GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 330 mL into snifter. Pours nearly pitch black but more like a deep ruby with a one-finger dark brown head with good retention and okay lacing. Head settles down eventually to a nice thin layer. Aroma is very strange: sort of like raspberry tart, black cherries, oak, with apple cider vinegar or something (almost chemical). I would agree that there is some sort of band-aid smell. Taste is not really that insane for 13% and 100 IBUs. Tastes like an imperial porter in my opinion. There’s some bittersweet chocolate, mocha, hints of soy sauce, black pepper. No warming or spicy alcohol. Finish is beautifully balanced with some floral hops. Very neutral, creamy finish. Medium-bodied overall.
GRM (3674) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown bottle, 11.2 ounces, lot: A4BB, via Importations Privées Bièropholie savoured on March 24 2009; eye: black, opaque, voluminous coffee head (3 fingers of beer for 6 fingers of head) that turns into a thick creamy sheet, lots of lacing; nose: candied fruits, molasses, liquorice, roasted malt, light alcohol, resinous hops, slight fruity; mouth: candied fruits, molasses, liquorice, roasted malt, alcohol, pepper, light fruity, light soy sauce, finale in candied fruits with a good presence of molasses and a nice hops appearance, lightly bitter and sweet, slightly viscous, full body, below-average carbonation, slight acridness; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 11,2 onces, lot : A4BB, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 24 mars 2009; œil : noire, opaque, mousse café abondante (3 doigts de bières pour 6 doigts de mousse) qui se transforme en une épaisse couverture crémeuse, beaucoup de dentelle; nez : fruits confits, mélasse, réglisse, malt rôti, léger alcool, houblon résineux, très léger fruité; bouche : fruits confits, mélasse, réglisse, malt rôti, alcool, poivre, léger fruité, léger sauce soya, finale en fruits confits avec une bonne présence de mélasse incluant une belle arrivée de houblon, légèrement amère et sucrée, texture légèrement visqueuse, corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, très légère âcreté; en résumé : très bonne
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I have to say right away that I was not super impressed. I was expecting something better. This was a good beer no doubt, but I didn’t get the 100 ibu’s like it says on the bottle.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sticky sweet and very tastey. Rich body and super dark. Nice sweet aroma with some fruit. Taste is sweet caramel and honey and alcohol is hidden well.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle pours black with a tan creamy head that fades to a ring. The nose is fairly light at first but as it warms fruity alcohol, yeast, and chocolate. Salty soy sour fruit roasty and chocolate flavors. As it warms the roastiness comes forward to balance out the off putting notes. The chocolate is rich and creamy but the sour fruit notes are extremely distracting.. Finishes dry. Disappointing beer.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012 Re-rate. Bottle is a couple years old, I think. Black with a huge tan Belgian head. Nose is full of molasses, burnt sugar, deep cocoa. Some estery fruitiness, sherry-like oxidation. Dark fruit as well. Booze and vanilla persist. Faint cherry as well. On tasting, very caramelly with a big bitter chocolate profile. Molasses and a hit of burnt sugar and black malt roast. A fruitiness comes through as well. Some tart cherry is present as well. Biggest thing is the bitter chocolate. No hops noted. Plenty of fruit though. Better than last time but still leaves something out. 8-4-8-4-16.
Bottle from Armanetti’s on Lincoln. Pours a dark brown that fades a bit to black in the middle. A touch muddy looking and larger bubbles form a brown head. Nose is pretty obvious Struise at first, Belgian and fruity. Then it starts to fade to another place, with sweet licorice, treacle and fermented honey. Distinct alcohol notes in the nose as well. Light fruit notes as well. Taste is different from any other IS I’ve had. Sweet, a touch of skunk, alcohol. Quite bitter. Some roasty notes come through, along with some acidity. It’s decent enough, but I was expecting more depth. I’m not sure how much I agree with the Belgian aspects of this one, they seem to have the opposite of the intended affect by muting a lot of the great aspects of IS. It’s definitely an interesting beer, but far from transcendental, imo. Nice enough. 7-3-7-4-16
markwise (5145) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with BrewCzar. Pours black with dark tan head and particulates. Nose i molasses, dark chocolate, earth, whiskey, ripe dark fruit, some band-aid, yeast, and some coffee: complexity galore. I had to sit with it for a while to get to know it. Flavor is earthy- lots of dark malt, ripe dark fruit, plum, a hint of bitter and smoke reveal themselves around the finish. Spice, cola, and anise all emerge at different times. Enjoyable and complex like getting reacquainted with an old friend. Yellow lace galore.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Interesting aroma, roasted malt, dark sugar, chocolate, and interesting yeast. Good flavor, just a little bitter. 13% ABV is well hidden. Very sweet.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cL Bottle. Ultimately quiet, soft, supple nose that runs in line with generic malt, belgian yeast starter, and some Mr. Clean floor cleaner. Coffee and generic rubbery/pine character that’s either cleaner or belgian yeast. Weird aroma. Not entirely sure I’m digging it. Pours vibrant black, with an intense cocoa powder-colored head, super lacy and thick. Slowly fading. Wow. The flavors just don’t develop. Thin, watery and washed out. A dead, slacking yeast-smacking flavor, heavy with some generic belgian yeast, and bread and toast forward roast character, a good chunk of caramel and some soft chewy sugar. Meh. This just isn’t very exciting. Wet. The belgian character is fine and some of the roast and sugars are okay, but the body is flabby and the alcohol subdued. The lingering character is sticky and lingers in a slightly metallic, lightly bitter manner. This is overrated.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from batch 14: Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Dark fruits rule the nose with notes of roasted malts, candy sugar and loads of belgian yeast character. Heavy carbonation with a full body. Flavor is dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate and some sweet bread dough. Great, world class brew.