nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle thanks to bierkoning, bottled July 2009. Very dark brown in color with a large tan head that lasts. Subtle but good aroma, with lots of anise and milk chocolate, as well as a little sweet caramel. Nice flavor, subtle again but very tasty. Chocolate and English toffee, anise, Belgian yeast, and very mild oxidation. Some big hop bitterness on the finish. Maybe Belgian yeast even. Very smooth on the palate, not too heavy despite the style and ABV. Exceedingly smooth. A really good understated RIS.
probstblueribbon (3323) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Brewed on 1 April 201, Bottle on 4 May 2010, Bottelnumber 1107.
App.: Deep brown-black with a large reddish-mocha head...pours a lighter hue than expected...
Aroma: Really fruity with some esters as well, surprising, lots of dark dried fruits and some lighter dark dried fruits, reminds me more of a nice BSA than an Impy Stout, yeast notes, a hard-to-describe savoury/meaty/brothy note, soapy and woodsy, some brighter fruity notes, maybe some berries?, slightly buttery, some Sherry notes, quite different and eclectic for an Impy stout.
Palate: Medium body, full but soft effervescence.
Flav.: Much like the nose with fruitiness, a touch of butterscotch, some caramel, brown sugar, soap, woodsiness, a brothy note, more fruit, a bit of alcohol, Sherry, still say more Belgian Strong Ale than Imperial Stout; sweet with some bitterness, a fair bit of alcohol and a long, inky, fruity finish.
A very different take on an Imperial Stout. I expected something more deep, rich and punishing. Enjoyable, but not somehow doesnít fit my impression of the style...
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Porter (as Disputiní) Luxurious beer, velvet and dark. Lots of chocolate, dark fruits (plum, raisin) roasted malts, hint of smoke, no bitterness detected at all. Really nice stout.
jlruthven (589) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, 4 oz sample. Thick, inky black (of course) with resilient light brown head. Nose is gobs of dark chocolate, rum, cherries. More of a hop presence on the tongue, with more chocolate and dates. Thick, fudgy mouthfeel. Very good, but Iím glad I only sprang for the sample.
goozen (3413) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Brewpub de Molen: Opaque black coloured quite heavy Stout with an chocolate and caramel taste and fine warm feel in the mouth.
note666 (1200) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 2011 - 01 - 22 330 ml bottle. #270 out of a 960 bottle batch. dark, almost black colour. big brown foamy fading head. bitter hop taste. alcohol very present...
zdk (1832) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at Rattle n hum as "Disputiní - smoky salty dark roasted malts. chocolate, prunes and dark fruits. very tasty.
Wolfbass (995) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Questa Ť un imperial stout che a me fa impazzire ( adoro lo stile), splendido colore. Aromi meravigliosi, tra malto, madeira e frutta con corpo liquoroso, vinoso, caldo, avvolgente. Splendidaaaaa!!
Alphadelic (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Armsby Abbey - Big rum and raisin, light kowtowing (edit: this is an iPhone auto-correct, I have no idea what I intended to write). Darkest chocolate bitterness. Deep and rich.
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes from 09/2008.
Shared with a good friend, his first RIS.
Beautiful, personalized label. Bottle #403 of 524. 2008.
If purple were black, this would be it. Dark, with medium off-white head. Red hues come through in the warming.
Dark fruit: raisins, cherry, prunes. Resembles a darker sherry. Dark malts, but also something sweet.
Bing cherries and other dark fruits, especially as it warms. Itís a bit boozy, especially as the taste escapes out the nose, but it isnít unbalanced. Belgian candied sugar. Dark, sweet, mildly tart. Wonderfully balanced, in my opinion, though the taste is not that of a typical imperial stout.
Great carbonation. I honestly think the mouthfeel is excellent for the integrity of this particular beer, though some might be disappointed that it isnít thicker. Creamy, but a bit light, though that fits the flavor profile.
I like this a lot. I deducted for price, especially for the style. It is mostly sweet, dark malts and wonderful fruit, but it is less oaky and less chocolate than most high-caliber imperial stouts. I would recommend this for those who enjoy dark-fruit based stouts and quads, but perhaps not for those anticipating the perfect RIS.