quite nice. 4.2/5 -> 4.45 on average. Going to going to round it to 4.5/5 on strength of the 2014 version.” -- by 77ships

18 min ago

“Bottle shared. Pours near black with a small brown head. Aroma of massive hazelnut, Nutella, toffee, fudge, vanilla and milk chocolate. Flavour is heavy sweet but in no way cloying with a thick and slightly oily mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Beautiful.” -- by kermis

29 min ago

“10.2012 bottle bottle drank 01.2013. Very dark brown almost black but you can see the red tint in the corners with creamy, sticky, lacy, lasting, but thick brown head. Smells of deep malt, burnt and roasty that comes off as heavy as an imperial stout, cherry, some liquorish but much less than fresh XXXBP, less alcohol present too with sweet blueberries and no vanilla and whiskey. Smooth oily body. Tastes thin with roast, coffee dark malt and dark chocolate with a bit of whisky and wood on the finish. Not so boozy as its young version. S9.L5.P4.T8.O16. 12.2010 bottle drank 01.2013. Looks about same with a tint of red and a creamy tan lasting thick head. The smell fills with vanilla and deep alcohol with a cherry sweetness and less roast than before. May of the flavours have combined together. Palate is smooth and silky. Less sweet taste than before with high whisky notes. Mellowed out from its former sharpness. S9.L5.P5.T10.O18” -- by worldbeertaste

1 hour ago

“(Nómada SOLERA) Bottle 250 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 16% Pitch black colour on the body and a thick as motor oil pour. A thin dark brown film of foam covers the surface, leaving minimal lacing around the glass. Alcohol on the aroma after a deep sniff, sherry, grapes, really divine. Taste is different and not what you would expect from the aroma. Dark roasted malts, ash, coal, with vinous but slightly acidic notes which don’t last long though, wood, just a hint of the alcohol, barely notable for a 16% ABV beer, quite sweet. The aforementioned acidic notes seem pit of place at first but after a while they become so well integrated that would feel off if they were -not- present. Medium thick body with soft carbonation. What a great beer, will go back for more. ” -- by Douberd

1 hour ago

“Tap. Great, long lasting aroma of citrus, mango and other exotic fruits. Nice lacing. Very good drink ability. Medium bitterness. Like it.” -- by grew

2 hours ago

“Pours golden with ivory head. Aroma is sour cream, butter, cider, corn flakes, yeast. Fresh and fizzy, intense. No bitterness whatsoever. Medium-lasting finish.” -- by huineman

2 hours ago

“Old rating rerated 24.05.2014, 0,5l bottle (the very first 2006 batch #47 edition) sampled @ HaandFestival:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is sour-ish oaky, vinegar, oak, paint, sour berries, grass, thinner, sorrel. Taste is slightly sweet sour-ish, mild vinegar, sour berries, berry skin, sugar, oak, butterscotch, grass, paint, hay, hints of thinner. Medium bitterness, dry oaky mouthfeel. Very very nice!” -- by Inbreak

3 hours ago

“330 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. Pours a deep brown with reddish hints. Aromas of sweet malts, candi sugar, and old sour dough with a bit if copper. Big malty and bready yeasty flavors as an extension to of the Pannepot with smooth vanilla and dried caramel notes. Wunderbar” -- by Gerbeer

4 hours ago

“330 ml bottle. Pours a deep garnet/ mahogany color with moderate head. Aromas of sweet malts, candi sugar, and dried dark fruit. Rich flavors of same with additional light anise and oak/vanilla. Rich and creamy. Typical de Struise greatness.” -- by Gerbeer

5 hours ago

“Bottle sample @ Leuven Beer Innovation 2015, shared with the RB Belgian crew. Huge thansk to Tinus for sharing this bottle. On retrouve le profil typique de Hunaphu ŕ savoir une forte composante des malts et un profil simplement incroyable de chocolat, de cannelle avec une pointe d’épice. Le tout est apporté ŕ un autre niveau par l’usage des barriques qui sont toutes deux en balance. Le palais est trčs épais, liquoreux mais sans qu’aucuns éléments ne passent pour surfait. En bouche, une vraie fęte de saveurs oů s’entrechoquent les épices et toutes les saveurs des malts. Unique!” -- by sebletitje

