toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black-brown beer, creamy brown foam and coffee aroma with burned malty touches. The taste is soft burned bitter. Finish is very tasty and classic stout like.
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Perhaps I got a bad one, but I do not like this stout at all. Metallic taste out of a bottle. Very acidic. Semi-burnt aroma. I’ll try another one in the future, hopefully in Belgium.
smithlrs2003 (11) - washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
draft. deep brown/black. chocalete hints in flavor. strong, but drinkable. foamy head, little lacing.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ohh but for the carbonation this beer would defy all others. Dark...dark...dark beer. Head is massive, khaki. Nose softly wafts into the nose. Musky roasted malts, clean, clean yeast. Exquisite. Cocoa. Interesting when this one hits the tongue. This is as carbonated as most belgian strong ales are and that really cuts in between the folds of flavor. First a musty roasted grain, then a slight cheddar and sweetness. This comes to a sweet flavor coupled with alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Too carbonated I agree but from this brewer it isn’t all that strange.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a tall frothy brown head. Aroma is vinous grapes, dark chocolate, a touch of cinnamon. Taste is sweet... lots of coffee, some chocolate, a touch of grapes. Only mildly bitter in the finish. Body is nice but could be creamier. Overall this is a delicious, outstanding stout.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Falling Rock. Pours a lovely black with a beige head and nice carbonation. Aroma is almost identical to a red wine or port. Flavor is "...like a Guiness champange," according to Jason K., and that is a pretty accurate deScription. The menu at Falling Rock placed this under the "unidentifiable style" section, and with good reason: it’s a stout by name and color, but a deep champange in taste and feel. Very interesting, but very good as well.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich, opaque deep brown/black hue. Big tan head, mostly lasting. Dark fruit, yeast, roast, licorice root nose. These flavors follow through to the palate, as well as dark chocolate, fig, dark rum, coffee. Volatile carbonation. Finishes roasty bitter and smooth. A desirable brew from a great brewer.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Goodness, what a head. After pouring two inches into the glass, it was full of foam (quite a contrast to the immediately-preceeding Harvey’s Imperial Stout which hardly had a single bubble). The head was lighter than many stouts, but still respectable. I didn’t get much of a smell off of this one, other than a slight alcohol/preservative smell. As one might guess from the head, the feel of this beer is quite carbonated. Taste is a decent stout flavor, with the standard malty/chocolate flavors coming through. Nicely balanced. Overall, quite drinkable.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I purchased this beer out of sheer novelty. A Belgian stout? The aroma for me is a bit distracting. Overwhelming alcohol nose masks any aroma this beer might have. Sweet taste with the "you know the routine" Belgian carbonation and acidity. Some roasted chocolate and fruitiness at back of tounge. Barley makes a quick apperance at finish.
GarrettB (1280) - 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.