smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head starts nicely but it settles very quickly and leaves no head. The broth is dark brown where light shines through along the edge.
Strong sour cherry and moist raisin aroma. The sourness is quite similar to a Geueze or Lambic. Not much of the darker malts present in the nose.
The darker malts appear in the taste but not nearly as strong as an English Porter or an Irish Stout. Really closer to a dark ale on the malt side. The sour flavor shows up in the swallow, but it doesnít last long. I note some vanilla (from the oak?) and stone fruit as well. The body is pretty typical for the style.
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a three fingered light brown head that fades slowly to a ring, leaving some lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is black, no highlights. Spicy chocolate nose and flavor is sweet, spicy chocolate and coffee. Good stout - second only to their Imperial White. $9.99 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.
Serving type: bottle
jgb9348 (4709) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a large, four centimetre tall nice deep brown coloured head. Aroma of alcohol, bread, yeast, roasted malt, light coffee and quite a bit of earthiness. Full-bodied; Earthy and robust roasted malt flavours dominate the taste with a subdued roasty and sweet character throughout. Aftertaste shows some more bread and yeast, but the rest of the flavours are nice. Overall, a complex and deep beer that is great to try, but perhaps a bit underdone or non showing enough complexity. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Costco in Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia on 02-January-2014 by my dad for US$22/3pack sampled at home in Washington on 30-January-2014.
kerenmk (2299) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black and opaque with a frothy beige head. Chocolate and a little paper aroma, slightly sour and alcoholic taste, full-bodied, alcoholic finish.
hockeybeerguy (1962) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed 10/31/13.
The pour is a dark brown color yielding the same colored body with a thin not even a half finger white foamy head. Lacing is sporadic and kinda all over the place.
The smell has some plum, yet with some nice spice (thinkiní some cloves and allspice). Chocolate and a light raisin sort of aroma enters in nicely at the end.
The taste has a nice Belgian sweetness without any strong yeastiness of most Belgians, slight spicy yet somewhat chocolatey aftertaste, sticky sweet finish.
The palate has about a medium, actually for a 9% brew this has a slight sessionable element to it. Carbonation isnít harsh nor smooth, nor is there anything that makes it standout in the mouthfeel, but I will say I do feel the ABV startiní to creep up on me.
Overall, Iím glad I saved this for Halloween night, good Barrel room collection brew from Sam Adams, Iíd most likely have this again.
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o HogTownHarry] Pours a deep amber-brown with a large lasting frothy tan head. Mild aroma, fruity and yeasty, along with roasted malt and chocolate. Flavourís fruity and malty, lightly tart, and with some light spice, light brown sugar and chocolate. Medium bodied. Pretty good.
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful Belgian stout. No particularly intense flavors, just a solid stout with Belgian undertones. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.
alobar (2763) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with reddish hues and a creamy soapy head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, Belgian yeast, dark fruit flavor with hint of banana and alcohol. Creamy body. Very nice beer.
fcjack1 (137) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Costco. Pours dark brown. Thin tan head. Scents of caramel and booze. Taste is chocolate, caramel and a nice roasty flavor. Nice finish. Good beer.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice.
A - Pours opaque with 1 finger of sandy head dying down to a wispy cap.
S - Woody Belgian yeast, bananas, dates soaked in rum, plums, currants, chocolate syrup, pears, juicy fruit gum.
T - Roasted malts, more acidic than the nose let on. Some toasted cocoa powder, toasted coconut, tart candy flavors, tangy fruit, currants, plums, green figs, pears, bananas, cola, allspice, finishes fruity and sweet with some acidity.
M - Moderate carbonation, prickly upfront but then smooths out.
An interesting mix of flavors. The aroma is very inviting. Itís a mix of sweet and acidic fruit. The oak is very subtle and stays in the background, almost unnoticeable.
Serving type: bottle