5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Deep ruby, large frothy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Barnish nose, basement, almost this weird old ashy BBQ funk like aroma.   Its like I pulled the lid off the BBQ for the first time since over the winter and the aroma I got, yeah, its this beer.   Otherwise a little bit of a subdued dark cherry.   On the tongue it feels slightly medicinal, warming, with a touch of band-aid.   Moderate body, albeit smooth.   Malty finish, would be cloying if it were a bit sweeter.   Meh... somewhat of a mishmash.   Not my thing, but its alright I guess.
Pinball (10797) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from www.beerplanet.eu
clear amber, smooth light brown head.
very nice dark fruity slightly tart aroma.
flavor is caramely, nutty, anise, spicy herbal bitterness. spicy and nutty bitterness dominate. Almost tastes like medicine. People into spicy bitter stuff, like english bitter, only way more bitter might like this a lot. Quite extreme.
GT2 (8427) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. The pour is a clear, deep mahogany with a small, tan head. Sticky lace. Aroma is really fantastic: funky, red wine vinous, heavy dark chocolate, raspberry. Mild Beldi olives and brine. Taste is lightly vinegar, some funkiness, but mostly is full bitter chocolate, roast, and very porter like with no sweetness, chalkiness, or powderiness. No sweetness but full on bitter and heavy chocolate. Bitter, oily on the palate. There is some serious alcohol presence, but it is not hot or warming. More like the alcohol in Baileys or Kahlua where it is clearly there, but you enjoy it more than in a shot of vodka. Much different than I expected. And much better.
tastybeer (1727) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours brown with a small biege head. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, caramel, dark fruit. Flavor is a bit roasty followed by a sweet finish as it warms. Wasn’t a fan but it was the closest thing Belgium makes to a porter.
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Comes in a 650ml American styled bomber bottle with paper wrapping.
It pours into my Duvel tulip a thick, dense black/brown with hints of reddish/mud/brown on the edges. The head is one of the best I have ever seen. It is thick and creamy, but foamy as well. It is slightly tan and makes a sexy mountain of joy above the rim. It takes a long, long time to recede. When it finally does it leaves some really nice lacing and a nice frothy cap to the beer.
This one has a great smell as well. It is heavy on the coffee and cocoa, but there also is a nice smokiness to it. There is definitely a divine mixture of malts in this one. Not really any hops though. Underneath it all there is some good yeast notes and some dark fruitiness. Overall it smells utterly rich and roasty.
Wow, this one tastes amazing. Definitely stout-like. This is one of the best "stouts" I have ever had. WOW. It is just jam packed with roasty, chocolaty flavors. The yeast comes out a bit more in the flavor as well providing unmatched depth in a stout. And along with all this is a nice roasty coffee-like bitterness that cuts the sweetness perfectly, it is super balanced. There is definitely more hops in the flavor, adding to the bitterness and also some spice. Other spices include cinnamon and nutmeg. It gets fruitier and yeastier as it goes and warms, I had this one after about 15 min in the freezer.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, but it is near perfect. It is velvety smooth with a light, pleasant carbonation, but not super thick, it is also not watery at all. The alcohol is hidden perfectly.
Why no hype for this one? It is truly the finest big dark beer I have had as of yet. It doesn’t even need the barrel aging, though I think if they did age some of this it would be divine.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-30-2010 23:38:13
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 On tap at Mekong on 11/11/2010. Hazy dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet caramel, molasses and fruit aroma. Sweet chocolate, molasses, caramel and fruit flavor. Full body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/8/3/16
Clear dark brown body small creamy tan head
Sweet fruit and dry caramel and spice aroma
Sweet spice fruit and caramel flavor.
Medium body mod low carb
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The beer itself is copper with an enormous khaki head and some sticky lacing.
S: There’s a surprising smokiness to this beer which is present throughout the glass, but not necessarily in your face. It’s fairly metallic with some toasted malts, cherries, and caramel. A very strange combination of smells.
T: A similar story on the tongue. Toffee, toasted malt, and a slight caramel sweetness. Just a bit of metal, but quite a bit of smoke. There is also a bit of vanilla and a slight creaminess.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.
D: I can’t say I was too big of a fan of this beer. Just some really strange flavor and aroma combinations.
erickok (3533) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 13, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark metalic brown but with a nice form tan head. Bread, toffee, leather and brown sugar. Taste is similar with roasty sweetness at first but balanced by a dry sourness. It’s a rich beer but fails to impress. Combines the weaknesses of a stout and a strong ale, I’m afraid. Didn’t try it ’warmed with whipped cream’ as suggested on the attached paper... (6,95 EUR, 660ml bottle)
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, bottled 4/13/09, #3539. Poured rich, plummy amber with a short, but dense tan head. The aroma picked up a lot of warm, soothing sugars, with English toffee, raw vanilla bean, and brown sugar leading.. dry, earthy yeast, mild oak, and a pinch of lemon accented.. very malt-forward and enjoyable. The flavor found more brown sugar at the core, while the yeast brought forward some darker fruity notes (plums and raisins).. vanilla sweetened up the edges and was joined by a hit of earthy bitterness.. finished with earthy notes and peppery yeast.. tasty! Medium-bodied and dry on the palate despite the big malt bill.. very good balance between the warm sugars, the yeast, and the bitterness.. I’d gladly have another!
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place; came wrapped in a tan, stapled paper pack. Dated ’07 OKT. 2009’ and numbered 5776. Pours a cloudy orange-amber that is more brown in the center with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, toffee, and some mixed fruits. Flavor is equally sweet, with more brown sugar and caramel malts, some underlying fruit, Belgian yeast, sweet bread, and earth. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, malty mouthfeel. Very good Belgian strong ale.