GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330mL bottle courtesy of fonefan poured into a tulip.
Pours dark, dark brown with mahogany hints around the edges and a small bubbly tan head that dissipates almost immediately to a thin ring and leaves no lacing at all.
The aroma strikes me as very sweet but with coffee and chocolate notes. It’s almost like an iced mocha with some sweet dark malts thrown in. There is some smoky tobacco hints as well as some semi-sour fruits.
The taste starts with the vanilla and chocolate sweetness but fades into a fairly nondescript malty backbone and the finish is slightly sour and bitter with used coffee grinds and spoiled fruit. Honestly, it let me down a bit.
The mouthfeel is very viscous with little carbonation and dry, almost ashy, in the finish.
This is a fair attempt at a porter/imperial porter but not one that I would go back to. Definitely not up to the high standard I would expect from Struise, with an interesting mishmash of sour fruit, coffee and dark malts that doesn’t seem to come together very well and, literally, leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Madsnp (927) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep deep dark brown - if not light black - with a small light brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavour of coffee, sour fruit and ashtray.
Christian (10754) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a small, tan head. Aroma instantly hits me as cold coffee and I don’t like that in a beer. Lots of cocoa too, and a vegetable note. Cold coffee and ashtray flavour with sweet caramel in the background.
Dedollewaitor (13372) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle @ De Molen Shop. Pours dark brown with a small creamy off white head. Nose is coffee roast and cocoa powder. Smooth palate. Taste is roast, chocolate, coffee and a sour hint of dark fruits. Low carbonation. Medium bodied. Lots of cold coffee - a bit ashy.
garthicus (2567) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very big thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this with me. Appearance: Quite a thin pour, deep black, small tiny off white head. Aroma: Turf, peat, vanilla, orange, chocolate, leather, slight smoke. Delicious. Flavour:Thin body, smoke, peat, bitter, lemon, apples, chocolate and a long bitter finish.
HogTownHarry (5975) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (330ml). Shared with garthicus, courtesy of ... either harrisoni, MesAndSim or reakt, I totally forget which, now - either way, cheers, guys!. Thin-looking ruby-black pour, small frothy beige head. Lovely aroma - slight cherry-tart deep roast, mild roast coffee bean, soft sweet vanilla/oak, and oddly, fresh-squeezed orange. Dry, slighlty sour taste, like old wood, and coffee grounds - a little boozy for 7% - nice enough, but smells better. Light, slick body, hardly carbonated (the level in the bottle was a little low, although it fizzed a bit on opening - fairly quick-finishing, just left with mild vanilla and stale coffee with a bit of sour cherry. Nice.
BeerandBlues2 (8986) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Koelschtrinker. Pours dark brown with a spare, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, nutty), light hop (grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of dates, dust, and cardboard. Medium bodied, thin texture, light carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Maybe a little oxidized; some bitter chocolate notes.
Bov (8967) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of Greg Gaughan - very dark brown colour with an elusive beige foam; roasted malty nose, aroma of black chocolate, pralines and ashes; moderate carbonation; quite oily and with a medium malt body; aftertaste of licorice and marzipan with hints of black chocolate
hirigalzkar (2081) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A:Black, creamy beige head. S: Chocolate, coffee, small vinous vanilla thing going on in the background. T: Lots of coffee. Dark chocolate. Milky. O: Mild. Not very imperial at all. Dissapointment.
harrisoni (12451) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 6000 (I promised myself that I would stop at 3k, oh well). And what better way to celebrate that landmark than with a Struise beer? My favourite brewery. Somewhere I would never have discovered without this site. I bought this 75cl bottle at the Alvinne beer shop at their brewery back in December 2008 and have been saving it for this moment. I’ve tasted this beer in 33cl bottles and so was interested to see how it would be in a 75 since the Pannepot Gran Reserva was so much better in the 75cl bottle. I was at the Struise farm when Urbain opened the package with the beer bottle labels for this beer, so I feel a bit of history with it. When he said that it was brewed for guys in Sweden, I never expected to get any, but then again I have been wrong before. As for the beer, well it is black with a thin tan head. Intense dark Belgian chocolate dominates the aroma, with some fig, tar, worn leather jackets and tobacco at the edges. Some woody notes as it opens up. In the mouth it is incredibly smooth. The carbonation is very soft indeed. Stupidly drinkable. It’s a bit like liquid Belgian chocolate but far less sweet. Bit of dryness on finish and the lasting taste of dark cherries. I suppose some coffee is present, but not overly dominant. The finish of dark cherries is quite superb. Alcohol isn’t present at all. I had to slow myself down from guzzling the whole bottle in 5 minutes. Just so drinkable, I suppose the low carbonation helps that. Would happily drink this every day. Congratulations to all at Struise and Monks Cafe for producing such a good beer. This rating is dedicated to this site and all the users, brewers and other beer related people, who have helped me through this crazy and wonderful world of beer. Cheers to you all.