Nuffield (3772) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tremendous appearance, with a head that at first is regular and composed of fine but noticeable bubbles, then compressing into a billowing, rich foam, light caramel in color, all sitting on top of an opaque dark brown body. The aroma is roasted, milky, with a fruit edge (grapes and raspberry) and a caramel fondue--overall, quite nice, complex, but not everything I wanted. The flavor warmed gracefully with its substantial dose of alcohol providing many of the added dimensions, though it isn’t overbearing and it does offer some raisin and rum-soaked plum notes to the bittersweet chocolate (more of a milk chocolate variant than the 80% cocoa kind). The palate is always engaging, being frothy for all of its oil and tempered sweetness. Clearly warming by the end of the bottle. A bit high on the price end, I thought ($4.50 for a small bottle) but worth splurging for on occasion.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy aroma, clove and black pepper, chocolate, toffee, and a little caramel, mixed berries. Very dark brown, tan head. Flavor matches the aroma, evenly balanced. Medium-full bodied, but with a lively carbonation. There aren’t a lot of Belgian stouts out there - maybe there should be more because this is pretty damn tasty.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a gigantic tan head that ever so slowly climbed several inches out of the snifter. Sweet malty aroma, coffee, tobacco, cherry, wood, and some marshmallows hanging around. Complex flavor, sharp and woody at times, bittersweet like 70%+ chocolate, partly smokey even. Heavy body, milky, dry finish with some alcohol bite. Overall I say this is worth it.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red color with loads of head. Smells of malt, fruit, and licorice. Not a lot of stout characteristics. Had hints of fruit, licorice, and the faintest of dark chocolate. Coffee and chocolate notes were the hardest to pickup but they were present. Finishes dry and must. An ok stout.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[PIBF ’04] Bottle. Dark crimson color with good head and lacing. Licorice and roast with some fruit in the nose. Some licorice, rosy, lactic, and oak notes in the flavor. Creamy in texture and a roast/sour and dry finish. Good beer
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, this is fricken awsome. the apperence is pitch black with a slightly off white head. thick fluffy head i got like 4 inches just pouring slowly. smells like a standard belgian but then you drink it. it even tastes like it smells sweet kind of musty a slight bitterness, sweet, but then you get a little chocolate. not really a stout but quite good nonetheless. i would recommend this to anyone. just plain good.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black beer, aroma is of roasted malt and alcohol. Very sweet taste, with that Belgian yeast in there as well. Licorice is the main flavor I detect. I would prefer more hops in a beer of this type (i.e. American Imperial Stouts are more my speed).
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, opaque body sormounted by a tall, gently subsiding brown head. Smells of cherries, dark chocolate, coffee, rhum. Bitter hops balance the smooth caramel and burnt sugar sweetness. Full-bodied, creamy, intense. Great brew.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge foamy dark tan head. Rather sour aroma, with some dark fruit. Muted roast malt flavors, complemented by fig, current, and plum flavors. Finish is slightly musky. Mouthfeel is an even medium.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The most complex stout I have had so far. Very foamy that slowly dissipates. Extremly dark brown. Roasted Malt smell a little cheesy. Slight Bitterness does hit your taste buds at first but it does smoothen out with chocolate caramel consistency. It’s like a stout that meets a Belgian Brown Ale (like a Rochefort 10 meets a stout.)