ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy red/amber with a small white head. The nose is sweet and malty with toffee, dark fruits and light roast. The flavor is moderately sweet with raisins, plums, pears, toffee and herbs. Medium/full body is round with moderate carbonation and a rough finish.
JoeinDahlem (1333) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
To call something an "imperial stout" is a serious thing that raises certain expectations. This beer failed to meet them in my mind, but it’s not bad when evaluated on its own terms. Sampled at ZBF. Pours dark brown with light brown highlights, very cloudy. Malty, even slightly cheesy nose. Sparse, casky bubbles on top. Tastes sweet, in a malty, roasty way that’s not simple but has some depth. Thin MF for any kind of a stout, but slightly thicker than your average, strong Belgian ale. Which is what this is, frankly. Happy to re-rate with a bottled version.
harrisoni (14120) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at ZBF 08. Not much of an Impy stout. Decent malts, not that great. Downed it quickly as needed to have Drakes Denogg - y - thingy. It’s an ok, drinkable dark beer, but a bit dull.
mike_77 (3380) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 Zythos Bier Festival, Belgium.
Cloudy chocolate brown colour. Sweet flavour at first like fermented cola, getting bitter towards the end. Oily, vinous texture. Lacks refinement.
joergen (21505) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at ZBF 2008.
Muddy red brown coloured with a small off white head.
Aroma of fruits, liquorice, vanilla and chocolate with acidic notes.
Sweet flavour of vanilla, liquorice, chocolate and hops.
SSSteve (3828) - - MAR 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy dark brown almost black with a huge foamy tan head. caramel, banana, nuts, brown sugar aroma. flavor is burnt caramel, smoke, nuts, grassy hoppiness. very sweet but also very bitter. unique flavor. not a stout to me but it tastes good anyway.
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at ZBF 2008, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Hazy/muddy brown body. Lightly brown head. Aroma of malts (mainly caramel, but also some stronger ones). Lightly bitter, hoppy flavour. Nicely balanced and nice complexity. But why is this called an imperial stout, it’s full of hops! A nice beer after all.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Mes rate: Draught at Zythos.
Dirty dark brown colour. Dominating character of gravy and chocolate. Thick in the mouth. Not worthy of an imperial stout moniker.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
ZBF 2008: Cloudy dark chestnut brown with no head. Imperial Stout? Muddy aroma of malts, farm, and a hint of mustard seed. Some chocolate comes in under the rest. Upon tasting I conjure up images of some far off land making a primative fermented drink with many different types of tea and tobacco leaves, and bitter herbs. A touch of tartness that seems to have no discernible source. There is some burnt caramel that almost gives a roast character but doesn’t quite get there. Certainly an interesting beer.. but imperial stout?
ekstedt (5626) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Zythos Beer Festival 2008. Cloudy brown, low beige head. Fruity, creamy chocolate, caramel, bisquits, and alcohol. Medium bodied and smooth. Quite sweet and one-dimensional.