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


on tap

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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle fermented. Brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lenusik (119) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2013
This was a strange entry into the Imperial Stout category (although the label doesnít lie). It comes out a dark reddish-brown with a huge beige head. The aroma was sweet malt, roasted malt, and sugar cane. The flavour was also sweet, but also had hints of roasted malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DrSilverworm (9089) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2013
11.2oz bottle, which Iím pretty sure I got from Party Source. This fucking asshole of a beer foamed all over my desk when I opened it. Fuck you, beer. Clear dark brown / red color, looks more like a dubbel than a stout. An entirely unreasonable and unneccessary amount of bubbly airy white head. Had to pour in small installments, every small pour would generate a whole glass full of head again. At least the head doesnít have great retention, I donít have to wait too long for it too fade away. Bigger body. Stronger, soft carbonation. More dry finish. Not at all chewy or thick light American imperial stouts are. Dark fruit, some chocolate syrup, spice. If it werenít for the presence of the roasted malts, Iíd never guess that this was an imperial stout. More sweet taste than bitter. Kind of a tart taste. Light cloying sweet alcohol bite in the finish. Very disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kosmokrator (633) - ITALY - MAR 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Intenso color rosso/bruno con schiuma beige mediamente persistente. Al naso offre frutta fresca, caramello, malto e un tocco speziato tipico dei lieviti belgi; gusto rotondo e dolciastro, note erbacee, fruttate, maltose e lievemente tostate. Corpo medio, effervescenza vivace e struttura oleoso-setosa; ricorda piý una strong ale che una stout e líimpronta belga si sente tutta! Non eccezionale, ma senza ombra di dubbio particolare!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (2528) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2013
11.2oz bottle - pours amber/brown with beige head and thin lacing. Nose is grassy hops and caramel - not what I expect from an imperial stout. Flavor adds roasted malts, burnt coffee, dark fruit, alcohol and herbal hops. Oddly enough the bitterness does not come from the coffee flavors but from hops. The sweetness is more like that of a tripel. Some definite yeast issues in the finish. This mess reminds me of a local brewery. metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (11754) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pear, pineapple, yeast and spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of carmel, pear, yeast, light spice and a hint of earthiness with a smooth lingering fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, Brussels. Rated on 18.07.2010
Aroma has vegetables typical to danish ales, some earthy and roasted notes. And a sourish feeling. Flavour is sourish with vegetables, roasted notes, soy sauce and distant earthy notes. Probably the worst Imperial Stout Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (8062) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, spice and yeast. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vickey9 (825) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2012
Blek blek. Cloudy amber with a white head. The nose is sweet and malty with toffee, dark fruits and light roast.Medium body, moderate carbonation The palate is sweet with notes of herbs, raisins, plums, pears and toffee. B@H

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Deep, rich saddle-brown. Nearly opaque with dark sediment. Wonderful head. My pour sucked and it still looked fantastic. Aroma is complex - Spices and sour fruits, some alcohol. Some nice roasted character comes through, too. Different from what I think an RIS should typically be, but not bad by any means.Typical stout flavor up front with roasted coffee notes and something that reminds me of a pumpernickel bread crust. Fermented plums or raisins also come through. It has a dryness to it and finishes slightly astringent, with a salty edge. Mouthfeel/palate was somewhat dry. Has some body to it. I donít feel the carbonation helps this stout, at all. Itís not overly strong, but for some reason just doesnít "mesh" with the rest of this beerís character. Overall, expensive ($5.99 for 11.2oz), taste does not live up to the aroma, unfortunately. Alcohol is ever-present and the flavors just donít jive. I really wanted this to be something unique. I guess it was - just not a ígoodí type of unique. And they seem to have ditched the humorous (if slightly off-color) horse for a really poor reproduction of Fedor Rokotovís portrait of Catherine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4149) - Holbśk, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle at home. Clear dark reddish color with a very large beige head, nice lacings, yeast sediment. Aroma heavy malty (brown sugar, roasted, fruity, spicy, notes of wood), light yeasty, medium hoppy. Flavor quite sweet and spicy, medium bitter, long lasting, quite dry? Almost full body, lotís of alcohol, warming.

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