jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was very pleased in myself for ordering this beer, mostly because it was somewhat expensive, and I had the money to do so (but even better was it wasn’t included on my check at the end of the meal!). At any rate, it poured very dark, black really, Aroma wasn’t terribly sweet, but of coffee and yeast. Flavor was quite bitter, I wasn’t really expecting that, I thought it would be more like LIon Stout, but it wasn’t. Palate was a little thin, but definately a great sipping beer.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - MAY 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this was a bit surprising. pours a chalky dark brown with a massive greay head. aroma is chocolatey and has a bit of burnt tartness to it. Flavor is very much like that of Bièropholie Impérial Stout...chocolate covered strawberries, slight coffee, and like zeswaft says...a bit of belgian yeast funk. Mouthfeel is smooth and starchy.
Zeswaft (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting stout. Has a sweet kind of dark chocolate and woody aroma. Had a huge grey head and black color. Flavor is burnt coffee bitterness and a little belgian yeast. Pretty foreign, though it’s my second.
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 (3119) - 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 (12623) - 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 (2073) - 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.