Boutip (6312) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge deep brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep dry black chocolate with an intense hoppy dry finish. Taste is also a very nice mix between some deep dry chocolate malt with some dry hops and a dry roasted malt and coffee finish. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very complex and not totally American in it approach to the style. A more creamy body would render this even better in my opinion.
Re-rate: 2008 bottle drank in 2013: Wow! This beer has totally changed. There is almost no sign of roasted malt which has been replaced by port notes due to oxidation. This is still enjoyable though nothing close to the original. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Aroma:rosted malt,sugar,liiquorices aroma...
appearance:dark balck,good brown head...
Flavor:rosted malt,alcohol,liquorices good... BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013 Bottle thanks to dchmela. Pours with a thick, creamy brown head and a very dark brown body. Lace and legs left on the glass. Aroma of alcohol, grass, candi sugar, chocolate, cocoa, lactose, bakery, and Belgian yeast. Taste is meaty, unami, chocolate, wood, smoke, nutty with an ultra long duration, vinous finish. Silky, creamy mouthfeel, great alcohol flavor and presence. Borresteijn (6959) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2009
Batch 0. Pours with a black hue and a large tan head with great retention. Aromas are of dark chocolate, figs, deep esters, fudge, glug wine mulling spices, light metal, port. Vinous. Complex, rich and layered. Flavors are malty, earthy, roasty, tar and tobacco. Ash and fig. Moderate alcohol, good malt structure. Medium body, vinous raisins. Lightly warming.
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma of liquorice, some coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, hops. Flavour is sweet, roasted malts and coffee, some chocolate and liquorice. Nice bitter finish with a lingering coffee flavour, which comes out more when the beer warms up. Medium to fullbodied, good carbonation. Very good beer, but a bit too smooth, it lacks a bit of edge imo. And is this really 13%?! hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Saved this one for my 100th rating! Pours thick black and opaque with a thick mocha coloured head. Aroma is huge and complex. Candied lemon, coffee, chocolate, plums, strawberries, and cherries. Tastes initially sweet and then changes with every second it’s in your mouth. Plums, cherries, strawberries, dried apricots, caramel, anise, coffee, a huge wave of chocolate on the finish. This is a really good beer. Smooth, not very bitter, I just want to drink this all day.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Body-opaque with a thick foamy head. Nose-light industrial cleaner, light burnt marshmallow, melon rind. Taste-soft, med t high CO2, burnt malt, burnt marshmallow, medium sweet, acrid, formaldehyde. ilovedarkbeer (2737) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bman1113VR. Pours an opaque black color with a relatively small sized light brown head that quickly changes into an oil slick top. Little bit of lacing. Nose is roasted coffee and dark chocolate, some fruit like wildness that is reminiscent of wild cherries or maybe red wine. Taste is chocolate covered caramel turtles with pecans. Finish comes off kind of salty. Thick and silky mouthfeel. Long finish. Nice. Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Le porto des bières.
Parfum chocolaté et d’alcool, café et réglisse.
Noire et onctueuse elle laisse 1-2 centimètres d’une mousse café.
Très sucrée, moyennement alcoolisée et torréfiée. Houblon peu présent.
Un long arrière gout de chocolat mi-amer.
Très bonne bière, mais sont intensit fait qu’un peu en boire une seule...
Plutôt chère, 10$ CDN pour une bouteille de 375ml... beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2009
On tap at Belmont Station. I had a chance to try this beer previously, but this was the first time on draught. Very dark brown pour, almost black, with a tan head. Roasty chocolate in the nose, soft licorice note. Pretty boozy at first. Overall it’s a decent imperial stout/belgian hybrid thingy, just ok up front, a touch sweet and cloying. I was really impressed with the finish, very smooth with a long drawn out chocolate finish and aftertaste. Enjoyable creation overall, but the booziness needs to soften as well as the price. MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Licorice seemingly grows within the blackberry wine flavors of this Dark Belgian Strong Ale, as roastiness peers on the horizon, attracted by chocolatey lengths. This creative Struise brew is as complex as it is drinkable, which I was not expecting at all considering its announced potency.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A dollop of beige foam is perched atop the obscurity, drawing silky lacing.
-Carbonation is somewhat frothy, but that is to be expected. It never supercedes the dextrins though, actually juggling them expertly.
-Alcohol is extremely well hidden for such a strong brew.
-This brew is not heavy-bodied at all; its mouthfeel is luscious, but it is definitely easier to approach than most American-style Imperial Stouts.
-The finish is a fading out of the flavor profile and is strangely not very bitter.
-I preferred this brew at around 5-6 degrees Celsius, which is unusual for me.
-I’ll age a few bottles and see what happens. The aroma could use a touch of maderization, methinks.
From a few bottles and also on tap at Ebenezer’s.