jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUL 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Super gusher...never seen beer so eager to escape itís confines. At least the head is full and foamy. Soft spicy chocolate malt on the nose. A bit of a sour tang too. Good, thick body. Metallic tang, chocolate, cocoa and a little cherry tart . Slightly phenolic. Not much to recommend here, except the body.
Freakout (16) - Alaska, USA - JUN 19, 2012
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Full on gusher....salvaged just a taste and it was metallic. Nose was wet galvanized nails. Very bummed as I was really looking forward to it. Lame sauce.
Lukaduke (2519) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick deep umber black color with a full creamy head that laces down the glass quickly. Aromas are dark fruit, roasted malts and whiffs of funky sweet yeast. On the palate this is pretty interesting... lots of bubble lead this zippy stout through a barrage of flavors starting with rich bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts but moving into a sour tart mid palate full of sour cherry ripe plums and tart grapes that linger with the roasted chocolate notes nicely on te finish.
JAG55 (77) - OíFallon, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is loaded with roasty malt, dough. Color is black and very hazy with a full tan head that dismisses quickly. Taste is quite sweet with the presence of dried fruit. Very carbonated, lively, with medium body and oily texture. Finish is smooth and long. Just an average stout for me, I prefer a bigger body and creamy texture with much less carbonation.
xs2500 (180) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Let me preface this by saying I think I got a bad bottle. It poured very fizzy and even had a coke like vanishing head. It continued bubble for several minutes. Aroma is creamy with strong vanilla and toffee. Flavor reminded me of a flat coke float with a hand full of toasted malts.
gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iím disappointed after picking up the last bottle on the shelf. For the price and the fact itís Belgium, I was expecting to be blown away. The smell and the pour are great for the anticipation, but the taste is bitter and this does not drink as smoothly as I want my stouts. On top of that, I canít get much flavor either.
mcberko (8402) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle, pours black with a large foamy beige head. Aroma of yeast, toasted bready malt, molasses, a sort of fungal quality and marshmallows. Flavour is quite acidic and lactic-feeling, with metallic sour notes, a milky texture, and a nastily acidic finish. Is this how this is supposed to taste? Canít say anything positive about this. Not pleasant.
Benzai (9575) - 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 itís 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 (3222) - 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 (5352) - 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.