afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared by BeerGestapo, thanks Mike. Pours black with a large foamy tan head. The smell was bitter chocolate with hints of roastedness, alcohol, phenolic, and plum. The flavor was more licorice with some dark chocolate and a bit of sweet fruitiness. It had an amazing mouthfeel, it had a sting of carbonation at the tip of the tongue but by mid palate it was completely foamy and thick like a milkshake. Very interesting.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed in the USA..... Pours black in color with a nice medium foamy beige head. The aroma is of dark fruits like plums with some chocolate notes and dark malts. Taste is of licorice, spices, malts and mild coffee. the mouthfeel is kind of spritzy with a nice foamy body and finishes with some dry bitterness. Overall, I really like this stout and i might buy another one in the near future.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Fruity, roasty, somewhat sweet aroma, hinting of coffee and chocolate. Deep brown body, light brown creamy head. It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of much of Allagash’s over-sweetened line, but with this one they’ve managed to hit just the right balance between a foreground roasty, bitter-chocolate and coffee maltiness, and a background touch of mitigating sweetness. The balance continues into a lengthy finish, and the whole thing works deliciously. This is really a super brew.
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very innovative beer. It has the candy-like sweetness that you expect from a belgian strong ale, plus the roasted, malty flavor of a strong stout. I agree with Elwood’s review, there are definitely some chocolate-covered cherries in here. I really liked it, and the flavors meshed together a lot better than I expected.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured an opaque black color. The head was light brown with good retention and lacing. Interesting mix of aromas that included the likes of subdued smoky bacon, chocolate, and saltine crackers. There was also a whiff of anise. Medium bodied with carbonation on the higher end of the spectrum. A bit salty up front with delicate sweetness emerging toward the end along with mild roasty bitterness. Subdued roasted malt, light chocolate, cola, and minimal toffee. Not bad, but a bit overrated in my opinion.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very deep brown, capped with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, and spice. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, mild herbs, some Belgian yeast character, and some mild bitterness. Medium bodied and very drinkable.
hayduke (4420) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a c&c 750 ml bottle from BevMo in Sacramento, CA this poured quite black with a fat brown head and sticky lacing rings. Nose of roasted malts with coffee and chocolate along with some hard to identify spices that must come from the yeast. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Flavor mirrors the aromas and the finish is dry. Very yummy.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours dark as night with a tall, fluffy, light brown head. Sweet yeast aroma with notes of fruit and roasted malt. An interesting combination in the nose. Medium-high carbonation with a rich and slightly chewy mouthfeel. The palate is quite complex with bits of dark cherry, mineral, earth, chocolate, coffee, candy sweetness, and malt sweetness. Are those chocolate covered dark cherries I taste? A very interesting interplay between a fruity Belgian and a robust stout. It is like having two beers in one. Medium-long finish with the stout notes lasting the longest. Very interesting and definitely worth trying!
Brigadier (3470) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle
Picked up at a store nearby a few months ago I got around to opening this after a tasting the evening before. As I suspected even a few months meant it lost some freshness but it was still a superb beer. The blend of Belgian cultures and stout create a perfect storm of liquid gold.
Aroma / Appearance - The short lived head cedes to a fluid black body. Sheens of lacing slink down the sides of the snifter leaving behind clear trails of alcohol. The smell of cigarette smoke in a dusty used bookstore gives this beer a nice musky profile. Some sweetness sneaks in after a period of letting it warm.
Flavor / Palate - Washing smoothly across the tongue this beer has enough taste to make it enjoyable and yet not heavy on the palate. Roasted malt, ash, black coffee, and a woody finish mark a balanced experience. A bit pricey at $8.99 I may not be picking this up again but if you are a fan of well made stouts from intelligent breweries share it with a friend.
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Big Hunt, Washington, DC. Black pour, dense tan head. Toasty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, smoke, chicory, yeast (banana), with a nice alcohol note in the finish.