NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like Guinness on Belgian steroids--foam exploded in my Imperial nonik glass with the first few drop I poured... this one had to settle for 5 minutes or so. Just a beautifully rich every so slightly sweet flavor - chocolate and roasted malts! Pick it up if you find it!
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity, rich and slightly sour stout. Nose of chocolate, prunes, toffee, roast and caramel. The mouthfeel is quite full, slightly thick, and carbonation is medium. Additional smoke, coffee, raisin and licorice in the flavor. Ends rather smooth and slightly bitter, but mostly roasty and slightly warm. Not your traditional stout, really more of a farmhouse Belgian Black Ale.
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from hop duvel in Ghent.
pours dark brown with strong foam head, aroma is dark roasted malt with chocate. very solid beer like you have eaten and drunken at the same time. some touches of bitter hop but well hidden.
treadyroc (148) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
VERY malty. Starts with the Belgian fizz, & finishes with a very clean stout-y taste. Pours very dark, nearly black, with the typical Belgian head, but tan in color. My first Belgian stout, & a very pleasant experience, but I donít think itíd be on my "must have again" list anytime soon.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep ebony with hints of auburn around the thinning edges when up against a light. The enormous head is a medium tan. I have never seen a head like this before. Even poured gently, it creates a ridiculous amount. There are some strong dark fruit notes in the nose with some weird abrasive tinges that reminds me of tequila, and I absolutely hate tequila. Other aromas like some cocoa and toffee are noticeable. But man, that tinge is strong. As soon as the brew hits the tongue, head just explodes again. Itís very carbonated and slightly oily. Sourness is instantly apparent as some espresso notes appear. Sourness seems to not to be as attributed to many fruits. Itís more like a candy sourness, like a warhead. There are notes of darker fruits in here as well. The intense carbonated action on the tongue is a bit distracting, though. As the brew passes the tongue, a sweet toffee complements the explosion of cocoa and roasted coffee notes. The finish is mildly dry. The finish is strong and actually quite good. This is interesting, but there are so many things in this brew thatís just bugging me.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a great brown head. Flaver has notes of liqourice an malty sweetness. Tasted more like a belgian ale, than a stout.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thick, brown-tinged head. The aroma is complex and consists of two-levels: the first that hits me is the deep chocolate and yeast that hits the nose like a wall. The second is the lighter topside, which features the yeasts and light hops... great! Similar to Dogfish Headís stout, but without the DFHís unique yeast character. The flavor is very different from the dogfish head... lots of dry and bitter hops on the front, melting away into burnt caramel, coffee and burnt honey. Very grainy, but still smooth due to the finish. Not too sweet. Aftertaste has lots of dark fruits that leave you dreaming of exotic Lovecroftian lands with strange and beautiful foliage. Really excellent beer... one of the better stouts Iíve ever had.
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now then. This really looks the part. Huge (and I do mean huge) dark, cream coloured (would that be brown?), lasting head over a very dark brown body. In fact even the very last bit of still has bits of head floating around (fluffy isles style).
Aroma of Chocolate, raisins and rum (I think) - and a bit of smokyness.
Strangely lacking in body but still with a very pleasing and long lasting flavour. Again: raisins, dark chocolate and a stint of roasted malts. Lovely stuff and quite atypical from Belgium. I feel a quite high rating would fit this well.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark chocolate brown with a massive froth of large bubbled head. The nose is beautiful, reminiscent of the aromas I get when I have a beautiful stout on my hands. I canít begin to describe the depth of coplexity in the nose, but suffice to say roasty, chocolate liqueur. Taste is big, roasty, deep charcoal and burnt coffee. A powerhouse stout. Warming alcohol, big, lingering finish.
witthatsbier (145) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours lively with large head,nose is grainy with notes of dark chocolate and coffee,flavour starts sweetish then quickly becomes dry with chocolate and coffee flavours and a slight hint of sour,full bodied and with a long dry finish