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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Brewed with American Amarillo.

Brassée en Angleterre à partir du 18ème siècle, cette variante plus forte du Stout traditionnel était destinée à la cour de l’impératrice Catherine II de Russie. La Postiche est une héritière moderne de ce style, où les saveurs torréfiées des malts s’équilibrent aux arômes citronnés des houblons américains (Amarillo).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3161) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2012
(75 cl via a trade with tom10101) Une belle tête foncée qui flotte sur un liquide profondément brun. Des houblons qui font une remarquable entrée avec un bouquet de citrons poivrés et une haleine de jeune pin. Des malts rôtis qui déroulent des parfums chocolatés. Des saveurs dardées par des houblons vigoureux et même verts. Des notes de parfum et des notes citronnées. De l’orge torréfiée et ses déclinaisons. Du cacao et du chocolat brun. Un corps qui n’est pas fortifié. Un pétillement qui est bien présent. Une texture qui me semble bien crémeuse. Une finale qui propose une amertume de bonne intensité avec un caractère asséchant. Quelque chose comme une IPA noire. Enfin, il me semble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2235) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Almost black pour with ruby highlights. Big, dense, creamy tan head that lasts a long time. Thick layer of lacing left behind. Peppery chocolate aroma. Hoppy front with a nice chocolate middle. Creamy and sweet, but not overly. Very decent. A bit too bitter on the back, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2012
Draft @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Brune foncée, col léger crémeux café au lait. Arôme est malté et grillé sur des notes torréfiées et pointe de citronné de houblon. En bouche, malt léger, le profile restant bien belge avec un côté stout très agréable alternant entre des malts grillé, sur une pointe de café et de chocolat laissant une brève amertume de fin de bouche. Assez sèche en bouche voire grains poussiéreux, le houblon américain confère une note citronné. Sur la fin je note ce côté presque tourbe de malt fumé? Encore une de ces belles surprises qui vient de la province du Luxembourg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (3763) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2012
draft @ Delirium Hoppy Loft // It is still quite weird to see a bona fide Imperial Stout made in Belgium, wonder if this is made mainly for export? // Even has an American hop in it apparently // black with a mocha head // aroma is quite mocha heavy, blended with American hops into a whole, touch roast, overall quite going to fruity with the mocha going to the touch sweeter side & roast not being a dominant character, on the non-bitter side of coffee // taste is however bitter, must be the hops because the mocha & coffee are not quite on the bitter side, bitter sweet, touch chocolate milk & milk chocolate, medium long bitter coffee & bitter hop finish ‘which add more of a hop bitter dimension than fruitiness to this), dark fruits & espresso // body is quite nicely full but not entirely smooth because of the hops, carb. is around medium // overall a solid Imperial Stout but more in the middling category, I prefer my stouts on the smoother, heavier & tad sweeter side, this one is quite into hops, for me not every style should be as hopped-up as an IPA // interesting that Belgium is beginning to try this sort of stuff but it doesn’t feel like we are performing adequately so far in this category for the biggest part // we can or we should do better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3041) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle. Beautiful black pour, creamy espresso like foam. Aroma is very very hoppy, almost like a black ipa, some roastiness, black coffee. Taste is light and roasty, good hoppy aftertaste. Palate is relatively light for the style, dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
A large beige head thrones above the incomplete blackness. Surprisingly green, a touch citrusy, tea-like hoppiness takes a lot of room in the aroma that shows straightforward burnt grains reminiscent of espresso more than chocolate. Dry and almost fizzy in mouth, vey effervescent for a beer classified as an impy, but then again, its Belgian lineage ought to be respected somehow and while it feels unusual and thins the body out fairly, it also adds an acidic kick that surprisingly does not handicap the hop and roast profile and remains under control despite the usual tendency of these flavours to end in a mess. it adds a slightly vinous touch. At the same time, a chalky, mineral feel adds firmness to the relatively lean body, in a tannic, vinous way that is attractive enough, albeit slightly disturbed by the softly medicinal phenols that linger in the aftertaste. Still, it makes for a rather different beer, combining unusual flavours together, but perhaps not justifying ceiling-high prices in my case as I don’t find it particularly drinkable despite its lowish ABV nor captivatingly complex enough to align sips after sips until the bottle is gone. Nevertheless, interesting enough that beer is: a dry imperial stout, a rare beast indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2985) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2012
Green bottle, 75 cl, best before December 2013, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on May 13 2012; eye: black, opaque, lots of dark brown head, light lacing; nose: citrusy hops, roasted barley, light burnt barley, liquorice; mouth: roasted barley, burnt barley, light citrusy hops, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, light alcohol, liquorice, dry finale in critrusy hops with presence of roasted barley, medium-full body, good carbonation, rather bitter, lightly lactic, lightly harsh texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille verte, meilleure avant décembre 2013, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 13 mai 2012; œil : noire, opaque, mousse brun foncé abondante, légère dentelle; nez : houblon citrique, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, réglisse; bouche : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, léger houblon citrique, chocolat noir, chocolat au lait, léger alcool, réglisse, finale sèche en houblon citrique avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corps moyen-corsé, bonne carbonatation, plutôt amère, légèrement lactique, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrelbelly (638) - BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 Draft at ZBF. Chocolate taste with some flowery hops. Bitter chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Slight sour taste coming through. Roasted bitternessa at the end. Missing some sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (3117) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2012
Jet black colour with dark creamy head. Aroma is really hoppy but also has some roasted, bitter malts. Flavour has a big contrast of bitter, roasted, slightly smokey malt versus a sharp dry hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (2941) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2012
Bottle at ZBF’12, Leuven, Belgium: Black coloured brew with an fine American bitter-like appearance, taste of dark chocolate and citrus.

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