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


on tap

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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle fermented. Brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (10324) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
Keg (ZBF2008)
Turbid dark brown. Toffee aroma. Sticky sweet toffee malty taste. Some vanilla too. Very sweet, spoils it a bit, otherwise good full taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2008
2008-03-01. Murky dark brown body, small head fades quickly. Odd musty funky aroma, not quite fuity, not quite earthy. Muddy spice, cocoa? Similarly muddled flavour, sweet malt, undefined bitterness throughout. Hint of... something that I can not put my finger on. Alcohol does not show itself at all. Average palate is under carbonated. Not bad, just does not make me rush for more.
On tap at Zythos Festival, St. Niklaas

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy deep dark brown colour with a big mostly diminishing beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops alcohol and some herbs. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is bitter and roasty with alcohol, herbs, roasty caramel, some dark fruits and a bit of liquorice. Dry bitter hoppy roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (34433) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 ZBF2008: From tap. Pours dark brown with a lacing light tan head. Spiced and light herbal aroma. Flavour is light caramel malt with a solid spice note. Lingering spiced into the finish. Shows a nice caramel malt base along the way. Nice.6-4-7-4-14=3.6

33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to hazy orange with a lacing off-white head. Yeasty and chocolate malt aroma. Flavour is yeasty and with a mix of caramel and chocolate malt. Light roasted to smoked note and with a mild dry note. Ends dry malty with a very minor spice note.6-3-7-3-14=3.4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap at Max’s Belgian Fest 08, poured a hazy brown color, not nearly as dark as you’d expect from a stout. Carmel nut and sugar flavors. Complex flavor, really enjoyed .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2008
Sampled draught at ZBF 2008. Muddy dark brown. Bubbly off-white head. Some nutty, cereal aroma. Spicy flavour with some chocolate and cookie-crumbs. Light body for an impstout and a bit too much alco-feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (14856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3917) - - MAR 6, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1624) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2008
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.

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