argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Medium beige head with nice lacing atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light Belgian yeast spicy, banana. Taste is moderately sweet, Belgian spicy, some bittersweet chocolate, light grapefruit. Medium body, some stickiness.
Travlr (9852) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pretty much black, brown head. Aroma of burnt eresso, licorice. Taste is slightly sour coffee grounds, burnt cocoa. Tasty.
bhensonb (9837) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. I got to hold the keg label! And have a tulip! Pours black with a dark tan head. Mild liquorice in the aroma. Very mild. Med body, or almost. Flavor has chocolate, coffee and liquorice. This is not an imperial stout. This is a stout with so much and many flavors that it can be considered a dark Belgian ale. Flavors are not super strong, but they are not weak. Thereís some good burntish malt. Really tasty. The glass showed some nice ring lacing. Overall, not a lot of liquorice. The amazing thing is that it just gets tastier and tastier. Ommegang knocks another one out of the park.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate and caramel aroma. Medium to heavy chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a very good beer that exceeded my expectations.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Beachwood BBQ. Black in color with a khaki head. Aroma is big on the roasted malt and smoke. Licorice, char, and some dark fruits. Kind of woody and herbal, a bit of earth and coffee grounds. Flavor is only mildly sweet with a pronounced bitterness. Smoke and roast dominate up front. Lots of licorice, mild fruit sweetness, some coffee, earth, woody herbs, and earth. Not a huge fan.
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Sanderís in NYC. Pours deep brown with a foamy, beige head. Well toasted malts in the nose with burnt toffee, coal, Belgian yeast. Medium sweet flavor with dried berries, chocolate, raisins, good roast, ash, burnt wood. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with moist ash, charcoal, Belgian yeast, burnt toast, charred toffee. Pretty nice.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Caponeís. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a smaller sized tan head. Chocolate, roast, and lots of licorice and anise. For me the licorice and anise was too much as Iím not crazy about them.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle drunk in Central Park. Deep black pour with a thick rocky tan head. The nose is quite rich. Bittersweet chocolate and a touch of light yeast derived spiciness along with some dusty elements. Roasted coffee and a bit of licorice and some berry fruitiness as well. Lingering roasty bitterness and a nice earthy coffee finish. Lovely.
Sammy (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Mister Goodbar. All licorice and some roast. Just too much of it and therefore not so drinkable. Lacy.
BMan1113VR (7696) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a black hued body and a massive brown head that lasts. Aromas are of nutty roast, dark fruits, campfire, mild esters, anise, toasted wood, earthy. Flavors are of roast, plums, campfire, rye bread, light smoke, lightly metallic, roast, mild anise, very dry and earthy for what I was expecting. Carbonic. Medium body with massive carbonation. Roast character is a bit too sharp for my liking.