omikr0n (660) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with average tan head. Aroma is cocoa, roasty, wood, yeast. Flavor is malt, wood, cocoa, earthy, roasty.
b3shine (4440) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster at Ei8ht Ball. Looks solid; cola with razor-thin eggshell lacing. Smells of dark malt and spruce. Tastes like it smells with a nice mouthfeel. Not bad, but forgettable.
Calisky (234) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - MAR 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur noire, forte mousse cremeuse. Nez leger malté.Fort gout de malt grillé, forte amertume, note de chocolat. Longue fin de bouche.
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with a light brown head. Sweet and malty stout, but mellow in all other aspects - some bitterness and a light roast flavour. A thin stout with soft carbonation. Seemed a little watery by the end.
allmyvinyl (2179) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Continental, Preston. Pours black with a thick tan head. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aromas, some dark sugar. Taste has light sweetness and more roast. Quite thin though, and doesn’t linger. Not bad.
AndyW68 (814) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not what I expect of a stout. Deep brown pour. Nose is sweet Nd fruity. Tasteis sweet and fruity with a little bit of a watery mouthfeel.
VDuquerroux (104) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 33cL. A dark brown beer with a medium head. Light can’t go through. Poor persistance of the foam. Aroma of caramel, toast, coffee, fruit (blackberry). Medium to heavy refreshing bitter and medium sweet. Medium body and texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish with warming notes. Overall, powerful character with delicate aroma. Cheers !
Jeroenhensen (164) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thuis gedronken vanuit een fles. Zwart van kleur met witte kop. Smaak is licht zoet, maar in de aafdronk bitter door de gebrande mout
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd Feb 2014: bottle in Cambrinus, Brugge. This is one of the most reviewed Belgian beers I hadn’t tried, so decided to rectify the fact by having one.
Black to very dark brown: good foam cap of tanned bubbles, looks like a Stout, what a surprise.
Chocolate and ground coffee esters hit the nose as you pour the beer, some dark fruit notes as well.
Taste carries on with the aromas now turning into flavours, dark chocolate, coffee, those dark fruits and now an alcoholic trace and a mild bitterness towards the end of each sip.
Almost creamy feel to the brew body wise.
Classic stout in all aspects and very drinkable.
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Darker brown color - light comes through around the edges. Little off-white head. Cola, root, and spice in the nose... A lot of old, gross musty hop in the flavor. Definitely that a lot of that unpleasant old-hop flavors that a lot of years-old belgian beers have. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter, just a big astringent lingering bad taste in the mouth. A lot of root beer type flavors, that part I don’t really mind, kind of interesting. But everything else about this is pretty unpleasant right now. Some dark fruit, raisin. Bigger body. Kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Very dry finish. Very unpleasant. A shame, because rates indicate that this is supposed to be very good fresh. This is way worse than your typical old-ass American imperial stout, though. By far the worst out of the 7 beers I tasted today at Ei8ht Ball. Kept lowering the score with each sip, didn’t end up finishing my 4oz. Poor aroma lingers quite a bit in the aftertaste.