BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black beer with a dark beige head. Aroma of dark fruits and some alcohol. Taste: mokka, cofee, liquer, dark fruits... Aftertaste: cofee and alcohol warmth. A very complex beer.
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 33cl, exclusive brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, balanced, yet heavy, cloudy, good head, very good, top class!
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Dark brown, Malty, dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, pepper, slight hop.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Man, I hoped to love this one, but I just didn’t. Attractive deep brown pour with a medium sized oatmeal colored head. The nose is a bit spicy to go with the malt and subtle chocolate. The flavor is some port wine, smoke, pepper, plum and a touch of chocolate. A drying, tannic quality present. It doesn’t taste like 13% to me, but others at the table thought it was a touch hot. Just not all that I was hoping it to be. RERATE: had on tap at The Trappist. If you can find it on tap do it. So much better than the bottle!
cab (866) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle.33cl. A really powerful and complex aroma of malt, coffee, roasted bitter chocolate, lots of dark fruits. Long long aftertaste.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 330cl bottle thanks to Jeppe....dark almost black pou with reddish edges at the sides. head was light brown and not too thick.... aroma of spicy dark fruit along the lines of pannepot. candied sugar and a little bit of yeast. a nice belgian stout aroma.... flavor got better as it added a nice roast component to the spicy dark fruits and general sweetness. mouthfeel was nice and as most people have said, quite drinkable. will have to try again once it comes to the states.
Pinball (10963) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle,best before apr 2013.
disappointingly faint aroma, but what i get are mostly goodies. vanilla, coffee, chocolate, no alcohol whatsoever. like sniffing a cappuchino without sugar. as it warmed up, more chocolate
(86% dark, good one). and a little alc.
looks : i poured in a way that usually generates some head with most beers. result was that i had like 10% beer, 90% head, it almost went out of the glass. after settling, pitch black with
giant light-brown(nutty-brown) head. looks very promising.
flavor : This one could easily carry even more alcohol!. oily sweet flavor, sugar, brown sugar, licorice, aftertaste is balanced, but not as bitter as i would prefer, most of the bitterness seems to come from the alc.
palate : too oily for my taste, especially combined with the very sweet taste
overall : a truly great stout, but not up to the beer geek breakfast and řlfabrikken porter standards - but well ahead of most other great stouts. You’ll never find a dessert tasting half as good as this beer. Best too-sweet beer i ever tasted until now
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330. Thanks, Ben! Jet black. Dense, thick tan head with chaotic strings of lace. Huge cola-sweet nose. Roast and very subtle fresh red licorice seep in around the edges. Rich, thick, sharply tingly body. Mid-palate dances with perfectly blended and modulated chocolate, roast, cola, oatiness, dark licorice, and a bit of coffee. Spectacular for sure.
TURDFERGUSON (3970) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to OldStyleCubFan for sharing! This was a very tasty imperial stout that was not trying to be too much. Alcohol extremely well hidden, but I was also kind of tipsy at this point so I may need to re-rate this since I didn’t take any notes. What can I say? I enjoyed this one. Thanks Todd!
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2008
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle at the RBESG08 Grand tasting. Alround rating: I know this is going to upset urbain since he was upset already about the tjessus reserva. Big roasty character, inky bitterness, coffee and some grassy herbal hop character. Really bitter and pritty hard to drink.