DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh man, this was incredable. I never even thought of the possibility of a belgian stout. Only when I opened the mail i realized. Great looking bottle, easy open-built-in top. Nice thick stout. Great belgian yeast tastes with smokey character.
phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Ei8ht Ball, served in a flight. Pours a deep, cloudy cola brown with an off-white head that settles into a ring and film while heavily lacing the glass. Notes of chocolate, tobacco, earth, weat leaves, toast, brown sugar, oak, and dark fruits (dates, figs, and plum), with a faint moldiness to it. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and an earthy, sweet mouthfeel that starts sweeter and more chocolaty and becomes more fruity and leafy as it goes on. Not really my kind of imperial stout, but it’s okay.
Grumbo (909) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market, London. Poured a very dark brown colour with a lasting firm beige head. Aroma of malty caramel and chocolate. Body is lighter than usual for style and texture a little on the thin side. Finish has a slight roasting. Enjoyed it, and it’s a style I adore, though have had much better.
ERB92 (556) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, bread,nuts, caramel, dried fruits and wood. Dark brown with a red tint, tan head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body with a soft carbonation. Overall an interesting and very enjoyable Stout. Well hidden alcohol, just a warming feeling at the end.
jookos (3720) - FINLAND - SEP 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black. Pretty nice nose. Not the usual roasty ashy coffeishy whatevery stouty drink, but quite fruity, belgian. Blueberries, fruity yeasty esters, but in a darker, roasty coffeish manner. Med bodied, quite smooth nice easy drinkable. Wouldn’t be surprised at all if this would be labeled as a blueberry (with ginger) stout. Has soft roast, but very fruity.
androman (1050) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle @ home from Bert’s Bierhuis Biltstraat, Utrecht. Body is dark brown, head is small, beige, creamy, average lasting, good lacing. Nose is roasted malty, flavor is coffee, roasted malt, bread, caramel, coal, slightly smoky. Light sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter, alcohol is totally hidden. Full body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy dessert beer, simple, tasty beer.
altonbrownd (4348) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7/31/2007 3:00:33 PM Bottle at home, from cracked kettle. Dark brown black even colour. Large oaky head. Scent of wheat, toast, chocolate. Amazing how little alcohol you taste. Flavours of coffee, toffe, chocolate and also raisins. Love this stout. Very enjoyable. Full-bodied. Superb lacing. Clean finish.
fellebag (1183) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl. Light brown foamy head. Dark brown color. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, rum, leather. Taste is sweet of coffee, chocolate, sugar, cookies.
bartzluke (400) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
6 oz pour from tap at 48 degrees into a miniature sniffer glass at Churchkey in DC. Black and opaque with a big root-beer-float-like off-white head. Nose isn’t as much as I’d like. A bit roasty, woody, and sweet, but not too forward. Very nice body though. Thick and creamy. A lot like ice cream and beer, actually. Fairly dry. Moderate evident carbonation provides a bit of an airy bite on the end. Taste is awesome. Roasty, a bit sweet, woody, a little boozy, a little coffee, earthy, a little raisin, maybe some vanilla. Complex. Very good.
Odysseyalien (65) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one has all the bells and whistles that I look for in an imperial stout. Black as night, beautiful lacing, a smell that differs from all other imperial stouts I’ve had in a positive way. But the real slam dunk I look for is taste. It just didn’t do it for me. Maybe it’s time for me to ’fes up and say "I don’t like Belgian beer."
Werckmeister (1058) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml flip-top bottle at home. BB 03/2017. almost black color, medium big tan/pinkish head. smells malty roasted, quite earthy, light sour note, leather, very subtle fruit notes. full body, medium carbonation, full mouthfeel. tastes earthy, leather, charcoal, light alcohol, light wood, spices, peat like notes, lightly sour. finishes with spices, earthy notes, charcoal and a bit of a sharp taste. good brew, would rate this even higher if it had some more notes than just ash / charcoal / earth / leather. Also as mentioned has some sharp alcoholic notes toward the finish. Actually the note gets a bit more prominent when it warms up -> -0.1. There are too many good beers in this ABV range, so not sure I would seek this out again.