EvilBuddha (69) - SLOVENIA - NOV 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2011 Update 02-12-2011.
330 ml bottle, lot A, BB date reads march 2015, into 180 ml baby Chimay chlaice. Pours well formed deep tan head with good retention atop of opaque, nearly black body. Swirls weave attractive lacings being broken into bands and patches sliding down the sides. Aroma is roasted malt that takes on strong chocolaty notes nicely balanced with coffee. A breeze of bourbon originating from the barrel aging adds to the complexity while alcohol produced by the beer-fermentation itself is nearly imperceptible despite the beer was consumed at the room temperature. The roasted malt flavor with strong chocolaty character melds perfectly with coffee and bourbon and there’s a faint fruity tartness of subdued plumy & raisiny esters. The palate is chocolaty-sweet while finish is relatively dry with slight astringency and lingering mild roastiness, light hoppy bitterness and warming alcohol. A thicker than medium body seems lighter than actually is, probably due to high level of effervescence that supports the body keeping it from overburdening the palate.
In short: A nicely mellowed chocolaty-coffeish imperial stout with a tinge of bourbon
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330cl bottle from a recent trade. missed belgium so much that i needed to pop a struise brew this evening.... pours a silky, semi-full, dark blackish pour with lighter shaded hues on the edges. head began fluffy, light tan in nature and slowly dissipated.... aroma was pretty roasty off the bat, almost smoky with a light tobacco influence. bittersweet chocolate follows shortly there afterwards, very quasi creme brulee-ish... flavors continued on a similar wavelengths with bursts, albeit a steady one, of coffee bean and some burnt roast with an underlying silky imperial stout feel to it. some coffee bean bitterness comes into play, but just barely, in the finish but it takes and keeps a sweeter profile throughout. carbonation is prickly to say the least adding too much liveliness in my eyes with an eventual dry finish. enjoyed this just a tad bit more than coffee club. the coffee takes over much of this beer and masking the JD influence although some of that fruity nature of the whisky is evident.
thornecb (4504) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Ale House. Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha head subsides to hug rim. Roasted chocolate and espresso aromas. Slightly sour belgian stout upfront turning hot and roasty in the lasting mocha finish. Nice burn at the end both clears and befuddles the head.
hopscotch (9380) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Dark brown ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Excellent retention. The aroma is heavy, heavy, heavy on the coffee with a lesser note of milk chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. Full-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and nearly-expired carbonation. Bittersweet, acrid, burnt coffee flavor. Astringent, mocha finish that winds up bone-fucking-dry. World class bottle of beer provided by darkguardian!
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A aggressive imperial stout with intense roastiness, coffee, booze and chocolate. Very good beer
How: Tap at Ebenezer, Lovell Maine
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose has a lot of roast and coffee. Taste is burnt chocolate chips cookies, a cup of black coffee and a slice of chocolate cake. Alcohol is not well hidden. Aged in barrels but I didn’t pick much barrels in this one, if any. I thought the beer was a bit too aggressive and their other coffee-intense Black Damnation (IV - Coffee Club) was a lot more drinkable. I enjoyed the beer very much nonetheless. Brutal and very effective, like a pick-up line that goes “Hi, my name is Dany, do you often come here? I have a gun, follow me”.
DruncanVeasey (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma, quite simply, ashtray spitooned with plum jam and Blackjacks. Syrupy and deep with the same underpinning sweet red apple/plum/blackberry character at heart as Black Albert, Cuvee Delphine and Black Damnation: recognisably stout-like and Belgian-yeasty, but blackened like tar with dissolved ash, burnt soap, liquorice, carbonised vegetables, fossil fuels, bottom of the coffee pot nuttiness. Some softening cocoa in the dregs. I can’t really detect any flavours from the barrel- maybe just a slight, iron-like tang; it’s all smoke, smoke, smoke like standing too close to a bonfire smoke. Just a big smoky stout with a soft fruity heart. Great if you like smoke in your beer, and fortunately I love it.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap @ The Alehouse .... Jet black pour , thin beige head , sticky thick lacing . Aroma is deep roasted malt , coffee and a touch herbal . Flavor is sweet toffee ,caramel ,mineral/salt , liqourice and dark roast coffee . Dry coffee finish ,slight alcohol burn .Full bodied ,smooth ,dark and delicious .
Jerre (2713) - Waregem, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from bottle 33 cl @ Karakterbeerfestival on sat. 30.10.2010.
Very black color, with beige to lightbrown head.
Aroma and taste: strong roasted malts, some coffee, bit dark chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol. Full body.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of peter and brian throught the struise yeast shop! thanks! pours a muddy opaque dark brown/black with a nice creamy dark brown head. the nose is huge coffee mostly, then a good bit of barrel and roast comes through. the taste is great, very complex, different barrel qualites, the fresh coffee, all adding many layers which deepen as it warms. the palate is super creamy, whipped almost. goes down very easily. a very viscous, complex and smooth brew. i bet this will be great with a year or two on it, though the coffe is nice and fresh now! also, bottle has the mocha label, not the handwritten 2.
neepsntatties (1233) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... can’t get much darker than this one! Nose... astringent coffee! Palate... yow! Sharp, strong coffee with curdled cream, plenty of high cocoa mass dark chocolate, oak, vanillin, shots of acrimony, jealous rage and insatiable lust!