redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich rum and raison aromas, plums, dried figs. Pours black with a thin tan head. Some smoke in the flavor, rich dark malts, burnt coffee, some molasses and rum like flavors, smooth chocolatey aftertaste. Excellent beer.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Sparky27!! Thanks! Pours pitch black with a thick dark tan head. Has little aroma for the style. What I do smell is dark roasted malts. But its very subtle. Has a heavy mouthfeel. When I swallow this its so heavy I have to push it down. I get a sharp alcohol taste just after it goes down, then I taste 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. This is a complex brew that I am grateful to have tried. Thanks Eric!!
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours opaque and completely black. A giant, staying, creamy, cappucino-brown head. Great duration. Aroma is a bit underwhelming for a 13 % beer. Roasted tones, some soft plums and a touch of dark Guetamala coffee. Medium carbonation, but only a mild creaminess. But when aroma and mouthfeel was a bit of a let-down, the flavour is stunningly complex. Let tartness at first, some liquorice giving game. Lots of hard roasted malts and a truly wonderful, lingering aftertaste. Soft viniousity and dark, dry, chocolate. There is hops - a lot of hops - in here, but it never does anything but balance out the wonderful flavour. In a few years, the aroma might have settled, and this will be a world-class beer - now it is just behind the best.
Sammy (8405) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you for sending Absumaster. Absolutely black, with a bit of creamy head, it looks rich and thick. Aroma of maltiness and a little coffee roast. The flavour is chocolate,roast, malt, a little coffee, mid-sip bitterness. The real feature of this beer is its balance. Its not too sweet, not too chocolate. Just eminently drinkable. A fine RIS.
Gusgus (232) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ratebeer #100. Bottle, thanks marsiblursi! Pours pitch black with large, café latte colored creamy head. Very vinous aroma with red fruits, some yeast and acrid sourness from the black grains. Very soft mouthfeel with slight sweetnes and a hint of sourness. Vinous with long chocolatey aftertaste. Earthy bitterness in the finis with a strange vegetal bitternes, like radish.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Chris at Ebenezer’s for sharing this one. Poured deep black in color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and some spices . Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, figs and a very mild alcohol warming. Very complex and very nice. I understand there are 2 versions of this around. I also understand that the version I’m rating is the better one.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by masonjer. Poured black with a decent sized (for an imperial stout) chocolate brown head. Aroma was surprisingly fruity - dark cherries supported by roasted malt. Overall flavor is definitely closer to a quad than an impy, save the dark roast backbone. Loads of dark fruit and a distinct vinous character. Alcohol presence is subtle. Lots of carbonation and a lighter than anticipated mouthfeel. Despite the difficulties with classifying its style, it’s definitely a remarkable beer.
diabel (1606) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Deep black, clear body. Frothy brown head. Spare lace. Aroma of deep strong malts, cherry, white wine, apples, pear sirupe, smoke, ... Perfectly balanced aroma with an ok complexity. The aroma is not very complex, but the partial lack of complexity is made up by the balance. The aroma is not at all one dimensional on the malts as one would expect from an imperial stout. The flavour is moderately bitter, moderately sweet mainly of strong malts (but not overwhelming, the malts are more pronounced in the aroma and even in the aroma it is not that much for a stout). Quite fully bodied with a lot of carbonation. Good balance, but as the aroma, the flavour is not that complex. In the aroma the balance could make up for the lack of complexity, but in the flavour it doesn’t succeed fully, but certainly well enough. This is definitely a good stout, but maybe more like a quad since the malts are not dominating. A superb addition to the Belgian beer scene, let’s hope we can keep on getting this in Belgium.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured opaque black from the bottle. Nose is belgian yeast and fruit and a hint of roast. Taste is distant roast again, plum, raisin, wine character, with a nice round and balanced flavor. Didn’t taste hardly any alcohol. More belgian quad then stout to me. Kind of thin, but a really enjoyable flavor.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 14 [imported by Shelton]-11.2 oz bottle-pours a foamy light brown head with trailing lace and black color. Aroma is dark fruit-plum/raisin, tart/sour, yeast, dark malt-ash. Taste is dark fruit-plum/raisin jumps out, then tart/sour, wood/smoky, dark malt-ash, yeast, slight hops. Complex, while not my style-enjoyable. Great drinkability, alcohol not overpowering. Full body. Thanks JWC215 for sharing.