puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Hotel Erasmus. Aroma of cinnamon and honey, but overall very lacking in presence. Very sweet taste, lots of honey, lacking in any real stout flavors at all, despite the very dark brown head and thick black body. Perhaps the closest dark malt flavors I could pin on this would be more Schwarzbier type. Interesting beer, but it really misses the style. By miles.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Erasmus. Black. Smells of figs, caramel. Body is full, and flavor is cloyingly, and with shock and impact, too sweet. It clears out a bit, but just zero balance here. Really needs some roast or hops, or god forbid, a bit more alcohol and a lower FG.
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Bietje Ter Doest.
Black color with a medium light brown head. Aroma roasted malts, bit caramel, sourish. Medium body. Taste lightly sour,
fruity, sweet amlts, hops, itís like have more alcohli than the 5,5 %.
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Very dark brown colour (close to black), mediumsized brown creamy head. Aroma is acidic licorace along with dark fruits and caramel. Flavour is caramel, licorace, dark dry fruits, some hoppyness and slightly sugary. Acidic fruits in aftertaste.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 33cl bottle: Pours inky black with a massive creamy and dark toffee head. Brown sugar sweetness wofts from the glass hints of chocolate, and licorice and caramel. There is an herbal vein running through the sweetness that turns slightly earthy. A little roast comes through the sweetness but not a whole lot. A cola-like sweetness hits you up front with licorice and chocolate in the back. Perhaps there is even a bit of black cherry and raspberry. This is a very sweet stout. Not much roast but a lot of fruit, including a slight green apple, and raw sugar. Flavor-wise, it is a bit one sided but there is just enough to keep you from being bored. Mouthfeel is full-bodied but seems lighter than what you would expect from the aroma and flavor, but thats a good thing. If it was any heavier it would be undrinkable. Slightly sticky with a looong cane sugar and caramel finish.
SHIG (4060) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Poured black in color with a thick creamy light brown head. Sweet fruit/berry with some malt. Sweet metallic cola like taste with a licorice finish. Not impressive for something marketed as a stout.
JoeinDahlem (1396) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 19, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap @ Erasmus. Darkest head Iíve ever seen, creamy brown like milk chocolate atop a straight-up black beer. Gorgeous. Too bad it goes downhill from there. Malty, faint sour-cola aroma. Cola sweet and slightly tart, with a lightly malty backdrop. A bit dirty and tangy in the aftertaste. Too thin and wet to be a stout. Nearly quaffable though, if it wasnít for that tangy, chemical edge. But itís so pretty! Too bad.
Miksu (5030) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the Hotel Erasmus, Brugge. Black color with very dark creamy head. Burnt aroma reminescent of grilled meat. Some fruity and toffeish aroma in the background. Very sweet flavor which hides much of the roastedness. Some sourness and oud bruin -like flavors. A bit sugary. Interesting contrast between sweet and sour flavors and roastedness.
larsga (6929) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Huge dark brown coarse head shrinks slowly. Opaque black body. Faint spicy licorice aroma. Sweet licorice taste with no real resistance, more like a soft drink. No aftertaste. Sharpish mouthfeel. Itís OK, but kind of boring. No reason to get very excited about this. (0.33l bottle. Bottled November 2005.)
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A roaste malts taste and to sweet make this bottled beer a less then average beer. Tasted also an older version with same results. Although it was only 3 years old you could tast already that the beer was already older