mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque dark dark brown with think creamy tan head that stays until the end, and leaves a little dense lace. Good but faint aroma of light coffee, sweet chocolate, and sweet fruit-green apple? Silky mouthfeel, light carbonation. Sweet with a citruis bite to start, and stays sweet until the end. Along the trip throught the palate you get sweet dark chocolate, faint vanilla, some sweet fruit, and then a sharp bitterness and carbon from the roast, along with generous heat from the alcohol. I let this lay down for six months, and have never tasted this young. I think a year or two would help to mellow out the alcohol and bring out and meld some of the other flavors. The label says its good up to 8 years. Great stout, not as big and bold as it looks, unexpectedly sweet.
slowrunner77 (9013) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a little high on the carbonation - otherwise a nice example of what a Belgian impy stout can be. Heavy on the berries and dark fruit, with light roast and chocolate. If only the feel was better...
bubbleflubber (2134) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours the deepest mahogany into the glass with a funny diminished tan head that leaves little to trace lacing. The nose is of nice dark esters and dark berries, with just a hint of roasted chocolate. Flavors follow similarly, with sweet dark berries, dark stone fruits, roasted grains, bitter chocolates, and finish with a roasted bitter grain and some ABV heat. The full body on this, combined with the pseudo-juicy palate, semi-dry mouthfeel, cuts through hearty meals and also provides a superb aperitif or after-dinner sipper to complement said meals. Not too heavy, but substantial and complex for days. What an excellent example of a Belgian Impy Stout! Prost!
fugitive (1821) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Color hazy brown with almost no head. Aroma sweet, liquorice, roasted. Taste sweet, roasted, caramel.
BlackHaddock (5658) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my 5,000th rate and something a bit special. On 6th Feb 2015 I was at a Belgian Beer Board website bottle exchange evening at De Bierboom (Brugge). Sat next to me was Podge, co-brewer of this beer. We have met at various Belgian locations over the years and even in Germany once, but never in the UK where we both live. Anyway he brings out three 33cl bottles of unlabelled prototypes of this beer, just with 1,2 and 3 stuck on them. Each bottle was this beer but with different hop profiles. Podge could not remember which hops were used in which bottle (1,2 or 3) and not even which prototype was eventually chosen for production. All I can say is they all tasted great, as Podge, myself and a friend called Tony tried to pick the best one of the three: we couldn’t agree and just enjoyed the moment while all around us bottles were being passed around as we sipped and appreciated Podge’s Imperial Stouts.
JFGrind (1969) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thankfully the bottle shop warned me this may be a gusher. Safely opened in the sink with a quick foam explosion and yeasty aroma. Full bodied, dark brown Imperial Stout with Belgian sweetness, roasted malt and moderate bitterness.
jackl (6691) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ FUAD share. Deep reddish pour with a small head. Nose is a bit acidic. Cherry fruit leather and cocoa. Chocolate. Taste is pretty dry and peppery. Manure. More fruit leather. Dark chocolate. Full body, soft carb.
Bill Becker (716) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola coloured with an inch of tan foam. Great lacing.
Nose of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt bitterness, with a hint of Brett.
Very bitter roasted malt and chocolate to start. Light coffee with a very dry almost tart taste in the finish.
Medium body and carbonation.
The cap mentions October 2016. A best after date? The label says it can be kept for 8 years or more.
davidm (2037) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
More like a Belgian strong than an imperial stout. Strong yeasty flavours, and sour notes. Not unbalanced though, and very enjoyable.
NikkTwist (2416) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Very dark brown pour that starts with beige foam that mostly disappeared. Large swath of dark caramel malt flavors. Earthy, musty wood barrel notes. Dark chocolate cherry cordials. Liquorice roots. Truffles. Sweet orange peels. Fruitcake. Slight smoke. Bit tart. Body reads a bit thin. Belgium yeast is noticeable. Not my favorite, but not bad at all.
BeerViking (3820) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle labelled 2007 (thanks Martin!), pours a brown that’s near-black with a beige head, quite gassy though thankfully not a gusher. Nose is cocoa, musty wood, touches of liquorice and Bovril. Rich and heavy yet somehow slightly watery too. More cocoa and liquorice, along with dry bitterness and a slightly tart plumminess in the background. Strong dry and slightly sour umami notes. Very Belgian!