jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml corked&caged bottle. The beer pours dark and black with subtle hints of dark brown highlights when held up to the light. The head pours thick and tan, and slowly fades into an attractive, thin layer of tight, small bubbles, leaving an array stripes and leopard spots of lace on the walls of the glass. The first thing detected by the nose is dark chocolate. Sniffing some more finds a vinousness to the aroma - a subtle fruitiness underneath the thick layers of chocolate-covered espresso beans with coffee-flavored ice cream. There is a distinctly bitter, roasted note to the aroma that prevents it from smelling too much like a chocolate dessert. The taste starts dry with lots of bitter chocolate, but the sweet malts slowly strengthen to an overall sweet balance. The middle of the tongue picks up more sweet flavors with some vanilla and toffee that are then restrained by more dry, bitter cocoa flavors. The finish is sweet and full, but the aftertaste is dry - like the throat is dusted with dry, unsweetened cocoa powder (okay, maybe not that dry). The dry chocolate flavors are strong throughout. The balance of the beer is very nice - not too sweet. The flavor of hops is very subtle and just enough to provide a slight "green" tint to the fruitiness on the middle and back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is lovely - decadent, creamy, full-bodied, but not too heavy. The carbonation level is beautifully appropriate. Overall - very decent beer. And more - my wife likes it, too.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Came in a nice Belgian-style sipper glass, with a lustrous cappucino colored head and a deep inky body. Fine smell of bitter dark chocolate was an enticing start. First sips also gave away some mild hops and a touch of sour. Pleasant dry taste with the chocolate malts and a nice lingering finish. But ultimately I found it not quite rich or thick enough to satisfy.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick frothy brown head. Pleasant aroma of bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and lactic vanilla overtones. Very straight-forward dark chocolaty flavor, some slight notes of coffee, and just a hint of fruitiness towards the finish. Palate is medium, somewhat coarse and viscous, but a little thinner than expected. Delicious and a great venture into the world of stouts for Ommegang.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thick light brown head. Nice aroma of black chocolate. Solid flavor of black chocolate and roasted malt with a dry and bitter finish. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. Very good stuff.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours black in color with full foamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa and belgian yeast. Taste of cocoa and belgian yeast with dry and dark chocolate bitter after taste.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Black, medium tan head with a hint of lacing. Nose gives cocoa, burnt/acrid malt, a hint of belgian yeast characteristics. Further sniffing reveals some fruit and alcohol, maybe a touch of smokey plastic. Flavor is rich dark malts, almost no burnt notes - instead toffee and chocolate, some very light coffee notes. Finish is more toffee than chocolate, with something that manages to remind me of powdered milk. Long, lingering cocoa/tootsie roll finish.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[draught @ Sunset Grill] Pours nearly black, with a nice tan head composed of tight, small bubbles. Roasted malt aroma, with a slight essence of chocolate. Flavors are full of roasted, dark malts, some interesting yeast, and somewhat understated chocolate character. Dry, bittersweet finish. Overall, very nice.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown almost black, but has some ruby brown highlights and a nice off greyish white head- good lace as well. Aroma is dusty, old dry dark chocolate, earthy, cereal grain, and gets nice as it warms with light esters and more phenols. Good light roastiness, dry acrid bitterness, and nice chocolate tones with a long dry roasty finish- somewhat bitter- phenols go well with the dry chocolate. Light body for a foreign stout but it is still pretty smooth. Nice.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Appearance is carbonated and dark brown stout with a big off white head. Nose is bittersweet with subtle chocolate and malt notes. The taste is similar. Not exactly what I expected, but a good beer nonetheless. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for this style. Again, not what I expected.
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours a nice jet black with a medium sized fluffy tan head, which fades fairly quickly, but never quits completely, and leaves a decent lacing. smell has pretty strong woody and nutty notes, with just a bit of sweet chocolate, dark fruit, and spice. the taste is mostly the same, except the chocolate seems to come out less, and the woodiness is more pronounced. dry, moderately bitter finish, with the right carbonation for a stout, and a great silky mouthfeel. certainly not my favorite stout, but not bad; worth a try for the 10th anniversary experience, at least.