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Brewed by Brouwerij Smisje
Style: Imperial Stout
Mater, Belgium
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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Great Reserva is Catherine The Great I.S., aged for 5 months on cognac barrels.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
BottleÖ Murky brown ale with a large, fluffy, khaki head. Terrific retention. Thick lace left behind once the head begins to recede. The aroma is a complex blend of freshly baked bread, Tootsie Rolls, pralines, dates and brown sugar. Medium-bodied and chewy with brisk carbonation. The moderately sweet, doughy flavor provides alcohol warmth, chocolate and dates. Dries out a touch at the very end. Nice Quad! Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2450) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle thanks to Rciesla for sharing. Brown pour with tan head. Aroma is boozy and is of dark fruits and brandy. Flavor follows but is all over the place. 10 percent is probably the most redeeming quality.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
11.2 oz bottle from Oak Tree. Okay I wonít and canít state this enough, how in the hell is this beer an Impy Stout?? It didnít look like a stout, it didnít smell like a stout, it didnít have the mouthfeel of a stout and it sure as hell didnít taste like a stout. Poured a clear deep reddish/brown with a cremy smoth light beige velvety head. Aroma was odd with notes of burnt oranges, chocolate, slight oak, grassy earthy hops and some muddy notes as well. Fuller dusty body that finished rather dry. Flavor was woody, alcohol, burnt malts, and some cognac notes. Wow was this a let down, first off all itís no Impy stout...hell itís no stout in my book by any means and on top of that itís not even that good. This one is overdone and whatever the base beer is/was it has been washed away by the overaging in cognac barrels.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle thanks to Dmac. It pours out a muddy reddish hued brown with a slightly off white lacing head that lasts throughout the beer. I had to do a double-take of the label....imperial stout????? Aroma is of some toffee, light bittersweet chocolate, some yeast, slight fruit and a slight alcohol note, 0 for 2 so far, neither the aroma or appearance tell of an imperial stout. Taste is of some light bakerís chocolate, a lingering nutty note, some yeast and a little bit of fruit, slight alcohol creeps in there on the finish. Nothing about this beer says imperial stout, Iím thinking more of a BSA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Many thanks to Marc for the bottle!! Rating #3700. Like the Catherine, just about the lighted colored imperial stout Iíve ever seen.. medium reddish-brown (clear, at least initially), but this had an awesome head to it (sticky, creamy medium beige that left sticky lacing on the glass). The aroma opened with a lovely impression from the barrel treatment in the form of redder vinous notes and aged French oak.. sour and engaging.. the "stout" was deep down, with semi-sweet chocolate and nutty character.. vanilla and brown sugar sweets were interesting on the back. The flavor opened with tangy oak and rich cognac with a mild metallic hit (not necessarily a flaw.. more like part of the booze was aged in stainless).. aged caramel, nutty notes, and brown sugar rolled across the middle.. vinous notes were laced throughout, and play a great part on the finish. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. sweet overall, but it also had lots of tanginess from the barrel. The cognac for the most part took over the less-than-substantial stout, but I gotta say that it didnít do so in a dissapointing way.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy murky dark brown with a big foamy tan head. Aroma of yeast, wood, light fruit and some funk. Flavor was dark malts, wood, vanilla, light fruit and some faint spices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2009
Hand Grenade. Pours a murky brown body with a tan 3 finger head. Some light chocolate, wood, alcohol, whiskey and a light apple and brandy character. Moderate warming with a chewy sweet spiced character. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil shared by Larry or something. Dark pour. Kind of tart, wheaty, charcoal aroma. Notes of red wine. Sweetish flavor, coal and ash, minor wine and barrel character. A neat attempt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Good aroma. Fruity. Very much like a dubbel. Candi brown sugar. Flavor starts out similar to aroma, but then a charcoal campfire flavor comes in, and the finish is very chocolaty and somewhat roasty. Itís the only stout part of it. A little too carbonated but it works well with the dubbel nature of it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Murky brown pour with a solid tan head. Aroma of wood, tart berries and very mild chocolate. Flavor begins with cognac and sour fruit, but transitions quickly into oaky chocolate. A nice bit of acidic bitterness makes for a long, but pleasantly clean finish. Solid palate mouthfeel works well for the beer. Pretty interesting beer.


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