Lukaduke (2652) - Gray, Maine, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep burnt umber with a finger of khaki foam. Lost of port grape mingles with dark brownie batter making for a complex sweet stout with nice layers of dark vinous fruit and roasted cocoa. Grape juice and jammy berry undertones linger in the finish with some caramel, roasted cocoa and molasses.
Alengrin (3105) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A blend of two great imperials, it seems the Struise cannot get enough of this formula. And again they hit it: a jet black stout with moussy, sticky, beige head and very dense, powerful aroma, delightfully perfumed with coffee, elderberries, whisky, wood, cane sugar, vanilla, chocolate, port wine, toasted bread... Rich and full palate, oily mouthfeel, strong chocolate malt and molasses, red berries, peppery spiciness, mouth-filling coffee bitterness and a long, dry but well-rounded, full finish with heart-warming alcohol. Still, why they have to blend two excellent beers in an attempt to make a third, better one, is a bit beyond me: instead, I had preferred they’d make a completely new one and try to top their own Black Albert... If that were possible, of course.
bytemesis (4460) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large creamy brown head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing. Aroma and flavor are medium sweet, heavy bitter, anise, cocoa, red wine, light oaky astringency. Medium plus body, creamy, heavy lingering bitterness.
aleigator (433) - GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coal black color, big beige head. Has aromas of cane sugar, toffee, raisins, nuts and a boozy touch.
Taste is defined by mocha, creamy chocolate mousse, syrup and toffee, spiced up by a pleasant alcoholic note. Slick, smooth mouthfeel, with a subtle bitterness in the end, while spicy sweetness gets more and more noteable. Earthy malts, along with hazelnuts add a wonderful complex body to the beer. Bitter chocolate reminds me of a boozy praline, acting as a convincing counterpart to the otherwise sweeter beer.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (dregs)... Pours murky and dark brown with a small, creamy, taupe head. Decent retention. The aroma is a blessed marriage of fudge and toasted coconut, flanked by only a hint of vinous port wine. Full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor offers fudge and port-like sweetness. Finishes tangy, sweet and roasty. Bottle provided by ctipping!
Experiment_Ale (1088) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At my place with Taylor, Justin, Kristen, and Matt. Pours black, light lacing. Aroma is beautiful sweet fig, refined bourbon. Taste is a light cardboard, old roasted malt, dark fruits. Mouthfeel, sticky, full, lowing carb.
TXBadger (1881) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with tan head. Oak, cherry, chocolate, and some roasted malt on the nose, complex; follows onto the palate. Finishes a little hot.
Camons (7503) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Schraevenacker, Belgium. Pours pitch black with 1 finger dence and creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, little yeast, coffee, chocolate, kaluha, port, wood. Flavor is rather sweet, malty, yeast, caramel, wood, port, kaluha, light spice, hints of pepper, dark fruits, raisin, plums. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Rather sweet beer, but still easy to drink. 010814
Idiosynkrasie (4797) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. [European ’Tour de quitter’ or ’Trauerzug durch die Gemeinde der ausgeschiedenen Nachbarn’ part two: Belgium]. Opaque darkest brown colour with late awakening, huge, thick, firm, frothy to creamy, long lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Intense, chocolately dark malty aroma, yeasty overtones add a decent amount of fruitiness, hints of red and dark berries, plum, raisin, also some vanilla. Taste is chocolately dark malty, interspersed with yeasty proliferation, fruity hints of dark berries, plum, also some oak and vanilla, some treacle, peppery yeast spiciness; oily texture, sticky palate. If you are inclined to divide beer country into three regions and allocate a genuine, special strength to any of these three areas, you might arrive at the following arrangement: Germany (malt), United States (hop), and Belgium (yeast). So you know what is unique about this Imperial Stout. (If you don’t have a clue: Danish is wrong - sorry for that).
Douberd (3127) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Zeebra II. Almost totally black pour, with a small brown head, low retention, light lacing on the glass. Aroma has wine notes, some roasted malts, faint chocolate. Nice taste, roasted malts but also vinous notes and berries, traces of chocolate. Bitter aftertaste. Medium thick body, good carbonation, very dry on the palate. A very good imperial stout.