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


on tap

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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.

BBB63's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Corked bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Pours a deep cola brown with a fading fizzy beige head and some lace. The aroma has notes of anise and pepper, plum, toasty pumpernickel bread, herbal, dusty yeast esters, a classic Belgian sour/funk woody nose. Actually once I got used to it, it was quite nice!

The taste profile is a bit more simple with anise and peppery textures over a layer of sweet chocolate and nutty malts. These are supported by lactic twang and a herbal wildflower quality. The finish is slightly dry and woody with some smoke out and about.

The mouth feel is lively but reserved, thin to medium-bodied and the alcohol is VERY WELL HIDDEN. Shiz until I just looked I would have never guess anything close to the 9% listed. If you like Jolly Pumpkin stout then you should give this one a spin around the dance floor. This one really grew on me, got better as it warmed. But buyer beware....this is not your normal stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sound67 (570) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2015
Maker: Van den Bossche, St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium *** Beer: Buffalo Belgian Stout (bottled, bottle-conditioned, 330ml) *** Style: Imperial Stout *** ALC.VOL.: 9.0% *** Colour: Dark mahogany, minimally hazy. Big, frothy beige head. *** Nose: Blackberries, alcohol, vinegar. *** Texture: Medium body, oily. Modest carbonation. *** Taste: Licorice, sweet dark berries, some alcohol, yeast, spices at the start. Moderately sweet, but with sip after sip it gets drier. Middle is dry, with lemons, red berries, yeast, licorice still. Finish turns sweetish again, with the licorice over yeast and lemon. Mild, malty, wee alcoholic after taste. *** Impressions: Interesting, unusual take on an imperial stout. Not cloyingly sweet despite 9% ABV, rather an interesting mix of sweet and sour flavours, with a hint of vinegar throughout. Who but the Belgians could make such a beer?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Acid303 (532) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - SEP 15, 2015
33cl bottle, served in tulip. Dark brown colour with a big off-white head. It smells and tastes so weird: roasted malts with a touch of Champagne or Catalan Cava, effect probably caused by the yeast combination. Nothing remarkable on the palate: moderately sweet with no bitterness, very light body for an IS, and carbonation is just ok. Drinkable, but quite boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mateuszk (1115) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown, small head. Aroma of caramel, sugar with very light roastiness. In taste similar. It’s not a stout, just some medicore dark belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franksv6 (613) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2015
Unclearblak beer with almost no head, low carbonation. Taste is sweet, fruity, caramel, chocolade. Nice but on the sweet site.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawanna (2737) - Freising, GERMANY - JUL 21, 2015
0,33 l bottle caramel, coffee, roasty, toast, herbs, black, hazy, frothy, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (386) - SINGAPORE - JUL 5, 2015
Oosters, Singapore on 01/07/15. 33cl bottle (shared) poured into an official Buffalo tall glass. Dark brown colour with a thin beige head. Medium body and carbonation. Aroma of chocolate malt, caramel and roast coffee. Rich flavour of coffee, chocolate malt, caramel and vanilla. Dark fruits and molasses. Nice bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
witthatsbier (413) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2015
33CL Bottle pours a dark brown/black with tan head Aroma is burnt grain bit of toffee Taste is bitter with malty sweet tones very unbalanced nothing special try once and thats it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (4353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2015
330 ml bottle at Brasserie Lombard, Brussels. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, soap, light coffee and alcohol. Taste is sweet and roasty bitter, coffee and soap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
veceo (910) - CROATIA - APR 22, 2015
Very dark brown color, almost black, average sized tan head. Aroma of chocolate, overripe fruits, booze, malts and a touch of coffee. Taste is very similar, but no coffee. Medium to full body, soft to average carbonation. Hm, little bit disappointed here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sureshpa (339) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2015
Aroma: Cheese, sour, hint of roast, strong, gassy Appearance: Dark brown, red glow, light beige, medium disappearing head, medium lace, low carb Taste: Fruity, little cognac, mildly sweet, coffee is, quite nice actually

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