TBone (12541) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque black color, small brown head. A bit woody, toasted-roasted aroma, maybe some milky notes too. Full-bodied. Milky, roasted, kind of shorty finish. Not much farmhouse found.
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big dark roasted scents that are entangled with a dried fruit funk. The beer is so dark it appears black but the big active heads purple tint makes me think otherwise. It’s flavor has a Tartness like you might find in a Saison, The thick caramelized sweetness that you find in scotch ale, the roasted dry coal coffee of a stout and a wood barrel tint. It is a lot to comprehend take your time and sip slow.
Iphonephan (3162) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours black with a tan head. Flavors of licorice, chocolate and coffee. Heavy bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth smoky finish.
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from Cask n’Flask, San Jose, CA. Pours filthy, burgundy-edged obsidian (impenetrable in the glass) with a decadent grey-khaki coloured mousse. Huge cocoa, mocha, cinder toffee and dark leathery prune aroma with yeasty backnotes more Marmite than farmhouse. Fine, bittersweet, punchy imperial profile not shy on the roasted front; notes of bitter chocolate, sweet cocoa, peanut M+Ms, ash-flicked espresso with red apple and sourish heartburn undercurrents firmly ensconced in the Belgian camp. Prickling carbonation losing some head as it warms. Bovril-like, slightly salty Baltic streaks beneath the chocolate and acidity. Tasty but for me neglects any stout’s most essential ingredient- drinkability.
rejtable (1267) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This really works for me. Pours pitch black with an initial huge frothy beige head, no lacing. Nose is some espresso, some fruit. Notes of espresso, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and a decent amount of tart notes in the finish. Taste is medium sweet, med/light bitter and light sour. Medium body with a pretty dry finish. Very drinkable and dare I say "refreshing" for a 9pct stout?!
stoutnick (495) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice look - foamy and black. Aroma is yeasty and mild funk. Taste is very carbonation heavy - farmhouse style comes in afterwards. Decent stout, but nothing to get too excited about.
dfinney23 (1640) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Even better than the original, IMO, thanks to the bit of funky fruitiness from the farmhouse yeast. Dark and oily with coffee and chocolate.
conway (1377) - - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a thick chocolate milk colored head. Aroma is fruity with a chocolatey backbone. Taste is fruity up front, almost like raspberries, finishing with prominent notes of fudge, roasted malt and smoke. Medium mouthfeel and strong carbonation for the style. Incredibly unique and delicious.
Ontape (269) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Solid big stout with slight funk. Jet black, brown head, nice lacing. Smell is roasty cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and a touch of farmhouse yeast. Taste is big and rich with stout flavors up front and a touch of funk at the end. I was hoping for something a bit more wild, but it’s very good as a stout -- just slightly disappointing if you’re looking for something more challenging.
RichTheVillan (2700) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; pitch black pour with thin tan head, yeast and roast malt aroma, taste is rich roasted malts, chocolate some, bread with some saison notes.