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!!!
Mark_Eck (1746) - - JUL 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are lots of dark fruits, licorice, and chocolate.
craftbeersweden (549) - SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours black with a two finger high, beige-brown creamy head that leaves thick lacing on these glass.
Nose: Sweet caramel, raisin, prune, orange, roasted malt, light smell of coffee, chocolate and licorice.
Taste: Brown sugar, molasses, chocolate nibs, cocoa, caramel, raisin, oak, toffee, red berries and burned sugar.
This beer has such a complex and rich taste!
Mouth: Full body. Smooth and tasty. Oily texture. Medium carbonation.
Wow! De Struise Brouwers had once again made me fall in love!
willisread (2210) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Big, dark cacao nib and plum notes with brown sugar and light coffee coming out as it warms. Cakey on the palate with sweet dark fruit and roasty cacao nib notes. Finish is a tad boozy, but all the flavors meld together really well. Solid stuff.
Vighals (2924) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Svart med fingerhøyt lys brunt kaffeskum. Lukter lakris, kakao, espresso, mørk sjokolade alt jeg forventer av en imp stout. Noe vingummi solbær, gidder ikke drikke opp denne, bare sitte å lukte. Fyldig. Søt, svisker, tørket frukt, salt lakris kaffe. Søt start, med bittersalt avsluttning.
StilleStorm (1407) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
DWF; Bottle 330 ml, drunk at Cardinal. Pours moderate, black with creamy, lacing and lasting tan head. Nose is heavy, roasted malt, chocolate, coffe, moderate dark berries, dried fruit, vanilla and light ash. Taste is heavy sweet and bitter with lasting chocolate warming finish. Body is full, texture is silk, carbonation soft. Big, heavy stuff.. Wow..
Foffern (1623) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Three year old bottle. The colour is pitch black and a very small light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose, oak, coffee, black currants and dried fruit. The flavour explodes in coffee beans, BBQ-sauce caramel, dark chocolate, ash and licorice. Has a silky and soft mouth feel, full-bodied and a balanced bitterness. A rich and roasted ale. Nice and heavy.
Mjp12 (1361) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From an aged bottle, it pours a super dark, thick black, with a thining tan head. The aroma is sweet dark fruits, with a coffee background . The mouthfeel is very creamy, with a chocolate influenc. Some cherry on the finish.
zgaier (1884) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is sweet, of dark fruits, vanilla, mocha, chocolate, liquorice, and warming alcohol notes into the finish. Great stout
jjgmd (1960) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
With Z, pours a pitch black pour with a mocha head. Nose is dark fruits, malt with mild black licorice . Taste is sweet dark fruits, alcohol subdued despite the ABV, with a nice confluence of malt and hops . Finishes on the same dark tasting notes with a moderately long finish. A nice sipper ! Quaff Score 7 /10
Jorn69 (2585) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Hotel Mirabeau, Brussels 20160507. Bottle from Délices & Caprices. Roasted malty with dried fruits and chocolate, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is roasted with dried fruits and alcoholic notes.