KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via kmweaver. Dark color. Smell of chocolate, hops, malt, flowers and coffee. Taste of hops, coco, malt, caramel, roasted coffee and toffee. A little watered down. I was expecting more in this beer.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was a very good beer, but it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be like. I don’t know how a ’foreign stout’ is supposed to taste so I can’t say it was bad in comparison. Nest to Brooklyn’s black chocolate stout & Youngs chocolate stout this beer was not to good.
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Light and sweet aroma with just a hint of chocolate. Flavor was intensely of chocolate and esters. A bit of coffee/chocolate bitterness, not the kind I normally associate with hops, rounded off the finish. Rather dry finish.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma was spritzy with carbonation and cocoa presence. The chocolate aroma was fruity and contained a bit of smoky and roasty characteristics. Raisins and prunes were also present. The beer poured into the chalice clear black with a brown moderate head which fell slowly to lace the glass. The flavor was acidic and carbonic with a strong acrid roasty characteristic. The acidity in this was was very high and the flavor quite thin and estery. Chocolate, dark bitter, was notable as was a bit of roast. The finish was bone dry with lasting impressions of dark bittersweet chocolate into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and the carbonation was moderate but the beer was so dry that it was not creamy on the palate. A bit of alcohol warming occurred post consumption and the beer became more pleasant to consume as it warmed. Ok, but nothing special. 750 ml corked and bailed bottle.
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by DuctTape. Very dark brown almost black body with a foamy latte like brown head. Sweet, lightly musty malt aroma, with hints of dry cocoa. (7+) Sweet rich malt flavour with chocolate and cocoa notes blended well throughout. Light bitterness in the finish keeps it from becoming cloying. Smooth medium palate, interesting carbonation is tingly (3+) Very nice, less complex than expected perhaps, but quite good.
pintocb (648) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a stout, smells like a stout, tastes like a stout, finishes like a Belgian Ale? Kooky. It was very dark with a brown head. I get heavy smells of chocolate (duh) with some other sweet smells. The flavor is subtle, but chocolate does dominate. The mouth feel is creamy, but a tiny bit thin.
JK (5331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
an unusual beer. Dark brown color. The aroma and flavor have strong cocoa powder, unprocessed and unsweetened. Flavor has a little sugar, roasted malt, and more chocolate. Rather than some candyish chocolate beers, this one is good for having real chocolate flavor, but sadly, there is an off flavor of metal and blood. Maybe aging will help.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 750 ml corked bottle I was able to enjoy after Ohio State beat Michigan for the 4th game in a row. This is a beautiful stout with all around great characteristics. Brown/black in color, huge cloud-like long lasting brown head. Thick fluffy lacing surrounds the sides of the glass. Prominent chocolate aroma, both milk and dark varieties. Charred, roasted malt with a calm earthy yeastiness. Sweet and creamy on the palate. The mouth feel is very soft and decadent. Exceptionally drinkable as it’s very smooth and easy. Flavor is malty and sweet with creamy, dark, bitter chocolate. Underlying musty yeast taste, which was detectable in the aroma as well. Some hidden floral hops and more roasted malts. Cocoa and fudge flavors along with hints of vanilla and whiskey. A well crafted masterpiece. Easy on the senses, this is great.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a thick creamy tan head. Very light roast and Belgain yeast aromas on the nose, just a slight suggestion of cocoa. Taste is pretty mild overall, some roasty flavors mix nicely with a yeasty character, and the finish holds the chocolate flavors nicely. The chocolate roasty finish is subtle, but probably what is most likable about this brew. Would’ve liked more intense flavors, though.
yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Ommegang puts out some excellent beers and this was no exception. It pours a beautiful chocolate brown with a light milky head. I have to admit, I got pretty concerned when the first smell that hit me was something I can only describe as dirt. Not happy about that at all, I pressed on. What met my lips was a thick, chocolaty, stout with a buttery feel on my tongue. Now I know why there was only one bottle left at my local distributor! This is a great dessert beer but maybe not something you would want to have with a main course – unless your main course is chocolate cake!