Benzai (7220) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle @ home shared by Joes. Opaque very dark brown colored beer with a very small off-white to beige head. Smell malts, sweetness, red and dark fruits, hints of coffee, alcohol, raisin, grapes. Taste is not like an imperial stout, to me it’s more like a barleywine: sweetness, grapes, raisin, some alcohol, overripe fruits. Very complex, very good, but not an imperial stout at all imo. Something in between an old ale and a barleywine. [rating based on this bottle]
After this bottle we tried a December 2005 vintage bottle: dark brown color with a dark red glow coming through, small beige to light brown head. Smell is also overripe fruits, some roasted / burned malts, little bit alcohol and some hints of mocca. Full body, medium carbo. Still very good!
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice black. Coffee/chocolate and little tobacco aroma. Flavor is awesome, rich and smooth, like roasted espresso loaded with dark bitter chocolate and kinda sweet. The alcohol is well hidden among the massive flavors.
gyllenbock (4397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a small slightly tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, yeast, wood, grain, something sour and licorice. The taste reminded more of a Belgian Strong Ale than of an Imperial Stout. I was not that impressed about this beer, it was a little to weak.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lame. Beer poured everywhere! Stupid stupid beer. Brown beer poured out with a light brown head. Only about half left to try. Booo. Smells and tastes pretty malty and chocolate. Pretty tasty actually. Except it spilled all over. Boo.
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
13/07/2011 33cl bottle @ home - BB: 1/2015 (2011-324)
Very dark brown beer, light beige creamy head, unstable. Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, dried fruits, mocha. MF: almost no carbon, medium body. Taste: start is a bit tart (and that rhymes), citrus notes, sour berries, milk chocolate, mocha, raisins. Aftertaste: sour & citrus, mocha and dark chocolate, pretty dry finish. A very mild and surprisingly citric stout. Alcohol is noticeable in the mouth.
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malzig-alkoholischer, etwas säuerlicher Geruch, in dem auch noch der Hopfen Platz findet. CO2 ist hier nicht vorhanden. Süßer Antrunk, etwas alkoholisch, dabei malzig-süß werdend, um den Alkohol zu vertuschen. Dabei wird mir das Bier etwas zu süß, der Hopfen zu kratzig. Der Nachgeschmack ist wunderbar schokoladig.
Test vom 4.3.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 8,8,8,12,-,8 - 8,63
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of Belgian yeast with a little cherry cordial. Pours thick and frothy with chunks in it. Tastes of figs and alcohol. closer to a German triplebock than a stout. Tasty.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
head: tiny, bubbly, off white
colour: dark brown
smell: smokey malts, hazelnuts, bit of cocoa , candy sirup
taste: sirupy malty based anis / licquorice start , herbs, alcohol !! , jaegermeister, dark chocolat, smokey malts, dry bitter end , spices in aftertaste / earthy / grassy , a nice one but truely a BELGIAN imperial stout , since most of people wouldn’t rate this as a stout when they don’t know it’s one it hink ...
thegreenrooster (3154) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark brown with a large tan head with lots of floties. Aroma is some chocolate malt with a candi sugar. Flavor is some dark malt with a bit of sour apple , booze and and a little sherry. Leaves a wine like quality on the tounge. This is not like any other impy stout you have ever had.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a disconcertingly light brown. Stout? Really? Smells like red wine and raisins. Hmm. Not off to a great start here. The flavor holds tons of chocolate and dried red fruits, especially cherries, until the alcohol flares up on the finish and burns it way home. Tastes strangely like chocolate-cherry cordials smothered in grain alcohol. Pretty rough. (2008)