Ratman197 (8491) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pear, pineapple, yeast and spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of carmel, pear, yeast, light spice and a hint of earthiness with a smooth lingering fruity finish.
laiti (4549) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, Brussels. Rated on 18.07.2010
Aroma has vegetables typical to danish ales, some earthy and roasted notes. And a sourish feeling. Flavour is sourish with vegetables, roasted notes, soy sauce and distant earthy notes. Probably the worst Imperial Stout I’ve had.
kermis (3678) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, spice and yeast. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
vickey9 (342) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blek blek. Cloudy amber with a white head. The nose is sweet and malty with toffee, dark fruits and light roast.Medium body, moderate carbonation The palate is sweet with notes of herbs, raisins, plums, pears and toffee. B@H
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep, rich saddle-brown. Nearly opaque with dark sediment. Wonderful head. My pour sucked and it still looked fantastic. Aroma is complex - Spices and sour fruits, some alcohol. Some nice roasted character comes through, too. Different from what I think an RIS should typically be, but not bad by any means.Typical stout flavor up front with roasted coffee notes and something that reminds me of a pumpernickel bread crust. Fermented plums or raisins also come through. It has a dryness to it and finishes slightly astringent, with a salty edge.
Mouthfeel/palate was somewhat dry. Has some body to it. I don’t feel the carbonation helps this stout, at all. It’s not overly strong, but for some reason just doesn’t "mesh" with the rest of this beer’s character.
Overall, expensive ($5.99 for 11.2oz), taste does not live up to the aroma, unfortunately. Alcohol is ever-present and the flavors just don’t jive. I really wanted this to be something unique. I guess it was - just not a ’good’ type of unique. And they seem to have ditched the humorous (if slightly off-color) horse for a really poor reproduction of Fedor Rokotov’s portrait of Catherine.
stouby (3428) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home.
Clear dark reddish color with a very large beige head, nice lacings, yeast sediment. Aroma heavy malty (brown sugar, roasted, fruity, spicy, notes of wood), light yeasty, medium hoppy. Flavor quite sweet and spicy, medium bitter, long lasting, quite dry? Almost full body, lot’s of alcohol, warming.
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an incredibly aggressively huge head. Caramel body. Smells Belgian-spice and candied fruit aromas, maybe green apple? On the heavy side and profusely carbonated mouthfeel. Some dark fruit, woodsy, malty notes. I’m not convinced that everything comes fully together here, but the ideas are interesting.
Ernest (5900) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, caramel, husks), with notes of alcohol and gum.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic.
Really lame. Tons of alcohol and sugar with a flimsy and fizzy body.
Theydon_Bois (5308) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at t’brugs beertje - 08/07/12.
Very dark brown in colour with a frothy tan head.
Dark fruit, yeast, spice on the nose.
Taste as nose - a little roast maltiness a bit syrupy, not well balanced.
Medium to full in body, dryish finish, typical Belgian RIS (Struise aside), not a winner but palatable.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. amber brown with a white head. Light roasted malts and toasted bread, with a hint of smoke and lighter floral notes. Not bad.