Mat42m (160) - orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting aroma that smells like grapes. Hints if chocolate flavor. Almost a spicy finish. Very complex and very good.
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby brown color with fleeting tan foam. Tart, dark pit fruit aromas ( prunes, figs ) with raisons, vanilla, wood. medium body. Licorice, dark fruit, chocolate flavors with a smooth vanilla, oaky finish--good
b3shine (6596) - Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 750 ml bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; black with tan head that dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells and tastes solid; wood, malt, dark fruit, and spice. Nice ans smooth on the palate. Abv is hidden well too. Enjoyable.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours with a not quite black hued body with a nearly tan head that lasts and leaves decent lace. Aromas are of anise, chocolate, licorice, cola, rootbeer, coffee, light spice, vanilla, oak, chestnuts and raisins. Decently complex. Flavors are of raisins, lightly tart, vinous, cola, brown sugar, vanilla, anise, light coffee, spicy, medium to high esters, light pepper mint. Dry, vanilla. Warming, spicy, interesting combo, but not necessarily a good one. Medium to medium high carbonation, low tannin with a light tartness.
kdm1984 (813) - Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 SA describes this as a stout and Belgian style ale blend. Intoxicating aroma of dark fruits and yeast - not much coffee or chocolate stout characteristics; just a hint of cocoa. Large head, sporadic lacing, very dark (almost black) color. Taste - delicious purple fruits, some cocoa, tinge of acid; yeast and alcohol in the finish. This is a very good Belgian Strong Ale through and through - not very stouty at all, actually, so downrating a bit for some inaccurate style description. Good brew, but folks looking for the stout characteristics will probably be disappointed. Ommegang Art of Darkness is about as stouty as this, and no one that I see is calling that stouty.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Nice barrel-aged flavors, but not enough stout flavors and aromas at first. It was a very nice beer but not the best stout. This could have been just about any dark, roasty beer that was barrel aged. It was very easy to drink for the high ABV. Hid alcohol incredibly well. I think Jolly Pumpkin did a much better job with this style of beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly opaque black in the glass with a small tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma had roasted malt; light spicy yeast; light cocoa; and wood; but mostly sour fruit. The sour parts actually reminded me of Rodenbach. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, light to moderately sour and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, moderately sour and slightly bitter with a long duration. There was sour fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, wood, and a hint of coffee. It was all a little watered down. The slightly more than medium body was somewhat oily and then a little dry with soft carbonation and a slightly dry and lightly astringent finish.
wlajwl (4622) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is dark fruit, coffee, nuttiness and a type of sweetness, possibly vanilla. The flavor is dark fruit, a hint of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts and a long and tart finish. More BSA than stout due to the stout characteristics being in the background, overall it was pretty good.
Kimbo419 (19) - - SEP 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle into a taster glass. Fruity aroma, dark brown in color with a small amount of beige head. Very good clairty. Has the fruity taste of a belgian-style beer with notes of chocolate and rum. Very smooth and easy to drink. Exactly what I would expect for a barrel-aged belgian stout. Overall a great beer, really enjoyed it.
Crispy34 (465) - Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From da bottle... Thanks, Kim! The aroma is really good. You can smell the alcohol, but it has melded well with the aroma of sweet, dark fruit. The appearance is dark with a light tan head with loads of carbonation bubbling up. The taste is of dark malt, but is curved down a bit by the alcohol content. The taste is paired well with the alcohol. I also taste the oak, and it seems to kinda blend all the flavors together well. As it warms, I can taste the dark fruit notes I was getting in the nose. The palate is pretty light for how dark and boozy this brew is. Lots of carbonation. Overall, I was surprised at how good this beer is. I will most def buy one if I can find another and give it some age.
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent Belgian style beer. Aroma was all spices. Belgian yeast, pepper, and bubblegum. Pour was a deep dark brown/black with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was a little too spicy for my taste. Hot and peppery with the yeast playing on peppercorn, coffee, cinnamon and dark fruits. Way too hot. The finish is all Belgian yeast. Could use a little more chocolate/malt flavors to balance out the sweet and spicy Belgian flavors. Nice carbonation