tectactoe (2845) - Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Jet black center, only a sliver of deep brown at the extremities with a leathery, tan head on top. Aroma of caramel filled, Belgian chocolate, rich & milky with a sweet creaminess about it. Light marshmallow, brown sugar, & perhaps even a bit of coconut... Or vanilla. Smells like a candy bar. Similar flavors of milk chocolate, light caramel, brown sugar, & a slight hint of mallow foam come out, only now they’re joined by a dark fruity & prune aspect that toes the line between sweet & lightly tart. Pure, Belgian cocoa finish with underlying notes of sweet cream. Full bodied, though not quick thick or chewy. Really enjoyable.
paintedmaple (486) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Fenton Fire Hall...silky, black satin pour with a great mouthfeel. Lots going on in this beer...the usuals coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts, but some Belgian funk, sweet earth, and doughy yeast as well. Fantastic.
tmoreau (2724) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 16 oz. can poured to snifters, showing a ruby highlighted, black/brown hue, with a modest layer of brownish tan, head foam that rapidly reduced to a ring & film, but produced some decent cling to the waves & spots of lacing. The nose was roasted & cocoa, with coffee on the back, and some light woodiness & earthiness. A bit sticky & syrupy textured, the taste was quite brown sugar & molasses sweet, with low, earthy bitterness, a hint of tartness, and hidden alcohol. Only medium bodied, with soft carbonation. Imperial?
novice101 (308) - - APR 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an amazing brew pours pitch black with a dark mocha head, smells of licorice and dark fruits, along with caramel and other joyous sweet notes. Taste is a bittersweet with malts licorice, and some dark chocolate, alcohol is well concealed. An amazing brew!
beastiefan2k (2685) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6oz tap at Jerry’s in Wicker Park. Black beer. Strong aroma of alcohol, roasted chocolate, very syrupy, and lots of sweetness. Flavor is similar with autolysis. Its just to big and too harsh. Lots of Belgian doughty yeast, which I really like. However, too big, too much. I would love an 8% version of this beer, maybe PlowPony.
jstraw (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with thin, frothy, tan head, no legs / Sweet nose of molasses, dark fruit, caramel / Medium body, sweet & syrupy, a touch thin but still inky, not cloying with good fruit, low hopping but bitterness to astringency on finish / Flavors of prune, licorice, molasses, tobacco, caramel / Doesn’t quite come together. Reminiscent of a lighter bodied Bourbon County.
joshwoodward (567) - - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a can. A little on the big and sweet side for me. The alcohol is definitely showing.
ARH (706) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap poured into a poco grande tulip glass. The aroma that comes off this deep, dark pour is a combination of sweet, dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs), malted milk balls, and licorice. It’s a nearly opaque, black-looking beer; although at the right angle, you can pick out the red and brown colors. It’s topped by a dark brown, espresso head. Like an espresso, the head eventually reduces to just a ring around the drink, and after even longer, disappears completely. No lace is left behind. The flavor is highly sweet with a very light bitter note that really only comes through at the finish. The full bodied beer has a subtle, but very soft, pillowy carbonation. It feels like it wants to be a thick texture, but the carbonation keeps it slick. The mouth is filled with chocolate, plum, and fig, and it finishes with licorice, raisin, very light coffee, and a creamy chocolate finish. There’s a very low and subtle alcohol warmth that comes through at the finish. As the drink warms, caramel also appears at the finish. The finish is relatively clean. The aftertaste is reminiscent of chocolate covered raisin and buttery pie crusts; maybe even some pudding-like flavors.
rubbishystuff (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From B and C. Nice to see a Belgian stout, you don’t see that very often. Very nice stuff belgian yeasty flavors with a more cocoa and malt than coffee imperial stout, reminds me a little of tropical stouts like Lion. Head was dark tan and a little creamy but the beer was quite bubbly. Serving: Can
flatmatt (1198) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours black with a light tan head. Really great aroma, soy and dark fruit, molasses, milk chocolate and malted milk ball. Flavors are similar, perhaps a bit more emphasis on the cocoa. Really tasty.