dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown,almost black with ruby highlights and a large tan head. Aroma of chocolate and nuts,fruit,roasted malt and yeast. Starts sweet finishes dry, very malty,fruity,high carbonation on the palate. Plums,rasins, chocolate and bitter.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque brown with some cloudy yeast, whopping tan head. Aroma is very ’Belgian’; yeasty, fruity, vinous, and sweet. Flavor is odd but tasty...like a Westy 8, all the complex vinous and fruit flavors, but with roasted malts. Interesting and delicious.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black with a lasting thick tan head. Thought that it would pour heavier, but it still poured strong. Aromas of light nuttiness, roasted malts, slight yeast. Flavor was dry red wine mixed in with smoke, roasted malts, and some hops and alcohol in the finish. Like other raters have noted, very heavily carbonated.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 (Bottled) Opaque, very dark brown color with a huge, beige and tight head. Dry and slightly sour aroma of herbs, licorice, plums, burned malt, roasted coffee and ash. Very malty, dryish, ashy, burned and wineous coffee flavor. Roasty coffee aftertaste. Quite hoppy, but not as much as Sinebrychoff Porter. Dry, medium to full-bodied, ashy and astringent palate with foamy carbonation. No alcohol present. A pleasant, very dry and roasty stout.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown/black with a light brown head. Moderate to high carbonation. No roasted or coffee flavors or aromas which is wierd for a stout - especialy of this high abv. Most of the aroma and flavor is from the black patent malt. Lots of burnt flavors with a hint of sweetness in the background. Moderate bitternes in the end. Not nearly as much belgian yeast flavor as I expected either. Kind of bland but unique.
Darkover (1515) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with a huge tan head. Aroma of cherries, smoke, roast and belgium. Flavor of dark fruits, belgian yeast, roast and alcohol.
DrnkMcDermott (2798) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2005 Bottle, thanks to <a href=http://ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=6181& for the trade! Dang! Gushes upon opening, and I had to stop to clean up. Oh well. Pours like a big ol’ Coca-Cola, with a foamy head. There was a whiff of cherry when the gusher hit, but it wasn’t in the glass. I can’t get the Coke impression off my mind when I taste it. I do get some figs as I go along. Roasts are very delicate, and more than matched by the alcohol. Bottle fermentation has really given this a nice spumanti quality, or more like a Jack and Coke (there it is again). Well, being as it’s a Belgian, I wouldn’t have expected it to hew too closely to style, but damn if this isn’t one sweet brew! Additional note: Oooh, I had this rated at 3.7, but as I finish drinking the beer, it just gets more intense. That worth a few more notches! Yum!
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Thick (3 fingers) loght brown head. Very foamy. Cloudy dark brown body. Some medium particles at bottom of glass. Head lasts a long time.
Aroma: Very sweet malty. Earthy scotch (peaty?). Hint of alcohol. A bit light on the aroma.
Palate: Watery, dry, good carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.
Flavor: Light coffee, dark chocolate backbone. Belgian yeasts. Very sweet up front. Get a slight sourness on the finish. Spicy. Slight unlit maduro tobacco taste (not smoking yet). Interesting belch flavor.
Overall: If this didn’t cost $4.49 a bottle (singles), I’d definitely drink more of these. I am very pleased by this beer.
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Bottle. Sweet, spicy liquorice aroma. Unclear, almost black colour. Very big, stable, creamy, light brown head. Very flavourful, roasted coffee. Also quite fruity and salty. Sweet coffeeish aftertaste, also very bitter. ABV is noticable in the finish, but not very clear before that. Very high carbonation.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled March 2005
As I pour this beer I get aromatic notes of raisins, rum, and figs. It is quite well carbonated and pours with a light brown head that sits atop a dark black beer. When I go in for a deeper smell I get rich malty notes intertwined with notes of sherry, and a dry vinous note that reminds me of an earthy red wine. It is interesting how the aroma of this beer is similar to some rich red wines, I get notes of berries, almost jam like and a rich woody earthiness.
Upon first sipping this beer it literally froth on my tongue from the ample carbonation, so I swirl a bit of it out. The taste is sweet up front with notes of burnt raisin. It finishes a bit hot from fermentation by products, which actually form an astringent almost bitter component that helps to balance the sweetness found at the beginning. This beer is really light on the palate, almost refreshing in character. I must say I am quite enjoying this beer, there is a nice roast coffee note in the finish that only appears after the beer has been swallowed. There is a combination of carbonation and yeast derived notes that give this beer a spicy, prickly, and perhaps a hint of a vegetal note. All in all this is a nice beer that really is quite intriguing and makes for a contemplative, complex tasting beer.