pilsnerrogge (2618) - Finspĺng, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(8.4 %) Dark brown, almost black colour. Nice head. Date and liquorice aroma. Sweet and roasty flavour with notes of coffee and chocolate. Alcohol bitter finish.
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful flip top directly fresh from Belgium, that "popped" twice from the carbonation. The added flavourings gave it a syrupy aroma with molasses. Not as thick as other Russians
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pour dark brown with a massive beige head that is totally retained. Extra appearance point for the awesome label and flip top bottle. Aroma is malty with a bit of chocolate and some roastiness. Flavor is intriguing and wonderful. Flavor is intially sweet malt with some chocolate, but the finish is very dry yeasty. There is a final vinous note that echoes from beyond the finish and provides the user with a wonderful memory on which to base the beer. I love the combination of maltiness and yeastiness with a bit of high gravity. I wish more Belgian breweries would try their hands at the stout experience. I need more of this.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Bottle sampled at Brugs Bertje. Pours a deep black color with ruby highlights and a thick, light brown head. Good aroma of liquorice, roasted malt and chocolate. Very good flavor of liquorice, roasted malt and chocolate with dryness in the end. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
JK (4918) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black; no head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar and red wine. Complex, vinous flavor, with soy sauce, choclate, wine, and coffee. Very good.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The swing top popped and the sound and action was as if it was a bottle of champagne. A huge pop followed by flowing foam. I quickly poured the erupting contents in to my glass and found a thick black stout with full tan head forming in my glass. The aroma is not terribly powerful, but chocolate and a saltiness somewhat like soy sauce were present. Despite being a stout there was still a decidely ’belgian’ character to the aroma. Wonderful mixture of a roasted and smokey imperial stout and a belgian strong ale. It’s an amazing mix of somkeyness and the strong fruityness you expect from a Belgian beer. It has a medium body and a smooth malty finish seemingly lacking any hop character at all, but that doesn’t take anything away from this wonderful find.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good grief, the second I popped the swing-top this thing tried its damndest to coming ejecting out of the bottle and turning into an $8 puddle on the floor. Luckly my strenuous thumb training, in anticipation of this very moment, allowed me to keep it from vomiting forth. Big collapsing fizzy tan head sits atop an opaque black body. The aroma is pretty subdued, bitter chocolate and some light sweetness. Flavor-wise, its got an interesting nuttiness that really comes through in the aftertaste. Mainly, though it is light chocolate and a good bit of bittering hops. The palate is medium, dry and a bit spritzy. Much more tame than the current trend of massive Imperial Stouts. Overall decent, but I think that this and the De Dolle Export Stout have led me to beleive that the Belgians have not really mastered the art of stouts. Though I would like to see a spontaneously fermented stout.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Not much nose-kinda grapey. Taste-yeats, lots of chocolate, grape, CO2, slight cherry. No big whoop.
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black with a brown head. grape ape aroma, i.e, chocolate and grape. sweet syrupy notes taste is yeasty with chocolate and lime. nice roast finish with some citrus. yummy, very inventive.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge Burnt chocalate and espresso stout. Big Oloroso and madeira notes, with rasins date plums and prunes and a nice malt acidity. Very warming brndyish notes and a gigantic mouthfeel. Simply amazing stout of incredible depth.