Alengrin (4467) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Made in honour of Chris ’Podge’ Pollard, this was Belgium’s very first attempt at imperial stout. Very dark, almost black colour under a deep, dense beige head; full and rich aroma, lots of chocolate, toffee, wood, coffee, candied fruits, spicy yeastiness; very full and deeply malty palate, fruity with a long dry roasted bitter finish and warming alcohol. Certainly worthy of its style.
vtafro (6567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at ebenezer’s. Black pour with some lacing. Dark malt aromas, very strong tones. Flavors are dark malt, roasted and other malty tones, has a bit of alcohol warmth.
dfinney23 (2671) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweet stout with more yeast, dark fruit and sourness than is typical, though still predominantly chocolate and toasted malt.
JefVerstraete (2865) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gusher! Black colour, brown foam. Aroma of roasted malts with notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Light sour hints. Good beer!
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yeasty, hot butterscotch and dark fruit aroma. Dark brown and mud like in appearance. All sweet and sourish in a hearty dark malt kind of way. Disappointingly thin body, really killed it for me. Amazing how a 93 overall score amounts to half that number for this style. Tough crowd.
_angst_ (4466) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought some place I can’t remember. Pours murky blackish brown with a rather small fizzy beige head that quickly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is malty and vinous with sweet dark bread, cereal, caramel, toasted malts, moist wood, red wine, hay, sweet liquorice candy and alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour, malty, fruity and vinous with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, sweet dark bread, raisins, moist wood, cereal, warming alcohol, dark chocolate and red wine. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, tiny boozy, tiny fruity tart and near full bodied. Finish is bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, burnt wood, red wine, alcohol and caramel. Quite good...
Iphonephan (6050) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a massive tan head (this bottle was a gusher!). Tart dark cherry nose. Flavors of licorice and tart green apple. Bitter tart finish.
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark dark brown with a tams dissipating head. This bottle was very tart even sour. Not sure if this was intentional. Lots of chocolate and dark fruits also. Interesting beer.
drjay44 (3377) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml. bottle. BBD Sept 2014. Pours a very thick, gradually collapsing light beige head, with some lacing, over a cloudy brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is plum, light coffee, chocolate hints.....taste is dried fruit (plum, raisin), finishing with a sharp spice bitter bite, mostly dry throughout.....mouth feel light of medium, sticky, lightly astringent, alcohol burn present, carbonation adds light tingle. This bottle had a heavy yeast layer on the cap and surrounding the neck. This has obviously re-fermented in the bottle with the heavy layers of yeast. I wonder about yeast autolysis giving the off notes and perhaps explaining the fusel notes. This bottle was unfortunately a beer past its prime. BJCP 6/2/12/3/6
Emeister84 (2041) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of roasted chocolate, char, and dried dark fruit. Hazy dark brown with a lasting, clumpy, tan head. Dry, strong, roasty, and subtly fruit, with notes of amontillado sherry. Full bodied with prickly carbonation, and finishes with a somewhat spicy, roasty finish. Very carbonated, exploded when we opened it.