Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle from Roybeer Milano into pint glass. Small two finger beige head that quickly diminished after the initial pour. Very dark ruby red color with muted roasted aroma and slightly sweet malty notes. This was an uninteresting beer from first pour - not much going on in the aroma, flavor or palate, frankly surprised by the 3.0+ ratings on this stout. Stouts everywhere would be disappointed in this rendition of a classic.
That1Guy (2085) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2009
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Nose of roast malt and lots of poop. Flavor is somewhat roasty, with some coffee and more poop. Poopier than the weasel poop beer I crushed a few weeks ago. Not pleasant, but it has its moments I guess.
Borresteijn (5570) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Cola brown colour, yellow/beige head. Aroma of some peat, tar, roasted malts and light chocolate. Flavour is burnt malts, light tar, bitter chocolate, some coffee. Light coffee bitter finish, thin bodied. Very nice, would have been great with a bigger body.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil at their Cantillon & de la Senne event. Pours a light black bordering on brown, with a medium tanned head. Light funk and roast malt aromas. Thin body with a nice chocolate malt flavors before a light bitter finish.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 18, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hazy, walnut body with a minute head that quickly became nothing. Some bubbles coming up top, some sediment settling on the bottom of the glass. I smell caramel malt and musk, some grains, and even some estery-fruitiness. Medium-light body with a zip of coarse bubbles, yet a semi-dry finish. Flavor is barley, corn, caramel malts, metal and plastic, some roasted malts, subdued hops. Aftertaste of rubber and stale hops, with enough hops and acidity to be astringent.
hirigalzkar (2593) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Look: Dark redbrown with off wite head. Smell: Milk chocolate, licorice, hops, smoke, something metallic. Taste: Milk chocolate, coffee, licorice, smoke, belgian yeast, small tartness in aftertaste.Overall: Nice complex beer, but it needs more power. Both aroma and flavor is kind of shy.
Aquilo (594) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is faint, but carries nice malt and coffee notes. Flavor and palate are a bit uncharacteristic of a stout. The flavor is coffee and malt, and something metallic. There is a distinct stale hop taste in the finish. It is too thin and fizzy for my taste. Overall, this was quite a disappointment.
GRM (3368) - 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 (2439) - 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 (5166) - 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.