thebeertourist (4520) - 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.
Fin (6627) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, picked up from The Hop Duvel, Gent and consumed 26-12-07 Poured a very dark reddy amber colour with white head. The aroma was sweet malts with sourness around the edges. Tasted roasty with burnt wood dominating initially only to subside to reveal good hops, sourness again, quite tangy but to be fair the sweetness holds firm against all of these other tastes. This is a very interesting and unusual Imperial Stout.
Jerre (2360) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 33 cl. (bought @ the brewery) Hazy dark amber-brown with off-white head. Aroma yeasts, malts, alcohol. Medium body. Taste not really like an other "stout", yeasts, bitterness, alcoholic. Special but not bad.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight gushing to huge, dark yellow head leaving shards of lace, over fully hazy dark brown beer with a huge yeast deposit. Rich nose, chocolatey, slightly sweet with a spike of acidity that has become typical for the Regenboog. Fresh, fruity, estery. Wry taste, with very earthy to tobacco notes over the constant presence of acidity. The wry, dry bitterness seems to win out in the end, were it not for the serious CO² titillation. Another typical & constant Regenboog feature. If I’m not totally convinced, it is because of the clashing of the flavours, instead of blending. Burnt malts, hint of black cardemom. Alcohol pretty hidden, MF seems thinner because of the acidity, no doubt. Quite slick. This is certainly no Imperial Stout as we’re used to. Fine with me, but then the taste ought not to war internally. Still, I think for this genre, another yeast culture might have been preferable.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Bottled, "’t Smisje Catherine - The Great Imperial Stout") Hazy dark reddish amber with a small, but lasting, tanned head with some lace. Not very tempting aroma of glue, cellulose and plastic, with some yeasty maltiness and alcohol - but no hops to speak of. Very glueish, unclean and grainy-malty flavor with lots of alcohol and some bitterness in the finish. With yeast, the aroma and flavor are lot more bearable - but still nothing to cheer about. Medium-bodied, quite low-carbonated, a bit foamy palate. Either the bottle was spoiled (BBE Q2/2012, though), or the brewery should really test their new products before putting them into the market. Strangely, I did finish the glass, as it began to taste more bearable the further I went. Might have been just because of the 10% ABV, though...