imdownthepub (11391) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned, 330 ml at Brasserie Verschueren, Brussels. Black with tan head. Big beer for 4.55, there is plenty going on, coffee husk, roastiness, bitter chocolate while still remaining easily drinkable. Good tongue coating body, sipped away in the fuggy atmosphere of a lovely Brussels bar with the buzz of happy drinkers all around, great.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl.. The lable work makes me think of old school russian communustic art and sculpture work. Bombastic and hard working men pushing things forward. With a surname of "The Brussel Stout" it promise quite a lot. The Pour is dark brown and seems almost black when he glass is filled. The head is nice and fluffy with a tanned attitude. The nose is nice burned malty with coffee notes and some lacorice and tar. The tste is surprisingly mild compared to the aroma. The palate is watery and light with a taste that are somehow bitter and sweet at the same time. Coffee and burned notes dominates with a bitter finish
probstblueribbon (3300) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a fair greyish-tan foam.
Aroma: Some nice chocolate and coffee notes, slightly bright, somewhat fruity, a little nutty, fair molasses, a little vanilla, a touch earthy, some floral honey, some dark dried fruits, fairly Belgian and quite inviting.
Palate: Medium body, soft but fairly full effervescence.
Flav.: Chocolate and vanilla, dark dried fruits, more stern and dry than the nose, much less fruity, a touch more organic acid tang, a bit vinous and woody, light bubblegum esters; dry with appreciable bitterness and a fairly abrupt finish.
The flavour can’t quite match the nose. Still an interesting Stout.
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yuck. Brown pour. Roasted malt, spent coffee grounds and some odd fruits as well. Flavor is very roasty and bitter and the flavor is really not good. Some weird flavors, too bitter, fail.
thedm (5139) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of all foam finely sized brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation brown colored body and thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt mild malt and dark malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The thin flavor contained notes of dark malt. An OK brew just nothing special.
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 Bottle, fresh off the boat. One sniff and this went straight in the dimpled Bavik mug; aroma truly stouty BC English ashiness, coal and apple with the sweeter, plummier Belgian yeast, ink and mushroom ketchup teasing out as it warms. Charcoal black with muddier edges and a dense yellow-beige head going nowhere. Perfectly poised plum, stone fruit softness, sulphur and chocolate tipping into ash, bittering (lightly citric)hop and well-done barley faintly charring the finish. Fat lacing body, silken and unsugary at 4.5%. Cigar wreathes, plum jam on burnt toast with a shave of cocoa. For now, the best (sessionable)Belgian stout out there.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black brown, thick off white head. Aroma is very grassy and chemical with some fruity tangy notes. Flavor is slightly thin, some smoke, graham cracker, malt, smoke, meat. More like a dry stout with a crazy aroma.
Jayb0 (1093) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
have to disagree with the crowd here, to me this seemed pretty much a failed attempt at dry stout.
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The blackest beer I have ever seen. It is well deserving of a cool themed name. Small tan head that has good retention and finally ends in a blotchy pattern. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, and cigarette ash. Flavor is harsh ashy smokiness and that dominates. Some bittersweet chocolate is underneath. This is a dry, smoky and bitter beer. Almost no sweetness to be found.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Delerium, Bruxelles. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Hints of smokey malt. Taste is a bit smoked and roasted malt. Some very sweet caramel also. Quite dry and bitter. Some hints of peach also.