Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to emacgee. poured black with a dark tan head, great lacing and legs. aroma at first reminded me of some catfish punch bait. once it warmed up a bit it had caramel malt, grains, dark roast, alcohol. very well balanced in the aroma. flavor was the same. had a nice full body with a slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. thanks ethan.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a motor oil black with copper head. Aroma ofdark roast and chocolate. Flavor of dark roast, chocolate, some hop, and alcohol. Mouth feel is heavy body, silky, low carbonation. Overall, a very good beer!
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from 11.2 oz bottle pitch black, forming huge light brown head of foam. Aroma of smoky alcohol, roasted malts, hops, coffee and darkened figs. The flavour was bitter chocolate, dark malt, dark coffee, subtle caramel, and finishes with a bitter flavor that may come from the chocolate or possibly hops or both. The palate is dry, medium-full bodied, sweet on the back end. Complex roasted Belgian stout. Makes me think this is Struise Pannepot with tons of black malts. Lovely beer. Bottle compliments of DrBayern (thanks Matt!!)
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is really nice. Lots of roasted alt, plenty of coffee, bitter malt notes, chocolate, and more fruit. Mouth is creamy, finish is also pretty smooth, with a little bitter as well. Overall, a very smooth and really drinkable imperial stout.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with BeerExchange. Pours black with a very large brown head that lasted just about to the end and left plenty of lace all the way down the glass. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and plums. The flavor is rich with chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, plums and candi sugar. A soft but long-lasting bitterness arises that is more akin to bitter chocolate than the hoppy grapefruit pith I’ve become accustomed to. The bitterness lingers for about thirty seconds beyond the swallow and then fades almost as it arose. Full bodied with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. No sign of the 13% abv. Very well done and quite enjoyable.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Publican, Chicago, January. This was an excellent pairing with the wonderful, peasant styled food of the restaurant. In many ways the beer reminds me more of an old ale than an imperial stout, with dried fruit and spice coming before hops and roasted malts. Sure there’s the coffee, the dark roast coffee, and the rich mouthfeel, but there’s plenty of prune, toffee, anise, and cardamom. Together its another superbly crafted beer from Struise.
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great stroy behind this rating. This thing is on the shelf at my store for $11. Not a chance in hell I’m dropping that on one bottle. Well yesterday my manager was "dusting" the shelf and accidently knocked off. The cap shot off and there was some spillage. Well the guy I work with ran over and picked it up to see how much was left. 1/2 a bottle awesome. Into the cold box it went. We split the left over among the 3 of us. Poured oily black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of licorice, coffee, chocolate, and fruit. Amazingly smooth for 13%. Lots of coffee with some chocolate, candy, and fruit finish. Pretty f’in complex.
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle, via GodOfThunder. Pours an inky black body with a large dark brown creamy head that faded to a thin film leaving lots of heavy lace. The nose is very heavy roast with lots of dark fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol vapors, and dark candi sugar. On first taste there’s heavy burnt caramel and roastiness with tons of dark fruits, caramel, coffee, and a bit of tar. The heavy sweetness is balanced a good bit of hops, but still the sweetness does come out as the main component. This is certainly a dessert type beer. Lingering burnt caramel, vanilla, and espresso like bitterness powers through the fleeting prominent alcohol flavor on the back end. The yeast really plays a big part in the flavor of this, despite the high residual sweetness, there’s so much yeast influence. Full bodied and thickly creamy with nice soft carbonation. I really quite liked this, but I’m glad it’s in just 11.2 oz servings, don’t think I could tale 25 ounces of something this thick and hearty.
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Pours a dark black, with dark tan frothy head. Lots of fruit in this one, plums, raisins, dark chocolate, licorice, cream, roasted malt, and some earthiness. It’s good, but I’m just really not in the mood right now for some reason. Thanks to tjthresh for the bottle!
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a huge creamy deep tan head that left tons of sticky lacing. Exactly how an Imp Stout should look, love it! Aroma of deep dark tart cherries, dark chocolate, hints of milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and some coffee notes. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, tart cherries, lingering dark chocolate notes, a bunch of nice coffee flavor with some hints of vanilla and oak. Getting some dark fruits in the flavor as well. Hops are there and are more on the floral side which compliment all those great dark and roasty notes.