gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 Bottle, courtesy tpd975. Pours a black color, with a very thick tan head, with tons of creamy lacing. Aroma of creamy licorice, caramel, slight soy sauce. Some tea leaves, Belgian chocolate and distant smoke. Surprisingly subdued though. Flavors have Belgian chocolate, 9am coffee, honey, slight roasted malts, raisin, with a simple tart finish. Decent. Smooth as hell, with a medium-body, and very drinkable. The ABV is insanely hidden, would never think this was above 10%. All-in-all though, Iím fairly disappointed by the hype.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cL bottle, courtesy of tertons (and miketd). Thanks, guys!! Pours a very dark, murky chocolate-brown color; light tan head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of bitter chocolate, roasted / burnt malts, and some interesting yeastiness / nougat notes; very pleasant and chocolatey and soft, generous nose. Full, chewy mouthfeel: chocolate, oily roasted coffee, soft nougat / vanilla-tinged note; sweet yeastiness at the core; lasting roasted coffee note coating the palate; excellent, chewy, drinkable goodness. Very tasty, Belgian-slanted stout. Long finish: roasted coffee, complex yeast, and softly bitter chocolate.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously provided by tertons. Pours dark brown with a thin light brown ring. Smells of alcohol, dark fruit, nutty, some hints of bananas. Tastes of warming alcohol with a nice bitterness. Some nuttiness on the finish.
3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 draft, struise farm. Nose heavy with chocolate and roast, some heavily oily charred chocolate bars, with a light lactic cream note as well. Mouthfeel is semi-gritty, full and rich and oily and thick. Up front itís thick burnt toffee and burnt vanilla and dark chocolate and roast. Some lactic notes and thick, vinous, vanilla infused roast in the finish. Little to no alcohol apparency.
bierkonijn (26) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 Nop forget that old rating. Was it a bad bottle? a bad mood perhaps? Maybe not the best beer i ever had, very enjoyable at least.
deepsouth (23) - biloxi, Mississippi, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 this beer poured a jet black color with a little bit of light brown head that receeded pretty quickly.
the smell is out of this world. wonderfully complex. dark pitted fruits, chocolate & toffee.
the taste is consistant with the smell, albiet a bit sweeter than i expected or care for.
overall, this is a world class beer that is worthy of seeking out. itís pretty different from any imperial stout iíve ever had, perhaps worthy of a class of itís own. if you are expecting a RIS in the American style, then this is NOT The beer for you. while i can totally appreciate the craftsmanship of this brew, itís not near my favorite.
that said, this is probably the most overrated beer i have ever drank.
JoeinEscazķ (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like so many beers from Struise, this beauty is highly interesting, tasty and flat-out drinkable. Not to mention pretty. 33 cL bottle pours a thick black with sturdy brown head. Nose is fairly restrained for what comes later, with hints of espresso, chocolate, dark fruits, and dusting of hops. The espresso really comes out in the flavor, as do the dark fruits. The reasonable sweetness is perfectly checked by serious bitterness without being overwhelmed by it. Full body yet not too thick, lightly lively mouthfeel. Strength is totally hidden, which is a feat in itself. Despite everything going on in this beer, it is immediately tasty in a hedonistic way. You can ponder it or not, youíll probably like it either way.
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[1185-20080303] Tap. Licorice figgy roast malt aroma has strong fruit which is reminiscent of generic berryness, mixed with refreshing apples and strawberries. Black body with a long-lasting foamy dark tan red head. Fruity notes continue in flavour with strong roasted malt overtones and a lovely long aftertaste. Full body is initially somehow both smooth and tart at once. An incredible beverage, enjoyed even more at the end of the evening with some opera in the background -- adding to the allure and charm.
(@ Erasmus; Brugges, BE)
ygtbsm94 (12) - - JUN 10, 2008
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Iíve had the pleasure of tasting this brew during several different occasions from the tap and from the bottle and I must say this is by far one of the best Imperial Stouts brewed; bar none! First, I donít even know if this should be in the same class with other Imperial Stouts; it has its own distinctive style. The appearance of this brew has to be one of the darkest stouts I have ever seen. The head was so thick and velvety brown head that it looked like a shot of espressoÖsuperb! It had a magnificent scent of sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans and molasses along with roasted malt. The taste is just out of this world. Started off with a blitz of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts; followed by light vanilla hoppy presence and fruit flavors with a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel wasnít too thick along with soft carbonation keeping the brew from tasting too syrupy. The complexity of this brew is such that 13% ABV is totally absent until the glass is almost empty and then you begin to say Wow, this is one hell of a beer! For me this was like drinking a fine Port that I could have sipped all night. I canít say enough about the brews that are being produced at the Struise camp, but I do know that the rating of number one brewer in the world is without doubt; justified! This brew has taken Stouts to a whole new level!!!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught at Ebenezerís Pub in Lovell, Maine. Incredibly dark, opaque, with a moderate foamy brown head. The beer coats the glass with some deep, dark legs and leaves a touch of residue behind. Full and rich aroma with a good chocolate presence which was offset by dark fruits, floral hoppiness, light roastiness and coffee, and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is very complex and it all melded together wonderfully. The front end starts out with some serious chocolate, followed by some lighter roasted notes that give way to the very green, yet not very bitter, hops. The finish has some slight bitterness that was offset by some coffee. The body was full and very rich. It drank wonderfully though, and you would only have an inkling that this beer is as strong as it is. Decadent stuff. Thoroughlly enjoyable on all fronts. A big thank you to Chris and Jen at Ebenezerís for giving me the chance to have such an awesome treat