rondphoto (4053) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at Fresh Thyme / Newport KY --- Aroma of malt and light spice. Clear dark mahogany brown, dark tan head, light lace strips. Taste is carbonated malt that is immediately accosted by Christmas spices. A smidgen of coffee and chocolate show in a short finish. Spice dominates this brew for me, leaving it unbalanced, like food that has too much seasoning.
tmoreau (3700) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 25. 4 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a presentable layer of light tan head foam, and spots & clingy spray of lacing. The nose was prune & fig, with cocoa, a touch of dark caramel sweetness, spices, and just a bit of coffee on the back. Medium+ bodied, with moderate carbonation, the taste was similar notes, adding an extra fruit note of dark grape skins, with a bit of tannic astringency to the finish. A pleasant blend of Stout notes, with a Quad-like nature.
MadRobin (2813) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750ml bottle.
Opaque, black-brown with a huge tan head and good lacing.
Aroma of berries, dark fruit, menthol, yeast, chocolate, alcohol and a light spiciness.
Taste of slightly sour berries, chocolate, dark fruit, menthol, coffee, yeast, alcohol, oak and roasted malt.
Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization with a slightly slick mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
radio_nowhere (1395) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool shaped caged-corked bomber into snifter glass; opaque deep dark brown (black) color with tan head. Aroma notes of yeasty fruitiness, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, lightly vinous, roast and caramel. Taste adds coffee, molasses, chocolate nougat, dark fruits (prune heavy), some raisins, light oak and faint Belgian spices. Heavy-medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky, tad dry with lingering fruity roast finish. Interesting dark Belgian stout, need to know there’s a fruity-sour element going into it.
wrlangin (151) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Good combination of fruit and chocolate. Well balanced.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
wombat23 (686) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared 25.4 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige, airy cola-like head. Aroma of chocolate, yeast, booze, dark fruit, and a bit of sourness. Tastes of Belgian yeast, mild chocolate, oak, a bit of booze, and a bit of dark fruit; no single flavor dominates. Finish is slightly tart. A complex beer, but unfortunately, the whole is considerably less than the sum of its individual components.
darbeer75 (517) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: malty, coffee notes; Appearance: black with tan head; large bubbles dissipate fairly quickly; Taste: unexpectedly sour for a stout and not in a pleasant way, although it does mellow after sitting for awhile; some Belgian yeasty undertones; Palate: medium body with a bitter/sour finish; Overall: very disappointing; would not buy again.
mansquito (5337) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhere in NOVA probably a total wine: pours dark brown with a light beige head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, tree, and roast and yeast. Taste is pretty sweet and creamy. Not particulary roasty or bitter. Alcohol is well covered though it can certainly be felt. Kind of fruity actually like a BSA. Gets you a bit crunk.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma: deep vinous with noticeable barrel tartness to it. Whiff of heat on top. Plum, molasses and dark caramel.
Look: poured as dark brown with initial large foamy tanned cap. Receded quickly into light fizzy fizz.
Body and Palate: heavy with average carbonation. Mid plus finish. Thad thin on walls.
Taste: front id straight prune spread, barrel walls with tannin notes behind. Mellow sipping darkness with short burst of vodka.
Theydon_Bois (16854) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to James, 30/12/15.
Black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is dark fruits, toffee, light menthol, spice, jammy berry fruit, light chocolate.
Taste comprises rich dark fruits, spice, dates, toffee, yeast esters, nana, light chocolate.
Full bodied, prickly carbonation but aids the drinkability, light warming booze in the close.
Ok ... more a Belgian strong for me, an adequate one at that. Low end for an impy.