caesar (4028) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled @ home. Pours pitch black color with a medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, sweet cookie like malts, biscuit. Also there is some spices around, something like anis. mint or coriander, together with the cherry pits from Black Albert. Taste is quite big roasty and sweet RIS with quite some cookie, but also with mint-like freshness and some cherry fruitiness. Itís an odd combination, which doesnt really seem to blend perfectly. Iíd love to try Kate by itself now that Iíve tried this one.
mcberko (4145) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 11.2 oz. bottle, pours black with a medium foamy light brown head. Aroma of port barrels, dark fruits (raisins, black currants, grapes), and a tiny bit of roast. Flavour is very complex, with fairly prominent roasted malt, shit loads of dark fruits, and a complex port barrel quality that accentuates everything else. Dynamic and complex body, with perhaps a bit too much of the dark fruit quality for my taste. Great stuff nonetheless.
christian_lc (3) - valgreghentino- lc, ITALY - JAN 8, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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KingCecil (1814) - DENMARK - JAN 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home... It pours pitch black with a large tan head.... The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate and coffee......The flavor is very nice roasted malt, port, dark fruits, chocolate and coffee.... very nice...
senormeneerhr (7) - - JAN 3, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.33 bottle from Irreale, Madrid. Barely no head. Dark brown leaning towards black in color. Once warmed up, it has a very pleasant liquorice aroma. Taste is very complex with coffee and a sweet port flavour. Would definitely go back to this one as Im sure I can get more out it. Great beer.
shoulderbroken (1169) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Gainsbar. Dark brown/black with creamy gold head, aroma is booze, wood, roasty malt, choc. Taste lovely, roasty, choc, bit of smoke, booze again, mellow, lovely roast, very smooth, bit of sweetness, vanilla. Very drinkable
BOLTZ7555 (2423) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle acquired via trade with Benzai! Dense mocha head that reaches high above the glass and diminishes to a small latte film, leaving spots on the glass. Aroma of red wine, cocoa, brownie batter, roasted coffee, and dark fruit. Lots of Cabernet, Merlot, and Port along with fudge, caramel, and toffee...raisin, prune, and plum. The fruitiness was a bit much...wanted more dark chocolate. Medium mouthfeel.
stravale (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottle Shop Canterbury Hogmanay 2012/2013
Pitch black, big tan head that dissipates to a thin layer with some lacing
Aroma of sweet dark malts, soft port, no alcohol
Taste of really rich dark malts, mellow roasted malts soft port wine, touch of dark fruits like raisins, dark chocolate malts, touch of dark toffee, hint of wood, really well blended, concentrated flavour, complex, alcohol noticeable but well hidden for 11.5%
Palate - Soft carb (once head had dissipated), full body, smooth, good mouthfeel, rich malts coat the mouth. Finish as main flavour, really smooth, dark fruity malts, hint of charcoal with some warming alcohol
Overall - This is a superb impy, so well balanced. Struise really do make awesome beers.
heavy (1989) - Split, CROATIA - DEC 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
05/12 0.33 l bottle @Animal, Madrid, shared with teddybeer. It poured pitch black body with bigger brown head. Very nice chocolate, coffee, wood, bourbon and dark fruit aroma. Flavor was somewhere between bitter and sweet, offered whole palette of dark malts; chocolate, licorice, caramel, coffee just being the most prominent ones. Full in body, but with high drinkability, creamy on palate. Long, tasty finish reflected flavor with only a bit of alcohol warming. At the place I could only describe it as wonderful! Didnít have the opportunity to try Kate the Great, but will try better now! Congratulations, both brewers.
andyhwcinc (1166) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at de Biertempel in Brussels, Belgium, enjoyed at home during the Christmas holiday weekend while watching the Bears play. Appearance is a thick pitch black with a rich dark tan head that rims around the glass. Aroma is rich in chocolate, molasses, coffee, dark fruit, as well as red wine/port. Taste goes down thick but smooth, very rich chocolate notes, roasted malt, has a unique fruity characteristic, and the port notes do come out a bit. This one traveled thousands of miles on a plane and in a variety of different temperatures, and it came out tasting pretty damn good.