TonyBanannas (36) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black Lager? Thats what it tasted like to me. Maybe I shoulda aged it. Either way, I was unimpressed. Bottle, pours a gentle black with amber hues. Little head and lace. Aroma of raisens and roasted malts. Dark amlt fills the flavor and a gentle alcohol finish. Not a bad brew, just tasted like some Black Lagers Iíve had, including Heavyweights Black Ocean. Not something I plan to have in the near future.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark, "root beer" brown, with wonderful, thick tan head. Intense clove, banana, smoke and honey aroma. Initial flavor is of molasas, black licorice, with a funky (in a good way) Belgian yeast fruity character. Quite drinkable, with the 8.6% alcohol very well hidden.. This will be a very interesting one once it ages out a bit more.. A unique bend of styles, but very enjoyable..
NephrenKa (27) - Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2006
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I cannot give this beer a fair review. This is an anise-based brew, and I personally cannot stand the taste of anise. If it were based on a different flavor, I probably would have enjoyed it. The color can only be described as blackened, dried blood. From the minimal head bubbles a promising scent of candy and just a little licorice. Once I actually tasted it, I knew I would not be able to finish the bottle. The sticky sweet flavor of cough syrup and anise spurred me to the hills.
techdiver (22) - USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque blackish brown with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Complex aroma with chocolate and malt. Taste is exquisite, well balanced, almost stout like with a smooth malt and chocolate toffee flavor and fruity notes. Mouthfeel is rich and makes for a very easy drinking brew.
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a midnight black with a medium coffee tinted head. Not much retention apart from the lacing around the rim. The aroma is of sweet malt with some very subltle spices. Full bodied, thick consistency, well carbonated. Sweet coffee, smoke, fruit and roasted malt flavors. There is a slight bubblegum aftertaste. The high alchohol percentage is nicely masked. There are some hints of hop but not enough to counteract the sweetness for my taste.
bscanlon (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought two, one to drink and one to save for 12-2012. Great deep color and aromas. One of the best dubbelís Iíve ever had.
wish (14) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma of Belgian yeast... suprisingly smooth taste with a lingering tingle of hops at the end. quite refreshing for a darker beer. recommended.
bikeclj (13) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby red very complex taste mixed with cherry banana light pear medium body yeast is noticeable but not unlike any other Belgium
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scope (8) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
raisin, black, cloudy, that is the obvious presentation of the beer. i congradulate stone on the nameing because it truly is an undertaking in drinking one of these gladiatorrs in the barley ring...almost a rusty nails and burnt coffee suprise attack but it is quickly and efficent;y dispersed by the velvety chocalte that coats your pallete...the perfect beer for a person that doesnít like "beer"
Chapter7 (7) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark colored with a yeasty nose of baked banana and nutmeg yet hints of freezer burn and dust. Opens with a fizzy mouthfeel. Flavors weigh towards spicy yeast and have notes of custard and peppery alcohol and underlying malty sweetness. However, itís overwhelmingly yeasty with cumbersome spice concentration.