jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap, served in an imperial pint glass.
A good looking appearance, poured a dark chocolate brown with rudy hues shining through the bottom of the glass. An tan head of spongy foam that has good retentive powers, rings of sticky lace at the brim of the glass.
Heavily roasted dark malts and sweet chocolate at first, followed by smells of earthy, herbal hops and dark fruity yeast. Hints of cocoa powder and charred wood out at the edges of aroma.
The Belgian ale yeast plays more of a role in the taste than in the smell. Dark sweet fruit tastes of ripen figs and raisins with a splash of cherry juice. Malty flavors of dark roast nutty coffee and burnt chocolate. The Belgian chocolate has more of a sweet cocoa taste, helping to lighten out the roasted malts. A quite subtle herbal hop emerges towards the end, adding spiciness to the fruity yeast and dry roasted malty finish. This has a good stout body to it, creamy while retaining an airy lightness.
Quite enjoyable and easy to consume, happy 10th Ommegang.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. A very sweet stout that oils the tongue, only making it easier to drink more. Rich cocoa w/ out the complexities one might expect/hope-for. There’s belgian yeast there for sure, I was just hoping for a tad more strength (seven, really?). Also my bottle was $14... It is an awesome beer, just a little less than I anticipated.
Jayb0 (1156) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You just knew this was going to be good and it didn’t disappoint (Thanks Max). Very rich with a high-end chocolate profile, not syrupy or indicative of an artificial chocolate sweetener. Nicely balanced, not 1-dimensional. not overpowering so be careful pairing it with strong flavors. Avoid drinking cold.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a dark, muddy red/brown color. small brown head. Aroma of chocolate and malt. Thick Palate. A complex flavor of sweet chocolate and malt and alcohol.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle. Roasty aroma, kinda chalky at first. It would seem the beer needs a little time to release the aroma which is roasty, dark fruits, alcolhol, highly kilned malt (burnt, or bordering on burnt), light cocoa and light coffee. Highly carbonated. Taste is roasty and astringent, with hints of lactose and a light, seemingly one dimensional (read generic brand, none of the complexities that you can get out of good cocoa) bakers chocolate and the office coffee pot around noon when the liquid has turned into a thick syrup with equal parts cheap coffee and char. There is also a yeasty aspect to the beer even though the ring of yeast is undisturbed at the bottom of the bottle. I had one of these (I bought two bottles, one in Chicago and one in KC) last night at a party and was unimpressed, as was the wife, but that was after several other beers. I fully expected to love this beer and I was very unimpressed.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark with a head of different shades of tan and brown...like those people that have pigment problems with their skin or birthmarks...kind of like an albino black person. The aroma certainly has tons of cocoa with some milkiness in the background. Some nice roasted malt notes also. Flavors have a little tinniness to them at the beginning, though the mouthfeel is pretty lucious. Some bitterness is there yet the dominant characteristic is chocolate. Pretty good for a chocolate beer.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at FFF,this was a dark malty chocolate stout with a belgian type finish sweet and delightful,overall not a bad stout and this was a fine beer.CHEERS!
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Everything I have had from this brewer is good. On tap at Vintage Estates. Pours a VERY deep brown with a fluffy brown/white head. Roasty dark chocolate on the nose. Taste is of classic Ommegang (if you have had anything else from them you know what this taste is) with a hint of bakers chocolate. The chocolate become more appearant as it warms, but not "indulging". Finish is sweet and satisfying.
Tmoney99 (13334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee, nuts and dark chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium dark chocolate flavor with a medium dark chocolate bittersweet finish of average duration.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Bottle from trade with Beachbum25....thanks!! Pours into glass deep chocolate brown almost black. Nose was overwhelming with the sent of bittersweet Belgian chocolate, toffee, and dough. Flavor was not as potent as the aroma but, still very good. Very creamy mouth feel. Thanks Beachbum!!