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t Smisje Catherine The Great Imperial Stout

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Brewed by Brouwerij Smisje
Style: Imperial Stout
Mater, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle fermented. Brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (277) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Poured into snifter a bottle glass brown with a thick lasting tan head. Color aroma and taste not what youíd expect of a stout. Aroma was caramel malts with the slightest hint of coffee. Taste was caramel malt heavy with an alcohol note. Slightly bitter in the finish and oily. Alcohol more pronounced in the finish. To me and I know this is a bit differant than the other reviews but it reminded me more of a nutty British brown than a stout. Thatís not to say I didnt like it, in fact I did but I think it is mislabeled.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (244) - Vista, California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido. Dark brown pour with copious beige foam leaving behind thick lacing. Aroma of chocolate, minerals, earth, and booze. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, with a dry palate, very chocolatey, no roasty or toasty flavors. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Improves in taste as it warms. This is a decent imperial stout but it seems rather one dimensional toward chocolate and bitter. Probably wonít repeat. More like a highly hopped strong porter or dark Belgian strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2031) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottled, 2007 vintage sampled in 2014 (i.e. 7 years old). Opaque black, beige head. Very íagedí nose, port, molasses, raisins, roasted malts. Flavor mainly consists of roasted malts, bitterness, licorice, some coffee. Little bit thin in mouthfeel, but that may be because of the age. Not spectacular, but certainly not bad.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (407) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 29, 2014
I popped the cap and thereís a slow oozing of the beer. For an imperial Stout, it has more of a colour of a barley wine. A murky rust. The foam does a good job of shrinking from the initial pour leaving lots of lacing in its wake. It smells like an aged barley wine. Caramel malt with a very noticeable Port like aroma. Marvelous. The taste holds no surprises. Rich malty goodness with the Port flavourful I mentioned in the smell. I notice some oxidation which probably explains the Port. Very nice and smooth mouth feel. I guess I am digging this more than most, judging from the reviews. Oh well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
This was one of the former Regenboog beers and the first Belgian impy after Alvinneís Podge. Very thick and rocky, sticky, light beige head, very dark and cloudy chocolate brown colour, not entirely black as one would expect from the style. Powerful and rich aroma of chocolate, pear, coffee grounds, yoghurt, raisins, lavender, port wine, parsley, candi syrup. Soft sweetish palate, candied fruits, mellow and fluffy mouthfeel, deep chocolatey maltiness, mouth-filling coffee-like bitterness in the end with a sourish touch for balance, long. Atypical, more a roasted Belgian ale than a real imperial stout, but a great beer nevertheless.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fishonmyplane (486) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2014
This isnít an imperial stout - itís just not. ABV is high enough, but it lacks classic stout flavors. Instead of roasted malt, this beer is mainly dominated by caramel malt and butterscotch. Rich and heavy. Tall white head, dark brown color. Musty Belgian yeast. Not recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (1164) - ńngelholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2014
@ Havregatan 141016. Bottle (330 ml) from Kihoskh, Copenhagen (31 DKK). Sweet malty with spicy and caramely notes, chocolate and dry dark fruits, some light alcoholic notes, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry with spicy notes. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
adasko (525) - Poznan, POLAND - AUG 17, 2014
The aroma is sour and has a lot coffee. Has a noticeable notes of red wine. Itís seal color, hazy, non-transparent with small white head. In taste itís also a bit sour. Itís very like a black coffee, itís immediate association. The alcohol is totally covered behind the coffee soureness. It has a little bit too small body for me. Itís highly carbonated. I can say that itís imperial stout in Belgian way.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (4491) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Strange one for an imperial stout. More like and imperial brown. Pours brown with ok head and lacing. Medium bitter. Some roast, with some coffee. Lackluster. Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle.
Appearance: Clear ruby body with a tall and dense khaki head. Way too light for a stout.
Aroma: The aroma is big on burnt brown sugar, heavy fig and hints of booze. Definitely an aroma of a barley wine, not an imperial stout. Smells nice for a barley wine.
Taste: Taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet fruity intro with some burnt brown sugar and a slightly metallic/astringent finish, maybe itís some spices. Not sure.
Palate: Full-bodied, mild to moderately carbonated.
Overall: Iím reviewing this as a barleywine and for that itís solid. If I were grading this as a stout itíd be garbage. I donít know whatís going on here but itís a solid barleywine.


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