Countbeer (4425) - Best of E-Town mit ein 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!
shoulderbroken (2026) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Struise shop. Dark brown, small golden bubbly head. Aroma is pineapple, roasty sweet and funky. Booze and sugar. Taste is lovely, roasty, bit of coffee, lots of roast and something weird. Nice funkiness from the barrel I guess. Really liked this, probably should have drunk it earlier in the evening to properly appreciate it.
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperial stout matured on Monbazillac barrels (sweet white wine from the Dordogne region). Thick, creamy, beige head, colour as good as black. Aroma of gooseberries, chocolate, wine, orange peel, coffee powder, dried plums, oak; dry sourish taste, very fruity and very complex, with a rich and deep, caramelly and chocolatey malt basis, the typical powdery mouthfeel I appreciate so much in this style and a full roasted bitterness in the finish with refreshing wine acidity and some woodiness. Wonderful, these people keep inventing impy variations as if it were nothing and almost each and every one of them turns out to be a masterpiece.
Lowenbrau (1940) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle bought at the Old School. Such a nice one!. Roasty, caramel, some sourness. Delicious. Smells much better with temperature.
teorn88 (1923) - 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.
dreadnord (1013) - 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.
Meilby (7610) - 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.
JulienHuxley (3054) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from Struise shop in Brugge. Dark pour with creamy beige head. Aroma is quite oaky, lots of winey aromas, dark fruits, cocoa, tobacco, a bit dusty. Taste is really woody, righ oak tannins, tobacco, cocoa, earthy notes, tart flavor. Palate is full bodied but not sweet or rich, medium carbonation. Nice wine BA stout.
Geokkjer (5720) - 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.
larsniclas (5609) - 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.