Borresteijn (5135) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma of liquorice, some coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, hops. Flavour is sweet, roasted malts and coffee, some chocolate and liquorice. Nice bitter finish with a lingering coffee flavour, which comes out more when the beer warms up. Medium to fullbodied, good carbonation. Very good beer, but a bit too smooth, it lacks a bit of edge imo. And is this really 13%?!
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Saved this one for my 100th rating! Pours thick black and opaque with a thick mocha coloured head. Aroma is huge and complex. Candied lemon, coffee, chocolate, plums, strawberries, and cherries. Tastes initially sweet and then changes with every second it’s in your mouth. Plums, cherries, strawberries, dried apricots, caramel, anise, coffee, a huge wave of chocolate on the finish. This is a really good beer. Smooth, not very bitter, I just want to drink this all day.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Body-opaque with a thick foamy head. Nose-light industrial cleaner, light burnt marshmallow, melon rind. Taste-soft, med t high CO2, burnt malt, burnt marshmallow, medium sweet, acrid, formaldehyde.
ilovedarkbeer (2379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bman1113VR. Pours an opaque black color with a relatively small sized light brown head that quickly changes into an oil slick top. Little bit of lacing. Nose is roasted coffee and dark chocolate, some fruit like wildness that is reminiscent of wild cherries or maybe red wine. Taste is chocolate covered caramel turtles with pecans. Finish comes off kind of salty. Thick and silky mouthfeel. Long finish. Nice.
Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Le porto des bières.
Parfum chocolaté et d’alcool, café et réglisse.
Noire et onctueuse elle laisse 1-2 centimètres d’une mousse café.
Très sucrée, moyennement alcoolisée et torréfiée. Houblon peu présent.
Un long arrière gout de chocolat mi-amer.
Très bonne bière, mais sont intensit fait qu’un peu en boire une seule...
Plutôt chère, 10$ CDN pour une bouteille de 375ml...
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Belmont Station. I had a chance to try this beer previously, but this was the first time on draught. Very dark brown pour, almost black, with a tan head. Roasty chocolate in the nose, soft licorice note. Pretty boozy at first. Overall it’s a decent imperial stout/belgian hybrid thingy, just ok up front, a touch sweet and cloying. I was really impressed with the finish, very smooth with a long drawn out chocolate finish and aftertaste. Enjoyable creation overall, but the booziness needs to soften as well as the price.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Licorice seemingly grows within the blackberry wine flavors of this Dark Belgian Strong Ale, as roastiness peers on the horizon, attracted by chocolatey lengths. This creative Struise brew is as complex as it is drinkable, which I was not expecting at all considering its announced potency.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A dollop of beige foam is perched atop the obscurity, drawing silky lacing.
-Carbonation is somewhat frothy, but that is to be expected. It never supercedes the dextrins though, actually juggling them expertly.
-Alcohol is extremely well hidden for such a strong brew.
-This brew is not heavy-bodied at all; its mouthfeel is luscious, but it is definitely easier to approach than most American-style Imperial Stouts.
-The finish is a fading out of the flavor profile and is strangely not very bitter.
-I preferred this brew at around 5-6 degrees Celsius, which is unusual for me.
-I’ll age a few bottles and see what happens. The aroma could use a touch of maderization, methinks.
From a few bottles and also on tap at Ebenezer’s.
nickd717 (3595) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Overrated? Hardly. Overpriced? Maybe. Paid $10 each for a couple of 330ml bottles. The "extreme beer" movement has really swept well-crafted but not over-the-top beers like this one to the wayside in a lot of people’s eyes. Pours black and fairly thick with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and some candi sugar. Flavor is the same, with bitter chocolate, slight vinous notes, and a bitter hop finish. Heavy mouthfeel, but not nearly to the same extent as something like Dark Lord. A winner in my eyes, but of course there are naysayers.
Butters (3919) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting. I’ll be honest here, I really didn’t see what the hype was about. It was pretty good for a stout, but it just didn’t do all that much for me. But I am clearly in the minority. Pours a very dark brown with fair brown head. Raisin and tobacco aromas with a little soy in the flavor. A little boozy but nothing unpleasant. Overrated and extremely overpriced.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed this one on tap at the Green Dragon in Portland, OR. Attended the keg tapping...one of only 20 kegs shipped to the U.S. Paid $10 for 6oz., but well worth it considering the limited availability. Poured a very black with small mocha head. Nice example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Very well balanced. This is a big beer...13%abv, with tons of hops...100 IBU’s...that said, I was surprised at how well balanced it was. Didn’t taste over the top hoppy and the alcohol didn’t distract at all. This is a very drinkable beer. Did not detect a lot in the nose...maybe some chocolate. On the palate it was very oily and heavy. Medium carbonation with a very nice mouthfeel. Noted chocolate, malt and dried fruits in the taste with some hops. Very, very good beer. Glad I had the opportunity to sample it.