mike_77 (2963) - 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.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - 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.
Bontus (625) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Zhytos beerfest. On tap.
Dark appearance, aroma’s of roasted chocolate and coffee.
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
cab (866) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.33cl. Large rocky head, murky color, roasted nutty aroma. Full body. moderat sweetness. fine bitterness.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to MikeTD: Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma, yeasty notes, some roasted malts, floral and fruity notes as well. Flavor, yeasty, some spices floral notes, chocolate, some roasted malts, but not much. Very belgian in character.
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy, dark brown with a big, tan head. Sour berries blend with chocolate and sweeter aromas, supported by alcohol. Flavours start sour, then moves on to comforting, dry chocolate. Spicy notes. Alcohol not so obvious in the mouth. Well-carbonated. Overall, well-balanced and original, even if far cry from an imperial stout, style-wise.