GarrettB (1220) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 It is hard to believe this drink comes from the same womb as its burly brother Still Nacht. It is far more moderate, pleasing and it doesn’t try nearly as hard. It is a good beer all around, which leaves me with few words to describe it. The foam is a luscious, capping the beer with a light tan lid. There’s a lot of alcohol in the smell which makes it difficult for me to procure any subtle aromas. If they left any clues, I certainly couldn’t find them. The foam itself tastes very dark and salty as if a completely separate flavor from the rest of the beer. The same idiosyncrasy applies to the beer itself, which takes a wildly different approach from the head and aroma flavor profiles. There is predominantly licorice, but my beer interpretive skills are still dull and were unable to dig any deeper then the sticky fennel, though there seemed to be considerable mysteries to uncover in the darkest recesses of the Extra Export. I was pleased with the malts character of the beer and didn’t mind the saltiness in the flavor. Somewhat perturbing was the overbearing alcohol, most especially spoiling in the nose. Still, nothing to reject the beer for. This brew warrants further study when my olfactory has better training.
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly black with a thick foamy yellowish head topped of a fluffy cap. The aroma is of dark roasted malts: coffee, molasses, rich dry chocolate. All the ingredients of a great stout are present. The flavors echo the nose with a robust blend of over-roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and licorice. The texture is creamy and soft, giving to this virile mixture a touch of grace. A bit unusual for a Belgian but pleasant nonetheless.
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
a really solid great tasting easy drinking stout. rich, creamy, alot of chocolate and coffee going on here too. sweet smelling, sweet tasting. black as night pour with a massive head. not really bitter like an american stout, this is a really drinkable very tasty stout. im sure glad i got another one of these to put away for a while. because this is an amazing stout.
pineypower (2733) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Firewater’s AC....Interested to try a belgian stout....Poured out deep black with a small dark brown head. The aroma was roasty. Tasted of roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate and some bitter fruit or maybe coffee on the finish. I liked this one a lot!
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz botte. Poured black as night, with an enormous head that filled my snifter to the tippy top. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, yeast, alcohol, and chalk. Flavor is intense and huge. Notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, belgian yeast, and alcohol. Awesome beer, slight sourness up front but with a very dry and bitter coffee finish that lingers on for a very long time in a pleasant way. Very lively on the tongue is a very good description on mouthfeel. Full bodied but not cloying. Alcohole became more pronounced as it warmed. These guys make awesome beer. Highly recommended.
harrisoni (15041) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from the brewery. Dark brown/black with lasting thin dark tan head. This is an absolutely intense stout. Tar, liquorice and bitter dark chocolate on the aromas. God, this is intense. Almost primeval. Mouthfeel has the sour notes of a stout with some carbonation. Finish is like swallowing 200g of dark chocollate in one go. Definitely pleasant but it does feel as though you have been mugged by a lump of bitter chocolate wrapped around a prune brick. One hell of a beer though.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full bodied stout that has everything your looking for. Good roasted bitterness, espresso, dark chocolate, full bodied with a silky mouthfeel, the only thing that is detrimental imo is the yeast they use. Imparts that funky belgian quality that while looked for and enjoyed in a nice triple kind of throws things askew in a stout. Still a nice beer and enjoyable for a change of pace.
agr (22) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from "The Beer Shop" in London. Pours jet black with a huge and everlasting head. Lovely fresh aroma. Surprising taste. Vinous, fresh, fruity, roasty, sweet, earthy and lasting taste. Not a typical Imperial Stout
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 A huge his as I popped the cap. Poured in to my Duvel glass. Pitch black, with an enormous tan head, as expected with the amount of gas let of when I poped the cap. The head lasted forever. Notes of prunes, mocha, earthy, and alcohol. I get flavors like an alcohalic mochaccino. Some licorice. Good bitterness. The carbonation is a big detractor. It makes the entire experience almost unwanted. Also has an alcohol burn.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle vintage 2000 found in a little store here in Ohio - Pours black with no head at all. Just a few bubbles line up around the edge of the snifter - Aroma of chocolate, caramel, raisins, andplums, very complex and sweet to sniff. Flavor is interesting to say the least. Dry roasted coffee, raisins, plums, some smoky notes, some licorice and a bit of alcohol finds its way through too.. Quite sweet and fruity but an amazingly smooth and dry palate make this very drinkable. Not heavy for a stout but solid. Very interesting beer.