mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque dark dark brown with think creamy tan head that stays until the end, and leaves a little dense lace. Good but faint aroma of light coffee, sweet chocolate, and sweet fruit-green apple? Silky mouthfeel, light carbonation. Sweet with a citruis bite to start, and stays sweet until the end. Along the trip throught the palate you get sweet dark chocolate, faint vanilla, some sweet fruit, and then a sharp bitterness and carbon from the roast, along with generous heat from the alcohol. I let this lay down for six months, and have never tasted this young. I think a year or two would help to mellow out the alcohol and bring out and meld some of the other flavors. The label says its good up to 8 years. Great stout, not as big and bold as it looks, unexpectedly sweet.
BOSSbrewer (1018) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark dark brown with a tams dissipating head. This bottle was very tart even sour. Not sure if this was intentional. Lots of chocolate and dark fruits also. Interesting beer.
drjay44 (2333) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml. bottle. BBD Sept 2014. Pours a very thick, gradually collapsing light beige head, with some lacing, over a cloudy brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is plum, light coffee, chocolate hints.....taste is dried fruit (plum, raisin), finishing with a sharp spice bitter bite, mostly dry throughout.....mouth feel light of medium, sticky, lightly astringent, alcohol burn present, carbonation adds light tingle. This bottle had a heavy yeast layer on the cap and surrounding the neck. This has obviously re-fermented in the bottle with the heavy layers of yeast. I wonder about yeast autolysis giving the off notes and perhaps explaining the fusel notes. This bottle was unfortunately a beer past its prime. BJCP 6/2/12/3/6
Emeister84 (633) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of roasted chocolate, char, and dried dark fruit. Hazy dark brown with a lasting, clumpy, tan head. Dry, strong, roasty, and subtly fruit, with notes of amontillado sherry. Full bodied with prickly carbonation, and finishes with a somewhat spicy, roasty finish. Very carbonated, exploded when we opened it.
zickbeer_ye (184) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chocolate and coffee scents with roasty malts and mild alcohol slight soy scent. Thick dark brown body and foamy brown lasting head. Nutty Malty Chocolate and black coffee tastes slight grapey alc taste. Dry and creamy on the palate
AKThunder (164) - New York, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a very sweet Belgian stout. Tried it along with a Russian Imperial and they are similar, but this one is much more sweet and creamy.
Beergeek23322 (1661) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
November 2010. Poured black from the bottle with a tan head. Yeasty aromas with roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruit. A bit sour on the finish.
olio (4804) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20100227.
Pours murky brown, almost black color with a large head. Aroma of yeast, sourish ripe fruits, chocolate, dark roasted malts and caramel. Flavor of roasted malts, some salty licorice mild coffee notes, sour fruits and yeast. Not too fond of these sour belgian IS.
laiti (4534) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 27.02.2010
Aroma is somewhat sour with soy sauce and salty licorice. Also some distant earthy notes. Flavour has salty licorice, sourness, some soy sauce and caramel. Also some fruity notes. An IS in Belgian way – not my thing.
BVery (5121) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Blue Max. Deep mahogany pour with a huge head - somewhat of a gusher. Chocolate and sour fruit elements - pretty tasty.
DrnkMcDermott (2715) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
$3 single at Binny’s, April 2011. Beer is more of a porter brwon, although markedly darker. Nice foamy head. Sweet candi sugar smell permeates the room as I’m typing. Taste is very sweet, but immediately a tart backwash comes in. Plenty of fizz that helps mix in the tastes. Pretty loaded with hops, even if the bottle’s 2 years old and it’s the Challenger and East Kent Goldings (that’s what the label says). Gets a little gassy just halfway through. Some dark roast malt to it. Doesn’t quite play well with its dark Kandi sugar (again, from the label). This is simply kind of… strange. Which is what makes it a Belgian beer.