Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tremendous looking beer that could only come from Belgium. Bountiful, large, beautiful head that lasts for a long time in the glass. Almost alarmingly aromatic, with hints of dark roast and ripe dark fruit, as well as hints of leather and cocoa. Flavor has some complexity to it, with notes of sour fruits, roast and chocolate. Highly complex, deeply flavored stout.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, this one rises to the occasion like Jack Nicholson just entered the room. A lofty semi creamy head slowly recedes from a standing ovation after a long, slow pour of this blackish liquid. Superb lacing tells the story of the breweries intent. Mild aromas of roasted coffee bean. Medium nectar with soft yet ample effers creating a downy pillow softness on the palate. A moderate malt backbone sustains the brew as an equally effective roasted coffee component lends the needed balance. Collateral flavors are few and far between although there is a sense of freshness with some tannin, if you will, from a dried cherry skin contraption. The finish is bittered well leaving the palate ready for more.
Borresteijn (6289) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ KBF in Geel. This beer really amazed me. Pours black with a beige/brown head. Strong sweet aroma of roasted malts, laurel, liquorice, some dark fruits. Flavour is the same, with a nice bitter roasted finish and some chocolate. Sticky and oily palate. Very tasty beer!
bhensonb (13850) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from John’s Marketplace in Portland, OR. Pours really black with a frothy, multi-finger tan head. Aromas of dark toasted malt and slightly spicy hop. Full bodied with frothy, creamy carbonation. Flavor is bitter from burnt malt, some malt sugar, and I think some noble hop. Suddenly lots of chocolate can be noticed. It’s not really sweet, and it’s decently bitter. Flavor just goes on and on.
daniele (7810) - ITALY - AUG 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Gusher! Huge amounts of foam and head formation; pours a very dark chocolate-brown color; huge light-tan head with good retention and mixed-bubbled lacing. Basic, lightly toasted malts, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate in the aroma; a very slight, stalky vegetal note; dry and crisp, if a bit under-pronounced. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of roasted malts (soft edges), bitter chocolate, and lots of dark / milk chocolate maltiness; very significant, pronounced, yummy chocolate character; again, especially dry, lightly toasty, and very drinkable stuff; enjoyable, sessionable stout. Lengthy finish: dark chocolate, light bitterness, and roasted malts; soft, mouthcoating.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Gushing tan head atop black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, faint cherry, burnt. Taste is medium sweet, milk/bittersweet chocolate, roast, light burnt, cherry. Smooth medium body.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl, exclusive brewery, from De Hopduvel Gent, easy to drink, yet complex, cloudy, small head, good Stout
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer with a huge tan head. Roasty, sweet milk chocolate aroma. Roasty, sweet chocolate flavor with earth and espresso. Medium body. Lingering roast, chocolate, earth, and yeast.
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. ZBF 2008.
Clear dark brown colour, low frothy head. Chocolate and menthol in aroma. Good balance of noble hops and darker malts. There is a nice touch of milk chocolate here. Bit vineous with dried fruits.