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 thereís the coffee, the dark roast coffee, and the rich mouthfeel, but thereís 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 Iím 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 fíin complex.
kramer (5770) - 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 thereís 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, thereís so much yeast influence. Full bodied and thickly creamy with nice soft carbonation. I really quite liked this, but Iím glad itís in just 11.2 oz servings, donít think I could tale 25 ounces of something this thick and hearty.
JohnnyJ (5354) - 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. Itís good, but Iím 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.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle from Market of Choice. Poured out black as ink with a hefty tan colored head. Aroma was very nice, thick chocolate malt balls with earthy hops, and some dark fruit. Flavor is Chocolate, fig, plum, raisin, and very light coffee and hops. Extremely smooth drinking, not as thick as I hoped for. An interesting brew to be sure, very overpriced though unfortunately.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle purchased a while ago at Roziís. Havenít seen them there in a month or so. Aroma is rich and fruity, lots of raisiny, fig dark fruit notes. The rich imperial stout scent of chocolate mallt and hops mingle with this rich fruity scent in such a wonderful way. The flavor of this is out of this world. It is fruity and rich. This doesnít hold to the imperial stout mold where the stout characteristics are blown to extreme proportions. No, this is like a crazy beer hybrid. Like some fruity English Barley wine that got in on with a good strong stout. As this warms up the fruity flavors jive so well with some coffee and hops flavor. Paint me impressed. Might not be so impressed with the price tag, but worth it to have it once.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of roasted malts and creamy tastes. I guess I wanted this one to be a bit more harsh, but thats just how I like my ISs. There was lots of chocolate in this one, and the chocolate was very creamy at that. Lots of bitterness and some sweetness, thats the 13% coming through. Nice one, but not what I expected.
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, rich brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is strong of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, cream, and coffee. Notes of dark fruits vanilla come out as the beer warms and the head fades. The coffee comes out in the flavor and is pretty intense. As it goes down, I was left with a smokey coffee flavor with a little bit of licorice standing out. The finish is dry and sweet. An excellent beer. Thanks to Bigmmartin for letting me know where to find it.
Bov (11737) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 8, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of Greg Gaughan - pitch black coloured with a huge dark beige foam; powerful aroma of licorice, chocolate truffles and milk coffee; notes of marzipan develop while the beer gets warmer; dusty and fairly roasted; very thick and oily, robust malt body, creamy mouthfeel and with a fair bitterness; solid sweetness in the background; very long chocolatey finish with notes of prune, licorice and marzipan again - a beautiful, robust and quite complex beer