BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewed in Belgium. Pours a very dark brown-black color with a med-creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate coffee dark malts and a hint of alcohol. Taste is of rich chocolate molasses dark fruits hops and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy and think but not to heavy. There is a nice robust texture to this imperial that goes down very smooth. You dont even realize that there is 13% alcohol in this brew.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belgium. Thanks Chuck. Deep dark brown copper in color with a medium off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Roasty malty spicy aroma. Caramel dark fruity notes. Spicy caramel malty hoppy flavor. Roasty Chocolatety coffee vanilla notes. Full bodied. Finish is malty. Very drinkable. Nice.
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown liquid with a diminished head of chocolate colored bubbles. Nothing extraordinary about the looks. Roasted malt and spices in the scent. Aromas of coffee, cinnamon, prunes, dates, bourbon vanilla, and dark chocolate. Nice complex aroma. Lightly oily feel. Just a little zip from the alcohol and effervescence. Once again I am confronted by licorice, a long time foe. Licorice, grass and grains all mingle about in a dark malt stew. Some chocolate and fruit rise up briefly here and there. Still I am left with a very grainy linger. and a quite warm stomach - you tell the alcohol is there when tasting, but not a fault or too much in the taste. Some acidic black malt also found in the finish. For me just another strong stout that others seems to go agog about.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Molasses pour, with an inch of a dense tan head that never fully dissipates. Aroma muted, some raisins, not a lot else. Much fuller in the flavor, big roast profile, raisins, milk chocolate, turning darker in the finish, smoky elements waft through the mouth long after the swallow. As it warms, becomes more hoppy, coniferous, chocolate develops more complexity. Thick and smooth like no other beer I had. Would rate 6 on the palate if I could.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark but not completely opaque with a thin head. Smells of dark fruit, molasses, maybe maple or hazelnut. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy but not that thick. Does linger for a while. Flavor is roasted malt and dark fruit; maybe a little spice of some sort. ABV is amazingly well hidden. Very smooth. I prefer stronger coffee and cocoa in RIS but this is definitely interesting.
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2010 Bottle at the European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. Black as can be, with a tan head. Licorice, roasted malt, alcohol, coffee and chocolate on the nose. Sweet in the mouth, full-bodied and almost sticky. Nice alcohol warmth as well. Chocolate, coffee, some licorice and even more sweetness. The finish is of the lasting kind, with alcohol, sugar, chocolate and coffee. Not an easy to drink beer, but wonderful. Rating: 8-4-8-5-17-4.2. 080912
Bottle. It’s a pitch black beer topped by a finger-thick creamy beige head. It tried to escape the bottle on its own. Coffee, dark chocolate and a subtle berry-like sourness in the aroma. Cocoa, dark dried fruits and some caramel too. Quite dry on the palate, full-bodied and faintly warming. The flavor has dried fruits and fresh berries, cocoa, coffee and roasted malts. Lasting burnt finish with the flavors found initially and some alcohol warmth. A really pleasant one, layers and layers of flavors. Yummy. 101208
KnutAlbert (6440) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken.
Bitter Belgian chocolate, coffee, charcoal.
Some fruit - plums, raisins. Port-like tones.
Sourness lingering underneath without coming all the way to the surface.
Dry cocoa finish, a little pepper.
Enormously complex, for sipping on a dark night with a good book.
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from hopduvel in Gent, it is a very dark beer with heavy taste, its almost impossible to taste a beer objective short after drinking a black albert.
heavy (2349) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
30/10 0.33 l bottle courtesy of Doggythedog, huge thanks for sharing! My Belgian beer #100, and finally, my first Imperial Stout! It poured very dark brown, almost black body with big brown head. Very pleasant aroma of sweet caramel, some sourish berries, a hint of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is lightly sweet with coffee dominating here. A bit of wood as well with, for sure dry fruits, some other spices, all mixed in its full body. That coffee is hiding its alcohol very well, so almost it’s not felt, which, at 13% is a great thing. Long, more dry than sweet fruity and caramel finish. What to say about the style I was so eager to try...it wasn’t so different than ordinary stout, just like complex and very good one...imperial! Although it’s interesting and great brew, my taste still prefers a good, stronger Belgian ale.
douglas88 (7797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle with a big thanks to presario. Best by April 2013. Pours out a dark black color with a large, creamy light brown head and lots of sticky lacing. A nice aroma of rich roasted malts, sweet chocolates and milk coffee, sweeter sugars and the all powerful Belgian yeast. The aroma suggests a Belgian Strong Ale, but mixed with darker roasted notes. The taste is very nice; initially full of roasted, almost sour flavors, some sweet burnt toffee and caramel. Roasted coffee beans contribute to this near-sourness. Later, this beer gets much sweeter; sweet milky flavors, bittersweet chocolates, cocoa, a very nice, though not huge dark fruitiness. Very drinkable and a silky smooth body. The yeast really stands out, and for me, this really shows the core of a good Belgian beer, and how flexible it can be. A hybrid for sure, and an excellent on at that. Great.