BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Footbalm for the sample. 33cl swingtop. Not quite completely opaque, some light shining throug. A dark fiery brown color with an enormous head. Slightly vinous, some oak, roasted barley, licoricefruit, Belgium yeast. Body is thin for the style. Flavor is sweet, slight bitter, raisins, cocoa, anise some yeast. Interesting. Couldn’t quite imagine a Belgian Imperial. Now I can. Nice but different. I think I’ll stick with the Amerivcan Impy’s.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black with a nice thick tan head. Sweet, milky, cocoa aroma. Light sweetness, moderate roast, some lactic qualities, with hints of licorice and cocoa. Unique and enjoyable stout.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eclipse black color. Small to medium sized, tan colored head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is chocolate, toffee with hints of vanilla and coffee. A medium bodied stout. Malts are toffee, coffee and chocolate. Slightly spicy hops. Nice balance. Slow developing very complex tasting aftertaste. Vanilla, coffee beans and toffee. Subtle beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is thin and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First Belgian stout I’ve ever tried. Not as dark as most stouts. Call it a very dark brown with a small tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with lots of dark fruit and licorice. Sweet roasted malt flavor
with dark fruits, dark chocolate and
coffee. Nice full bodied palate.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
10.31.04 330ml swingtop bottle. Finally got my hands on this one thanks to some generous soul at Heavyweight’s open house. Blackish pour with dark head. Aromas of brownie, prune, licorice, grape jelly. Palate is soft and thick. Very sweet and not as roasty as I expected. Burnt flavors of blackened grain, some cocoa, smelled better than it tasted. Oily on finish.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Lots of chocolate and licquorice aromas in this very dark brown stout which has a reasonable brown-tan head. The taste is big on burnt malts but also has bitter chocolate and licquorice tastes. Very nice.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is malty but sweet, like molasses or maple syrup. Flavor is rich with chocolate, caramel and roasted malt. Bitter, dry finish.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet Christmas cookies, figs, plums and other dark fruit, ripe berries, coffee, chocolate, caramel and bread dough in the complex aroma. Opaque, dark brown with huge, pillowy, tan head that recedes to generous cover with some patchwork lacing. Flavour exhibits chocolate, coffee, roased malts. There’s a great balance between the sweet malts, the dough-like yeast and the roasty bitterness. Alcohol emerges as it warms but is certainly not an unwelcome visitor. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Luxuriously full in body. Pleasant tingling of small bubbled carbonation on the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere at Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn, New York).
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark brown; tan head; some floaties. Nice body ... carbonation, weight and mouthfeel. Tasty flavors throughout, such as chocolate, sweet toast and toffee, with hints of coffee and a little burntness. I liked how it wasn’t too sweet, and it had a nice level of bitterness that eventually surfaced and left notes of baker’s chocolate. Dryish finish with nice lingering flavors. A little warming in the throat, but the alcohol melded well. Quite enjoyable.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Au Trappiste in Paris, France.
Subtle but enjoyable aroma with notes of milk chocolate, dark fruits (grapes mainly) and lettuce leaves.
Round and full bodied with a rich and complex maltiness through. Milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee and dark fruits (grapes, figs and plums). Finish has a pleasant hop bite and a lingering note of chocolate coated cookies.