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Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Imperial Stout
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.


timmwillum's rating

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timmwillum (64) - - NOV 3, 2013
Meget fin og MEGET mrk brune. God sdme uden at det er for meget. Flot l.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (853) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
Strong version of the classic Buffalo, originally only intended for export on 75 cl. Yellowish beige, dense head, colour a very opaque brown, bordering on black but not the jet black I would expect from a big stout. Aroma of liquorice, coffee, almond, milk chocolate, candied dates, cane sugar, biscuit, aniseed, blue grapes; taste malty, soft with a powdery and somewhat oily mouthfeel, dark fruits, sweet, perhaps even a tad syrupy, nice spicy notes adding complexity and finishing in a kind of friendly roasted bitterness with herbal hops and warming alcohol. Very well balanced.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mikske79 (1096) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
Ik ben sowieso geen fan van stout-bieren, en dit is geen uitzondering. Ik vond het niets voor mij

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (9) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 Rule 1: there is no aroma. It is quite odd, it just smells like nothing. Taste is super nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5359) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from backlog notes. Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a medium sized off white head with good retention. The aroma and flavor had roasted malts, chocolate, some tart dark fruit character, spicy yeast, candy sugar with a splash of vanilla, medium body, the tart/soured character is very distracting.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (104) - Padova, ITALY - JUL 19, 2014
Particolarissima imperial stout, differente da altre dello stile. Se uno vuole sentire il tostato e il caff tipico delle stout, pu rimanere deluso. E invece una birra tendente al dolce. Il colore mogano scuro e la schiuma fitta e persistente, leggermente marrone. Al naso si percepisce un lievissimo affumicato, ma pi ancora del maltato. In bocca per me stato un capolavoro di classe e di equilibrio. Il corpo tra il medio e lo strutturato e lalcol ben nascosto: si beve quindi bene. Sentori fruttati e maltati, ma anche accenni vinosi molto gradevoli, di Porto. Solo nella parte finale della bevuta si pu avvertire il tostato, ma sempre molto leggero. Una birra di gran classe e mai stucchevole: si beve facilmente e offre grandi emozioni.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (2768) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle at home, Helsinki. Originally rated 04072012. Colour is dark brown with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, caramel, sweetness, some coffee and malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (291) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2014
Donker bruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is licht zoet en rokig, bitter en droog. Blijft redelijk lang hangen.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thanatosti (900) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Hogerdijk, Culemborg. Dark brown with a tan head. Caramel aroma with minimal roasted malts. Taste is sweet and aftertaste also sweet. Overall too sweet and not enough roasted malts to be a good stout in my opinion.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (1988) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle at Jamess. Pours black, sugary and sweet, dry roast, like a milk stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OllieBBommel (1058) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2014
Draught@Lobbes Amersfoort. Head: milkcoffee coloured, shrinking. Colour: ruby brown. Aroma: vague roasted malt, fruity. Taste: bitter-sweet, chocolate, coffee. Palate: smooth, somewhat watery, bitter-sweet finish. moderate CO2. Overall: nice.


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