mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a rich, deep black body with a massive gushing brownish head. I’ve been waiting to try this for a while now...Pleasant aroma of bread, chocolate, toffee, and a touch of anise. Smooth chocolate and very bitter bitter roasted coffeee flavour. The carbonation is actually quite high but there is still a big flavourful punch in this poignant body. Alcohol is well masked and along with the big bitternesss there is some sourness from the malt. Very good.
GregClow (3097) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Deep, dark ruby-brown with a huge tan head. Very unique aroma - notes of chocolate. coffee, and licorice with a distinctly Belgian yeast note in the finish. Body is quite carbonated, very lively as the commercial description says. Flavour starts sweet, with some chooclate and molasses, but turns dry and almost bitter very quickly, finishing with roasted coffee, licorice and yeast notes. I can see why some people wouldn’t care for the dry/sour character, but I really enjoyed it.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stout opaque with an off-white head and strong retention. Nose is sticky sweet with ginger, cinammon, and a darker chocolate finish. Palate is a little cloying and grainy in texture. Flavor begins with the sweet dark baked goods and mellows with an espresso dryness that is rounded out with a light hop bite. Deep, complex, and rich this is a top-notch stout that is reined in a bit by its too grainy sugar sweetness.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A huge black body, heavy tan head that dimishes quickly. Heavy coffee basis for the aroma, nice malts and licorice. A nice spicy body, almost like a chipotle pepper. Very effective and unusual, typical from Belgium. Warm ending on the tounge.
Christian (12573) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
100% black with a big frothy off-white head. Traditional roast stout aromas of licorice, chocolate and coffee as well as some fruity notes of dates, raisins and perhaps cherry. Complex dark flavours follows the nose, some acid, some bitterness and a touch too much alcohol prescence. What the commercial description happily calls "very lively on the tongue", I’ll call too much carbonation that takes away from the flavour.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge frothy beige head on a dark brown body. Spicy sweet aroma. Sweetness, coffee and chocolate in the taste, but it’s the sourness rather than any bitterness that makes this stand out from the crowd. I just knew the Belgians would produce a beautiful stout.
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a dark tan mocha head. Aroma is tangy sour dark chocolate and mild roast. Flavor is chocolate and mild roast and some of the sour that appeared in the aroma. A nice belgian style stout. Aren’t too many of them, but I like them. This and the jolly pumpkin are nice.
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap. Delirium cafe, Brussel. Dark, almost black with a tan head. Smells sourrish with a subtle coffee aroma. Tastes initially sourrish moving to a more sweet flavour with coffee and chocolate. Finishes more sourrish and a bit fruity. Nice, almost world-class, but a little too sourrish for a stout imo. Gets much better when warming up!(3.3-3.7)
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep black color and foamy beige head. Licorice, anis and alcohol aroma. Taste of coffee, anis and alcohol aftertaste. Good stout.
Bière de couleur noire opaque avec un bon collet beige. Odeur d’anis et d’alcool. Au goût, c’est le café (expreso), l’anis avec l’alcool en arrière goût. Bonne stout, pas mal robuste.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge tan head(chilled!). Scent of nutty burnt toast. Opaque brown-black. Salty, chocolaty coal taste. Strong cigarette afternotes.