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!!!
karpik (421) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 4, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big chocolate punch to the nose followed by coffee, liquorice and some alcohol. Pours pitch black with tan head, oily texture, full body. Taste is medium sweet with chocolate, coffee, cherries and roasty notes. Finish is medium bitter. Alcohol is covered very well. Overall amazing stuff.
thepatrickman (557) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in London. A deceptive beast of a big beer -- the 13% ABV is so well hidden that I thought it was 9% until the next morning. There’s a lot of chocolate up-front, but the complexity comes after that when there’s a surprising mix of stone fruits and toffee. Quite a tasty, complex stout and it reminded me a lot of Kate the Great.
ZombieDuster (11) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is a big beer. 11.2'ounce bottle. Reminds me of 3F Dark Lord. Just tons going on and plenty to discover. Delicious
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
guzgorog (625) - FRANCE - APR 27, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2015. Robe noire profonde et opaque, fine mousse brune. Nez de fruits noirs macérés , réglisse, caramel, chocolat, gâteau. La bouche est encore plus complexe : en attaque, on retrouve des notes de gâteau : caramel, sucre candy, biscuit, ensuite viennent des notes fruitées (cerise griotte, pruneau) et pour finir des notes torréfiées de café et de chocolat. La longueur est interminable, la bière tapisse la bouche pendant très longtemps, l’amertume est importante mais est superbement balancée par l’alcool et le sucre, le corps est dense et liquoreux. Une bière incroyable, un vrai régal !
MelvinKalksma (639) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast dried fruit, liquorice, chocolate and roasted malts.
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium dark brown head.
Medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, dried fruit, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts.
Beardbeerman (303) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Marc, thanks buddy. Pours an almost opaque black topped by a 3-finger high coarse and creamy chesnut head. Retenteion and lacing properties are both pretty good. The nose is bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malts, serious earthy hops and alcohol. The taste is similar, but the bitterness is a bit subtle. Roasted malts are upfront with hints of dark chocolate. Not too sweet. Alcohol is present and gives it a liquorish facet, almost like a digestive spirit. Earthy hops come through very well and pair with the alcohol also very well. Full-bodied with a subtle bitter finish. I enjoyed it. Cheers!
oldrtybastrd (4430) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big black beer. Nice aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, and smoke/tobacco? Doesn’t seem like 13% alcohol. Big flavor chocolate/espresso with a nice bite.
Kr1zz (307) - BELGIUM - APR 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bought at Willems en Zoon Grobbendonk.
Black as hell with a medium dark beige/brown head.Full body.
Nose: coffee notes, caramel, liquor, vanilla, roasted malts...
Taste: some coffee notes, butterscotch, vanilla, plum, roasted malts, dried fruits, liquorice. Some alcoholic warmth in the end with a low bitterness.
Concealer (1094) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown on the pour to a thick black. Brown head that lasts in a thin ring and laces some. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, plum, raisin, caramel, light coffee, vanilla and licorice. Flavor is the same, complex, roasty and sweet. Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry end.
davidm (2037) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 26, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So rich, and still so easy to drink. Sweet with good balance, very long taste. Perfect for me.