GRM (3175) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before Mars 09, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on March 26 2009; eye: ruby, nice effervescence, nice coffee head that turns into a thin creamy sheet, some lacing; nose: roasted malt, quite lactic, “tired”, boiled vegetables; mouth: roasted malt, acridness, burnt malt, a bit of boiled vegetables, finale in roasted malt with a good presence of acridness, medium body, a bit thin, slightly oily texture, average carbonation; overall: disappointing
Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant mars 09, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 26 mars 2009; œil : rubis, belle effervescence, claire, bonne mousse café qui se transforme en une petite couverture crémeuse, un peu de dentelle; nez : malt rôti, très lactique, « fatigué », légumes bouillis; bouche : malt rôti, âcreté, malt brûlé, un peu de légumes bouillis, finale en malt rôti avec une bonne présence d’âcreté, corps moyen, un peu mince, texture légèrement huileuse, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : déçu
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this at ZBF09 so I bought a bottle. Pours a murky dull darker brown with a big fizzy brown soda head. Smells light bodied, roasty chocolate aroma with a definite tartness. Unfortunately what comes from this bottle is not nearly as good as what was on draft at ZBF. Flavor is mildly roasty with notes of chocolate and a sizable hop and acidic bite. A bit of bubblegum and yeast present as well. Roasty mocha finish. I really enjoy this beer, I’m starting to become quite fond of the traditional acidic notes in my dark beers. Overly carbonated body, larger soda bubbles, medium-light bodied, chalky.
jgb9348 (4942) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clearish brown coloured body on the pour, but fading to a muddy deep ruby-tinted brown with a thinnish tan head (one centimetre) and a nice opaque look. Aroma of fruits, apples, pears and a good curacao scent. Scents of yeast, coriander seed and spices also come through - if you didn’t see the colour, you’d think this is a tripel since there are no roasted malts in the nose nor any bitter coffee/chocolate/nuts. Medium-bodied; Very assertive effervescence fading to a light maltiness and a subtle bitter nut flavour with almost nothing else in the flavour - very mild. Strong aftertaste with almost no backbone - very odd! Overall, an amazing looking and smelling beer, but the taste is completely bland and simple - an odd beer to say the least! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, D.C. on 07-March-2009, sampled at home here in Washington on 15-March-2009.
BroSpud (1791) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Not really into this one. Tasted on the sour side. Closer to a milk stout but not. Not quite sure what it is but something seemed off with the taste.
skortila (4682) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Aroma has dark roasted quality chocolate. Really nice. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is a bit carbonated has some chocolate bitterness and sweetness. Medium bodied. I expected a bit more intense chocolate in the taste and less sparkling carbonation. Has a lot of potential.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Black with a beige head. Strongly roasted malt aroma, with a light milk chocolate touch. Dry, roasty flavor, medium light in body with prickly carbonation, and medium bitterness that seems to be mostly due to the roast. Not really what I was expecting. Is this belgian or Irish? Not sweet or fruity or yeasty, but the strong, dry, roasted finish was actually pretty tasty.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At P.Kelder, Brussels, Belgium.
Black with beige head. Aroma and flavor is dry of roasted malts - coffee.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black color with a huge head. Nice sweet malt aroma. Slighted roasted with hints of dark fruits. Smooth creamy texture on the palate. A light body accompanies the roasted flavor. Interesting aftertaste, a little spicy.
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. The beer poured a deep deep brown, nearly black body with a slight tan head that gave way to a little ring on the edge of the glass with some good lacing. There was a pleasing roasted malt aroma. The taste was a nice chocolately and roasted malt base with notes of coffee and a slight hop bitterness on the back. Medium body.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
.333->english pint: Pours a huge, rocky, off-white, lasting head that exhibits spare lacing atop a black body. Aroma of toasted molasses, perfume, and sweat. The body is medium, the texture of minerals and grit, and afinish of metal. The flavor’s duration is average and is moderately acidic, finishing with a mineral taste. This beer somewhat smooths out as you drink it.