Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 33cl. Banana, dark chocolate, caramel and cress in the nose which is rather inviting. Nicely balanced. Slight acidity. Good bitterness. Dry finish which is reminiscent of sage and dark chocolate. A delicious beer with plenty of character. The taste is drier than the nose might suggest. Underrated. Another impressive beer from this brewery.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
11.2 oz bottle and served in my Ommegang tulip: Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights topped by a huge fluffy head which left stringy lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of pear, green apple, raisin and plum fruity esters, some coffee and road tar, leathery, stale biscuit grains and even a tad minty before the dreaded lactobacteria comes about to ruin my day. F’ing Belgian stouts anyway, why do I keep buying these? The flavor profile is utterly bland and lacks any forceful stout tones... who tricked me by sneaking a brown ale in my glass when I was not looking? Quick dash of dark fruit, chalky and ashy wood, grassy hops and cane sugar before fleeing away... far far away from the impending lactic acid takeover. Instead of Vlad the Impaler, we should call this Lacto the Sourer! Oh, the mouth feel is equally lame and pissy. Maybe if they started calling these Wallachian stouts I could get it why they must feed on all the fermentables (but then that would be offensive to all Romanians and for that matter Romulans too, sorry)
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown color with an off white foam head. Has an aroma of caramel, dark fruit and belgian yeast. Has that doughy yeast flavor common with german bocks. Light mouthfeel. Some caramel notes. Lots of dark fruit. Decent.
LilBeerDoctor (3637) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet malt, lactose, chocolate. Flavor of roasted/burnt malts, light smokiness, and a hint of chocolate. A pretty tasty stout, certainly better than previous ratings might suggest. I enjoyed it!
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, date on cap 12/04/12. Aroma of cherry, cocoa powder, sherry, cola, fig, taffy. Flavor medium sweet, medium bitter; quite bitter actually for a Belgian, even a stout; some tartness on the back end. High carbonation with a slick finish. A unique and enjoyable beast.
madmitch76 (20809) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in the Rake. An inoffensive dark beer. A little smoky. Dark malts. Semi sweet.
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Recommended by bartender at Delirium Cafe in Brussels on 12-09-10. Deep brown with a hint of reddish color. Long lasting tan head. Smooth and very malty yet not too dry. Solid Belgian stout, one of the better ones I’ve had.
wekker84 (2110) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle a black colored beer with a white head aroma roasted malts spices and chocolate taste roasted malts spices chocolate and hops
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and slight wood. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer as well as around the edges. Clear. Not sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of light chocolate, roasted malt, hops, and a hint of pine. Light to medium body. Dry, slightly thin texture. Average carbonation. Chocolate, roasted malt finish is dry. Good amount of flavor for a session beer.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown color; thick beige head. Chocolatey aroma, a little roast. Very dry flavor, while still giving a chocolate flavor. Gives the impression of tree bark.