deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured near black with a thick brown head. Aroma was full of malts, cocoa, caramel and roasted coffee. Flavor had cocoa notes and some burnt caramel. A hint of alcohol underneath and a kiss of vanilla and citrus. A bit thin on the tongue.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 Subtle and sweet, cocoa flavor. Malted, roasty flavors, but flatter than the Obamagang from Ommeganag. I didnít detect the orange flavors described unfortunately.
*growler from WholeFoods SoHo...This Belgian Strong pours dark chocolate brown with a huge creamy dark cocoa fluffy head. Subtle tropical sweet aroma followed by a delicious smooth mouthful of creamy dark ale. Flavoras of chocolate, roasty malts, and a bit of pleasant bitterness from the cocoa or hops or both settle on the tongue.
trevor211 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwerís. Pours black. No joke. Medium tan head. Smells and tastes like I took a burnt marshmallow, made a símore out of it, and added it to a dark Belgian brew. Has some dark fruit, some candi sugar, but really isnít that sweet - the roasty toastiness takes over. Thereís definitely chocolate in here, but not as much as they claim, and I donít get orange at all - I get lots of hops. Itís tasty. Iíll take anything from Stone. But it doesnít quite fit the description, and Iím not sure what to make of it. Not one of my favorites. Thatís for sure.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with caramel colored head. Aroma is belgian yeast, spices, light roasted chocolate and some toasted malt. Flavor is the same, semi sweet chocolate, belgian underlay, with light roast / toast. Some bitter chocolate in the finish.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a deep rich brown black with a two fingers thick chocolate brown head, webby lacing. Aroma of chocolate bar and fruity esters. Medium bodied with a some slight fine fizziness to the carbonation. Flavor of dark roasted malts, countered by a semi-acrid bitterness that carries through the finish. Finish is ashy, soapy and dry, with some spicy phenols. Orange only comes out as it warms. This is a mess and extremely disappointing. I canít believe I just wasted $20 on two bottles of this.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Brass Rail. Dark brown, almost black pour with a thin khaki head. Smells roasted, coffee, licorice, citrus, and a slight Belgian yeast character. The flavor straddles a porter and stout in terms of roastedness with some coffee, yeasty esters, and a hint of citrus. Had a deep lingering bitterness. Quite good but I would imagine that 6-10 months in the cellar would do it some good. Not sure how well it will hold up on 12.12.12.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
DO NOT OPEN YET. Give it time....Dark, dark brown in color...almost black. Notes of anise, coriander, apricot, cardamom, dark chocolate, instant coffee, oldish coffee, bitter cocoa. Lots of fruit especially on the front of the palette and tip of the tongue. Mid palette and finish really picks up the bitter, roasty coffee and chocolate flavors. The beer is full of complexity. Truth is that it has a ridiculous amount of aromas and flavors going on. However, there does not appear to as of yet to be any focus. Lacks any sort of anchor flavor that ties in all the other flavors. This beer needs time. It needs some bottle age and some time to relax from shipping. It may have bottle shock at this point still.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poursr a lasting ring of tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, vegetal. Similar flavor. Bitter finish.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with tan head. Roasty aroma, with smell of candi and vanilla. Thick and spicy flavor, that is sweet but finishes clean. Smooth with notes of coffee and cola in the finish.
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with slines and MmmcKay. Pours a very near black with ring of brown head. Nose is anise, coriander, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is not quite as good. It is íoverly blendedí imo. No real stand out flavors, just a melding of chocolate, oak, and citrus, maple, vanilla. I just donít know if I can get behind this one. Semi bitter finish. Maybe this one will be better on 12/12/12....