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!!!
Aaron68 (542) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml on tap @ "Cafe Sara", Oslo.July 05, 2014.
Beer from a tulip glass.
Black in color with a beige brown head.Medium carbonation.Oily look.
Aroma is espresso,roasted malt,dark sugar,dark chocolate,some spices and vanilla.
Tastes sweet,roasted malt and has a warming alcohol feeling.
A really nice and well balanced Imperial Stout.
To be re-tasted when possible.
666ale (49) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
The black damnation is ways better! Black beer, good aroma, but taste is alchoolic and a bit flat, not so complex as thought. Just okay!
vincentvega72 (59) - - JUL 6, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Donkerzwart bier met cremekleurige schuimkraag. Als je het bier uitgiet zie je al dat dit geen gewoon bier is. Heel dik, stroperig van structuur. Heel mooi aroma en smaken van gebrande koffiebonen, chocolade, rozijnen, toffee. Heel smaakvol in de mond met heerlijke afdronk. Zeer goed uitgebalanceerd bier. Ondanks de 13 % heeft de alcohol nooit de bovenhand, deze zit zeer goed weggestopt. Puur vakmanschap van de Struise Brouwers.
daje (2033) - NORWAY - JUL 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Cafe Sara, june 27th 2014. All black body with a thick creamy brown head. Aroma of dark berries, roast, raisins and spices. Taste is fruity yet dry roasted, dark chocolate, raisins, and a sense of vanilla towards the finish. Lovely mocca and cocoa aftertaste, rich body, great balance here. An excellent beer!
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Cafe Sara. Pours black, aroma of coffee, chocolate, liquorice, taste is smooth chocolate, rich, boozy, liquorice.
DocJitsu (826) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a beautiful, long-lasting dark espresso foam head. Big rich cherry nose. Somewhat coating mouthfeel with a mild carbonation burn. Notes of coffee and underlie the cherry forward flavor. Very tasty.
ruigo (1005) - PORTUGAL - JUN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
15cl on tap at the brewery. Pours a really dark brown with a nice pale brown colour head. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, roasted, hoppy, grassy and floral. Soft carbonation and medium to full body. Taste is medium bitter and light to medium sweet. Overall... how can I leave without drinking another?
tmzl (82) - SLOVENIA - MAY 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
29/11 2012 bottle.
Look: Very dark, syrupy pour with average sized, very thick, solid, dark mocha head. Slow, consistent and very pretty retention, mostly diminishes, the thin layer still leaves fair amount of fine lacing. Colour is dark, dark brown.
Smell: Intense burst out of the bottle. Raisins, dry plums with medium fat sweetness, mostly milk chocolate, burned caramel and roast. Touch of sour (dark fruit notes) and a very light alcohol feel in the nose - combined they break the fatness. Fat, rich but in good harmony.
Taste: Surprisingly pleasant, fruity (dry fruits - raisins, dry apricots) start. Smooth, medium sweetness develops into a rich, strong medium-heavy but still smooth sweet middle, mostly chocolate driven with strong, fat caramel. Light sour still present, not so dark fruity, more notes come from different dry fruits - sour dry cranberries come to mind. Sourness with a very light, subtle alcohol spike refreshes the whole thing. The end is medium-heavy mostly coffee, roast bitterness with a solid light hop character (noble). The after-taste is mostly roast with some very light noble hop and light chocolate sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Full, heavy body, very creamy, smooth. Light alcohol to detect, it is very well incorporated, breaks the solid, fat sweetness.
Overall: One of the best in the style for me. If you can get your hand on it, do so. Rich, smooth, fat and fun, all that it wants to be and more.
Beerhunter111 (6776) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, reife Früchte, Kaffee, alkoholisch, genauso ist auch der Geschmack.
freretoc (565) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bu en bouteille de 33cl batch "0" couleur brune intense mousse avec une couleur caramel, attaque sur le grillée assez intense et puis une attaque qui suit sur le café une tuerie absolue !