BBB63 (5962) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber bottle and served in my big arse Tripel Karmeliet glass: Pours a very deep brown, nearly opaque with an initial big frothy tan head that fades. The aroma is twangy cherries and plums, heavy roasted barley and charred black malt, with a bit of Belgian yeast banana and bubblegum as well. The taste is sort of muddled... make that very muddled notes of fruits, roast and yeast. Some oak and vanilla towards the tannic dry finish. The mouth feel is far too thin for the genre. I do not care much for these Belgian Imperial Stouts and while this is better than most it still lacks depth, richness and complexity found in American and British styled version.
DuffMan (6531) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, RBAG 2014 prelim. Dark amber brown. Chocolste, spices, light plastic, low bitterness, a tad on the thin side.
dfearnley (884) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to plastic taster at the RBAG14 warmup
Rye, nutmeg, orange, lots of malt. Light reddish brown with a thin frothy head and no lacing. Milk, malt, and nutmeg.
zizzybalubba (1387) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market (bottled in 2012). Very dark brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, light chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. The taste offers up much more of the bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, and nuts. The carbonation lifts the heavy flavors from the palate so the lingering bitterness is lessened. Nice beer!
hockeybeerguy (1612) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This looks to be my last Smuttynose until I ever get the chance to get back to this wonderful brewery.
Reviewed from notes, this one was poured into a tulip and a snifter there weren’t any significant changes between the two.
The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a decent one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. The lacing left in the wake was sticky and somewhat thick.
The smell had Belgian spices up front with a decent fruitiness running underneath. It seemed to have leaned towards a light plum and raisins with some light apricots even thrown in there. After a bit of warming, a sweet booziness starts to appear (bourbon - I guess) along with some light chocolate, caramel and vanilla.
The taste took all of those flavors and combined them to add a decent woodiness about it.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation seemed right on for a big Belgian stout.
Overall, this was a pretty good Belgian stout to me. In fact, I once had it with an Easter dinner and that was an absolutely awesome meal.
cernjoh (104) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 2012 bottle into a snifter. Aroma is light chocolate and bourbon notes. Appearance is a dark brown almost like old engine oil with a small light tan head. Taste is dark chocolate some vanilla and bourbon. Palate is good with a nice level of carbonation. Overall a good brew.
nearbeer (3611) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. 2012 vintage. Opaque with a lasting film of cream. Aroma of chocolate, plum, red wine and fig. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, a touch of blackberry and red wine. Finish has some oak and metal. Heavy body has a nice balance and medium carbonation.
jjgmd (1367) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark black pour with a rapidly dissipating java head. Nose is chocolate and malt with a touch of alcohol. Taste is bitter sweet chocolate, malt, fruity with some tastable alcohol. Finish is dry, bitter sweet and moderately long. Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1324) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head and sweet, chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet and burnt, of chocolate, fruit notes, caramel, wood, and roastiness leading to a slight warming, long finish.
crajun (936) - , Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber from trade with the great phatdog1. DAMN, I love this brewery!!!
2012 bottle. aroma was heavy on cocoa and chocolate with slight roast - niiice. Taste was a solid stout - I didn’t get much if any bourbon or barrel but the roasted malts, cocoa mad this very nice!!
Emeister84 (867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee and soft bitter chocolate on the nose. Jet black with a quickly fading head, but a lasting ring of light tan. Dry, savory, slightly metallic, some subtle dried cherry, burnt raisin, a little vanilla. Medium-full bodied, decently carbonated, some lingering roasty flavors.