jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Pour is half pitch black and half tan foam. Nose is vanilla, cocoa, and roast malt. On the palate, vanilla, malt, and cocoa, bit of coffee. Thin on the finish. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Vanilla and cocoa, swimming in a brew that suggested coal to me. Very nice appearance with excellent richness. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Dark black with a huge thick brown head. Aroma of roast, chocolate and liquorice. Flavor of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - JUL 28, 2009
33cl bottle. Pours a black colour with big creamy and persistent brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruits and brown sugar. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol and hints of coffee and rhum. Bodied beer with medium carbonation. Coffe bitterness in the finish. Great Imperial Stout. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Poured black with a fizzy tan head. Nose is roasted grains, toast, tobacco, some cherry. Flavor is loads of dark fruit, roasted malt, some smokiness and some earthy qualities. Body was thin but smooth.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 25, 2009
On tap at Novare Res.
Pours a dark black with a tan head. Hints of tobacco, tar, and spices in the nose. I do get a little hop aroma in there too...but it’s very subtle. Flavors are chocolatey goodness, coffee and dark fruit. Seriously 13%? Hard to believe its smooth as silk. Glad to be in Maine, in the center of where all this great Belgian invasion is going down! HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Bottle, thanks to TampaBrew for sharing! Poured black with reddish highlights and a dense, creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt with notes of chocolate, currant, tobacco, and anise. Body is suprisingly thin with soft carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is hard roasted malt with hints of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit. It’s pretty sweet with a spicy overtone. Finish is roasted with warming alcohol. joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
12 oz bottle: black with hints of red beneath a tan head. tremendous nose of a lot of belgian esters and some dark malts and a tinge of alcohol. thick moutthfeel. first taste is very fruity due to the esters, a lot of low crystal sweetness followed by a touch of roasty malt, that comes through as the beer warms. alcohol adds depth only and is perfectly fermented, this is amazingly 13%, wouldn’t have guessed it was even 7%. a somewhat sour and dry finish ends this extraordinary brew. only critique is maybe a little more roast to fit the style a bit more, but the beer is fermented perfectly and the yeast provides exemplary flavor AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle @ Ölbutikken. Pours black with light brown head. Strong alcoholic aroma roasted malt sweet licorice. Taste alcohol sweet licorice chocolate little hops smooth. Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2009 Pours an opaque blackout with a very full light brown head. Aroma is of chocolate powder, hoppiness in the background. Not as full an aroma as I had hoped for. Flavor is again very chocolatey, in that chocolate mix kind of way. The hops are detectable, but not too robust. Slightly tarry. Wow, just super-fucking-smooth. Totally classy and understated, this should be a favorite among the Stormaktsporter crowd(s). The 13 percent is barely, yes barely, even detectable in the flavor and finish. I mean, this stuff is as stealth as a black cat in the night. Full palate, not gooey though. I mean, if there is such a thing as a sessionable imperial stout, this is it man. Of course, it would have to be a very slow, calculated, and patient session, considering the ABV, but I could see myself drinking multiples of this in one sitting. Though not my single favorite impy thus far, this one is way up there. Elegant. Overall, world class. Thanks Struise.