ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
10/7/13 bottle (brewed at Two Roads), drunk on 1/21/14
Deep chestnut brown body has auburn tints on the edges, with a charred-beige colored head that very quickly recedes to a light smattering around the edges. High clarity, with no sediment left behind.
Prunes, raisins, roasted barley, vanilla, hickory and Belgian esters (bubblegum, light banana and vanilla) in the nose definitely seem pretty spot on for a Belgian stout. Some glue-like fusels are faintly noted at first. Medium strength of aroma with the esters and alcohol drowning out the maltiness.
Milk chocolate and roasted barley flavors lead things off, with some dry, astringent notes from the barley and lots of alcohol fusels. A bitter, perfumey alcohol note is felt in the back of the throat and lingers on the finish, while the maltiness, sweet at first, dosent seem to have much depth and succumbs to the heavy esters/fusels. Glue, cherries and prunes all linger on the finish, and the beer remains very dry with some tobacco and dark chocolate notes. Thereís some good stuff goin on here, but itís pretty scattered about and this pervasive alchol and heavy ester profile makes it quite difficult to drink. Maybe they let the fermentation temps go a little bit too high on this one? I donít know, but itís definitely problematic for the beer. The bottles have sat warm at Julios (where I bought them) but the other three Iíve had so far (IBU, Existent and Cellar Door) exhibited none of this, so itís hard to imagine thatís the problem. Will certainly try again.
Aarond (141) - Wilmington, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma is chocolate, pepper, smoke, and molasses. Appearance is very dark brown with a thin tan head. Taste is chocolate, smoke, pepper, Belgian yeast, and a slight touch of earth. Medium full body and light carbonation. Overall a good Belgian stout with subtle layers.
rederic (2883) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, with a black dark brown color, with an average bubble tan head, but falls quickly. Mild yeasty, chocolate chip cookie dough, cocoa, mocha, chocolate milkshake, brown chocolate nose, with some light dark dried fruit, faint licorice, burnt toast notes, with some roasted, black, chocolate, toasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, coffee accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth yeasty, dark dried fruit, dark bitter chocolate, roasted grind coffee bean, black coffee, burnt toast, mild chocolate chip cookie dough character, with some roasted, black, chocolate, toasted malty, molasses, licorice, burnt chocolate pie crust, cocoa, boozy chocolate liquor flavours, leading towards a warming, belgian yeast fruitiness, dark bitter chocolate, black coffee, chocolate, black, toasted maltiness, lingering roasty bitterness finish.
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A large bang when I open the bottle and the beer found itís own way out. Pours a almost pitch black colour with a huge soapy brown head. Aroma of smoke, leaves, som coffee and light touches of chocolate. Pleasant smell. Flavour is smokey, earthy, leaves, espresso and hints of alcohol. A lot of carbonation from the belgian yeast, which create a rather sticky mouthfeel. Overall, a very good beer, but maybe a bit too much carbonated for me
jhp40219 (254) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a one-finger chocolate colored tan head with a good amount of lacing that slowly slides back into the beer. Aroma of Sweet Tart candy, (I assume a combination of the Belgian yeast and candi sugar), dominates the nose. Also picking up black licorice, dark fruits (plum and raisin mostly), dark chocolate, slight bit of coffee. Taste is roasted chocolate and caramel malts up front with candi sugar, dark fruits, black licorice, a bit of dark chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Medium body, slick but slightly oily texture, average carbonation, long dry and bitter finish in which the hops come though with the candi sugar. An interesting beer. The Belgian yeast brings out a distinct flavor that helps it stand out from other stouts. Tasty and original!
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque black with short lasting khaki head. Earthy and boozy aroma with champagne like notes as well. Medium body, lively mouthfeel. Warming alchol in finish. Bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Dry finish with some dark fruity notes.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 03/19/2011 courtesy of BeerandBlues2 as 25 to One - A Stillwater / Maxís Taphouse Anniversary. Dark black body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate and caramel aroma. Dry roast, chocolate and faint fruit flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with an off white ring. Little to no lacing. The aroma is a malty dark fruit grain smell with maybe some alcohol. The taste is likened unto an imperial stout with sweetness coming through strong in the end. Itís slightly over carbonated but still good. The taste of alcohol came through a little strong at first but calmed down.
WillRunForBeer (417) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Alehouse. Pours deep blank with a coffee icecream colored head that lingers. Scent is multigrain bread, dark chocolate, coffee. Flavor follows nose. A earthy coffee bitterness and a touch of warmth on the finish.
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown pour, medium brown head. Chocolate, light smoke, roasted malt, molasses, plums. Creamy and pretty good brew.