Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany brown pour producing a somewhat thin body of charcoal black; heavy foam of tan. Rich, toasty caramel, cinnamon dough, a hint of anise, and subdued fruitiness in the aroma; a bit of ashy and metallic coffee ground and minerals linger. Deep, rich roast flavor of goose meat and tanzanian coffee; maybe not those exact flavors, but they’re the best template for the savory, smoky girth of this taste. There’s a lot of dusty baker’s chocolate and generic earthy bitterness that lends some roughness around the edges of this belgian example, that seems too reckless and misplaced; where it should seem polished and deep, intimating a nuanced, heavy Cabernet or the like, it tends to offer this thin bitter earthiness that timidly brightens up with bits of pear and orange peels. Favorably changes quite a bit as it warms and as it coats the mouth; those sunny touches of fruit character shining more openly and warmly. Alcohol masked. Graham crackers, honey, dark chocolate mid palate; sticky sweetness. Mouthfeel is frothy and full, with a soft sparkle; finishes warm and juicy with a long fruity sweetness chased green, spicy bitterness. Seems a highly ageable example; full of character that hasn’t gotten it all together yet. Thanks to Andy and Larry!
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured an opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and light fruittiness with a smooth warming semi sweet finish.
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 2008-05-31. Only took rough notes on this second sample, but the flavour has much more rich maltyness throughout that I recall. Just overall bigger and richer and more lovely. Wow! 8/5/8/4/18 - 4.3 Bottle, Post-Mondial Tasting, Montreal
<P>2005-05-24. Black body with a nice foamy tan head (4+). Roasty aroma, underlying malt. (7+) Similar roast dominates the flavour, mild milk chocolate notes, light lingering bitterness in the finish. (7+) Smooth average to medium palate. Not bad! 7/4/7/4/16 - 3.8 Bottle shared by Biegaman
MadIndian (2434) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 Bottle from Capones, sampled with Stegosaurus. Damn this was good. Nice black pour with roasted, coffee, chocolate aromas. Nothing show stoppingly different but a good blend and a good punch. I quite enjoyed it. Ask Stegosaurus what we did with the cork and the caps form the troegs bottles....
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very interesting offering from a great brewery. of course, the beer does not disappoint.. The aroma is decent, having some roast and sweet malts leaving a bit of a fruity and molasses hint. The feel of this beer is almost equal to Dark Horizon, very smooth and silky, absolutely wonderful. The flavour is chocolaty and sweet with molasses and some burnt malts. Overall a pretty average stout with a great mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable but doesn’t quit have enough.
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml corked & caged). At 2nd Annual Summer Saison Tasting - beigaman’s bottle. Thanks for sharing this one, Jan!!! Murky opaque brown/black pour with a solid lasting light brown head (4+). Creamy and smooth aroma, deep roast malt overlaid with molasses and mild herbal funkiness - somewhat mysterious. The taste - very dry and very creamy, strong alcohol yes, but appropriately so, in addition to slightly tart huge overroast caramel malt there were some nice mint and herb flavours - complex and very very good. Seriously thick body, silky going down, not much carbonation but that was just right - had a long near-burnt complex roasty finish with a complex herbal hop dance rounding out the linger. Top drawer (maybe this one was the highlight of the tasting ... hard to call)
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: pours a dark, rich black with a thick tan head. Aroma of delicious chocolate malts, dark fruit. Flavor is robust, with roasted chocolate malts, some coffee, and a mild undertone of raisin or plum. Very full mouthfeel; warm, dry finish.
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Ethan and Aubrey at the CC gathering. Thanks! Pours black with a tan head. Nose is milk, cocoa, roasted malts, some smoke, some over-ripe fruits. Flavor has more lactose (very milk stout like), with some roasted malts, cocoa, and a little bitterness in the finish. Good, but for me, not great.
emacgee (4138) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this from South Bay. Was kind of on the edge about it because of some of the reviews but I ended up really enjoying it. Pours a nice dark viscous brew. Allows some light through in the pour but sits black in the glass. The head is a dark tan. Very pungent nose, very fruity, sweet, light alcohol, coffee, chocolate, plum. The flavor is similar, very fruity, sweet, light alcohol, roasty, coffee, citrusy. Very smooth and full mouthfeel with a roasted coffee finish. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010 (Bottle thanks to TheCheeseMan) Pours dark brown to black with a medium brown head. The aroma is medium roasted and light to medium yeasty with clear tones of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and dark bread alongside strong notes of fruits (fresh/dark/dried) and berries like prunes, fresh figs, rum raisins, gooseberries, black berries, blue berries, ripe pears and some subtle notes of ripe yellow fruits. Vinous with blue grapes. Also notes of molasses, brown sugar, cold coffee, sweet liquorice, mild tar, light smoke, tobacco, wet stone, milk, roasted nuts, salt, soy sauce and shellfish. Hints of grassy and spicy hops. The flavour is light to medium sweet, light to medium roasted, medium salty with a balanced sourish/vinous sting. Tones of tar, smoke, salt liquorice, dark chocolate, black coffee, black berries, red currant, prunes, raisins, dark bread, milk sourness and blue grapes. Some grassy and light floral hops. The mouthfeel is well carbonated with small bubbles caring the somewhat silky and light sticky, medium to full body. Aftertaste of salt, sal ammoniac and tart grapes with the tiniest touch off wood. Both the aroma and flavour is layer upon layer complex. Yet another fantastic beer from LA. Marsi thinks the saltiness and the sourness is somewhat too much while Blursi is just thrilled and since Blursi is a man with eighteenth century values he off course decides the scores. Marsi bows her way into the back of the salon.