sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample, thanks Carlo
Brune foncée, col crémeux, café au lait.
Arôme présente un beau bouquet malté, café, caramel, note de grains et léger houblonnage avec une effluve certaine de café, sans pour cela me laissé découvrir le profil du chêne.
Palais de malt grillé, café avec un ajout léger rappelant le porto et ici le mûrissage en barrique se fait plus présent. Garde cependant un profil très belge avec ce côté de Irish moss et une fine amertume en arrière bouche. Reste sec avec une carb moyenne se terminant sur un côté porto-fruit rouge moyen, léger caramel et pointe sucrée.
gunnar (7516) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Pours dark brown with a huge frothy tanned head. Aroma of light roasted malts and coffee. Taste is light roasted, moderate sweet malts, smooth palate, chocolate and coffee. NIce enough.
JorisPPattyn (9134) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick beige-greige head over black beer. Coffee, very roasted, alcohol despite the unassuming 7% ABV. Tad of vanilla. Roasted-light bitter, but with a serious sweetish-malty basis. Coffeebeans, but yet not overly coffeeish. Feels rather well-carbonated, very slick to viscous, light alcoholwarming, very dry. Basic, if compared to the Damnation series, but still a very good stout.
Earlier Rating: 10/26/2008 Total Score: 3.8
Small but persistent yellow-brown head over near black beer with reddish reflections. Sweet, alcohol, fusels, fruits preserved in alcohol. Sweet flavours, with liquorice mainly, but followed by curry flavour in the finish, exotic spices, peppery indeed. Well-bodied, grist-slickness, wheat-like slickness, sticky. That’s a nice one, guys! I can agree with strong porter, but Imperial... not really.
FatPhil (12797) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle (Belgobaren, Stockholm) - batch 14
Slight coffee and dark fruit aroma, in particular prune. Almost watery drinkable palate, a little flat. Had no head, no matter how I poured it. However, it was a nice dark black though, glass like obsidian. Sharp dark beery bite from the burnt roast. Maybe a hint of actual acidity too. Quite easy to drink, certainly no sign of 7%. Early finish has more sharp dark berries, then plum, and then softens to the chocolate/cocoa again. A pleasant strong porter, but not worth the 24e (195SEK) that we paid. Anna thinks this is a 3.8, but I refuse to budge above 3.6.
Scopey (11560) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Belgobaren, Stockholm. It pours jet black, with a thin tan head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and dark fruit (particularly prune and blackcurrant). The taste is rich coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, charcoal, some dark fruit and toasted coconut, with a dry-roasted finish. Some alcohol warmth present. Medium-full body and moderate-high carbonation. Good balance and flavour.
gEUS (1677) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle - bottled August 2008 - pours deep brwon with reddish hints. Faint hrey brownish head. Aroma of coffe, liquorice, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce. Light body, no carbonation, salty taste of coffee and caramel. Special but not entirely my cup of tea.
Pinball (11810) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
shared by ungstrup at ungstrup tasting.
roasted malty aroma, notes of licorice, wood, faint malty and syruppy notes.
flavor is roasted malty, sourish, dark fruity,slightly tart, i think perhaps slightly infected, still very complex and flavor is great.
jbeatty (1239) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Jeffo. Tasted 09/08/2011. Pours cola black, thin tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma features ground coffee, heavy roast, chocolate malts, mild vanilla sweetness at the periphery. At this point, however, the beer is somewhat infected, with a taste of tart, sour oak, quite in contrast to the nose, mild bitterness in the finish, but a nice round chocolate aftertaste, some vanilla, perhaps a somewhat redeeming feature. Thin in the mouth, but smooth. I was hoping for better, but this bottle had not held up well. Drink ’em if you got ’em, doubt there’s room for improvement.
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Kulminator. Pours a very dark brown almost black body with a small frothy dark brown head that fell to a thin ring. The nose is very chocolaty and woody with roast and a slight smokiness. The flavor is slightly watery up front with chocolate and roast. A slight almost lactic tartness on the finish along with a little chalkiness. Medium bodied, a little sticky on the finish, very minimal carbonation. Not all too thrilled with this one, not enough body, and the slight twang on the finish doesn’t please me too much. Gets a decent score at 3.3, but it’s largely carried by the appearance and aroma.
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Vintage dusty bottle @ Kulminator / 33 cl. / Always interested in trying a new Struise, they have had this one around for as long as I can remember but it doesn’t appear to be all that common, brewed only once in 2008 / Colour is a chestnut black with a mocha head that mostly sticks just to the sides / Smell is lots of cocoa, dried dark fruits, darker chocolate (but not the extreme stuff) & very vinous, this one appears to be infected, not necessarily in a undrinkable or terrible way but still clearly infected / Taste is lots of cocoa & even more Nescafe (the beans/grains themselves, to a lesser extend the brewed stuff as well) especially in the aftertaste, roasted, slight ashtray malt, dried dark fruits, hint of spices, somewhat thinned out by the aging, getting some slight wood here behind the Nescafe & clearly vinous, this is indeed infected / Body has been thinned somewhat by the barrel aging and the subsequent aging as well, although I don’t think that this was ever more than between medium to somewhat light, probably has always been thinned out by the aging / Not the best Struise around, I don’t think that this one was that amazing to begin with, the aging didn’t help it and the infection above all and yet I would lying if I didn’t say that I did somewhat enjoy it