LearninBeer (460) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma was very interesting, smelled toffee, honey and a hint of coriander (or something like it). The appearance was frothy and creamy with a light brown head. The lacing was very good and the head was mostly diminishing. The body was cloudy and the hue was Black. The initial flavor was sweet and the finish was sweet and bitter and long. The body was medium, the texture was creamy and the carbonation was soft.
NachlamSie (3210) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Man, the head on this stuff is just ridiculous. Very asthetically appealing brew here, the color of the body is a very rich brown with red highlights and the massive head is a firm khaki color. The nose is very Belgian with bright cloves, licorice,raisins, and light caramel sweetness in the aroma. Itís all very balanced, though it doesnít smell like a typical stout at all to me.Itís been at least two minutes since the pour and the head is still mountainous and firm. Iím gonna put this on the counter for a little while. Okay, 10 minutes later the head has gone down to a managable level. Wow, this is amazing stuff. Very spicy and tangy with the whole complex Belgian yeast experience present, yet beneath that is a hearty chocolate/coffee stout. The coffee notes are very much like a good espresso with plenty of bittersweet smokiness apparent. The dry finish is like peanut skins. Great creamy mouthfeel, though not quite as dense as some of the most robust high gravity stouts. Overall, a very savory drinking experience.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours black with a huge brown head. Head was, initially, so big I could not even get half into a 16 oz glass! Relaxes into a rocky brown, then finally becomes a thick cover for the beer. Thickest lacing I have ever seen! Head lasts to the last sip. Nose is chocolatey coffee, but with a fruity sweetness (raisins and cherries) and a underlying vinous theme. Flavor is medium coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a almost rum-like backbone. Finishes slightly dry, lightly bitter. Body was right on. Beautiful, unusual stout from a great brewer!
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big stout. Midnight black in color, slightly tangy aroma, mellowing out with a warm alcohol presence. Flavors of coffee, chocolate and a fruity nutiness in the finish. Smooth and creamy throughout.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a thick brown head. Good lacing and retention. Aroma had rum, caramel, courant, chocolate and raisin. Rum was too present in the flavor but I liked the chocolate undertones. Palate was too alcoholic for my taste. Not bad though. A good beer but the alcohol could be hidden better in my opinion.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick black, brown pour. Wild belgian aroma which thickens/grows into a fruity sour cherry, dark caramel raisiny aroma. The body was rather light and watery, but an oak-aged flavor hung in at the end. There was a dry bitter finish with a subtle alcohol presence that was well-hidden.
Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vinous sweet cherries, bananas and cheesecake are present in the aroma. Pours with a rich foamy head that soon tapers to a light, protective covering. Deep black body. Tastes like bittersweet chocolate, cherries, expresso with a mild astrigency. The ABV is well masked in this behind a pleasant plum and raisin second taste.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Typical black/brown pour with an atypical enormously fluffy head. Chocolate and fruity in the nose was very appealing. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and taste was more bitter than I would have liked. Not bad, but there are soo many better stouts out there.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, fairly large light tan head. Aroma is highly fruity, and I get just a faint hint of chocolate. Flavor is much more roasty than the aroma. There is chocolate, fruits, alcohol, and some mild sourness. The main problem is that the palate is kinda thin. This is a big beer and I expect a beer of this magnitude to be a little more rich and robust. Still, an acceptable brew, and a worthy sample.
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Didnít travel well to Australia. The end result was a glorious mess. There were hints at how good this might be but they were overwhelmed by the flaws. Looked fine - black with a fair, lacing head. But the first scent impression was of rubber. In a blind smell test, I would have said I was sniffing a rubber fruit cake served with chocolate cream. There were raisins and milky chocolate, but the dominant aroma was a weird pollyfilla note. In the mouth, it was very thin and fizzy. Molasses and figs upfront and a huge hop finish. Coarse and clumsy. (Duff homecoming gathering - thanks Ecze for bringing this one)