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


on tap

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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle fermented. Brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (5482) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2008
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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mike_77 (3219) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeinDahlem (1329) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (634) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2008
Zhytos beerfest. On tap. Dark appearance, aroma’s of roasted chocolate and coffee. Bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14036) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2008
33cl bottle bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Poured into my T’smisje glass. Colour is unclear dark brown with a large white head & lacings. Aroma is sweet of caramel, yeast & sugar. Hints from roasted malts. Taste has some citric & ashy notes & is quite bitter. Medium bodied. Alcohol & yeast also clearly appearant. Its drinkable but again very strange & odd for an imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
Bottle.33cl. Large rocky head, murky color, roasted nutty aroma. Full body. moderat sweetness. fine bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle. Darkbrown slight transperant and hazy with a big foamy offwhite and longlasting head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, chocolate and some yeast. Unusual taste, not like other Imp. stouts I’ve tasted. The taste is "Burned", hoppy, sweet and dry in the end. Lovely finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Draft at Max’s. Brown red-grey pour with a white head. Very strong aroma...smoky and firey with lots of malt and chocolate. Very unusual. Slightly sweet taste with chocolate notes. Very overpowering smokiness to it. Tasted almost like barbeque sauce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. Clear dark red brown color with a huge, frothy - creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy hay, straw, pine needle, notes in the finish of licorice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, finish is dry. (Flavor is young and fresh). Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to lively. (A very nice beer but a Imperial Stout ? no it’s a nice beer) (140208)

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