PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a black color with some visible ruby highlights in the light. The head is initially massive, yet maintains a 1-finger height with a nice deep khaki color. The aroma is roasted barley, rich dark chocolate, milky/lactic notes, chocolate liquer and a raisiny hint. Creamy, slick body. Has a sweet and silky chocolate liquer quality. Itís a bit milky with a light metallic flavor. I could tell chocolate of extremely good quality was used. Has some dark fruit sweetness; mainly raisin hints. Has a smooth natural chocolate character overall. The finish gives off some mild roast, and only a light touch of bitterness. A tasty stout all in all, however I found myself looking for more with each sip. There wasnít enough bitterness, as well as something else that I canít figure out. Still pretty good.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts morph into dark chocolate, as various dark fruit render complexity to this plump yet drinkable Belgian-style Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam decorates the brown-sleeved blackness.
-Carbonation is comfortable and helps the round mouthfeel to build an authentically Belgian mouthfeel.
-Roasted malts and leafy hops proffer enough bitterness in the finish to create balance.
-Roastiness is rather intense, creating vegetal allusions at times.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at the Newtown Brewfest with the Mad_Indian. Pours dark with a large tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, and nuts. The flavor is sweet, chocolate, dark fruit, spices, brown sugar, and nuts. Great brew.
SSSteve (3740) - - OCT 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with nice lacing and a large creamy tan head. wonderful aroma fresh baked chocolate chip cookies...slightly burnt. flavor is chocolaty and lightly bitter with a touch of fruit and yeast. a medium bodied beer. low carbonation, almost milky. not too robust in flavor but just enough. aroma is my favorite quality. leaves a nice powdered cocoa aftertaste.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Onyx pour with minimal dark brown seeping out thru direct light, and a huge, fluffy, 3-finger or so dark brown head. This one looks great. Aroma is chocolate malt, cacao, chocolate syrup, nuts, figs, brown sugar, and some funky notes. Tastes chocolate malty, w chocolate syrup, cacao, figs, raisins, and nuts. Stays somewhat sweet, with a rich, complex palate, and mild notes of funky yeast toward the end. I enbjoyed this one a lot.
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black, lacy off-white head with a lasting cover. Powdery, chocolatey, light vanilla-like nose is quite coherent and well-integrated. Roastiness is also rather present in mouth where its wears a cocoa cloak. Strong chocolate flavours all throughout. Moderately high effervescence. Medium bodied. Minimal vegetal undertones. A chocolate beer indeed, it has some components of a stout, but Iíd hardly call it a stout and it has a certain Belgian feel to its yeastiness, but canít be compared to the few Belgian black ales. Unique and interesting, but I imagined it better, more special and above all more complex for this high-end market it is aimed at.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and moderate lacing. Chocolate/toffee on the nose as well as flavor. semi-dry finish.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a rich dark brown with a thin lacing head.Lots of chocolate on the nose.The flavor had chocolate and cocoa.Finish was slightly dry.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle-Poured out almost cola looking,with a decent size,tan head.Aromas were the usual in a chocolate stout,coffee,malt and cocoa.I felt this was a little thin in body,but I did have nice lacing on my glass.Not bad,may need to try on draft.
bp (785) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Tria in Philly: dark brown with a thick frothy head, aroma of chocolate, coffee and malt, flavor of chocolate and malt with with a nice dry finish. Very good beer - glad I got to try this one.