vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ ginger man NYC. Dark pour tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt with some light bitterness and licorice tones. Some hints of woody tones.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GM with Andrew, Streets and Brendan. Pours a deep brown almost black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is nice roasted malts and biscuity. Mouthfeel is great - some dryness, notes of great roast, bitter chocolate - and something sweet.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black coffee tan head good retention. Really woody dry hints of licorice malty choc tones. A bit roasty oak hints of burnt coffee very dry n roasted. Bitter chocolate. Hints of birch. Hint of maple but really bitter dry a touch silky creamy carbonation. Nailed it.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured black with a large brown head that lasted throughout the beer and laced nicely. Aroma had a strong roasted malt note with some coffee and a bit of dark chocolate as well as a dryness. Flavor was similar with strong roasted malts throughout, some coffee, a slight bitter hop note and quite a dry finish.
tastybeer (1486) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasty with a big hop bite. They had it listed as a black IPA but who knows.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Cask Republic. Pours dark brown with a creamy grayish tan head. Smells slightly smoky, roasty, resiny, earthy, spicy. Tastes of roasted malt, some tea, peppery, full bodied with a slight chocolatey finish. Nice!
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A round creamy stout and a lot of green bitter hops in perfect harmony
How: Tap, a few times. This rating for a fresh pint directly at the brewery
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Nose is very hoppy with a green fresh hops pellet signature on top of moderately roasted malts. Body is slender yet doughy and a bit fluffy. Roasted malts, oatmeal sensation (I don’t know if it actually uses oatmeal), burnt harzelnuts, some dried dark fruits and a whole lot of fresh green bitter hops. With its velvety body, hopping and round smooth flavors I thought it felt like some kind of uber-hoppy oatmeal stout. I liked it a lot. This beer was brewed in honor of Greg Noonan, a North-American brewing pioneer. Everybody dies, even beer people. R.I.P. Greg Noonan, Vermont Brewery founder (1951 – 2009). R.I.P. Michael Jackson, beer hunter (1942-2007). R.I.P. Bruno Baekelmans, founder and brewer of Breughel (1959 - I Can’t Wait).
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. The pour is near black with a healthy, tan head with great retention and layered lace. Aroma is big sweet cocoa, vanilla, sweet roasted malt. Taste is roasty, coffee, hazelnut, dark fruit-forward with excellent roast and low-alpha acid hops to balance. Heavy, moderately sweet body makes me think this is a milk stout of sorts with quite the char and roast to balance. Silky, creamy on the palate. Soft carbonation. A very nice surprise. Thank god for stouts without saltwater and olive character.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. A superb dark coffee aroma, with bitter chocolate notes, light fruityness, some chalky notes. In mouth, a good intense coffee, light alcohol warmth, hops points, some licorice and light menthol. Rich and smooth. On tap at brewery, Dec. 4 2010.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Raisins, roasted malts and levelled green hops coalesce in this full-bodied, Harvest Ale / Foreign Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A layer of creamy foam protects the brown-edged blackness.
-The cask version had brash hoppiness compared to the slightly older tap. The cask was not cohesive too, even though the flavors were all very pleasant.
-Balance is beautiful in this one, evolving in a wonderfully chewy body.
-Yet another successful new recipe from Hopfenstark. Bravo!
On tap at the brewery, and on cask at Benelux.