Countbeer (2920) - Best of Eindhoven ohne Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Damn what a beer! Such an expensive bottle, I canít start rating without tasting first. And what do we get when I just pour a bit and put the bottle away for just some minutes, a snail in the form of a dark brown long stretched foamy tail that silently crawls out of the bottle without any sound and thus spills a bit of this expensive bottle. These things happen but the aroma and flavours make me forget about this because, hell, what a beer! Struise did it again!
A brown pour. A medium sized tan to light brown head, changes slowly into a lacing, round and thick in the centre part and thin around that centre part. A true imperial-stout-black beer in the glass.
Ok, the aroma is awesome: white wine, wood, brett, chalk, roasted wood, liquorice chalk, grapes, a hint of liquorice and white wine barrel roast (malts).
The flavours are another top notch strong and complex mix of: grapes, bitters, grainy roast, white wine, wood, roast, yeast, a crispy grape touch (with the slightest hints of citrus, berries and lemon), hints of dark chocolate, hints of liquorice and roasted bay leaf, hint of chalk, roasted barleys, darker spices and brett.
Aftertaste is a good mix of malts, grass, white wine and grapes, bitters, yeast, spices and roasty chalky bay leaf.
Low carbo, soft foamy close to silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
Man, man, what a balanced and utterly tasty beer. Really really good and in this case worth itís money. World class!
Guess the only real negative things I have to mention besides just a bit of a medium aftertaste is the ugly label! Yeah that label is really ugly. But thatís the most negative I can get... This is a world class Imperial Stout!
Meilby (4524) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, white wine, brett and chocolate. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a oak and chocolate finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
dreadnord (1009) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on draft at the Struise schoolhouse. The pour is black with reddish tints and a big brown head. Nose is grapes, oak barrel sourness, some lemon and vinegar. The tastes is sweet mostly with a great bitterness and a little tart. Not at all what I expected from the nose. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, the body is light for an imperial stout and the finish is long. This definitely doesnít fit the bill for an imperial stout as the body is way to light and the flavors are off the normal stout range. That said, it is a very tasty beer and I would drink a ton of it if possible.
teorn88 (1222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Struise beershop in Bruges. It pours a black colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty, vinous and roasty, with chocolate, figs, hay. Taste is peaty, winey and roasty, full of chocolate and dark fruits. A bit dry finish. Very good effort.
Geokkjer (4311) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of sour berries, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, some brettish notes and licorice. Flavor is sweet and malty with some oak, vanilla, roasted grains and chocolate.Medium body, average carbonation.
Abio (1351) - Waasland, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, could hold maybe a bit longer. Nice smell, good taste. Honey, slightly chocolate, fruits, wine.
larsniclas (5038) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at SBWF12
Dark brown with a small, beige head.
Woody, slightly tart aroma.
A bit too much alcohol in the flavour. Sweet fruits and a dry, meium bitterness.
yngwie (10798) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. It pours a dense, big, dark beige head over a lightly unclear, glowing dark brown body with a reddish hue. Roasted aroma with brett and some vinous notes. Licorice, molasses, some coffee and a hoppy hint. The flavor is sure roasted, with a pleasant brett and vinous touch. Slightly spiced and peppery, with chocolate and some coffee. Full body, pleasant carbonation. Lasting finish, vinous and brett-ish. Quite wonderful. 130504
gunnar (3726) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Pours almost black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of plums marinated in port, liquorice and roast. Taste of oak, light roasted malts with a vinous finish. Full bodied. High carbonated, light sticky. Wonderful lingering vinous, light bitter liquorice. Well integrated alcohol, very tasty and good beer.
Scopey (3376) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at De Struise shop, Bruges. It pours near black with a thick light tan head. The nose is vinous, dark fruit, jam, roasted malt, wood and toasted coconut. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, liquorice, chocolate, decent bitterness, vinous, white grape, light tang and light alcohol warmth with a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Big on flavour! Rather tasty.