Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with a thin brown head...smell is toasty and sweet...flavor is roasty and sweet with a nice licorice and coffee flavor!!! great!
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at the brewery.For a Belgian Strong this poured awfully dark.Everything else about this was great.Lots of sweet, dark fruits on the nose with hints of caramel and chocolate.The flavor was slightly warming with dark fruit sweetness. This finished off with a nice warming feeling.Great job on this!
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 on tap, pours black with a tan head that had trouble fully forming due to overcarbonation. you can see it fizz like soda! although a nice head forms around the rim. a big licorice and dark fruity aroma with subtle cold coffee notes. a big dark fruit estery profile with some chooclate and bready notes. this is extremely tasty. only knock is that its over carbonated and a tad thin.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour was very dark, black, tan head. Aroma of dark fruits. Flavor was nice blend of chocolate and fruit. Almost reminiscent of chocolate covered bananas. This was a great dark belgian and my favorite of the Piece brews I tried.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting Belgian strong - somewhat like a cross between a porter and a belgian. Pours dark brown with a minimal head. Licorice and yeast in the nose. A bit of the same on the front end with some dark fruitniness in the middle and a malty/yeasty finish. Just a bit of hops. The 9% alc is understated. I agree with others that it seemed a bit thin and too bubbly - but overall a very tasty beer.
rederic (2933) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is an imperial sout, in fact is an irish stout aged in whisky barrels, deep pitch black color, with a tiny tan-colored head, with a sweet roasted malt, mochaish nose, with a hint of black currant fruitiness, with some vanilla oakiness accents, with a faint chocolate praline aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth, roasty, fruity, chocolatey, vanilla, oaky, whiskyish character, with a subtle bourbon-like accent with some dark roasted coffee bean flavors, some dark dried fruity notes of raisin, fig and plum, leading towards smooth roasty, vanilla warming finish. When i was there, this beer was served way too cool, for what it is.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It is nice to see Piece producing more beers like this (seems like the expansion is helping a bit). Pours black with a thin tan head. Still smells a little like a belgian. Nice dark fruit flavor with a little chocolate in there as well. Well done.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at BP. Opaque black (though a little brown as I drank it down) with substantial medium, fizzy tan head. Aroma is sweet Belgian candy sugar, yeast, slight dark nalt and dark fruit with some nuttines, very nice. Sweet malt with candi sugar, plum and big alc presence. Medium to thin medium carbonated body. This is really nice though the alc presence takes a little bit away from the flavor. A very good piece beer all around.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 4/30/08. Pt.3 of the sampler. Hazy with a dark brown hue. No light. Trace beige head. Toasty floral nose. Caramel and blueberies. Rather full bodied with a big roast. Tight citrus flavor. Fantastic yeast character. Good bitterness with a peppery yeast flavor. Cocoa cola and citrus juxtaposition. Toasty with an anise note. Tart sour fruity esters. Dark fruit and vanilla malts. Moderate dark roast. Me like!
hopscotch (9160) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… DLD’08… Very dark (almost black) brown ale with an orange tint. Small, creamy, quickly vanishing head. The aroma is a haze of chocolate, banana, sweet dark fruit and coffee grounds. Full-bodied and chewy with modest carbonation. Chocolate and black malt sweetness. Alcohol, tannin and hop bitterness lingers. Warming, bittersweet, mocha finish.