BitchesBrew (714) - 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 (942) - 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.
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Mahaffey’s. Pours solid black, minimal dark brown lacing. The aroma and flavor are dominated by chocolate of course, and roasted nuts are evident as well. It is sweet and manages to stay dry. Not bad at all.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Deep dark brown with a beige head. Spotty lacing. Aromas of cocoa/milk chocolate, with like a "lotiony" characteristic underneath. Notes of minerals, cookies, nuts and vanilla in the nose as well. Smooth chocolatey flavor, with some roasted nuts, minerals and a touch of charred leaf or wood on the finish. Maybe even some specks of raisin here and there. Smooth full palate. Nice little creation from Om.
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice black body with thin head. Aroma is chocolate (surprise), cocoa,roast. Flavor is really bitter chocolate, light yeast and a creaminess to it. Nice mouthfeel. This was very easy to sip.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very good creamy and filling Belgian Stout
How: Mtl-crew Halloween-tasting session.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head.
In long: Very round and smooth beer yet very roasted. Flavours of cacao, dark chocolate, dry wood and light fruity notes. Feels almost as much like a Belgian Ale as it feels like a Chocolate Stout the American way. Brings together the best of both worlds. Much better than the last fusion of the Belgian and American culture: the deep-fried Belgian chocolate wrapped in bacon.
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. It’s 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 wasn’t enough bitterness, as well as something else that I can’t figure out. Still pretty good.
MartinT (8024) - 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.