Skinnyviking (6922) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. High fluffy and quickly disappearing off-white head. Very dark red brown brown body. Caramel roasted maalt aroma with dried fruit. Sour flavor of roasted malt and dried fruit. Low carbonation and a short aftertaste.
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20081130 11.2oz bottle from Supersaver Pennington. Sudsy tan foam laces and coats the bowl while a lingering eighth inch of the stuff is incessant. Aroma is mildly metallic, roasty dark malts, hints of coffee and prune. Mouthfeel is ashy, dry, and astringent with nice burnt roast notes and perhaps lighter than I’d like. Finishes quickly without loitering sweetness; its dryness persists! Utterly lacking complexity, but on a simple take it is a pleasant, quick, mild, dry stout and I dig it.
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a large mostly lasting head. aroma and taste of roasted malts and coffee with a semi dry finish.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2008
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
NEPA case split. Slightly metallic undertone with a milky bittery nut envelope with this walnut finish I don’t really dig. Kind of reminds me of what guinness might taste like if it sat in a chimney and was mixed with soot. I like the dry palate. Overrated on RB.
Dedollewaitor (13793) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl @ VinensVerden, Odense. Nearly black with a creamy head. Roasted malts, coffee mainly, With a vague hint of dark fruits. Medium bodied. Very drinkable & well made stout! Fine bitterness in the end!
Guerde (1163) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours black with a fluffy off-white head. The initial aroma is quite tart (berry skin) with a dark chocolate undertone and hints of pepper. This is a really dry aroma, with additional light hints of smoke and dark roasted coffee. The aroma switches to more chocolate with walnuts as the beer warms further. The taste is similar to the aroma, very dry with a dominant flavor of dark chocolate and hints of roasted coffee. There is a peppery note in the finish as well, that spikes up above the substantial dark chocolate base. The finish becomes more bitter, and a flavor of smoked beef jerky appears long after consumption. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a stout, but it’s good nonetheless.
rederic (2904) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color, with a creamy tan-colored head, with laces, yeasty, fruity, roasted malt nose, with some dark dried raisins, plums, and a light coffee bean accent, a hint of black chocolate in the aroma follows through a light-bodied palate with a yeasty, roasty, fruity character, with a nice note of black chocolate, and a faint cocoa mochaish flavor, with a leafy flowery hop citrusy, leading towards a roasty, lingering hop bitterness finish.
thewolf (11148) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ The Rake, London.
Pours completely black with ruby-red edges. Nice, creamy, beige-brown head. Great chocolate aroma, light yeast and subdued coffee. A bit fizzy and lightly thin mouthfeel. Flavour has good coffee, light chocolate and a long, lingering coffee bitter aftertaste.
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a light dark color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter roasted malt is somewhat interesting. Taste is also dominated by some light roasted malt and some light hops presence. Good carbonation but body is a bit thin. As previous raters mentioned, this beer seems to be geared toward drinkability and might lack some character.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread and coffee roastiness build levelled bitterness in this crisp, dry and very drinkable Belgian Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-tinged blackness.
-Carbonation is initially expansive, but a little breathing smooths things out.
-This is competently brewed and solid, but the recipe is not very compelling to me, I guess.
-The body is light and geared towards high drinkability.
-Some minty hops accompany the roasted malts in the finish.
Bottle; best before Feb. ’09.