Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Lowlander, Covent Garden: With my London guide, Duff. Black with a thick brown head. Slightly minty, orange aroma notes over a solid roasty base. In the mouth this explodes with big bitter coffee, roasted blackness, and a fiery alcoholic punch. It really penetrates every part of the mouth, yet somehow in a light, fuzzy way, like fairy-floss. Huge length, though if anything a little overcarbonated. Fantastic.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, some coffee, nuts, and citrus notes. Flavor is some coffee, slight chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and sweet malts. Lively carbonation creates a fizzy mouthfeel.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like a Pepsi, with similar coloration and carbonation. The lively head settles into a thin blanket of foam that stays the whole glass, reminds me of looking down into a cup of mocha. The nose is overrun with lots of woody and smokey notes, all of which are wrapped in a sweet chocolate aroma. Almost fudge-like in sweetness. A sublte hop presence balances the sweetness. The body is rooted with lots of roasted malts - that reveal everything from charred wood to coffee beans to more chocolate. Heavy mouthfeel is balanced with spritzy carbonation. The finish is long and smooth, with some mild yeast fruitiness. Very interesting and quite well done.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I wasnít very careful with pouring the beer and the head filled majority of the glass. Very rich thick flavor and mouthfeel with a rather salty flavor. A rather dry stout with definite coffee flavors mainly in the finish. A good beer, but not something I will go back to.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with an intensely thick head that took awhile to settle down. The flavor is interesting. A bit sweet, but with plenty of malts coming through with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Very lively with plenty of carbonation.
Dorqui (2196) - Brescia, ITALY - MAR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottled. Much bulky and faomy head, optimal persistence. Intense black color, impenetrable and full bodied. Much complex scent even if a lot top heavy. Determined alcoholic notes with rumors of coffee, licorice, burned wood and liqueur with coffee. Enough dry and dense taste, strongly impact with determined talk of licorice and torrefy coffee. Resistant end much and alcoholic one.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
head, frothy foamy fresh, yes chocolate,, toasty and cool i like, a great dersert drink looks like chocolate syrup belgium is the fins ish
LearninBeer (486) - 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 (3294) - 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!