BlackHaddock (7956) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
8th Feb 2015: bottle in Brugge. Dark brown pour with a full tanned head for a topping. My bottle gave off a semi-sour wine aroma and tasted similar: might have been skunked somewhere during it’s life: can’t believe Daisey would not have looked after it though. Yeasty, malty and that sourness. Scored objectively as I can. kraddel (9326) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2015
Pours dark brown, good white head. Smell is earthy, spices, green leaves. Taste is bit bitter ( green aspect) roasted malts , chocolaty, earthy in the back. Some spices. Slightly overcarbonated and too thin for 10 abv. Nice, chocolatty aftertaste. Some metalic maltyness Ulysse (539) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2014
Strong aroma of raisins. Tastes like the roasted raisins on top of the bread. Caramel hint and a shade of liquorice. florent.janssens (379) - - DEC 27, 2014
Pas le goût classique du stout. Goût de caramel. On ne sent pas les 10% d’alcool. Arrière goût un peu trop léger. njnut (486) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Poured into snifter a bottle glass brown with a thick lasting tan head. Color aroma and taste not what you’d expect of a stout. Aroma was caramel malts with the slightest hint of coffee. Taste was caramel malt heavy with an alcohol note. Slightly bitter in the finish and oily. Alcohol more pronounced in the finish. To me and I know this is a bit differant than the other reviews but it reminded me more of a nutty British brown than a stout. That’s not to say I didnt like it, in fact I did but I think it is mislabeled.
Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido. Dark brown pour with copious beige foam leaving behind thick lacing. Aroma of chocolate, minerals, earth, and booze. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, with a dry palate, very chocolatey, no roasty or toasty flavors. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Improves in taste as it warms. This is a decent imperial stout but it seems rather one dimensional toward chocolate and bitter. Probably won’t repeat. More like a highly hopped strong porter or dark Belgian strong ale. jerohen (2379) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottled, 2007 vintage sampled in 2014 (i.e. 7 years old). Opaque black, beige head. Very ’aged’ nose, port, molasses, raisins, roasted malts. Flavor mainly consists of roasted malts, bitterness, licorice, some coffee. Little bit thin in mouthfeel, but that may be because of the age. Not spectacular, but certainly not bad. Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 29, 2014
I popped the cap and there’s a slow oozing of the beer.
For an imperial Stout, it has more of a colour of a barley wine. A murky rust. The foam does a good job of shrinking from the initial pour leaving lots of lacing in its wake.
It smells like an aged barley wine. Caramel malt with a very noticeable Port like aroma. Marvelous.
The taste holds no surprises. Rich malty goodness with the Port flavourful I mentioned in the smell. I notice some oxidation which probably explains the Port.
Very nice and smooth mouth feel.
I guess I am digging this more than most, judging from the reviews. Oh well. Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
This was one of the former Regenboog beers and the first Belgian impy after Alvinne’s Podge. Very thick and rocky, sticky, light beige head, very dark and cloudy chocolate brown colour, not entirely black as one would expect from the style. Powerful and rich aroma of chocolate, pear, coffee grounds, yoghurt, raisins, lavender, port wine, parsley, candi syrup. Soft sweetish palate, candied fruits, mellow and fluffy mouthfeel, deep chocolatey maltiness, mouth-filling coffee-like bitterness in the end with a sourish touch for balance, long. Atypical, more a roasted Belgian ale than a real imperial stout, but a great beer nevertheless. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2014
This isn’t an imperial stout - it’s just not. ABV is high enough, but it lacks classic stout flavors. Instead of roasted malt, this beer is mainly dominated by caramel malt and butterscotch. Rich and heavy. Tall white head, dark brown color. Musty Belgian yeast. Not recommended.