htnicholas (49) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with moderately high carbonation. Aroma of the Belgian yeasts with mild chocolate notes. Very Belgian be and of course the yeasts are strong in the flavor giving it a very spicy character with notes of cinnamon and coriander. Chocolate is almost undetectable initially only showing up very slightly in the aftertaste. This beer is quite a dissapointment. Given the name, one would expect something rich, indulgent, and having strong chocolate character. Unfortunately, this is a disappointment as a stout and such a beer should have never been attempted using belgian yeast or belgian brewing methods. This beer could be interesting when mixed with a very strong, sweet, and rich stout such as Black Tuesday or any of the Cigar City Hunapuu's variants. Standing alone it fails as a stout or even as a uniquely flavored belgian dubble or quad.
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Duhast500 (374) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed glass.
The color is a dark black with a finger of tan head and some nice lacing left on the glass.
The smell is dark malts here, there, and everywhere. The nose does open up once your past the dominant malty aroma and lets out some of that cocoa aroma I had been looking for. A touch of candy sugar sweetens the nose up a bit and gets me motivated to take the first taste.
The taste has a nice roast malt flavor that has a hint of dark chocolate and a slight coffee bean flavor. There is a Belgian yeast character that is reminiscent of double that is mixed with a stout.
The feel of this beer is medium bodied but behaves like a bigger beer. It will not hurt you but it try’s to scare you that it might be too much handle. It does have a reasonable drink-ability but does tend to challenge you at times. Overall, a great flavorful beer with great character.
BrettTaylor (394) - Radford, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into goblet. Pours almost black and dark khaki head. Aroma - chocolate, malt, coffee, and a touch of yeast, both bready and a touch spicy. Taste - dark chocolate, smoky, coffee, cream, dark malt. Fairly creamy in the mouth, but fairly carbonated (prickly). Rich, but the carbonation level and prickliness is a little bit off-putting.
BeerZombies1 (19) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
APPEARANCE: Pours a romantic dark chocolate. Very opaque but not quite a jet black, still some nice brown hues in there. Very nice caramel colored head that had very nice retention.
AROMA: Smells like pecan pie that has been soaked in bourbon. Which equals deliciousness. Getting some sweetness maybe molasses and raisins. Little faint vanilla and for sure pick up the booziness from the bourbon barrel.
TASTE: Very flamboyant, layers upon layers. Right off the bat getting that nice barrel flavor. Slight spiciness that balances well with the sweetness of the chocolate and pecan. As it warmed a bit I pull out tobacco and the alcohol began to show its head.
MOUTHFEEL: medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly oily perhaps from the pecans. Not a super thick beer but surprisingly creamy.
OVERALL: Super solid stout from Stone. Was impressed all around. I am curious to see how this ages. Very easily drinking high ABV stout.
RATING: 4.3/5 Zombie Heads!
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jeremyh70 (585) - Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with some highlights at the edges. A big thick tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruits and a Belgian twang but only a hint of chocolate. Taste follows nose with some fruitiness, Belgian character and some roastiness and cocoa in the background. Finishes semi dry with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium/full body and moderate carbonation. Tastes closer to a Belgian Strong Ale with a bit of chocolate. Not enough stout character or chocolate but wasn’t bad, just not as advertised or expected.
StoutDr (41) - Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first Ommegang brew that I was not wow’d by. However, had I not had such high expectations it is still an above average stout.
Aroma is malty and mild. Espresso dark. Thin minimal tan head. Fairly light mouthfeel. Very Mild bittersweet chocolate behind a mild Imperial stout.
jjgmd (1224) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark black color with a java head. Nose is chocolate and malty. Taste is deep chocolate with malt, earthy tones and. Rey drinkable. Finishes on the same tasting notes with some sweet chocolate malty lingering. Quaff Score 7 /10 ( shared with Josh, Zach, and Brandon )
zgaier (1181) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of chocolate and spices. Taste is of chocolate and roasted malt along with lots of spices and yeast. Very good stout
BennyBinion (18) - Canyon, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I was disappointed in this beer. The chocolate flavor was lacking to say the least. At the bottom of my list as far as Stouts are concerned.
Miked1687 (606) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Blue monk. Dark Brown black pour with a medium Brown head. Nose is a boozy chocolate with roasted bitter malt. Taste is dark chocolate bitter sweet. Nutty roasted malt finish.
Barreras (849) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark cola color with a clean water aroma mixed with a slight coco powder. Taste is a little blahand watery for a stout. Minor chocolate taste, with a very quickly dissipating aftertaste. I had high hopes for this beer but was slightly dissappointing.