ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I’ve 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 don’t 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 espresso…superb! 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 wasn’t 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 can’t 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!!!
hackobock (1449) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spetember 24, 2014. Bottle. Pours black with a large dense brown, lasting, head. Aroma is chocolate, light fruity (cherries), dried fruits, dark sugars. Taste is sweet chocolate, fruity, light roasted bitterness. Finish is very light fruity tartness, light bitter and medium sweet dried and dark fruits. Smooth oily texture, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.
Vells (714) - Riga, LATVIA - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense roasted malts, lovely dark choco kick, coffee, same time pleasant fruitiness walks side by side with qualities of roastiness and dark characteristics, noticeable hop presence, dried fruits, candy sugar
Moderate to heavy sweet with long bittersweet pleasantly warming finish. Smooth. Feels full bodied. Awesomly well balanced, intense and highly enjoyable.
Melnis (185) - LATVIA - OCT 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Raspberry in tin can, sour alcohol- very interesting, brings out raisin and bourbon notes.Taste- sweet, intense, viscose, raspberry but could have more "dark"’ish imp stout taste
Lilja (1685) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fat på Bishop Arms Gustav Malmö. Smak och doft av mörk choklad, kaffebönor, torkad frukt som plommon och russin, körsbär, karamell, brunt socker, trä, rostade toner med aningar av vanilj och laktris. Fruktig, sträv, rund och len med fin bitterchokladbeska. Alkoholen väl dold, välbalanserad och komplex. Fantastiskt gott.
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle poured in a chalice
A: Pours a beautiful deep dark color. Opaque. The head is very small, bubbled and beige. practically no lacings left
S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. A bit fruity. Belgian yeasts
T: Strong on roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Belgian yeasts. Quite bitter
M: Heavy body. Low carbonation. High ABV. Roasted bitter end
O: Simply excellent
[ BA Review @ 10/7/2011 ]
Experiment_Ale (1033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At my place with Jacob and Matt and the girls. Pours lack with layer of light bubbles. Aroma is yeasty, roast. Taste is overpowering yeast.
slowrunner77 (5968) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"black as night pour with a dense thick chocolate head. complex malted chocolate, roasted grain, candy aroma. thick smooth body - hides the 13% dangerousy well. a little more bitterness in the flavor, dark fruits, chocolate, hint of molasses. a very good beer falling just short of blow your socks off status."
dfearnley (1032) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Oil, brown sugar, caramel, molasses...a whole lotta sweetness. Pours an amberish brown with no head. Caramel, mocha, some coffee, and red wine.
CraftBeerNick (920) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, 3rd October 14. It is very Black! The aroma is sweet, syrup, booze and chocolate. Taste is very sweet, berries and chocolate come through. Body is thick. This is a good beer, slightly too sweet for my palate, but still delicious
Ferris (4487) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2008 - Molasses, loco rice, roasted malts and soy sauce. Jet black with a decent brown head. Soy sauce, booze, dark fruit, port, big roast malts and a long sweet bitter finish. Nice and strong with all the age.