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


on tap


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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle fermented. Brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 11.2oz Belgian "grenade" style bottle. Murky, muddy brown-black color with a nice foamy head. Brown sugary sweet and very, very smooth, this one is a classic. 3.3 rating, WTF, this beer outclasses many of the high rated Imperial Stouts. It doesn’t, however, really have too many traditional stout-like qualities. A little light on the chocolate malt, baby! Imperial Brown Ale? Nonetheless this is a seriously impressive beer, very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2009
bottle, pours dark brown with a big tan head. Hoppy nose. Huge biscuit malt flavors, little bit of alcohol and a roasted flavor. This is an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (807) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 29, 2014
I popped the cap and there’s a slow oozing of the beer. For an imperial Stout, it has more of a colour of a barley wine. A murky rust. The foam does a good job of shrinking from the initial pour leaving lots of lacing in its wake. It smells like an aged barley wine. Caramel malt with a very noticeable Port like aroma. Marvelous. The taste holds no surprises. Rich malty goodness with the Port flavourful I mentioned in the smell. I notice some oxidation which probably explains the Port. Very nice and smooth mouth feel. I guess I am digging this more than most, judging from the reviews. Oh well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5756) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
Pours a hazlenut brown with an enormous fizzy light brown head. It has a very Belgian aroma with yeast, overripe fruit and a hint of roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes spicy and creamy with notes of caramel, toffee, wood and chocolate and a nice earthy bitter end. These Belgian imperial stouts are new for me, and I like them. Very satisfying, full bodied and creamy. The alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
Dark brown color, big head, reducing fast. Moderate Belgian aroma, with light chocolate. Good body strength, with a very good mix of caramel flavor, some chocolate, rubharb candies, fair sweetnss, strong bitterness, alcohol bite. Solid and well balanced. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
bottle courtesy of fata, thank you! talk about liquid bread, the hell with giunny! this stuff pours thick and opaque brown with some lil crusty, floury floaties. the nose is of dough, lots of dough! sweet with vanilla and butterscotch extracts, some hop flour dust. the taste is full on fresh dough, a hint of cinnamon, with a very present hop bitterness in the back. the mouthfeel is super, super full, chewy, and creamy. it lingers and makes you want a drink of water to wash it down. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1907) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle. Color dark brown with big head. Aroma alcohol, grapes, caramel, dark fruits, roasted. Taste sweet, wood, chocolate, caramel, fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Draft at the Birch. Delivers with the visuals you want in an imperial stout ... frothy, deep, dark, red and brooding. The aroma is sweet and foreboding. Drinks with a kick of prune and alcohol. Quite the entertaining beer! (#4693, 7/14/2012)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
Bottle.33cl. Large rocky head, murky color, roasted nutty aroma. Full body. moderat sweetness. fine bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2008
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.

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