Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown-black body topped by a small tan ring of foam. Woody roastiness and fruity yeastiness dominate the beer and do mix very well together. The flavours of roasted malts and barrel combine to create some kind of roasted birch taste. The beer is very woody. The beer is also very fruity with cherries, red grapes and such. The end result is a weird clash of styles between the woody roastiness and the fruity sourness. Gets a few originality bonus points but overall the Madrugada Obscura mix of flavours is like your lazy thirty-something cousin living in his parents baseman, it doesn’t work.
Quevillon (2704) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bu au Mondial 07. Brune noirci, moyen collet beige pale. Arome de café au fruits sûrettes. Goût de café super fruité et un peu trop sûrette.
Ratman197 (11524) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a nearly opaque black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, carmel, coffee, cocoa and oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp, turning smooth as the beer warms up. Flavors of roasted malt, carmel, vanilla, light coffee and some grape like fruittiness with a lightly tart lingering roasty finish.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui persiste. Arômes de brettanomyces, d’avoine et de café. Saveurs de café, de lime et de brettanomyces. Texture crémeuse.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Rich O’s. Pours a jet black with a thick tan head. This beer was so foamy, it took 4 glasses to pour into to settle down into 1. Awesome lacing. The smell is very complex. Coffee, chocolate, yeast, a bit of sweetness. The flavor is equally complex. A marriage of sweetness, sourness and roasted malt come together better than I could ever imagine. Initial tartness with a touch of sweet, and then a roasted malt finish. Very well put together brew.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma is on the sweet side. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla, and Belgian yeast. Poured dark black with a large, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Tastes is medium sweet and sour but not bitter. Starts out very sweet and brety, but also a bit sour with grape and other sour fruity flavors. Mellows out with notes of cream and chocolate. Medium to full body. Slick texture. Lively carbonation. Short, sweet, chocolaty finish.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pitch black pour with a generous and tightly carb’d tan head. Faint dusty yeasty aroma that is almost non-existent. Cold, the sour aspect of the flavor dominates but as the glass warms the other flavors come forward in this complex brew. Combinations of coca, fruits/berries and roasted notes mix with the sour tang that creates a very unique and enjoyable beer.
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2007 I don’t know why but I really judge a stout heavily by its appearance. Maybe there is a connection to the first time I saw the beauty of a perfect nitro pour of Guinness. I was curious if the mad scientist Ron would be able to meet my appearance standards of a stout. I wasn’t let down. Perfect tan head. Dark and smooth like, as if it didn’t come from a bottle but the nitro keg I earlier mentioned. Wow does this have a great mouth feel. mouth feel, like appearance, means a lot to me when drinking a stout or porter. Ron hit a homerun in this department. (I name drop Ron as if we’re bowling team buddies or something). Next step: Can I handle what I know is going to be a sour stout. Yes sir I can. On the front end is such a tasty roasted malt taste. The back end seems to be dominated by brett but somewhat offset by the smooth mouth feel. Not present is that overblown hop crazy Imperial Stout taste I simply don’t like. The 8 percent alcohol is completely masked. Then, at the very end, returns a quick flash of roasted malt again. A great beer. RERATE Wow. I actually had this on tap in Ann Arbor. My god its good. This may very well be my favorite beer of all time.
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- courtesy of viggo. Pours black with a large mostly-lasting frothy tan head -- looks great! Interesting aroma is sour and roasty, quite yeasty along with some chocolate, smoke and dark fruit -- wild! Flavour’s so unique: Dry, roasty and sour with some chocolate, dark fruit and yeast. Alcohol well hidden. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. I hate to use the words again but this is such a unique and interesting beer, I really enjoyed it. Great stuff.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I haven’t tried many Belgian-style stouts, but this is one great beer. Tons of chocolate, w/out the smokey, dark fruit flavors that you find in most imp. stouts. Very clean flavor.