Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle
A decent Belgian, this is pretty pedestrian by the standards of previous experiences with Ommegang. If they were still less than $9.99 I would not be bothered. However now that some of the special releases are pushing $14.99+ it is hard to justify them with so many other options. Even so I am willing to continue to try them on draft.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base contains a rich texture of iced coffee, chocolate pie filling, and traces of ash. The head looks like someone sprinkled chocolate shavings on top. It might be light in texture but the nose and appearance get the job done.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate chips, coffee, and other sweet aspects refresh a thirsty palate. It is not terribly complex. However it has enough to make it worth finishing the entire bottle. This might have grabbed me based on reputation. That will not happen in the future as I’ll be double checking reviews before grabbing one offs again.
BOLTZ7555 (2704) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany pour with an onyx core and latte tower of bubbles. Significant lacing. Soft and subtle aroma of Belgian yeast, mild pepper, faint cocoa, and perhaps a hint of char. Some ash, light but tart cherry skin, and bitter chocolate are there. Just not terribly impressed...not interesting or bold!
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Dexters. Deep brown-black-red body. Lacy, patchy head. Deep malty, fruity undertones. chalky chocolate malt. Smooth sugary malt tones. Almost mild cherry tones under the smooth malt. Quite enjoyable, but the Dexters taps probably make it less enjoyable than the bottle. Kind of like a Dubbel without the Belgian yeast forwardness. Choco-cherry all the way. Really smooth and well done. Big, but not at all overbearing.
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at blind tiger with Brendan and Andrew. Pours a deep brownish body with thin off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is chocolate malts, light cocoa and faint fruits. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with notes of toasty chocolate malts again and some light cherries comin through.
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 Draught at Stagâ€™s Head NYC. Pours rich dark brown/black with thin off-white head. Taste and aroma is of roasted coffee/chocolate and malt. Finishes very nice with a cherry fruit flavor coming through at the end. Very drinkable with a low ABV.....
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/10/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, cherry, prune, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, earth, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes and yeast esters. Taste of cherry, raisin, milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, earth, light pepper, and yeast spiciness. Slight fruit and cocoa tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, dark bread, earth, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted chocolate flavors and yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style porter! Very nice balance and complexity of roasted chocolate flavors and yeast esters; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Silky, rich and complex. A well rounded Belgian with enough body and sweet finish to seduce even the purist strong ale lover.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
Cirrhosis (1175) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big dark brown body with a massive brown cap floating on top that is leaving thick rocky bubble creators behind as it slowly decays. Couldn’t wait for cap to go away to get the aroma so I just took a massive sip and all I hit was cherry with a chocolate kicker. Aroma way milder then I thought it would be, its really hard to find. Aroma does have (after a long, long wait) chocolate, hints of cherry, ash, and I think I can imagine I smell coffee. Taste is much better.......stronger. Hints of ash, chocolate, I can’t seem to find the cherry any more but I know its there. flavourless hops show up in the mildly bitter finish. Nail Yakupov tries to do to much with the puck instead of the nice easy pass....... cherry has returned but hidden under a almost burnt malt. Slight watery feel and taste but I’m being picky saying that. Earthy...sweet yet kind of tart....mild bitter finish.....easy to drink .......beer is milder then I thought it would be........ GO OILERS!!!!!!
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with a huge tan head. The aroma is full of cocoa, with a hint of dark fruit thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with a bit of cherry thrown in. The beer is fairly sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and prickly carbonation.
Westchesterco (785) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolate, roasty, earthy, brown, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, flat, long finish, medium sweetness,