jrob21 (2677) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this is the definitive stand alone dessert beer. Chocolate says it all. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt and the flavor abounds. Melted, fermented, chocolate goodness. The only knock would be the one dimension of this beer but that one dimension is incredible.
thornecb (4546) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a Snifter. Mocha medium head leaves sheet lacing as it recedes to scum surface. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Medium bodied with upfront chocolate and a lasting sour coffee finish. It’s somewhere between a sweet stout and an imperial...and not really sure it knows which way it wants to go.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark brown with a brown head. This one is all about the chocolate. Nice, but a bit one dimensional.
undsioux7 (808) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ muddy pig. Dark brown with a brown head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma and taste upfront, but then disapears with almost a watery finish. Started great, but finishes bad.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Poured dark brown with a pillowy lighter brown head. Fairly typical belgian yeast nose, consisting mostly of alcohol. This is definitely a belgian style stout, relatively thin mouthfeel with mostly raisin and copper flavors that opens up to a roasted chocolate finish that lingers nicely.
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, no date, though by their website they released it October 13th, 2007. Deep brown with a one finger tan head, eventually fading to 1/2 that and fairly creamy. Chocolate, Belgian yeast, and some roasted malts up front. There’s also a little bit of grain and banana in the background. Differences in the flavor include more roastiness, metal, and spicy alcohol despite being only 7%. Still chocolatey with Belgian yeast, though I can’t say there are any bananas. Low to moderate carbonation with a light to medium body--department of redundancy department. Pretty good beer overall--I wouldn’t mind visiting this again.
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the anniversary pack...a good deal at just over $20 for a 750 of this one, Hennepin, and Three Philosophers, plus an Ommegang goblet. Opaque brown pour with a larger than average head size. Good lacing. Aroma is dark cocoa/chocolate, some roasted notes are secondary. Many of the aromas come out in the flavor as well. I do notice a slight metallic finish. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, goes down smooth. Overall a nice effort from a brewer that does not specialize in this style.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium bodied opague dark brown/black with a big faomy beige head that sits about 2 fingers high. The aroma’s a little weak but I do get some hints of dark chocolate and a little sweet dough. Flavor stands out a little more. Some nice dark cocoa and mild coffee through-out with somewhat tart citrus notes that make this beer a little more interesting. The cocoa in the finish is quite tasty. Very nice.
BeerFanDan17 (1019) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was looking forward to this stout but was not impressed. Ommengang makes some great Belgian style beers, but they should stay away from stouts. This pours well with a nice creamy head. Unfortunately it lacks the bite and richness of a stout. It has hints of chocolate, but is lacking in strength and flavor.
beerbill (3542) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a very, very dark opaque brown with a frothy tan head that lasted to the bottom of the glass and coated the glass nicely. Very pleasant aroma of cocoa with just a tiny bit of toasted malt. The flavor was again cocoa with just a bit of lightly toasted malt. The cocoa was not overpowering and was not at all sweet. Some cocoa flavor lingered on the palate after the swallow, and there was some light hops bitterness at the finish as well. Well crafted. Subtle and not overdone.