kbudd19 (371) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black foamalicous pour...my glass is literally overflowing right now. Aroma -lots of roasted malts, coffee, some lactose sweetness. Taste - bitter roast up front, slightly herbal, some black liquorice, fairly dry, lots of coffee like bitterness, very mellow but a nice amount of complexity. Really nice stout!
minutemat (740) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Wow, what an incredible beer. Lots of earthy, nutty malts with huge cocoa-dusted coffee cake flavours swirling about the glass. Ok, itís a touch fizzy and light but itís no real criticism when a stout is as tasty and enjoyable as this.
gmonroe10 (221) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with a massive, foamy, beige head. Nose is super subdued caramel, mainly roasted malt. Taste is a little bit sweet, little bit bitter. Light body, thin texture, and quickly gone taste. Drinkable and nice enough, but too thin for a stout.
VTHopHead (1493) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For what I paid for this beer, it is very disappointing... particularly for a class brewer like Dupont. Average at best...
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL cork/cage 2011 bottle, drunk 1/15/14
Beautiful deep mahogany body is mostly transparent with an ash-beige colored head that is initially very full, receding to half a finger rapidly.
Light alcohol in the nose mixes with very reserved banana esters and is joined by cherry esters and a light dark chocolate note to give a pretty expected Belgian stout aroma. With some breathing, the alcohol (which starts out with a glue/solvent note) burns off and banana-chocolate-cream is left. Itís of moderate strength and extremely dry. Not entirely easy to put my finger on the drawbacks of the aroma, perhaps the lack of a rich maltiness is one, but even that can be explained by the high attenuation. I suppose the glue-like alcohol note never fully leaves and Iím not a huge fan of banana ester in a stout, Belgian yeast or no. Some light hops may have gone a long way. With all that said, itís still perfectly passable.
Flavorwise, it starts out with yeast fruitiness and lightly sweet maltiness (honey, caramel, vanilla cream) mixing well and then giving way to very light roastiness, a touch of hop bitterness and some dry phenols and esters (black cherry, black pepper). Carbonation is typical for Dupont, tight and engaging, but where it works wonders to brighten and lighten their saisons and golden ales, here I think it works against a desired softness/suppleness for a stout. Furthermore, the voracious monster that is Dupont yeast gets a little out of hand with the malt and Iíd actually say the attenuation level is borderline problematic, as the body just isnít there. Light alcohol notes perceived in the flavor, as well, and tons of esters. The roast is done well, albeit very lightly, and there is some residual maltiness, but itís pretty sparse.
I think there are two problems here. One, the beerís too attenuated. Not horribly so, but noticeably so. At almost three years old, I donít think I did the body any favors by not drinking it fresh (bought this off the shelf, didnít intentionally age it). In fact, I remember the fresh bottles being significantly better. Two, and obviously Iím not discovering fire here, this yeast is not terribly suited to this type of beer. The carbonation, attenuation and esterification donít bring out the best qualities in a stout. Seems it should be fermented a little cooler or at least mashed a touch warmer. Or just triple the amount of hops used. Something like that...
jd543 (361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a huge beige head. Aroma is yeast, earthy hops, light roast malt. Taste is light sweet with a bitter and quite sour finish. Texture is thin for a stout and quite fizzy. Not really sure Iíd call it a stout, but if you consider it as just a beer rather than a style itís not bad.
Buongiorgio00 (538) - - JAN 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stout leggerina, sia nel gusto che nellíaroma, ma buona. Prevale il tostato con seguito caffettoso, e un sentore come di cenere (non male, la rende piý particolare senza dubbio). Diciamo che la stout dei monaci non raggiunge vette estatiche, ma si fa bere garabatamente.
mmahut (536) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours in dark color with creamy tan head. Aroma is fruity, light roaty, clear low earthy biterness. Taste is roasty, coffee low sweet with medium biterness. Body is medium, good carbo. Roasty to bitter bslanced.
vulcanmeister (147) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a big beige head that just didnít quit. Wonderful aroma. Thatís why I was surprised at the lack of big flavor in the taste. It was still ok, but I was just expecting more.
NikkTwist (1348) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Largely opaque black pour with a tan head that disappeared. Black nutty stout with some smoke in the mix. Burnt sweet plums. Leather belts. Cigarettes. Rare ted meat. Decent complicated brew.