DocLock (8529) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 cc from Capone’s. Pours thick black with tan head. Nose was roasty dark malts, dark choc, molasses, hops, funk. Tasted rich, with notes of roasty dark malt, molasses, licorice, yeasty funk, hops, and a complex finish. This one paired well with my maduro 5 Vegas 13th Anniv cigar.
Fratto (2835) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Walter and Sarah. Thick black pour with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, mocha, and a ton of baking spice. Taste is the same gig. Awkward finish.
EithCubes (5239) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, corked and caged. Strong nose of sweet chocolate, heavy roast (more of burned roasted barley), licorice, anise. Spice, light fruit, and throwing off some strange Hefeweizen yeast esters (very faint banana, for instance). Darkest brown pours with a pitch sheen in the glass and a very large, rocky light brown head, lots of lace. Inky, solid medium body with ash and burned notes in the mouth, low coffee-style bitterness but a really pleasant small hop character, wooden and lightly spicy. Light earth and licorice, faint anise, even some lavender and rose hips! The subtle spice is the star contributor for me, ahead of the strong but dull and muffled chocolate and roast; it’s hoppy but has more of a rye character. Likewise, the surprising woody and earthen tones carry a lot of water where the more traditional stoutish elements fail (although the very mild smacking acidic is quite nice). Alcohol tamed, hint of banana replaced with hint of clove -- Ommegang using a particularly awesome Foreign Stout yeast or a house Belgian? On the whole, a very nice beer with broad appeal and some dynamite eccentricities.
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours as black as the night watch with voluminous tan head, Aromas of coffee chocolate caramel and roasted malt. Taste is moderately sweet with only hints of bitter near the finish. Overall pretty damm good beer
tgncc (3013) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is Belgian yeast, spicy, chocolate, caramel. The appearance is deep black, off white head. The flavor is yeasty, spicy, chocolate, caramel. The finish is spicy, pepper, sweet. Medium in body. Decent. The yeast strain really dominated this beer.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good roast a touch chalky healthy coffee style bitterness. Enjoyed this. Dry finish lighter than expected.
dmac (4677) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml C&C bottle. Poured a pitch black silky with an average sized beige foamy head. Aroma of licorice, Belgian yeast, dark candi sugar, dark chocolate, dark fruits, wet burnt toast. Great body that is full and creamy withjust the right amount of carbonation. Flavor of yeast, licorice, anise, dark chocolate, spice, pepper, dark toast and cloves. Good stuff.
Ed5388 (2538) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared by dmac! Thanks bro! Pours black with a thick fluffy grayish tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is dark chocolate, toast, roasted malt, and Belgian yeast. Really nice beer!
EvanFriend (417) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes of coffee, licorice, some roastiness, and oak. Fruity finish. Smooth, thick mouthfeel. I like it.
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Citrusy coffee aroma. Very harsh on the palate with hints of coffee. Ommegang missed on this one.