kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ML bottle 11/10/07: Large, lasting tan head of creamy foam, and a very dark brown body. Chocolate is dominant followed by roasted malt. Herbal hop is light. A touch of alcohol, a light yeasty plasticky phenolic, and pepper. Medium bready malt aroma w/ a freshly crushed cereal character. A light cherry ester from yeast and alcohol combo. Flavor is chocolate malt and peppery yeast spice. Balanced to malty sweetness up front, and finishes dry w/ an herbal ho flavor. Bready malt mid palate w/ chocolate and roast... Turns bitter in the finish & aftertaste the first couple of ounces. Also has a very light raisin and caramel flavor. Higher level of CO2, lighter medium body, dry, almost astringent M/F. Not my favorite from Ommegang! Solid beer, but I’m not sold on imperial stouts w/ Belgian yeast character.
fordest (2008) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF. Dark pour with little head. Not much carbonation. Some chocolate on the aromas, but mostly just roasted malt. Nothinig on the flavor. Some more malt, but not very exciting.
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at BCTC ’07 and at Speakeasy 12/4/07. Pours is dark brown with no head. nose is wet cardboard, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor is bitter with no chocolate detected.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub and served in an Ommegang 10th Anniversay trappist glass. This beer poured a deep brown hue with a thick, foamy, tan, slightly lasting head. Some nice lace was left behind. The aroma consisted of light roast, creamy milk chocolate, and a slight hint of earthy yeast esthers. The flavor was made up of rich milk chocolate notes, dark fruits, roasted malts, and also a mild note of alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a slightly bitter, dry finish and light carbonation. Very nice...indulge me with another, please!
marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This black beer poured with a large fluffy brown head that lasted almost until the snifter was empty. There is a rich, but not overwhelming chocolate flavor that blends very smoothly with the roasted malt, followed by a long bitter finish. This is a very fine dessert beer.
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was really hoping for more richness here. This is relatively dry and there’s not a lot of heft in the flavor or body. Very dark, nice head. Good roastiness, but I was hoping for a little more richness. I was hoping for a little more from this. That being said, this isn’t bad by any means. It’s like solid stout with a slight Belgian flare. I just have to admit I fell for the marketing a little bit and had my hopes up. This one really improves as it warms.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black beer with a thick sticky tan head that fades to a rocky, sticky lace. Aroma is loaded with dark Belgian chocolate, heavy cocoa and some soft licorice and heavily charred malts. As it warms a kiss of cherry comes through as well as some light cinnamon and clove spiciness. Flavour is also great showing rich heavy cocoa, chocolate and a soft vineousness. It starts out heavily carbonated, but as it sits open, this fades letting the soft velvety texture shine. Rich and chocolatey with a hint of plum and cherry. Silky and luxurious. Completely unique and very tasty. An excellent brew that I look forward to sampling again with about a year on it.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Corked bomber. Beautiful pitch black color with a very attractive, thick head. I was expecting this to be half beer, half chocolate syrup in a bottle, and I was completely wrong. Instead, it’s a delicious stout with some strong chocolate notes, but more along the lines of a good, roasty sweet stout. There’s even a bit of that Belgian spiciness and doughy undertones. This wasn’t what I was expecting, not quite as unusual, but really well made and extremely tasty.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a tan head. Mild roasted aroma with some piney hops, along with wet cardboard. Very rocky head that stayed wtih the beer - and the glass. Thin body, champagne like fine carbonation bubbles ticket the tongue. Flavor is roasted malt, some chocolate bitterness, but unfortunately, also a slight metallic flavor and a generous flavor of wet paper. Tastes like homebrew that someone would have at a homebrew club meeting. Possibly slightly oxidised.
skaughty (645) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Didn’t really pull the roasted malt that would classify the style out of the aroma, Flavor or palate. This strikes me more like a Belgian Winter, w/o the spices. Looks spectacular in a specially-crafted Chocolate Indulgence goblet. The head retention is great, and the lacing remains for a while. While the palate is a little thin, the lingering Belgian yeast tickles the tongue. The wildcard in the taste is that the bitterness can actually be attributed to the chocolate, as they start and end in harmony - not like a heavy Imperial Stout.