kermis (4750) - 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 (439) - 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 donít feel the carbonation helps this stout, at all. Itís not overly strong, but for some reason just doesnít "mesh" with the rest of this beerís 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 donít jive. I really wanted this to be something unique. I guess it was - just not a ígoodí type of unique. And they seem to have ditched the humorous (if slightly off-color) horse for a really poor reproduction of Fedor Rokotovís portrait of Catherine.
stouby (3686) - Holbśk, 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, lotís 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. Iím not convinced that everything comes fully together here, but the ideas are interesting.
Ernest (6143) - 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 (7904) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at tíbrugs 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 (5829) - 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.
NikkTwist (1517) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Hazy orange brown with a fizzy head. Left lace. Smells juicy, but dry herbal notes up front. Mustard seed. Sage. Sulfered apricot. Hint of juicy red fruits but dry notes dominate. Subtle blend with a peppery finish.
77ships (3540) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl. bottle @ ít Brugs Beertje // label has a horse suspended in the air, subtle // ruby dark brown, lightly tanned head // smells of light yeast, fruity, malts, bread & dark fruits, description fits that of a Belgian Dark Strong Ale // taste is burned toast, descend amount, charred malts but no accompanying stout body, instead a strong Belgian Ale body, heavy on Belgian yeast, berries, roasted malts, lots of burned grains, some caramelized sugar, esters, spices // body is way too carbonated, seriously dude, this is hard to drink, like blended with sparkling water; second Smisje beer to do that, infection? Small brewery, I have a feeling that none of the Special Smisje beer are being made anymore, have they been made recently? I am confused // didnít expect a real Imperial Stout, in that regards, this is really scrapping the bottom of the barrel, ok as a Belgian ale, made the flavours fit a bit more together & turn down the carb. // donít think this made anymore