ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nose of spicy cherry cordials, chocolate brownies fresh from the oven, and all kinds of floral notes here as well. Pours black. The wicked cascade resolves into a towering, uber stiff & rocky tan head that is fully lasting and leaves excellent lace. Goes down waaaay too smooth. This is guinness to the 100th power. Holy shit! Flavor is sweet and roasted chocolate malt, mild alcohol warmth and sweetness as not to upset the masterful balance. Light acidity adds to the cornucopia of tasting pleasure. The chocolate in the finish is just as the label claims "indulgence". The full body is creamy and chewy, lively; and feels dry at the finish. Fuck this is good!! Should definitely be allowed to breathe and warm if you have the willpower. The mark of a great brew is the measure of how easily one could make themselves sick...for me with this one, it would be all too easy. Wa-we-woo-wah...very nice...I like...high five!!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Draft. Black body with a medium sized, creamy tan head - lasting, nice lace. The nose is moderately sweet with chocolate, molasses and light banana. The flavor is lightly sweet with milk chocolate, brown sugar and banana. Medium/full body is soft with gentle carbonation.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid black, with a roasted tan head, leaving lace...looks good!
Aroma: all cocoa powder with bittersweet espresso on the side. Rich, dark and lovely.
Taste: full-bodied, deep, and decadent. Well-rounded, well-balanced, with chocolate flavor rolling in...very mellow in the mouth, incredibly smooth. Chocolate isn’t too big in the flavor, and the flavor isn’t too big...it seems just right. Adding the word "indulgence" creates expectation of extremes in flavor, and begs comparison to Young’s Luxury Double Chocolate Stout. It falls short by some in that regard, but I don’t mind.
the first non-Belgian-style beer from Ommegang, if you don’t count the inclusion of Belgian chocolate...a delcious stout, and the 7% abv doesn’t get noticed...until now...oh, there you are...
But it’s a solid stout, with noticable chocolate...
Happy 10th Anniversary, Ommegang!
ABUSEDGOAT (2539) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour, large frothy tan head that lasts. Very sexy in the glass. Aroma is yeasty, chocolate, some darker malts still. Somewhat rough, somewhat fruity. Medium bodied with a cheap chocolately finish. Somewhat interesting but not worth coming back to at the pricetag.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Degarth. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a really long time. Shockingly this is my first Brewery Ommegang rating, I must fix that very soon. Black pour, or as near to black as can be, completely opaque. Medium sized mocha colored head. Mostly diminishing with some decent lacing. Aroma is very ashy, seems to be the theme of the night with the dark beers we had. Along with that I get some tobacco leaves, milk and dark chocolate, dark fruit and malts, and some sour notes. Flavor is very similar, rich chocolate and ash, but with an odd metallic twang about halfway through. Thanks for pointing this out, Dave *end sarcasm* ;). Body is medium-full, ashy mouthfeel and very chalky. Creamy despite all of that. Finish is lengthy, again all chocolate with some complimentary ashy notes, and some spiciness. Good, not great.
BBB63 (6527) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle and served in my Expedition snifter: Basically opaque with a slowly fading creamy tan head and left very good lace upon the snifter. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, walnut, leather, lactic acid, grassy and slight resiny hop, light charred wood and just a dash of espresso.
The taste is a lovely blend of rich cafe mocha and twangy bittering hops. The sweetness of the chocolate is balanced by the coffee and hop bitterness. Adding depth is some smoke, fig and prune. The mouth feel is not as lush as I hoped but then again it is quite drinkable and oh so smooth!
For me this is a well executed brew with just enough sweetness working with lactic and bitterness to make it oh so tasty. I will grab me many more bottles when they arrive in the local area. Thanks to Todd (MrBendo) for my advanced bottle in trade.
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with big, foamy tan head / Big nose of bittersweet chocolate / Medium body, slightly metallic taste, a little thin with decent finish / Smooth flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon with chewy, toasty finish /
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the 2007 GABF: Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of dark tan head. Aroma of slightly sweet and doughy dark chocolate and biscuity malts. Body starts fairly doughy and semi-sweet with some earthy, almost burnt dark chocolatey notes and a drier toasty finish. Could use a touch more sweetness, but pretty interesting.
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent. This is definitely a magnificent stout. The chocolate is huge mixed with just a touch of coffee in the flavor. It is a full bodied, creamy brew with a silky smooth finish.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent Chocolate Stout! Effervescent like a Belgian, strong in flavor like a stout, choclatey like a chocolate stout and not too sweet.