JohnGalt1 (450) - , Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this from Jake65 in a great trade and sharing it with a late night coworker.... Poured into my slim tulip and a thin brown head rises quickly and leaves nearly as fast. The brew is black.
The nose is rich dark fruits that mesh perfectly with dark malt and some lesser Belgian character.. "boozy raisinettes", does that sound interesting? It is in this beer. Some anise and possibly some clovey phenols.
Flavor does not disappoint.. thick and rich... cocoa, milk chocolate, a lot of golden raisins, lingering dark fruits... A bit of char/light smoke brings things back mid palate and lingers forever...
Body is medium/thick and inviting... velvety.. carbonation is on the light side.. surprisingly there is very little alcohol... This is very well done.. Just hints of yeasty Belgian notes that I honestly believe could be bloomed a bit more..
I am amazed how much I like this one... Boise stores should pick this one up... Really good... No Shit.
Not nearly as good as the best RIS out there, but certainly better than ANY Belgian Imperial Stout that I have had before... I am very.. VERY impressed.
jesperhammer (2835) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
09-MAY-2014, draft @Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown.
Black - actually slightly transparant - with lasting tan head.
Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, very full taste - almost barrel notes. Taste the same with a touch of smoke.
Almost full body with soft carbonation.
Nocturne (746) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Black pour with thin light brown head. Forceful aroma of molasses, tar and liquorice. Taste follows a similar path, but diverges a little. I start to pick up some notes of coffee and black cherry, plus hops. Perhaps needs a bit more carb. Anyway nice stuff, not sure how it’s Belgian (the label describes a fruity yeast influence that I don’t think is really here) but it has a lot of flavours I appreciate in a big stout.
Lagerboy (1182) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. 8.5% ABV. Deep dark darkest hueless brown, vanishing mocha foam. Aroma of burnt dark roast, tar, molasses and chocolate. Taste is heavy dark roast, bittersweet dark chocolate, black oily licorice, some coffee bean, spice and yeast. Soft carbonation, full bodied, moderately hopped. Boozy, dark and nasty and: DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
rodenbach99 (3078) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Une bouteille de 650ml bue à deux avec Milan. D’emblée je dois admettre que je ne suis pas un fan des stout belge, je dois admettre que celui-ci ne me fera pas changé d’avis. Une bière noire avec un simple rond de mousse. Un nez de fruits rouges. Une bouche mince de chocolat et de levure belge. Pas pour moi.
SlovakSniper (3032) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. Une bière brune très foncée traversée par une lumière rouge. Un anneau de mousse qui traduit son appartenance. Un nez vineux et bien belge avec ses épices, ses fruits noirs, ses parfums de réglisse et ses malts chocolatés. Des papilles qui chevauchent deux beaux styles appréciables: quelque chose entre un stout impérial et une ale belge forte ténébreuse. Une bouche de moyenne densité avec un pétillement bas et une texture légèrement huileuse. Une finale qui ose le mariage entre une levure surette et des malts bien rôtis. Intéressante!
sulawang (599) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Visual: Pours almost inkjet black with a hint of purple-redness in it, pretty much headless, almost no retention, some slow activity near the surface, and the last few drops from the bottle are cloudy.
Nose: Huge coffee-toffee-malts, a very clean nose (7/10-pungency)
Attack: sour/tangy thick caramel malts, drinks almost flat (not much CO2)
Mid-palate: (6/10)-sourness, malty (7/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, coffee
Finish: alcohol detection, continual sourness, licorice malt exhale, malty soft coffee-bitter finish.
Summary: Every sip is different with this sour-bitter brew; Depending on the bite of the food you’re eating, it heavily leans toward either the oversour or smooth malty sweet. Too much sourness and not enough texture, for me to thoroughly enjoy this.
cstuartj (954) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, pours pitch black, thin tan head, some lacing. nose is a mix of belgian and espresso stout. it’s an odd mix of flavors for me, not really feeling it but it is well exicuted.
andrewturba (950) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with no head. Aroma is roasted malt, licorice, spicy Belgian yeast characteristics, chocolate and moderate fruity esters. Flavour is licorice, roasted malt, cocoa, anise, fruity esters, and spicy Belgian yeast. Pretty tasty.
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of nice liquorice notes with some light fruity notes which mix well with some light black chocolates notes. Taste is also dominated by some liquorice notes which are well-balanced by some black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt with some light fruity notes also noticeable. Body is semi-full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed the liquorice notes and the creamy texture of this beer.
KyotoLefty (6172) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Q-Brick. Shiny black with lace. Nose of blueberries, chocolate, a bit roasty; fruity and phenolic. Rather mild flavor (counldn’t believe it was 10%). Hides its alcohol well, but then again, doesn’t carry a 10% flavor either. Sweet and fruity, and too phenolic for me, with lots of cocoa. Not very imperial.