fiulijn (19385) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color; small, creamy head. Light roasted malt aroma, very light cream, ashes, milk, cardboard. Strong body, good balance between chocolate and roasted malt, with the required subtle sweetness; light spices; good hopping, obviously a bit hidden in this beer; the final unfortunately starts showing more ashes and roasted malts. Good but confused.
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black colored beer with a brown head. Oily malty aroma with tar, chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla and grass notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, licorice, tar, oil, some spices and some herbal notes.
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, almost opaque black color, good creamy beige head. Some toffee, light licorice, cardboard and grassyness in the nose. Full-bodied. Lots of licorice, coffee, yeast, alcohol. A bit herbal note. Pleasant but way too simple.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pouring into my Piraat tulip glass gives a very fluffy tan head atop a beautiful black beer.
S: The first whiff reveals tons of chocolate and dark fruits. Further sniffs give coffee, toffee, spice, and sweet malt. A mild citrus aroma is present, but certainly not a major player.
T: The flavor is very interesting. A slight coffee bitterness pairs well with sweetness from chocolate, fruit, and caramel malt. The spice is a bit more subdued than in the nose, but lends a little something to the beer.
M: This is a very full bodied beer. The carbonation is moderate and quite appropriate for this beer.
D: While this is a "Belgian" beer, the porter characteristics come through much more than the Belgian yeast and spice. This is certainly a "different" beer, but one that I enjoyed and look forward to trying with some age on it.
MiP (15304) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 8.9%. Good creamy and slightly roasted aroma. Almost black colour. Red shine. Good creamy stable light brown head. The flavour is nicely roasted. A little sweet, good creamy note. Some oak, hint of vanilla. Viscous mouthfeel, nicely smooth. Low carboation, but good. Very nice.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home - Thanks Joergen. Almost black - brown head. Roasted, berries, chocolate, ryebread, light spicy, caramel, bitterness, sweetness, toasted, grainy, straw, fruity, citruc, grassy, piney, vanilla, herbal, spicy. Very nice.
mcberko (14686) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle, pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits and floral malt. Flavour of iodine, oxidation, some dark fruits, a fishy taste and some light floral notes. Subpar - seems the age has killed it.
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bevmo. Pours dark brown with a 2-finger dark tan head. Aromas of darkly roasted malt, dark fruit, citrus, light fruit esters, yeast/spice. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Starts with hot bits. Dark roast malt. Darkish fruit. Banana ester. Yeast. Belgian spice. Finishes towards dry. More bitter than not. Exceptionally tasty ale. It’s really exceptional.
FatPhil (14149) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2014 660ml bottle (dunno which webshop, maybe biercompass.de)
Lovely rich roasty aroma, some chocolate hints. Basically black, sticky large tan head. Very full palate, smooth, and in some ways a bit slick, but it’s working for me at the moment (I have a bit of a cold). Great roast, some more of the chocolatey aspects, earthy hops, touch of a metallic tooth-coating noble hop bitterness too. Finish starts with a slight burntness, then some cocoa-powdery chocalitiness. But some lovely dark treacle too. The earlier sips were so gentle - no sign of 8.6% at all. It does get just a little headier as it warms, but it never becomes hot or boozy. Gentleness is this guy’s winning feature. Aged perfectly, I’d like to say, at 5 years, but probably still has many more years in its peak. Good stuff, Stone!
Tmoney99 (13615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Party Source on 09/09/09.
Poured clear dark brown color with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted nutty malt, chocolate and tart citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy chocolate bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
Good brew that may need some age to balance.