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.
Scrapersnbeer (1434) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yeasty, hot butterscotch and dark fruit aroma. Dark brown and mud like in appearance. All sweet and sourish in a hearty dark malt kind of way. Disappointingly thin body, really killed it for me. Amazing how a 93 overall score amounts to half that number for this style. Tough crowd.
_angst_ (2371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought some place I can’t remember. Pours murky blackish brown with a rather small fizzy beige head that quickly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is malty and vinous with sweet dark bread, cereal, caramel, toasted malts, moist wood, red wine, hay, sweet liquorice candy and alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour, malty, fruity and vinous with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, sweet dark bread, raisins, moist wood, cereal, warming alcohol, dark chocolate and red wine. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, tiny boozy, tiny fruity tart and near full bodied. Finish is bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, burnt wood, red wine, alcohol and caramel. Quite good...
Iphonephan (2688) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a massive tan head (this bottle was a gusher!). Tart dark cherry nose. Flavors of licorice and tart green apple. Bitter tart finish.
BOSSbrewer (1315) - 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 (2484) - 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 (753) - 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 (221) - 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 (166) - 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 (2030) - 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 (5283) - 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.