Marheb (3536) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Merci Pat!! Gigantesque collet mousseux qui s’essouffle tranquillement, liquide d’une noirceur sans équivoque. Arôme très boisé avec des notes de tabac, cuir, chocolat, enrobé d’un voile vineux. En bouche ça peinture mais c’est doté d’une certaine légèreté en partie due à l’effervescence bien contrôlé. Les saveur retrouvés dans l’arôme explose et se termine abruptement avec une bonne amertume. Buvabilité déconcertante.
Holmen1 (3929) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,33 flaske kjøpt i København (2009 vintage): allerede oppsjenkingen røper at her har jeg med det mest konsentrerte man kan ønske seg innen øl. Rikt, brunt skum, ugjennomtrengellig sort farge og en intens aroma av svisker, rosiner, tørket fiken, sjokolade, solbær, og med en røstet karakter (bourbon?) i bakgrunnen. Assosiasjoner også til Kaluha kaffelikør. Himmelen åpenbarer seg i samken av alt dette, med kirsebær og vanilje i tillegg. En velkomponert symfoni for smakssansene. Dette er noe av det beste jeg har smakt. Alkoholen er faretruende langt unna, de 13% merkes ikke, så dette nytes på egen risiko. Sannheten er krystallklar: MÅ KJØPE FLERE!!!
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottling; Sampled January 2013
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a two finger thick, richly brown tinged head. The beer is a concentrated, almost perfectly black, quite opaque color. The aroma is quite a bit more fruit focused than I was expecting; ample notes of prune, figs, raisins, and touches of a brandy like fruit character dominate up front, while a touch of chalky, roasted character and substantial toasted malt character anchors the middle and back end of the nose. A bit of warming alcohol is noticeable and accentuates aromas akin to coffee liquor, brandy, and perhaps even a dark chocolate like liquor character.
Smooth, dense and rich up front, it quickly picks up a body lightening, prickly carbonation, but then the rich, silky, palate coating body just gets too dense in the finish. The beer has lots of fruit flavors, with prune notes being prominent, but this is joined by notes of cherries, lots of raisins, and accentuating flavors of molasses, licorice, and some vanilla as well. The finish has a chalky, amply roasted, but remaining smooth, burnt character to it that lingers on the palate with a light bitterness, and lingering charcoal character. There is almost a woodiness to this beer, a slight spiciness, but really a toasted / burnt wood character that is brought out by the roast malt. Smooth Bourbon like fruit character in the finish, that is accentuating by warming alcohol notes; sort of melon like.
The Barrel aged character here is so smooth and well integrated; I almost wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t known about it, almost. This is a really enjoyable beer, and quite enjoyable for a Barrel aged Imperial Stout.
stoutnick (801) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2015 Black with a small mocha head - creamy lacing on glass. Definitely a nice smell on this one; some sweet bourbon and dark malts rise out. Taste is syrupy sweet and viscous. Licorice and sweet bourbon. Woody. The finish is a lingering sweetness. Not nearly balanced enough for a barrel aged beer, but that is what one comes to expect with a Struise stout.
MacBoost (1607) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
33cl bottle thanks to Mathieuc!!! Thanks so much!!!
Pours a near opaque black with a tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of oak, dark fruit, roast and anise. No detection of the alcohol in the nose. First sip reveals... Well this is the part where I usually describe how the beer tastes. Buy instead, let me paint you a picture...
You just got sentenced to prison for a white collar crime. First night in the big house is no big deal, but the next day in the shower room you are cornered by a gang of inmates. These gentlemen happen to be African American. First one knocks your teeth out, as to prepare you for a little foreplay before the main event. You are pinned down as they surround you... And...well... You get the point.
Point is, you get a whole mouthful of black thickness with this beer. Alcohol is completely hidden, making it dangerously drinkable. Very mellow taste for 13%. This is amazingly drinkable. In fact, I have never met this beers equal in terms of alcohol content and drinkability. This beer drinks like it is a 7%abv foreign stout. Seriously.
Not only is the best imperial stout I’ve ever had, this is the best beer I’ve ever had. End of.
Swazi (2) - London, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Inky black pour with a thick dark tan head. A rich, molasses and cocao aroma set me up for a satisfying molasses & dark chocolate flavour with a substantial vanilla and oak undertow. The Bourban is clearly there but the beer is first and foremost a very very large stout. The alcohol is very well hidden and the strength is given away more by the thick and full mouthfeel than any kind of heat. I loved this beer and found it extremely satisfying on many levels. Extreme yet balanced, this is one I’d recommend
teddybeer (2932) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Black colour with a large and creamy light tan head with a good lasting. Aroma is malty, toasty, sweet, spicy. Flavor has red fruits notes, cherries are present, slightly sweet at the beginning, toasty and roasty malts, coffee and bourbon notes, hints of wood. The final is light sweet and slightly bittery giving a good balance, wooden and alcoholic notes with a coffee aftertaste. Smooth, creamy and dense on palate. Low carbonation with a high body.
mathieuc (2485) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2015 Pours a tuilé black (brown rim) with a quickly dissipating milk chocolate-like head. Aroma is mostly alcohol with a well-hidden roastiness. Taste is sweet with not much bitterness and a little burn. Flavors are mostly burnt grains and alcohol. Palate is nice and creamy with ample carbonation. This is good beer, bro.
ha1ag (796) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in Frape in Mestreech. In fact black colour with huge brown foamy head. Roasted nose. Aroma is roasted malts, burned caramel and bits of alcohol. Flavour is alcohol, liquorice, toffee, burned caramel. The only negative side is the rather sweet finish.
makromaniak (142) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2013 A pitch black beer with a dark brown head. Aroma is heavy malted, roasted, caramel, chocolate, cinnamonny. The flavour is sweet with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts plus subtle bourbon and vanilla notes.
Alcohol is perfectly balanced. Beautiful(l) beer.