TomT (18) - BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best Belgian stout, made in a relatively young microbrewery. Very dark, full colour. Solid taste clearly reflecting the roasted grains. The packaging of this beer with the special bottle and the wooden crates adds to the charm of this fine stout.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Thanks to Footbalm for this beer. The cap blew forcefully when I opened the top, but it was pretty timid. The pour was nearly black, with some dark red at the dges and a quickly dissapating, miniscle head. The aroma is sour with a mixture of cocoa, chocolate, and coffe. The taste is nearly sour, bittersweet chocolate with a semi-sweet chocolate finish. The taste is complex. There are also notes of coffee, dark fruits, and a touch of spice. The mouthfeel is nice.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unlike some of the other posts, this beer really fulfilled my expectations. I bought this at a small shop in Bastogne and thought is was a rare brew, but obviously it has been rated quite a bit. That being said this was an extremely well balanced stout. Nice dark tan head lasts almost throughout the glass. Taste is hard to put a finger on, toffee, coffee, spices and an excellent balance of sweetness. This beer hit the spot. I only wish I had another one to confirm my rating.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Spicy belgian yeast character. Light roasty flavours, biscuity malt and well balanced hop bitterness. Not a warming complex beer as expected just straightforward and suprisingly drinkable.
Pailhead (5589) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Aroma is chocolate and fruit with a light alcohol. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Lots of chocolate and fruit from start to finish. A light roasted grain and lighter roasted coffee flavor comes into play in the finish. Very nice.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle best before ’03 picked up in John’s Market. Decent little IS. A touch oxidized but really standing up strong for its age. Oakiness is there, a touch dry and tannic. Still quite malty, any semblence of hops are gone. Medium bodied and smooth. Still well carbonated. Takes on some characteristics of a belgian strong ale. I would like to try a bottle from a more recent vintage.
lamas (1439) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Best before end: 11/05. An opaque black pour with a HUGE creamy beige head and little floaties. Aroma is slightly oaky with some subtle vanilla beans and cocoa. Not packed with roasty aromas like most imperials. Very unique, almost wheaty, aroma for this style. Flavor is very toffee-ish. Exactly what I would’ve expected from a Belgian stout. Creamy. Nice amounts of cocoa and milky coffee. Medium-bodied. Fairly dry. Presence of alcohol is almost non-existant. A nice crisp alternative to many oily, thick imperials. A very unique imperial stout.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Black with a huge light brown head. Aroma is very sweet and similar to a belgian strong. The stout characteristics are barely noticable in the aroma. Rather light beer. The body wasn’t all that impressive, a little thin. Not much for flavor here either. Kind of a sour/bitter plum taste. The beer really isn’t sweet at all as the aroma leads one to believe. Flat, stale, uninteresting.
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one really fell short in my eyes, but thats the way things go. Brownish black body with a light tan head and trace lacing. Malty(plums) aroma with other dark fruits like rasins and dates with a hing of chocolate and maybe a hint of alcohol. Plumy malts in the flavor wth a dash of bitter chocolate and some rasins as well. If i wasnt told this was a stout, I would have guessed a bock or maybe a stong belgian, but not stout.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate:
As black as tar, totally opaque. Excellent all rounder. The aroma jumps from the bottle. The usual Ellezelloise spice is ever present along with liqourice, chocolate, ginger biscuits. Mouthfeel is glorious and thick. Finish is long and bitter. Certainly not one to start the night off with! Never fails to leave me in a bit of a mess. I swear they put some kind of ’special stuff’ in there...