baggio (320) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draughts@Monks Cafe, Stockholm
Apperance: Black as night with a nice creamy head.
Aroma: Fruit, Cream, Chocolate, Roasted malt.
T: Milk chocolate, Ripe fruit, Licorice, Spices, Brown sugar.
Palate: Supersmooth with a little bite from the alcohol and just enough hops at the end to balance it out.
This is one damn fine belgian-style stout that i’ll gladly try again!
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark with a nice sized soapy brown head. The aroma has dark fruits, heavily roasted malt, Belgium yeast, berries, cream and anise. Medium / thick body with a good amount of soft carbonation. The flavor starts with a Belgium twang, anise, lots of sourness, good amount of roasted dark malt with no bitterness from the malt, but there is a spicy bitterness that seems like it is from hops and there is a creaminess to all of it. The finish has lush dark fruits, anise and an odd funk. This is very complex and interesting. A great beer and many thanks to xmarcnolanx for sharing this wonderful thing.
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brussels.
Lovely black color with a tan head that never left. Sweet with a rich coco flavoring that marries well with the large amount of hops.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Badbeer. Marked Belgian Royal Stout, I heard that makes a difference as to what batch it is. Pours black with a nice, tan head, good retention, good lace. Smells of dark, sweet fruit. Some smoke, roasty malts. Tastes sweet and dark fruity with some toasty as well as sour malt flavors and alcohol. Full body, good carbonation.
larsga (6240) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown lasting head. Opaque black body. Harmonic sweet-acidic burnt citric coffee and alcohol aroma with vinegary notes. Sweet-acidic orangey burnt coffee taste, dense and harmonic, with vinegary notes. Sweet dry chocolate aftertaste with citric notes. Good, but less good than I expected. May have been influenced by the vinegar in the previous beer. Need to rerate. (0.1l taster from bottle at EBF ’08.)
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge plummy chocolatey beer with some spicy notes. Dry roasty, suprisingly not hugely hoppy end despite the motherload of hops that 100 IBUs suggest. Me likey.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black. Towering tan head that fills half the glass and leaves lace blobs. The aroma is sweet, mostly roasted nuts, brown sugar and chocolate, with a little licorice around the margins. Sweet and silky medium-full body with minimal carbonation. Taste of coffee, dried fruit, licorice, chocolate. LOTS of alcohol in this one.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is yeasy, belgian, lots of fruit, dark malts, sweetness, some alcohol, tartness.
Taste is yeasty, dominantly beligian in the profile. Creamy, dense, lots of dark fruit, sour berry, chocolate.
Finish is thick and creamy.
This is world class. Thanks for the chance to try this, Brad.
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Dmac for this bottle. Pours out black with a nice two finger brownish head. Aroma is interesting, chocolate, dried fruits, and maybe even some rum going on there. Taste is very complex, very smooth velvety mouthfeel. Rich, roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruits and some rum-like sweetness. No sign of the 13%. Very well done!
Habanero (2664) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Bottle. Pours black with a little tan head. Nose of liquorice and coffee. Flavour of burned carmel, light alcohol, coffee and chocolate. Pleasant bitter finish. Full bodied. Complex, balanced and very enjoyable.