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

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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle fermented. Brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.


1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2012
There are many, many things you could call this beer and have it turn out alright, but if this is an imperial stout, then somebody really screwed the pooch. Pours amber-red, not even the color of a brown ale, much less a stout. Smells super-fruity with a pilsnerish undertone. Weird as shit for the implied style. If I didn’t know better, I’d think the gentlemen at Brouwerij Smisje slapped a trendy label on a subpar dark Belgian Ale and hoped us stupid Americans would just pass off the beer’s inconsistencies as Belgian flair. But calling this beer a stout is like calling Bud Platinum a barleywine. Mild bitterness, no roasted, chocolate, or coffee notes, and an offputting sweetness that mixes with that reoccurring pilsner note. I dare you to blind taste this beer and guess it’s an Impy Stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3428) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2012
11.2oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours brown with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, a little roasted malts, and floral hops. Flavor the same, not like an imperial stout but good for a Belgian beer. Average texture. A decent Belgian beer, but not the best stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2012
26th February 2010
Cloudy chocolate brown beer. Huge foamy biscuit coloured head. Soft malt nose, hint of smoke. Fresh tasty malt, quite fruity for the style and with a little milk chocolate and a pleasing amount of smoke. Finishes with more of the same. Interesting RIS, not rich, thick and sumptuous but wins with it’s dark fruits and chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2012
Squat bottle from Capone’s. Pours clear ruby brown with Brobdingnagian khaki 4-finger head that laces copiously. The repour gives floaties and more turbidity. Nose is heavy maple syrupy malt, vinous fruit, oaky bourbon. Tastes rich, fruity, with a big vinous fruity flavor, some dark roasty malt, and yeasty funk. Medium to light palate heft. This one was a letdown.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pours light for an impy stout - dark amber brown honey in color with a nice light tan head. The aroma is sweet almost like a barleywine with some boozy notes. The flavor of the Belgian yeast is dominant here with sweet malty notes, differentiating it from the American Imperial Stouts for sure.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olio (5283) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 15, 2012
33 cl bottle @ Brussels.
Rated on 20100718.
Pours murky brown color with small head. Aroma of ripe and a bit sour fruits, vegetables, mild liquorice notes, dark malts, dry chocolate and hops. Flavor of ripe fruits, malts, chocolate notes, vegetables and spices. Quite odd mesh of flavours fighting for dominance. One of the worst impys I’ve tasted.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (9853) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2012
Hazy reddish brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, spicy and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. Why is this classified as an Imperial stout? 130312

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (9839) - DENMARK - MAR 13, 2012
Bottle. Clear dark amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, yeast and dried fruits. Flavour is malt, caramel, toffee, yeast, dried fruits, spices, medium sweet, high carbonation, phenols and notes of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2012
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering spicy finish.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SlovakSniper (2815) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
(33 cl, bb2014) Un impérial brun. Un anneau de mousse. Un nez de caramel et de chocolat avec un fond délicatement suret. Tout simplement. Un goût qui m’indique que je ne suis pas devant un stout impérial. Des grains foncés? Oui. Un alcool qui perce? D’accord. Des grains lourdement rôtis et une présence lourdement maltée? Non, pas du tout. Une levure belge? Sans doute. Une bouche bien construite? Plutôt un inconfortable pétillement et une texture mince. Une finale surette et chauffée par l’alcool? Tout à fait.


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