kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly black with a thick foamy yellowish head topped of a fluffy cap. The aroma is of dark roasted malts: coffee, molasses, rich dry chocolate. All the ingredients of a great stout are present. The flavors echo the nose with a robust blend of over-roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and licorice. The texture is creamy and soft, giving to this virile mixture a touch of grace. A bit unusual for a Belgian but pleasant nonetheless.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark black with a creamy head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, some slight sweetness of malts and booziness. Taste is big on dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Some sweet notes to it, nice finish.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is pitch-black body with a giant tan head that keep coming close to overflowing. It took me quite a while to get the whole beer in the glass with the way the head was acting. Rings of lace were left around the glass as I consume this. Aroma was of sweet malt with a dash of alcohol over a roasted scent. The flavor was filled with chocolate malt with fruitiness to it of darker fruits. Alcohol was present as was a distinct licorice flavor. The taste ended of a roasty alcohol note that seemed to linger for a bit. Body was about medium and creamy with good drinkability. Good brew that I would definitely pick up again.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with a big, rocky head into a New Belgium snifter. Upon a slight swirl, the head pillowed into the size of almost 3 fingers. Aroma of cacao, ash, slight smoke, and some earth spice. The taste definitely takes a turn for more of a rustic sense. Earthy, dirty, ashy, roasted malt and chocolate are at the forefront of the flavors with some anise notes hiding in the finish. The roastiness of the espresso is at times a bit astringent, but it tends to work with the chocolate flavors similar to a chocolate covered espresso bean. While all the flavors work well together, the beer is just a tad too effervescent. The carbonation is nice, but a little more silk to the body would have been nice.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
jet black big caramel brown head. big dark chocolate and nutty aroma. nice roasted flavor and slightly warming with the alcohol. chocoalte flavor has a hint of bitterness in it as well as the roasted coffee finish. flavors join together really well with this and perfect for the cold nights.
katrinaez (241) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick deep colored head, actually still has sediment in the bottom. Charcoal taste with chocolate finishes. Some oak. Heavy but not overly filling. Would have again.
poech73 (238) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bière brune à la robe noire opaque et au un beau col beige persistant. Son nez fort épais est gras, très parfumé développant des senteurs de réglisse, de malts chocolats avec des relents de café expresso fraîchement moulu, des effluves de pain de seigle allemand et une pointe fleurie. Ce nez élaboré détone un peu avec un bouche pesante: son maltage torréfié, quoique complexe, reste assez lourd en saveurs de café caramélisées, gras au palais et fort rond. Une sensation lactée accentue cette onctuosité avec une petite pointe fruitée surette. En finale, je reçois les saveurs d’orge grillé sur des notes aigres que houblonnage accentue un peu laissant la langue rêche. Bière à la signature régionale caractéristique.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is beautiful. Soft belgian carbonation with a dark or strong ale appearance. At first sip I wonder how this could be a stout. It tastes like other belgian strong ales- dark fruit malt with wonderful nuance. And then I get it. Deep roasted, chocolate on the nose. A wonderful alternative to American imperial stouts that competes almost equally for my interest. Impressive.
Melnis (238) - LATVIA - OCT 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is more like Saison, the taste seems to be bit on the plane side and bit dry.
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque near-black reddish brown with a lasting foamy beige head. Nose is sweet roasty malts, toffee, coffee, and alcohol. Full-bodied - perhaps a bit less so than an imperial stout. Sweet dark roasted malts, coffee, medium bitterness, dark fruit. The alcohol comes through increasingly towards the finish, but never too much. The sweetness hangs around right through the finish. Finish itself is bitter, sweet, roasty chocolate malt.