harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a quickly vanishing brown head. Black coloured with yeast particles on the bottom. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and a liquor-filled cake we call "pan di spagna". Full bodied, with an alcoholic mouthfeel, hints of cocoa and a nice hoppy finish. One of my favourites.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought in Belgium. Swing top, 330ml. 8.4% ABV. I’m not a huge fan of imperial stouts, but I picked this up because I knew it was well liked. Tasty roasty stoutness, winey with alcohol apparent. Tasty.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 I was mildly disappointed in this as I have had bottles with much more to them.Foam had that Root Beer float appearance and the brew wasn’t pitch black but was dark brown bordering black.Okay,so roasted malts and maybe some mild chocolate but more bland than exciting.The longer it sat the more body it picked up. Re-Rate:new bottle.Totally different brew this time around with much more defined flavors
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown with thick off-white head. Malt marshmallow, coffee, chocolate, Port, and syrup(maple). Light at first in the mouth with a light finish. Coffee, chocolate, dry, carmel all light flavors. The finish presents roasted notes and a light bitterness that lingers. All in all a nice beer and it improves a bit with some air.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cL bottle, snifter. Caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt (H); flower, herb, grass hops (M); doughy yeast (L); red grape, plum, port, tobacco, soy sauce, brown sugar aromas. Deep black body with a tall, creamy, off-white head that lasts well. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Nice roastiness in the finish. Medium-full body, oily texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: a tasty impy that has an undeniable (and somewhat undefineable) belgian twist.
diabel (1645) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 Bottle Black bodied. Lightly brown, rocky head, which is mostly diminishing and has a fair lace. Complex and well balanced aroma of strong malts, liquorce, liquor, hops. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter, flavour of strong malts and coffee. Great complexity and balance. Very, very nice. Some weakness (bit watery), but very ok all in the end.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this out of the bottle in Brugge Belgium in 2001. I had no idea what an imperial stout was...nothing to compare it to. Now I’ve got several under my belt and feel I can do this excellent ale fair comment. It had a big, creamy looking tan head. Black in color, opaque. Slightly sweet, bready nose with some floral spicey notes also. Med/full body. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly vinous, spicey tasting with some hints of chocolate and a slight roastiness. The 9% alc. wasn’t even detected. I’d love to have this one again so I could do some side by sides with Speedway, World Wide, Storm King, Expedition, etc.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black.. almost opaque, but there is some brown too it. Big, foamy head of tan, sheet lacing. Nice looking. Yeasty aromas with some roast and coffee. Caramel is present as well. There is quite a bit of bitter hops, along with a slight spice. Just a hint of licorice. Some alcohol and some figs. This is smelling pretty nice here. Flavors are a bit of tabacco to them. Smoke follows that. There are hints of a liquor here. Maybe bourbon or brandy. Some fruit, not too much. Bittering hops. It’s just a bit odd, that tobacco flavor. Very smooth and velvety palate. Body seems just right. IT finishes with a touch of alcohol, a hint of roasted coffee and smoke.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled bier circus: i asked the bar tender for something different or strange in their huge selection of brews. the last thing in the world i was expecting was a stout? poured dark brown with tan head. coffee toffee aromas with a bit of belgium yeast nose. in the mouth tart choc malt, rock sugar and burnt coffee with a oily feel. high alcohol hidden quite well. a good stout if you can call it that with a twist of belgium flare.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Swing-topped, 11.2 oz. bottle.
I’d dreamt of this beer, conjuring up various imaginings, predictions, musings on what a Belgian stout might be like. Would it be like the stouts I already know and love, or would it take the world’s knowledge of stouts into a different realm altogether?
I snapped the cap and prepared to find out...
Appearance: as black as black can be, dark as the devil’s navel lint, with an majestic, fluming cocoa-brown head, though it shrivels swiftly down to size, leaving a little lace.
Aroma: fresh and sparkling, giving off shiny associations of coffee, raisins, chocolate, cognac, port wine, becoming more alcoholic, spicy, and burnt as we drink it into the nostrils, deeply.
Serious stuff we’re handling here, and I’m unaware, as I ready to drink, of the ABV...Mr. Label says 9% ..oh, at the least!
Has the uplifting, spacious, ethereal air that I find and enjoy in the best Belgian brews, whether abbey double, tripel, quadrupel, or blonde, but we must consider how it stacks up as a stout...
Remarkable...that’s all I think as I take my first sip. Dark, rich, full-bodied, but with an effervescent winey-ness above all. Gives off few of the usual characteristics I seek and crave in a good stout, but instead delivers a lively, zesty fruitiness that never quits. It’s all grapes, up in here.
I’m left more than a bit confused: it’s not really a stout, or is it? I’ve had winey stouts before, but this takes it to the extreme.
Can’t really call it a stout..what would Inspector Poirot think?
Finish is medium length, spritzy, zesty,
As a stout, strictly defined, not so great,
As a unique, tasty Belgian brew, labels be-damned, mighty nice.