7 hours ago

“Tasted from bottle. Pours black with dark brown head. Amazing aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Taste definitely does not disappoint. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, spices, caramel, toffee, coffee. Syrup and clingy mouthfeel. Moderately sweet with mild to moderate bitterness. You do get a little alcohol burn from the high ABV. Overall an amazing imperial stout. Definitely one of the best I've ever had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone” -- by RRistow12

7 hours ago

“Tasted from bottle. Pours black with tan head. Great lacing. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste is big time chocolate. Some coffee and a little caramel but mostly dark chocolate on the flavor. Very smooth and well balanced. Mild bitterness and mild to moderate sweetness. Hides the high ABV incredibly well. Excellent imperial stout. One of my favorites. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone” -- by RRistow12

7 hours ago

“Tasted the 2015 bottle. Pours black with a thick beige head. Awesome aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and spices. Taste is equally impressive. Very complex. Flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, caramel, chiles, dark fruits, toffee. Moderate to heavily sweet with mild bitterness. Syrupy mouthfeel. I'd put it up with Three Floyds Dark Lord as one of the best imperial stouts in the world. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone” -- by RRistow12

9 hours ago

“Pours almost black, shining and dark. Abundant rocky tan head, persistent. High aroma is coffee, a very nice furfural note that reminds of oak-aged red wine; smoke, Maggi sauce, lilac, liquorice, iodine, tobaco, blackcurrant... Creamy and silky. Well balanced, with an elegant finish with hints of chocolate and smoke. Exceptional.” -- by huineman

12 hours ago

Due to artificial coloured illumination, appearance not estimable, arbitrary 4/5 Chocolate, vinous, maltsyrup, blue eating grapes and other fruity esters - all of the best. Insane! Chocolate, pure cacao 100% - a hint at brandy and rum, fruity jumble. Filthily rich to woo a saint, no carbonation (and not necessary). This is truly unworldly. Big thanks to Martinus! -- by JorisPPattyn

12 hours ago

“#5000. BIG thanks to digita7693 who generously shared this @ Leuven Innovation Beer Festival. The perfect beer for 5000 – one of my biggest wants for 5000 actually – I never thought that I was going to actually try this one. Many thanks for all the great company & beers during the course of all the previous ratings, festivals, tastings etc. Back when I started out trying beers many years ago, I thought that didn’t like beer because all that I knew was pale lager & the occasional Duvel. Tired of always drinking pale lager I decided to try some other beers & for a long time I tried one or two new ones per week at a bar near the university. They had about 40 beers I thought that there must be only about 100 – 200 beers in the world and that outside of Belgium they were all pale lagers. I decided to try nearly all of the beers in the world, as time went on I realized just how wrong I was… Back when I realized just how many beers there were in the world, I thought that trying more like 5000 would be impossible for me over a lifetime,… Turns out I was very wrong. Anyway as for the beer itself…. Deep dark black, looks very viscous, some mocha bubbles but they are quickly gone. Nose is huge thick, spirit-like, huge rum & brandy I suppose, very spirit-like so maybe brandy dominates a big, thick chocolate sludge, warming, chocolate syrup, deep black chocolate, huge oak & spirit presence, almost hot,… Taste is surprisingly cinnamon forward, by far the most of the Hunahpu’s I have tried so far, rich spirit, chocolate syrupy, warming high quality alcohol, black chocolate, very viscous, light espresso, very thick brownie dough, hugely thick & viscous, creamy, warming, thick exotic sugar,… Insanely thick & high quality spirit lingers on afterwards. Impressive, Stranahan still probably remains my favourity. Very happy to have tried one of my biggest wants.” -- by 77ships

13 hours ago

“Pale gold, head gone in seconds. Vinous, fruity, intense aromas; old-ish, but still very fine white wine aromas. Spicy flavour, ginger, incense, dry and unbelievably inviting. It’s got too many restsugars still to be called really dry, but this makes up for a near perfect balance. Bit undercarbonated, though, hence not 5/5 for palate. Some alcoholwarming. Fantastic beer. Belgian style? I would wish a couple of Belgian brewers made this kind of thing!” -- by JorisPPattyn

16 hours ago

“Pours dark black. Big tan head. Very smooth. The whiskey barrel taste has mellowed and this goes down very easily. Awesome.” -- by slimspady

17 hours ago

“Pours rich copper with a small beige ring. Smells lightly fruity, toffee, hints of caramel. Taste is toffee, treacle, hints of caramel. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Firestone Walker Double DBA finishes with a smooth sweetness with a touch of alcohol heat.” -- by SPDickerman

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