sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Very dark reddish brown with a tiny, beige head. Strongly licoricey, sweetish-malty aroma with dried fruit and tarry notes. Flavor is sweetish, salty-licoricey, very slightly tart, and with low bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Medium body, a bit watery palate with almost flat carbonation. Nice aroma, one of my favorite styles, and better than a too burned IS - but somewhat watery and boring flavorwise.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, almost black coloured beer with a creamy but kind of airy brown head. Deep roasted malty aroma. Full roasted palate. Finish is full malty, bitter roasted coffee creamy with a long ibtter roasted dry finish and some light ripe fruity hints. Not bad.
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (dregs)... Murky, dark brown ale with a small, fizzy, light beige head. The nose is chocolaty and earthy… mildly funky. Medium-bodied with gentle carbonation. Tangy and sweet; earthy and chocolaty. Lightly bitter in both the flavor and finish. Kudos to mcbackus for sharing the bottle!
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown. Very thin wisp of a head. Dark aroma of molasses, alcohol and smokey wood. Sour front; winey. Thin winey, cherry, sour stout.
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Quite dark amber colour, medium beige head. Aroma is quite alcoholic, some liquorice, some quite sweetish syupry stuff. Flavour is liquorice, alcoohol, sugar and some mild fruity and sweet wooden notes.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy mcbackus. Pours a dark and murky chocolate mahogany color with a thin, swirly, tan head. Minimal, spotty lacing is scattered about the glass. The aroma is quite nice, showing rich choco-nougat sweetness, robust coffee roast, vanilla, and a mild, dry, oaky tartness. Flavors are considerably different, with buggy, soured oak asserting more of that tart tanginess that seems out of place amongst the cocoa and coffee richness. Likewise, the body falls short of expectations, feeling a bit too thin for the style, though it is silky and smooth. In short, this one looks and smells great, but disappoints otherwise.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice smokey porter with a slight bit of tartness in both the aroma and flavor. Very good.
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 (933) - 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 (12865) - 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.