Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle thankd to jeffo.
Appearance : Deep black with a creamy brown head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Peaty and roasted malt. Sweet with nice chocolate and coffee notes. Light nail polish. Interesting peat.
Taste : Peaty and roasted malt. A bit acidic. Great roasted malty and chocolate on the finish. Intense and long finish.
Overall : Not such a big fan of this series so far. Sure its tasty but it seems that it lack the balance and elegance that is normaly present in the regular De Struise lineup. This one is very complex and has an interesting profile but it lacks something.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 33 cL bottle from the Struise Yeast Shop. The appearance is a thick almost sludge delicious black mess. A huge froth brown head. The aromas are full of coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder, whiskey, almost a funky scent. The entry on the tongue is full of rich dark roasted malts, dark chocolate mouse and truffles, wet coffee grinds. The whiskey really drives into the palate after a few sips and begins to dominate. It almost pulls away from the beer. A bit of a sour note in there as well. The mouth is full bodied and fairly hot. It is really thick on the tongue with a thinner finish where the alcohol burn is. Too hot right now but wow a whisky lover’s beer that has some really complex underlying flavors that I can’t wait to get to with age.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a muddy black with a lively and short lived head. light whiskey aroma on top. some roast and smokey notes are most prominent on the base beer, glad this did not stay in the barrel any longer.
neepsntatties (1207) - 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... certainly as dark as the BD II! Nose... aye! There’s musty phenols lurking about with this one! Palate... phenolic up front with arabica coffee, Bourneville dark chocolate, black pudding, anise, iodine and bonfire smoke wafting across the briny beach at Port Askaig. A warming "dram"!
boFNjackson (4131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared at a BA/RB tasting [huge thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sending this bottle our way]... Poured dark brown, near black with a thin brown head. Peaty nose here. Lots of smoked tones, hints of coffee crept in with sweet, mocha/cocoa and big whiskey/scotch tone.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Iodine aplenty tends to dominate this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout’s soft fullness where chocolate, molasses and licorice dwell.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A generous head of foam to crown the blackness.
-Fruity connotations emanate from the whisky barrel and yeast.
-Roasted coffee bean edges can be tasted.
-The iodine provided by the peat is too much for my liking; its salty suggestions and inky, chemical protrusions mar the aroma.
-The body is as well conceived as any other Struise brew.
Bottle. Thx Fred!
kbutler1 (1351) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured into the classic Darkness tulip glass. Pours a really dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Pretty carbonated. Holy barrels Batman! This thing is just loaded with the whiskey barrel aroma, so much so, that it almost wipes out all other smells. Some tobacco and leather makes its way know in the nose as well. Earthy/woody as well. Sweeter than I thought it would be to start which then transitions to a leather and bitter aftertaste. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Some coffee notes as well. The booze definitely makes itself known as it warms slightly. Dark fruit notes as well in almost a cloying way. It’s a sipper for sure and not the best really at that.
peteinSD (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick and creamy burnt expresso-hued head. Viscous appearance in the glass. Aroma is relatively smooth with decadent chocolate, smooth malt, and a light whisky influence. Taste deviates from the aroma with rich, bitter chocloate and a very strong whiskey dryness. Some dry coffee and perhaps expresso in the taste as well. Very smooth and silky in the mouth. The transition from the chocolate IRS to the dry whiskey works extremely well. Amazing beer.
Nickls (1829) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Half-finger of darker tan head; mahogany brown hue that is very dense. Wood and booze at first in the aroma, roasted malt and liquor-like aromas that follow with some rich dark fruit and maltiness. Lots of roastiness and dry woody qualities, very nice on the plate. Chocolate comes in quite well, but the rich dark, sweet fruit dominates. Rich body with medium carbonation. Dryish finish. Nice.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of MarioRubio. Thanks, dude! Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color, minimal light coming through; creamy, fine-bubbled medium-tan head with good retention and lacing. Significant amounts of ash, milk and dark chocolate, and dry roasted malts in the aroma, though slightly hollow at the core; modestly dry, with a light Islay peatiness. Medium-full body; moderate carbonation; minimal amount of overt alcohol coming through here; lots of cola, milk and dark chocolate, and light amounts of ash and dark roasted malts; reasonable imperial stout, but a touch ashy and light at the core; slightly clumsy carbonation. Lengthy finish of ash, dark roasted malt and dark chocolate; nicely dry.