jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Home. Fruity sour aroma with hints of cola and light roasted, very yeasty. Dark brown color, irregular beige head, good lace. Light sweet, very fruity, chocolate, light roasted bitterness, yeasty. Alcoholic and warming. Nice but I wouldn’t call it an Imperial Stout.
beastiefan2k (3044) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super cool miketd bonused this to me, right on. It poured with a brown color, but that did not phase me much, I am not looking for the prototypical Impy with this beer. The head was humongous though, all thick and bubbly and very Belgian. The aroma is sweet Belgian yeast dough brownies with chocolate chip highlights. Taste is not as central on the sweet brownie chocolate but turns into a light brown sugar sweetness. A thicker mouthfeel with some reduced carbonation (weird when looking at the large head). Absolutely no sense of alcohol, low on hops and bitterness. For me its another Regenboog hit and another Belgian Strong masquerading as an Imperial Stout success.
33cL bottle, Rodenbach smaller tulip glass, thanks again Mike.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Deep amber orange beer, thick tan head. Aroma is very Belgian, sweet and raisiny with a very plummy, figgy sweetness. Sweet and fruity with the classic t’smisje yeastiness. Soft brown sugar flavour, some light banana and rich spiciness. A bit of chocolate and a little bit rummy. Earthy and slighly peppery. Rich spiciness. Not really an Imperial stout, or any other kind of stout for that matter, but it is pretty solid nonetheless.
Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota and shared by brewfiend. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick and lumpy beige head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark roasted caramel malt, some toffee, a touch of yeast funk, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is slightly mild tart with a sharp spice, dark chocolate, with some yeast background. Finish has a semi-dry yeast aftertaste with a light chocolate flavor. Tasty! But a little light for an Imperial Stout character.
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Turbid dark brown. Toffee aroma. Sticky sweet toffee malty taste. Some vanilla too. Very sweet, spoils it a bit, otherwise good full taste.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 .
larsniclas (6337) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.