jake65 (2957) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Near black with a huge, creamy brown head. Lots of roast in the nose with some coffee and a touch of alcohol. Dry coffee grounds. Tastes of heavy roasted malts with rich coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. A linger dry bitters and coffee feel overall. Kind of dirty floral coffee thing in the tail. Sort of unrefined in a way. I guess I just expected more when it comes to Struise brews...
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got my hands on some! Wild beer. Pours deep mahogany. Rich, dessert-esque nose, immense and persistent head. Upon tasting Iím immediately reminded of chocolate cake with a raspberry filling, only not so sweet. Lingering and long, Drank 11.2 oz blt over an hour, and as it warmed the flavors began to cascade and expand. Solid.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle. Totally dark pour with a dense tan head - tiny bubbles in the foam gives way to bigger bubbles. An unexpected aroma for sure... Much more subdued than I expected - baking chocolate, bitter nuts, alcohol, pine, rubber. Better on the flavor, but still muted, and hot. Cocoa, espresso, wood. Long bitter finish with a meaty, savory component. Tannic and chalky. This beer is contrary to the other Struise offerings Iíve had. Not nearly as balanced, or interesting, as some of the others that Iíve had.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black with vaguely glimmering ruby highlights. Gorgeous custard-like khaki foam adorns the glass and deposits some lace. Strong scent of plastic predominates over lighter shades of taffylike yeast and muted raisin, nougat, milk chocolate, plums, and smoky molasses. Distant yet perceptibly grapey and medicinal beneath the massive sugars. Faintly bready and strongly alcoholic. Soft and snug carbonation. Gritty and sharp with an assertive lactic twang coupled with charcoal-tinged malt acidity and pervasive alcohol. Caramel flashes a dab of sweetness before being squelched by resounding bittersweet chocolate which fails to compensate for the lack of richness or depth by compounding the acidity and unripe fruity esters. Alcoholic heat also hampers the body. Curiously empty at the core with virtually nonexistent textures of malt softness or lurking bready heft which might otherwise help to neutralize the lactic twang and one-dimensional bittersweet chocolate onslaught. The flabbiness abounds with an odd mixture of plastic, paint, soy sauce, and red grapes. Quite coarse on the swallow due to the medicinal notes and foul plastic. Simplistic finish leaves much to be desired as itís relatively thin, irony, and semi-smoky with char. Iíve tried repeatedly to thoroughly enjoy this but itís missing some key components, specifically in depth and definition in the malt department. The nose is both oddly muted and, similarly to the flavor profile, tainted by the unmistakable presence of plastic. Very unrefined. Serviceable if uninspiring.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from brianj555. Thanks! Pours black with a creamy, lasting light tan head. Smell is metallic and buttery up front with some wine and chocolate like notes. Taste is cocoa at first with some tart cherry like fruitiness and some belgian yeast reminiscent of that in a quad and some vinuous notes and light chalky bitterness too. Body is medium to semi rich with soft carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden but it is warming. Not terribly impressed, but a solid beer, still.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pros: The appearance is perfect. Very Belgian, natural carbonation, long lasting foam. Iíve had 3 bottles of it so far and itís perfectly conditioned. Mouth feel is very thick & layered. Flavors are brilliantly unique, concentrated and complex.
Cons: The nose gives off a potent dark fruit and fudge-like scent, but is the weak point of the beer. Smells a bit out of balance.
Such a beauty. A beer to put away. It should evolve and improve for at least a decade.
smith4498 (3277) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with small brown head. Roasted malt aroma with lots of sugary sweetness. Lots of flavors going on. Roasted malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, mocha, coffee and some hop bitterness. Full body with mild carbonationand a creamy mouthfeel. It has a slightly dry finish. The 13% ABV is not noticeable at all.
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 33cl. Courtesy of bierkoning. Appearance: It pours a very dark beer with a beautiful noticeably tall nicely remaining full beige head. Fantastic lacework. Aroma: Fudge, chocolate, candy, wood, vanilla, molasses and plums appearing. Deeply inviting. Flavor and palate: Full bodied, complex and smooth. A lot of caramel, candy, vanilla, chocolate, wild strawberries, wood, coffee and plums showing up. Faintly acidic. Thick palate. Lemon, sage and walnuts emerging in the finish which is surprisingly dry. Overall impression: A great beer. Complex, smooth and remarkably pleasant. Thanks a lot bierkoning!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Alright, I think Iíve had bottles of this before courtesy of Andy & Tyler. Many thanks gents! In any event, I picked this one up at Heritage. A black viscous pour with middling brown head. Rich, dark roasted malts with just the faintest chocolate to balance on the aroma. Faintly sweet as well. On to the taste. Sweet & rich with a thick mouth feel. Dark pitted fruit with a faintly bitter dry character. The dryness really lingers, much to my enjoyment. Without a doubt the best stout Iíve ever head from Belgium.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Royal Stout? What the hell is that? Itís damn good, thatís what. Got my hands on this rarity thanks to Four Firkins. Expensive 11.2 oz. bottle catches your eye with itís great looking artwork. Pours black with creamy brown head. Smells heavy of molasses and sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily and silky-smooth, definately enjoyable. Taste is definate molasses and brown sugar. The 13% alcohol is not noticeable at all. Similar to Peche Mortal, but heavier and oilier. This is certainly a treat and one of my new favorites. Too bad itís so rare.