JoeinDahlem (1377) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Delirium. Poured black with just a few bubbles on top. Awesome aroma of dry red wine and coffee. Flavor is fairly sweet, starts fruity, then tasty dark malts, chocolate, black coffee. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Thankfully low carbonation, unlike some other Belgian stouts. Not much bitterness, but it carries itself well anyway. Sweet, thick and tasty.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased @ Bierkoning, Amsterdam, then consumed in the hotel. Near black, a slightly darker white head. Chocolate, espresso and yeast induced fruits in the nose. Nice mouthfeel. A stout wth a great Belgian feel.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Draught at ZBF. A little to delicate for me, I would prefer a little action from a stout. Almost black and opaque. Liqourice and dark fruits in the aroma, hints of sugar too. Very full on sweetness that is just about tollerable in the mouth with some fairly obvious strawberry milk / genever. Quite odd but rather tasty. Alcohol is clearly there but not too over powering. A little inkyness and some rubber, slight coffee and a roasty note at the edges. Itís all there. A solid Belgian stout just not quite assertive enough.
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught: Poured a dark black with a bubbly head. Rich liquorice and spice aroma. Rich candy sweet malt along with some perfume dry finish.
Marsiblursi (3054) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 (Bottle) Pours dark brown. Light to medium roasted aroma with caramel, liquorice, stone, spices, sweet red apples and a touch of shell fish. Floral hints with some notes of summer meadow. Sweet and salty flavour with chocolate and liquorice. Smooth, silky and softly roasted mouthfeel. Lightly peppery and hints of minerals. LIgering sweetness with some light notes of dark fruits. Medium body. Very nice Imp stout from Belgium.
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tip of the hat to Papsoe. A dark not jet black colour with some white head. Aroma of yeast and coffee and chocolate. Unique rich stout, not as thick at a top RIS, not a Bell stout, just enjoyable Belgian style. Great balance as not too coffee, too chocolate, too bitter.
Skinnyviking (7763) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. High light brown creamy and lasting head. Hazy dark red body. Barley malt as well as blueberry and a bit of choccolate aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet blueberries flavor with notes of raisin and chcoolate. Alcolhol barely noticeable in the arome otherwise extremely well hidden.
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Poured out of a small 33cl bottle, october 2006 vintage, with a white-on-black label unlike the bottle in the ratebeer-picture with the black-on-white label.
Impressive look, with a very dark, almost black, opaque body and a huge brownish/beige rocky head, very nice. An aroma with a great malt profile; liqourice, dark sugars, bourbon, dough, blueberry, coffee, alcohol, raisins and chocolate notes. Overall sweet flavor but with enough roasty dryness to balance it out. Huge complexity, very impressive. The mouthfeel is heavy, thick and lush. This is a very good imperial stout.
***Drinking this beer is a total crapshoot. Iíve had bottles that were incredibly lush (akin to my description above), and Iíve had all sort of problems with this beer, ranging from leaking bottle-caps, to excessive gushing, to totally flat beer with a strong soy-sauce flavor, to promising-looking beer with the most horrible infected sour Blue Stilton taste.
I always used to pick up a bottle if my beerstore got a new shipment in, but I think Iíll stop bothering after the latest dud (which fell into the íBlue Stiltoní catagory). But when itís good, itís damn good.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Papsoe.
Pours dark brown and settles a lighter black than most Imperial Stout. The head is massive and very Belgian looking, being two fingers thick, wispy and creamy and tan.
Aroma is slightly dusty, but sharp too. Some cocoa and raisin, but little roastiness aroma wise.
Rich and chocolatey in the fore with a tart fruitiness, some baked cherry, plum and prune appear though the middle. Palate is thin for the style, but not desperately so. Itís very "different" but it does leave a slightly roasty lingering dark chocolate flavor. Interesting, but not something Iíd go back to over and over.
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 33 cl. Dark brown color. Nose is dark fruit notes. Taste is strong molasses, raisins, licorice, and dark chocolate. Body is medium-full. Finishes sweet. Great