thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"I really enjoyed this stout. The pour was black with an incredible head. That thing took off like a rocket and shot to the top of glass in a second. It stuck aroud for awhile too. The aroma released was a very dry sweetness, with some roasted hints too. The flavor rules this one though. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and silky. The taste is sweet, and slightly chocolatey. A great stout from Belgium that I can’t wait to try again."
thornecb (5545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a snifter. Huge mocha head develops from dribbling pour -- takes a while. Roasted caramel, alcohol and soy notes. Fizzy and dry with a lingering sour coffee finish.
mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. One of my first true Belgian beers. Not really what I anticipated. Instead of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, or molasses like one finds in many american micro imperial stouts, this beer is almost fruity and floral in nature. After the third or fourth swallow the beer actually tasted like one ground up orange rind and mixed it in with the beer. The citrus flavor was not at all pleasant like in an IIPA; rather, it was sour and unforgiving. Perhaps I need more experience outside of the US.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a huge, very Belgian, tan head. Excellent roasted and dark malt aroma--coffee, chocolate, caramel, etc.--with enough of a Belgian yeast tint to remind you of its origins. There’s also a lot of raisin and fig. Incredible thus far. Very unique flavor--roasted and toasty, but with a huge Belgian character that manifests itself in a yeasty, somewhat sour, middle and end. The roasted bitterness sticks around throughout and really shows itself in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick but too carbonated; letting the bottle breathe for about half an hour would make a perfect palate. Overall, an excellent beer.
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié et de raisins. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un énorme col crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café, de chocolat et de petits fruits foncés. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #537)
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
VERY heady beer. Pours a deep, dark brown with a HUGE head on it. Sweet and slightly pungent aroma. VERY awesome on the tongue. Sweet and tangy with a slightly sour then smoky finish.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appears a dark brownish black with a 3 finger tan head that slowly fades out. Plenty of streaked lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of Belgian yeasty goodness, roasted nuts, cocoa, molasses, raisins, caramel, coffee tinged with anise and rolled oats.
Taste is of the same aromas. Very complex and appealing.
Mouthfeel is mildly sweet, full bodied with chocolate and coffee richness with pumped up carbonation levels that fade out into a smooth, complex ride.
This one actually reminds me of something I just brewed not too long ago...a Belgian Bourbon Oak Imperial Milk Stout without the bourbon, lactose, and oak of course. Looking this up, I found many similarities, in fact, including many of the same malts used, close to the same OG, even used some Nugget hops in the aromatics that came about a total of 53 IBU’s(calculated). I used the Westmalle strain that John at John Harvard’s Wayne gave me. I did use over a pound of lactose though in mine and they used candi sugar. Many similarities by my own estimation without knowing much about this one until now.
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Belgian roasted malt. Smells a bit like a baltic porter, not unlike Baltika 6. Dark, basically opaque body with a large, tan head. Excellent lace. Floatilla visibile at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Initial mouthfeel is strong, sweet, rich roasted caramel malt. Very nice. Carbonation is lively. This is a treat, could pass for a dessert beer. Excellent, yet not overly distinctive.
Skinnyviking (8962) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Beige high and lasting head. Black body. Spicy coffee/choccolate flavor plus alcohol aroma. First impression a bit sharp and bitter flavor. Later more pleasant chocclolate dominated coffee flavor. Alcohol contents well balanced.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Pitch black colour with a huge rocky head. Aroma of smooth roastedness, liquoirice and hints of coffee. Very smooth and tasty flavour of roastedness combined with alcohol and a dry finish all this also have a touch of belgium yeast. Not bad at all.