zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, with a medium sized brown head. Aroma is more subtle than expected. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit, and smoke are all there. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and some dark fruit. Gets better as it warms up a bit.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a whippy brown head that lasts a real long time. Aroma of licorice/sambucca, raspberries, espresso, and a bit of very dark chocolate. Flavor has a strong espresso and sambuca/licorice flavor, but a bit more chocolate and coffee than the aroma. Nutty and definite espresso and dark chocolate finish, earthy almost buttery hop flavor lingering which is pretty nice. Pretty high carbonation, but it makes for a nice creamy and fluffy mouthfeel. A good amount of heat too. If anything this reminds me a bit of Mephistopheles with a creamier mouthfeel, more well rounded flavor, but less sweet and slightly mellower in intensity. Imperial stouts with Belgian yeasts? They have great potential, but perfection is still out on the horizon.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Oíbriens. Pours with a black body topped by a thick, brown, lasting head with lots of lacing. Itís slightly sweet and chocolatey with a nice roasted coffee note, a malty undertone and a hint of vanilla. Full bodied and smooth with a hint of dryness and a deep warming.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well carbonated as a reasonably careful pour produces a four-finger thick, creamed chocolate brown colored head in my 25cl glass that threatens to over flow. The beer is a rich black color with just a hint of concentrated brown to it. The head only slowly subsides and leaves a thick layer of froth on the sides of my glass. No amount of moving it up to the light makes this anything but opaque. Rich roasty malt notes, with a distinctly toasted grain note. Not totally unsurprisingly this smells exactly like the Moonlit Sessions Lager, perhaps a bit more intense, but not overly so; even that distinct, toasty grain character is replicated. Aromas of chocolate, well browned bread, toasted cracker aromas, dark roasted coffee. Underneath the dry, roast-driven malt notes is a deep malt sweetness with notes of burnt raisins and blackened figs. While this has a touch of burnt acidity and acrid roast character, these are fairly well in check and this has a fairly nice nose for a beer of this style.
Despite resting for 10 minutes it is still quite well carbonated; it feels frothy as it first hits the tongue, but it is thick enough to over-power the ample carbonation. After swirling this to degas it a bit, the texture becomes a bit more manageable; thick, chewy, with a creamy texture, though it is not hugely thick, though most definitely a powerful beer. Lots of sweet malt flavors contribute notes reminiscent of charred raisins, dark chocolate, touches of molasses and even some black liquorice flavors. Chalky grain notes stick to my teeth as does a slight astringent, burnt grain character. A light burnt acidity mixes with thick sweet malt notes in the finish, providing a bit of balance. The hop character is fairly mellow here, at least the malt character is so big that you really donít notice any hop contributions. The roast grain notes can at times contribute a burnt vegetal note, though it is not nearly as offensive as some examples.
A decent example of the style, it probably needs a year or more (and will remain good for quite some years) to round out the burnt vegetal notes. I like that this is not overly burnt in character, the roast malt character steers pretty well clear of being overly harsh, astringent and acidic. I am waffling between this being quite tasty and just a bit too green; in the end though, while this is a tasty brew, the second runnings of the mast (Moonlit Sessions) is the better beer.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson AZ
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from South Bay D&L. Dark, dark, dark pour with small head. Coffee, toffee and sugar on the nose...very rich and sweet. Flavor is dark fruits, figs, dark molasses and some light smoke near the finish. Fantastic stout. I actually drank half the bottle on night and the other half the next...and it was just a good the second night, with a touch less alcohol. Great beer.
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught Pitch-black beer; persistent yellow-brown head. Dark grapes, other dark fruity, bit of liquorice aroma; quite rich and vinous. Sweet-ish, with a serious ethanol backbite, and even other alcohols. Vinous, even some brandy and again, blue grapes flavour. Some discreet hops. Very well balanced, slick, sticky MF. Impressive stout, if a bit sweet for an Imperial.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a good stout with notes of belgian yeast....hides the alchol really well
a good example of a so called belgain stout...much better than alagash black
Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Port Brewing. Pitch black pour with a tan head. Great roasted malt taste but some fruit, raisins or figs. Wine taste throughout. Smokey but fruity aftertaste. Incredibly complex would love to get some of this and age it. Sweet but dark finish. Awesome! would buy again
bleeng (1542) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks LA Saints club. Black and opaque with a lively brown head that dissapaites. Nose is soapy, burnt malts, coffee, sweetness, ready to drink. Taste is chocolate, burnt malts, coffee, sugar, smooth but with a bit of carbonation for the liveliness. Alcohol is present and the carbonation is evident. Nice beer.
Fortunately Iíve got another to let age-letís give this a while and see how it changes.
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Had a nice bold cocoa bean aroma of roasted coffee. Creates a large development of foam while a pitch black stout sits waiting to be tasted. The flavor is sour and tart with an unripe taste but it has a Belgian personality so I guess itís understandable. It definitely masks its alcohol content and started to creep onto me by the finish of the bottle.