JorisPPattyn (8796) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stable thick beige head over yellow-shot dark brown beer; some lace. Caramel, molasses, leafy, dark mlats and melanoidins. Smells rather sweetish. Dry, very leafy, bitterish flavour on sweeter malty underbuild.. Molasses seem to be fermented out almost completely. Roasted. Seems rather well bodied, certainly for its ABV; slick, dry. Some UK character indeed.
Flanfl (362) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - NOV 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby body, small white head. Lots of complexity in the aroma. Dried fruits, roasted malt, chocolate notes, coffee, alcohol, feels round. The alcohol is a tad too forward but if you leave the beer breaf the alcohol is lighter and more fruit compleity shows up. I got fewer flavours but well balanced overall. Lots of dried fruits, roasted malt, chocolate notes and coffee. Medium bitter finish, fairly dry. Medium body and fizzy carbo, tiny bubbles.
Nocturne (1380) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Near black shade. Light tan head. Nose is molasses, toasted malty notes, raisins. Smoky, red fruity and malty notes show up in the taste. The dryness helps drinkability. It also helps that it’s not so roast-heavy. A nice traditional imagining.
superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, batch #016. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces t oa small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, molasses, toast, dark bread, pepper, light char/coffee, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, molasses, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, molasses, toast, dark bread, light char/coffee, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, date, molasses, toast, dark bread, pepper, light coffee/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, molasses, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate bitter/roasted dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English/Belgian stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, molasses, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on. This has the balanced character of a dry stout and English porter as advertised; with some additional spicy Belgian yeast character. A unique and very enjoyable offering.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dark brown, thin frothy sandy head, fairly nice lacing. Dark bready nose with a bit of
molasses and a smidge of anise. A bit dry and chalky on the tongue. Tangy. A touch earthy, and
even bready. Softer stout, not too hoppy or roasty. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Finishes
with a moreso dark or whole wheat breadiness, soft sweetness, with a little anise and molasses. Pretty
simple, but unfortunately also a bit of a snoozer.
Jimbo2 (67) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bland experience, some malts, fairly thin body, really not worth the ratings, in my opinion...
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled March 2015
A steady pour into my glass produces a four-finger thick, dark amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep, reddish-brown color that shows a clear, red-brown, lighter version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark caramelized malt notes, toasted molasses covered nuts, dense whole grain cake notes, as well as a hint of musty, earthy notes to the ample, toasted, brown, whole grain character that forms such a big backbone of this beer. Dark fruit notes are evocative of smoked figs, and raisins.
Somewhat sweet up front, this is balanced by a touch of toatsted / roasted malt character, but more so by a molasses derived, bitter bite that lingers in the long finish. Somewhat hefty, the beer has a nice viscosity to it, and a chewiness without being overly rich; it remains quite drinkable. The molasses and dark grain here combine to form a smokiness that is quite nice, and much more noticeable after I first recognized it. Ample dark nutty notes pair / balance well with deeply caramelized / brown, wholes, sweeter, whole grain flavors. Earthy grain notes, a touch of char, a solid hop bitterness, and a carbonic bite help to add a bit of a bite to this beer to balance the dominant malt and molasses notes.
This is a solid, interesting, evocative of old times, chewy, satisfying beer; this last without being overly rich or heavy. Something I am definitely enjoying on this cool, Tucson, Winter’s night.
chrisv10 (13468) - DENMARK - SEP 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, light roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, yeast and spices. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, spices, dark fruit, little chocolate, medium sweet, little liquorice, hop and a little bitter.
drfabulous (5226) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Dark cherry/plum. Molasses. Light stout taste. Lots of flavors coming together here.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Man these folks are knocking it outta the park. I was already very impressed with the two Saisons so I gave this one a chance and it does not disappoint. Rich but not overly sweet malt with solid dark fruit twang and a touch of smoke and earthy tobacco. Wonderfully rustic nod towards the classic British dark ales with a faint American twist. Not for everyone but it is rocking my world.