MrBeerFanatic (977) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 $19 bottle from belgium shop online. Saved for around 6 months. Pours a dark molasses with medium carbonation and a foamy head that fades slowly. Huge and very complex aromas that explode the nose with roasted malts paired with candied malts, big tobacco (like someone left a cig bud at the bottom of the bottle), dark cherry, chocolate, wood chips, toffee and some others that I can’t find because of the high complexities! Extensively powerful and complex are the flavors next to the aromas! Tobacco, chocolate, and plum upfront with some touches of dark cherry, fig, slight coffee, wood, and some candy like yeast. Leaves a strong smoky aftertaste. Theres a slight hint of sour mixed with the stronger bitterness and medium sweetness. You can just smell the authentic 100 percent belgian products and craft that went into this beer. The best imperial stout I’ve smelled. Alcohol only comes in the nose a little! Must, must, must be drank very slow and siping in long intervals to truly appreciate the wonderful complexities this has to offer otherwise the alcohol and smoke will cloy the other flavors. Fantastic!
craftbeersweden (544) - 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 (2174) - 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 (2845) - 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 (1369) - 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 (1620) - 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 (1317) - 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 (1883) - 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 (1950) - 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 (2552) - 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.
karpik (521) - 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.