Alengrin (3029) - BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stout from Allagash with thin but stable, light beige head and pure black colour, not allowing any light to shine through. Very pleasant, quite strong, enticing aroma of Belgian chocolates, coffee, banana, cocoa powder, raisins, dried orange peel, dates, candi sugar, sherry, cinnamon, lemon zest. Sweet, candied fruits in onset, brown sugar or candi syrup sweetness, banana and orange peel, after which a thick but soft and mellow, deep chocolatey maltiness unfolds, smooth and velvety, a bit more powdery in the finish, with gentle, mouth-filling, coffee-like roasted bitterness, creamy malt sweetness, a lemony sourish touch and peppery hop touch; the alcohol remains well hidden. Indeed this has a Belgian yeast touch to it, reminded me a bit of Struise’s Black Albert. Well done.
probstblueribbon (3254) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep mahogany with a fair orange-tan head.
Aroma: Starts with a tangy funk of infection (dang), dark-roasted malt notes, a little burnt malt, hints of molasses, mainly infection...a shame.
Palate: Medium+ body with very full, silky carbonation.
Flav.: More of the true beer character with less infection, dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, faint molasses, dark treacle, brown sugar, still has a nasty backdrop; dry with moderate bitterness, slightly tangy, with a long, dark-roasted malt finish.
Seems like it would be good if not infected. That’s too bad.
XaenDovet (1204) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Hazy dark brown. Aroma of Belgian yeast, chocolate, coffee, prunes. Taste is bittersweet. Creamy smooth dry finish.
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly orange black with a resilient, pale beige to white head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, wood, herbs and pine tree. Flavor is sweet chocolate, candy, black licorice and cocoa. Finish is a tad bit tart and lemony. Unexpected!. Rather dry. Light to medium body, average carbonation.
John25 (960) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark cola brown, soapy tan head. Roasted barley aroma with dark fruit/raisin. The taste adds Belgian yeast notes and licorice. Smooth drinkable palate with low carb. Very tasty.
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radarsock (1113) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 I hate my tablet. How can my rating not have been saved? *Updated (slightly inebriated) Rating*. Purchased in town earlier today. $7.99 for the 750 mL bottle. (As a sidenote, astonishment exists to such a degree that I haven’t Ratebeer-classified this specific Foreign Stout before entering it in the database now. How couldn’t I? Get buzzed fast, I guess...for the majority of 1.3 years? Fuck.) To oversized snifter, it pours a samey mahogany/rust brown-tinted charcoal (black, dipshit), with which a watered-down khaki head 1 finger in length stood. Aromas of pipe tobacco, candied sugar, dried lavender, blue agave syrup, roasted bartlett pears, Belgian yeast (no shit, dumbass), topsoil, cognac heat, and the faintest hint of fresh chopped mint. Tastes the same with the addition of black tea, graham crackers, noble hops, white chocolate, and avocados. A tinge, I guess you could say, of "hospitable earthiness", unripe blueberries, and cooking mushrooms (shiitake, silan, etc.), too, experienced at swallow. Undeniably fruitier than I was expecting.
AndyW68 (1202) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyable. Black red with tan head. Aroma is sweet candied cherry. Taste adds a smokey bitterness. Not great, but good.
tillmac62 (382) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOD 156/14. Pours almost black with a quite a bit of dark ruby. Normal head with above normal lacing and retention. Light nose of chocolate, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and hints of dark fruit and roast. Medium bodied with a nice slick texture that hints at creaminess. Above normal carbonation with effervescence in the middle and finish. The excellent flavor profile is of reasonable intensity, quite complex and exceptionally balanced. It begins with semisweet dark chocolate over a very mild roast character. As the effervescent middle begins, the chocolate fades to candi sugar sweetness and more of the roast character is noted. As this sweetness fades, dark fruit notes come to the forefront. The finish is smooth, but has dry characteristics, and a bit of hop flavor and bitterness in addition to hints of coffee. A slight dark chocolate note lingers. The alcohol (7.5%) is totally hidden.
bigda83 (381) - Jamestown, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown to almost black with a small foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, and belgian yeast strands. Taste of espresso, dark chocolate, yeast, and a hint of black licorice. Kind of an oily texture and pretty good beer. Allagash makes some great ones, can’t wait to try more.
ARH (777) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap poured into a snifter. Aromas of cacao come through with noted of roastedness and smoke. Secondary aromas include some caramel, and vanilla, and lactose. The beer is dark and nearly opaque with a brown black color and a creamy tan head. A thick, dense ring is retained with a wispy surface. Ample dense lace is left on the glass. The beer is a medium high level of sweet with a mild bitter. A creamy texture accompanies a soft carbonation in this medium-full bodied beet. The beer is primarily chocolate, but has smokey flavor notes, roasted grains, and raisins in the background. The finish is dry cacao, and is relatively clean. There’s a light chocolate bar and caramel aftertaste.