flavio_b (277) - ROME, ITALY - DEC 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @Ma che siete venuti a fŕ. Black color, white head. Malty taste and sweet enough. Banana smell; nuts in the finish. I like it very much. Great job.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Nina’s. Pours a dark brown colour with a thick, light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, yeast and grassy hops. Similar chocolately flavour with roasty malt, caramel and some pine also. Heavy carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Not bad at all.
ClubGonzo (5220) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a huge light beige foamy head with a deep brown, red-hued body beneath it. Belgian ale yeast, molasses, raisin and hints of nuts. Taste is raisins, grass, nuts, dark malts and hints of molasses and Belgian ale yeast. Roasty/grassy aftertaste. A bit over-carbonated in my opinion, otherwise a pleasant and rich BSA from De Molen.
HogTownHarry (6373) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. 2010 vintage. Deep reddish-black, average but lasting pillowy tan head. Very interesting aroma - like an imperial stout blended with a fruity strong ale like Chimay Blue - deep roast, molasses, raisins, alcohol ... apple, quite herbal. Taste - lovely - the above, some nutmeat and appleseed; oily, even more alcohol, leans a bit more toward imperial stout than the aroma. Oily, somewhat thick mouthfeel, decent carbonation, long-ish slightly burnt somewhat alcoholic finish. Quite liked it.
garthicus (2878) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Pitch black, thick off white head. Aroma: spicy chocolate, quite hoppy, coffee, slight hint of mint & alcohol. Flavour: Chocolate hops, spicy, hoppy, quite a sherry like flavour, long sticky malty finish. Lovely.
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jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Deep brown in color. Minimal head. The aroma is of hot alcohol and sweet roasted malts. Wood and raisin. The taste is quite sweet, but sharp from the alcohol. Given that, this is well rounded, with a nice medium/heavy mouthfeel that’s slick on the tongue. For whatever reason, this beer felt a bit less than the sum of its parts. I look forward to giving it another shot, though.
MrDick (354) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a bottle while visiting Cambridge UK. Actually thought it was something comparable to their Rasputin when I purchased the bottle. Popped off the cap and foam started oozing out the top. Poured dark brown with a huge head. Taste isn’t what I expected for a Belgian strong ale (e.g. sweet). Burnt malt, spices and balanced hops. Lots of lingering taste in the mouth. Damn good.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2012 Draught @ Monk’s Porter House. Black coloured beer with a small off white to brown head. Rather fruity sweet and light malty bitter aroma. Medium to full light sprankling palate; Finish is bitter fruity and malty light roasted with a short fruity alcoholic hint. Very nice.
Bottle @ Kulminator - Dark brown almost black coloured beer with lots of carbonation and a large brown head. Roasted malty sweet bitter hinted aroma. Full palate. Finish is bitter sweet, roasted, slightly roasted malty and herby hinted. Not bad. Somewhat off balance.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - NOV 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle from Passione Birra. Served into a snifter. Opaque black with a light tan head. Nice lacing. 10.2% ABV ? No way, it tastes like a 5% beer! Nice and rich smokey flavour, with deep toasted and caramel malts, dark fruits, wood, chocolate, and some very interesting yeast notes . Good carbonated as well. First try from this brewery, but I’m already a fan!
kappldav123 (5816) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle looks simple but good. Beer in the glass dark, almost black, nice head. Starts strong-malty, surprisingly sweet. Malty notes get more and more woody, still sweet. Finish a bit milder, less sweet, but warming. Interesting beer.