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 (3550) - 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 (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Didn’t 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)
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was blown away by this beer. A Belgian stout??? What!?? By far one of the best beers and exciting beverage experiences I have had in awhile. Pour a deep charcoal black with colossal amounts of head. Exquisite feel in the mouth with chocolate, spicy, and too many other flavors to write. De Dolle always puts out motivating brews and I will continue to buy every new beer I see from them.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with out of control fluffy cloudhead. Sweet chocolate malt aroma; foam is delicious. Beer is like liquid chocolate at first, and looks like a dark chocolate root beer float. Mildly hoppy. I found the pleasantness of the flavor diminished as I drank more. Later sips were more towards the bitter/acidic end, and not as smooth or balanced as it initially seemed.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 From the bottle.
The head on this beer explodes into my glass like nobody’s business. Even pouring directly onto the upper lip, as slow as possible, a huge foamy head fills my tulip glass.
The aroma is red wine, mangos, coffee, and a woody, leafy humus aroma the blends with the fairly strong trace of alcohol that waftes up from the brew.
The taste is dominated by a strong coffee malt infused with a generous alcohol flavor, with some dark prune, black cherry juice, noticable salted licorice; this is not a particuarly sweet stout. Both the carbonation and the alcohol are strong in the mouthfeel; beyond that the initial feel is almost thin, but becoming buttery on the late side of the palate.
This is a pretty good beer, no doubt about it. Still, at $5.00 for an 11.2 oz bottle, when Elysian Dragonstooth (which I prefer) is going at $3.50 for 22oz, there is little reason to do this often.