SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a somewhat fizzy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted grain, some coffee, hints of chocolate, fruit esters and a touch of funk. Flavor is actually much the same with a light tartness and very light sweetness with hints of alcohol and spices. Mouthfeel is medium body with fizzy carbonation, on the slight watery side. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew!
libertine (159) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a large tan head.very little lacing on my glass.when the beer was first poured the aroma was a little sour.that aroma decreased as the head went down.definitly picking up the spice,chocolate,licorice and the oak is very faint as well with the coffee.flavor is chocolate,coffee,slight oak and licorice.medium body with heavy carbonation.oily fizzy mouthfeel with a bitter astringent finish.alchohol is well hidden but is warming in the finish.overall this beer is unique but not well balanced.the astrigency of this beer seems to take center stage throughout drinking it.
maxwelldeux (2713) - Spokane, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a moderate head. Interesting notes of sweetness and malts to the nose. In the taste, I get the sweetness from the Belgian style with some slight undertones of chocolate. The oak aging is pervasive throughout the smell and taste, without being overpowering.
adamjackson (1752) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up this bottle earlier this year. Itís still on the shelf at my co-op so guess Iíll drink it to see if I want to get another. Enjoyed in a wine goblet.
A - Black in the glass with some brown edges. 2 finger tan head that fades quickly. Decent lacing.
S - Smells like a slightly soured oatmeal stout. Has this flanders red sort of sour scent and hints of oak and lacto. I donít get any chocolate or coffee on the nose.
T - Taste is a different story. I get some cocoa and mocha taste. Creaminess with some roasted nutty malts. Tehre is some coffee but not much. Finish is very much like a belgian dubbel with hints of bread.
M - 80% carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body and slight tangy finish.
O - The scent made me think this beer was sour. The taste is not. Itís a stout but not a great one.
zizzybalubba (1255) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Dark brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of dark fruit with hints of dark chocolate. The flavor is mostly that of a Belgian dark ale with predominant flavors of raisin and dark fruits but features an undercurrent of chocolate. As I taste this more the oak comes through adding another level of complexity. Overall, this is a good Belgian-style ale that suffers from a name problem (stout should not be on the label at all).
Lubiere (9035) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark Belgian stout with a thick brown head. In aroma, sweet dark fruits with licorice and molasses, woody notes, light Brett, nice. In mouth, a nice smooth chocolate and plums, Brett, molasses, aniseed, quite nice. Tasted with GRM, Probstblueribbon and Ian, July 20 2012.
wxman (1276) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear not quite opaque reddish dark cola color with a nice full light tan head. Aroma of a farmhouse wild ale. Taste comes through as a mild sour ale with sweet roasted malt character and a bit of chewing tobacco. Very much in the vein of a Flemish ale, and very good, but it ainít no stout.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black color, aroma of spice, dark fruits, chocolate, flavors of Belgian spice, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, booze, slightly dry finish, i was hopping for more stout but it was still enjoyable
probstblueribbon (2624) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oddly-shaped 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle shared by GRM, served cold in a tulip glass. 20JL12.
App.: Deep-brown-black with a fair mocha head.
Aroma: Funky tartness, light wood notes, some molasses/licorice notes, coffee/chocolate notes, the funky/tartness is overpowering, faint esters.
Palate: Medium body, fine, limited effervescence, powdery.
Flav.: The stout notes come through a little more, still lots of funk, touches of Belgian esters, licorice and molasses, woodsy, a little better; off-dry with fair bitterness and a nice coffee/chocolate finish.
Kinda odd and didnít work for me.
Doghair (190) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a thick mocha head. Slowly dissipates to a rich with minor lacing. Smell is fruity with some caramel and chocolate. The taste is sour dark fruit and molasses. There is a nice coffee/chocolate in the middle. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Overall an interesting beer. Great flavors. Worth a try.