Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, cellar aged ~14 months. Aroma of dark sugars and chocolate sweetness, along with notes of licorice, vanilla, and molasses, some faint currant, dried fruit and oak present here as well. Dark brown-black in color with a lasting, foamy, light tan head and very fine lacing to match. Flavor profile is full of dark brown sugar sweetness, lightly tart and dried fruit tones, raisin, black cherry, mild oakiness and earth, more vanilla, faint roast and estery, spicy Belgian yeast showing late, and plenty of dark chocolate lurking in the background throughout. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a certain tanginess and mild tartness, body is fairly full. Interesting stuff.
Metalchopz (2287) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Part of the Barrel Room Collection at the LCBO. Pours a dark brown colour, looking like cola. Beige head is creamy, has good retention and thick creamy lace. Mild aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. Also, yeast and maybe wheat giving out banana notes. Hints of alcohol. The taste starts off sour, so not sure if suppose to be this way, or infected (never had one of those from this good brewer). You can also taste some burnt malts (smokey oak) and light spices. I think the sourness took over the coffee, as I cannot detect any. A disappointing finish to the trio.
zvikar (3418) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks avrashi. Pours brown with a huge beige head, aroma of brett, chocolate, cherry, wood, flavor is bretty with chocolate, cherry, wood, light acidity, medium bodied.
ROBC3366 (644) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very active cloudy bright yellow with a thin white bubbly head. Aroma is grass, lemon, wheat, spice, and orange peel. The taste a follows suit and adds more lemon zest, white wine notes, and wheat malts at first. The mouthfeel is bright and clean with high carb. Full bodied at first, middle is refreshing and crisp, the finish comes back strong with a bit of a sticky syrup feel.
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HighlanderOne (1009) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from big bottle. I smell malt, smoke and cola. Stout black with coarse head. Lotsa flavored here, Iím getting malt, licorice, coffee, dry cocoa, oak and, oddly enough, sangria. Hmmm - just got a nosebleed - what is in this stuff ;). Cocoa notes are more prevalent as it warms. Has porter-ish feel to it. A strange brew, one I should try again in the future.
QuezXLV (398) - Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light and a bit spicy. Dark body an thin white suds. A bit of alcohol in the taste. Aftertaste a but bitter.
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MattMal88 (9) - - MAR 28, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
After reading a few ratings talking about a sour note and infected beer im not sure if mine was or not. It smelled slight chocolate, dark fruit, slight alcohol. Starts off spices and dark fruits with slight chocolate bitterness then finishes with a sour note. I like sour so I was fine with this but I wasnít expecting this from a stout. Overall I liked this beer Iíve just never experienced a sour stout before but its not a bad twist on it in my book.
fitwitchik (318) - USA - MAR 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was a second pouring for me with the first bottle being infected. Maybe the initial taste soured me with this brew but the second brew did taste better but wasnít impressed. I like Belguim brews a lot as well as stout but somehow this brew showed the lesser of the two.
Initiallly a nice head easily flattened out very quickly.
Quite sour is the aroma. Didnít grab the barnyard flavor of a Belgium or the sweet fruitiness of a stout. No alcohol here which is actually a good thing.
Flavor was confusing. Got sour. SOUR. Never thought a stout to be sour... Dark fruit there but not enough to make this doable. Actually poured the last 1/3 of this brew out. Just not what I would want to drink on a regular basis. Sorry Jim I like you so much but this brew didnít make full circle for me...
cernjoh (126) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Where to start. I purchased a bottle based on the recommendation of a coworker. When opening the bottle the cork popped with a strong force striking my ceiling and thrusting to the floor. The beer foamed as it poured into my glass producing 2/3 more head than liquid. Head was tan and the beer was a dark clear brown allowing some light to pass through it. The aroma was like that of a wet cat. I did taste it and it was horribly sour and seemed infected. Bottle 1 ... drain pour.
Day 2 I figured lets try again. Purchased 2nd bottle from different store. Opened bottle cork popping but not as forceful of bottle 1. Poured into glass color same as 1st bottle but head less intense. Initial aroma was chocolate with belgian notes. Taste had some chocolate but more typical belgian flavors. Fairly sour taste. Palate was a bit thin with above average carbonation. First impressions were not favorable but as it warmed and I drank more it improved picking up banana and other fruit flavors. Flavor was best at 57 degrees F. Expected a stout got a belgian. Bottle says " A Dark Belgian Style Stout with Notes of Spice, Coffee, Chocolate, & Oak. I picked up only the spice and chocolate.
Worth the try I guess but not going to buy bottle 3.
terrybail (617) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 Pack from the LCBO with Samuel Adams (Barrel Room Collection) New World Tripel Samuel Adams (Barrel Room Collection) Tetravis and the Samuel Adams (Barrel Room Collection) Thirteenth Hour Stout
I was expecting more from these for the $40 price for the 3 but having said that I probably had too many beers the day i sampled these:)
And they were all pretty descent beers