davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
More like a Belgian strong than an imperial stout. Strong yeasty flavours, and sour notes. Not unbalanced though, and very enjoyable. NikkTwist (3200) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Very dark brown pour that starts with beige foam that mostly disappeared. Large swath of dark caramel malt flavors. Earthy, musty wood barrel notes. Dark chocolate cherry cordials. Liquorice roots. Truffles. Sweet orange peels. Fruitcake. Slight smoke. Bit tart. Body reads a bit thin. Belgium yeast is noticeable. Not my favorite, but not bad at all. BeerViking (4712) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle labelled 2007 (thanks Martin!), pours a brown that’s near-black with a beige head, quite gassy though thankfully not a gusher. Nose is cocoa, musty wood, touches of liquorice and Bovril. Rich and heavy yet somehow slightly watery too. More cocoa and liquorice, along with dry bitterness and a slightly tart plumminess in the background. Strong dry and slightly sour umami notes. Very Belgian! Alengrin (5262) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
Made in honour of Chris ’Podge’ Pollard, this was Belgium’s very first attempt at imperial stout. Very dark, almost black colour under a deep, dense beige head; full and rich aroma, lots of chocolate, toffee, wood, coffee, candied fruits, spicy yeastiness; very full and deeply malty palate, fruity with a long dry roasted bitter finish and warming alcohol. Certainly worthy of its style. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Draft at ebenezer’s. Black pour with some lacing. Dark malt aromas, very strong tones. Flavors are dark malt, roasted and other malty tones, has a bit of alcohol warmth.
dfinney23 (3255) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
A sweet stout with more yeast, dark fruit and sourness than is typical, though still predominantly chocolate and toasted malt. JefVerstraete (3311) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2014
Gusher! Black colour, brown foam. Aroma of roasted malts with notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Light sour hints. Good beer! Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Yeasty, hot butterscotch and dark fruit aroma. Dark brown and mud like in appearance. All sweet and sourish in a hearty dark malt kind of way. Disappointingly thin body, really killed it for me. Amazing how a 93 overall score amounts to half that number for this style. Tough crowd. _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle bought some place I can’t remember. Pours murky blackish brown with a rather small fizzy beige head that quickly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is malty and vinous with sweet dark bread, cereal, caramel, toasted malts, moist wood, red wine, hay, sweet liquorice candy and alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour, malty, fruity and vinous with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, sweet dark bread, raisins, moist wood, cereal, warming alcohol, dark chocolate and red wine. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, tiny boozy, tiny fruity tart and near full bodied. Finish is bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, burnt wood, red wine, alcohol and caramel. Quite good... Iphonephan (6953) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a massive tan head (this bottle was a gusher!). Tart dark cherry nose. Flavors of licorice and tart green apple. Bitter tart finish.