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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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common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle fermented. Brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBaboon (1699) - FINLAND - APR 25, 2015
Pours brown with off-white head. Aroma is spicy and fructose (fruity, sugary). Flavour is roasted, sweet, fruity and dry bitter. Not very imperial stout -like.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (4552) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
8th Feb 2015: bottle in Brugge. Dark brown pour with a full tanned head for a topping. My bottle gave off a semi-sour wine aroma and tasted similar: might have been skunked somewhere during it’s life: can’t believe Daisey would not have looked after it though. Yeasty, malty and that sourness. Scored objectively as I can.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4357) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2015
@ botteltje. Pours dark brown, good white head. Smell is earthy, spices, green leaves. Taste is bit bitter ( green aspect) roasted malts , chocolaty, earthy in the back. Some spices. Slightly overcarbonated and too thin for 10 abv. Nice, chocolatty aftertaste. Some metalic maltyness

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ulysse (269) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2014
Strong aroma of raisins. Tastes like the roasted raisins on top of the bread. Caramel hint and a shade of liquorice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
florent.janssens (195) - - DEC 27, 2014
Pas le goût classique du stout. Goût de caramel. On ne sent pas les 10% d’alcool. Arrière goût un peu trop léger.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (325) - 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 you’d 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. That’s 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 (295) - 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 won’t 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 (2055) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottled, 2007 vintage sampled in 2014 (i.e. 7 years old). Opaque black, beige head. Very ’aged’ 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 (485) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 29, 2014
I popped the cap and there’s 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 (2885) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
This was one of the former Regenboog beers and the first Belgian impy after Alvinne’s 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.


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