Fin (10469) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - DEC 27, 2007IndianaRed (4540) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 1, 2017
Bottle, picked up from The Hop Duvel, Gent and consumed 26-12-07 Poured a very dark reddy amber colour with white head. The aroma was sweet malts with sourness around the edges. Tasted roasty with burnt wood dominating initially only to subside to reveal good hops, sourness again, quite tangy but to be fair the sweetness holds firm against all of these other tastes. This is a very interesting and unusual Imperial Stout.
Bottle, a murky medium brown. Quick livelt light tan head. Strange carmelized malts, light dates and raisons, and a slightly sour tannin bite at the end. Very strange, not a stout, and not good chinchill (4899) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2016
330 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. $5.50 at Total Wine.
Bottle released considerable pressure when the cap was unsealed, suggesting it might gush, but it was well behaved. It did raise a very tall head in the pour. This reduced to a complete top coat fairly quickly.
A cross between a Belgian strong, a Belgian stout and a RIS, the Belgian character is particularly evident in the aroma. No points deducted for style: this is delicious and, besides, the "Imperial Stout" on the label may be due to the US distributor. Very good balance and complexity.
Overall: recommended. jbruner (4688) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2016 Pours a hazy dark brown from the bottle, not like a stout at all. Aroma and taste of sweet caramel malt and fruit Belgian esters. Wtf is this shit. Not an imperial stout at all. Opened two bottles and both equally horrible. imdownthepub (14440) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Bottled, 330ml aged 8 years, donated by Fin, cheers. Black with short lived head. Big, heavy Imperial Stout, there are molasses to the fore along with a sticky dates type flavour. Barley sugar in the yeasty notes, heavy tarry and earthy flavours. Coffee dregs. Rather an unusual result with this one through the ageing. Leafs93 (2289) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roast, toffee, earthy and smoke. Taste is sweet with roast bitters. Medium bodied with thin mouth feel.
Brewhemia (308) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2015
This has to be the palest imperial stout I have seen so far. Looks more like a dark barley wine to me. Wow, and the aroma is really like a barley wine. Really yummie though, since I love barley wine. Rasins, prunes, caramel and the likes in the aroma. I like the taste as well though it seems a bit style confused. I like the maltiness that was present in the aroma as well, but I dont quite as much like the sourness it has to it. To me it doesnt really fit the maltiness. If I hadn’t read the label I would have called this a barley wine. JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Copper to umber in color with a giant, creamy, vanilla colored head. Solid sheet of lace. Toasted and acid dark malt scents. Hints of herbs and alcohol. As I pour the last of the bottle, some real sludge at the bottom of this one. Now its appearance is murky brown with fish food adrift. A smoky malt profile. Light and quite airy in feel. A savory brew, but not a dark roasted malt stout. This has more qualities of a either a traditional, Belgian strong or barley wine. Certainly has its complexities. Ok, perhaps a quad. I seem to be searching for more. Vinous towards the end. I find myself taking smaller quaffs to limit the overload. Perhaps I am not worthy, to steal a line from Stone. 2/10 Iphonephan (6946) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2015
From a 33 cl bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a thick bubbly tan head. Somewhat herbal nose. Flavors of caramel. Lots of carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. BeerBaboon (2083) - FINLAND - APR 25, 2015
Pours brown with off-white head. Aroma is spicy and fructose (fruity, sugary). Flavour is roasted, sweet, fruity and dry bitter. Not very imperial stout -like. BlackHaddock (7232) - 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.