Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured brownish black with a definate ruby glow to it along with a thin tan head...smell is roasted malts with a touch of coffee...mouth was quite fruity with prunes and raisins...a hint of peach or apricot too...finish was more familiar, bitter coffee along with a numbing fizziness on the tongue...quite interesting...
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stout? ok there is some roasted malt flavor in there...but this is a highly carbonated. yeasty,make my mouth tingle..some coffee,,lots of stuff to experience here..very enjoyable..would like some more santa..thanks.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.10.04 330ml bottle given for my birthday from a non-beergeek aunt, wooo-hoooo!! Black chocolate hued brew under a giant head of hefty bubbles. Very fruity aromas waft about the room as the head dissipates and I note pineapple and vanilla before my face even gets near the glass. Especially fruity for a stout, and yeasty as all get-out with leather and prune aromas. Absolutely knee-buckling delicious from the first sip; I shed a tear, but that might have been the tingle of eff that got me. Concorde grape, leather, tobacco, anise, vinous, dry. Not terribly stouty, but so so tasty. Complex. Very boozy, late choco hints. Oddly, I finish this brew feeling like Iím missing something. Huh. But still, Yum. Yum. Yum.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So dark that when I hold it to the light, no light comes through. The head was huge and rocky, it settled down into a nice even layer of thin foam. Cappucino, chocolate, and that wonderful belgian fruit dominated the aroma. The aroma was so good I swear it lingered. It tempted me to taste it, and boy was I glad I did. Lots of carbonation that makes this beer creamy in my mouth. It just barely sweet and has a very different dryness at the end. Chocolate, cherry, and a bit of coffee. There is a slight hint of alcohol at the end, the only thing I can dock points for. Iím trying very hard to find a fault in this beer, but I just canít. I love this beer, and the brewers.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark as night w/thick big mocha head. Nose of cappucino, chocolate, molasses, carmel and a belgian fruitiness I attribute to the yeast. Med-Heavey weight with light sweetness and drying finish. Chocolate, cherry, vanilla, coffee, and slight bitterness mixed with raisen quality. WOW, well balanced, soft and carressing. Awesome beer!
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, with a voluminous head. Earthy yeasty aroma, hint of dark sweet malt. Bags of dark sweet malts, without a trace of astringency. Full bodied. Rather sweet, but touch of acid in the finish cuts it just about right. Sweetness comes out in the aroma, as does some nice plummy notes. For my money this blows Hercule right out of the water.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly opaque rich dark brown with a very large and well-lacing frothy tan head. Rich Belgian caramel malt and yeasty aroma has a touch of acidity and dry smoke. Body is not your typical stout, mostly because of the bready Belgian yeast character. It has a mild sweetness throughout and a dry, musty, spiced peat malt finish. Alcohol is mildly noticeable in the finish. Nice complexity overall and a very interesting brew. I wish Belgium would make more stouts. Thanks TChrome!
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours into my Nonic a deep dark rich black (with red highlights seen with a lamp behind the glass) with a two inch fizzy head that diminishes with no residual lace. The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, some dark fruits, some lactic notes, and quite nice. The flavor tastes very Belgian compared to other Foreign Stouts with a much more cleansing body and somewhat less rich. There is a roasted malt component, a lingering bitter chocolate, perhaps some stale hops to provide a hint of blue cheese tang, and a touch lactic sour in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but yet somewhat heady to the observer. Again, much more carbonated than I expect from a Foreign Stout, but still good. You seem to fill up with air bubbles. Overall, a different take, but a very nice one, on an interesting style. Thanks to Ryan at Cellarís Minnetonka and thanks once agin to the mad brewers!
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deepest darkest brown, massive tan and lasting head. Yup, what you would expect a Belgian stout to look like. Aroma yeasty, of dark fruit and alcohol warmth. Bit of roast as well. Fascinating flavor, dark fruits play with a very gentle roasted flavor, all enveloped in an alcholic warmth. Note of cherries as well. Very complex. Not for those who dislike alcohol flavors. This stuff is absolutely fantastic. My favorite from this brewer?
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The fumes arose and sprinkled upon my senses a medly of musty nuts and roasted malts..these were dripping in a grapey dimetab coat..growing mustier and dustier and tart..It poured a dark colo with a think pond scum-like frothy head above which took no time to stick to the glass in lacey artistic ways...The flavors were like a thick flood of sticky fudge, flowing through the streets picking up piles of dried fruits..the alcohol flavors kept it interesting and the concord grape, coffee, roasted malt, nuts, yeast, port, and hazlenut flavors made it exceptional..it had a lucious, silky, oily mouthfeel..and was probably one of the best stout palates out there...Why arenít there more belgian stouts...the ones that do exist are all kick ass.