hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Huge tan head that was mostly lasting, small-medium sized bubbles, fair lacing, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a black hue. Aroma was malty, chocolate, roasty, and coffee. Flavor was acidic, lightly bitter, malty, coffee, and chocolate. Very tingly palate. Medium body.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Fruity aroma. Very soft mouthfeeling. Quite malty with coffee notes and a slightly burnt bitter finish.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with large brown head. Malty-sweet, roasted, plenty of coffee, bitter-dry finish.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
mmmm.... de dolle. POursa deep black hue with a begie head. Aromas of chocolate, espresso, and a light hop presence. Flavors of the same with a light bitter finish.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ZBF 2005. Pours dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aroma is full and roasted. Taste is very roasted malts, with some alcohol warming. Hints of bread and sweet malts are present too. It has a long full aftertaste. a truely great beer
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfectly dark body, not a hint of light can penetrate. Very dark, black coffee look to it. You can’t really ask for anything better in appearance. Head is about an inch thick, big and oatmeal colored, with a grayish tint as well. Smell is strongly of sweet malt: chocolate and concord grapes. Taste is very sweet grapes, anise, alcohol (Nyquil-like), brown sugar. After a few seconds on the tongue, a nice crack of hops smacks the top of the taste buds and reverberates into the throat, leaving some roasted coffee notes with the alcohol sizzle. Aftertaste is semi-sweet chocolate/ cocoa powder and toffee. Interesting, complex and certainly has the unique ’foreign stout’ flavor one should expect. Very good beer.
brahms (1) - USA - MAR 8, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap, drunk at belgian beer fest at lucky baldwins in pasadena, ca. bit too tangy for my liking, but incredibly complex taste and aroma. dark dark dark velvety appearance.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Number 1000. A milestone. Had to be something special. And I’ve had some special stuff lately but which rates being 1000. Well, beer buddy Gasspasser stoped by with a bottle of this and all things considered, it was the one to choose. A stout (my favorite style), given by and shared with a good friend. Doesn’t get much better than that. And this was good. Just about black with a frothy brown head. Coffee, chocolate, anise, prune, raisin, all going on in the nose. Nice body. Not as rich and robust as an imperial stout but not thin and watery either. The flavor was coffee, molasses, chocolate, malty richness. Quite good.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting, a belgian stout. Pours dark with a huge greyish brown head. The nose is malty with a touch of spices and yeast. The taste is warm and tingly with just a bit of malts and acidicness. yup its a belgian but its got some good stout characteristics to it. Get a hold of this one if you can.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body with an energetic and long-lived large-bubbled tan head. Smoked raspberry cream in the aroma. Similarly fruity flavor - chocolate, raspberry, and latte bitterness. These flavors plus chocolate roast and alcohol in the immediate finish, smokey in the long run. Very cool mouthfeel - the ’large" carbonation doesn’t make it feel tingly but rather bigger and smoother than it really is. This beer has some good attributes but I’m not getting into it because of the berry sweetness. It just doesn’t mesh well with the chocolate roast. Still, it was nice to see a Belgain interpretation of this style!