illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Nashville BA tasting. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of fruity ale esters, chocolate, and a hint of roast. Medium bodied and on the thin side for an Imperial Stout. Flavor of chardonnay, mild roast, yeast, and chocolate. Very little bitterness. Different and definitely a twist on the style. Enjoyable, but not top 50 in my opinion.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first bottle of this beer was a bit disappointing. I expected a Russian Imperial Stout and was thrown a knuckle ball. Bottle two has me exploring the unique side flavors. Reminds me of a Hair of the Dog Adam in that it is like nothing else and has strong tastes of things that are not usually found in any beer or any food. The appearance is a beautiful tan topped blackness. Had a tough day at work, but I am suddenly serene.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Big fruity aroma, with some roastiness. Black body, thick light brown head. Flavor is smooth and rich, plenty of chocolate and ripe fruit. A bit too sweet. Smooth finish. Certainly tasty, but beyond that, Iím not quite as impressed as most of the raters seem to be with this brew.
thornecb (5273) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head pancakes and recedes leaving spot lacing to skim surface. Chocolate and coffee aromas. Smooth and creamy with soy upfront. Bitter roasted malt and tobacco finish with no indication of the abv at any point.
jake65 (3233) - Meridian, 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 (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, 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 (2582) - 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.