BiddleBrau (1130) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle at East Side B. Café in NYC - Clear brown (or is it reddish highlights? – can’t tell with these lights) and a nice creamy head. Sweet chocolate/malty aroma. Big malty flavor with underlying hop spiciness. Although the label classifies this as a ‘mild stout’ it is reminiscent of a dopple bock to my given the high level of malt sweetness.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a small tan head. Sweet caramel aroma, sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Malty, some chocolate, great dry finish. Better than expected!
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Bockyhorsey tasting, courtesy of Avengedpoet. Dark brown color pour with some reddish highlights and a small beige head. Chocolate, coffee and toasted caramel malt in the aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet, with all of the above elements, along with light hops on the finish. Nice brew.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of avengedpoet and sampled at bockyhorseys place. Pours a deep brown with a light brown head. Aroma is caramel malt, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is caramel, malt, hops.....a little sour and some yeasts. This has a very light body but a interesting flavor profile. Tasty brew.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark red that is clear but too dark to see thru, appearing near black with a medium frothy beige dense head. Fruity aroma, lightly spicy, buttery roast. Flavor follows with amped-up fruity and buttery notes, fake chocolate and a sour burnt finish. A touch salty, light soy, smoked wood/peat. Medium body, very fine carbonation, slightly buttery and watery.
patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, mine says 8.2% abv - Pours amber with a thin, lingering tan head. The aroma is led by some fruity yeast and has some roast malt in the background. The flavor is of chocolate malt and dark fruit. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering chocolate flavors on the palate. I haven’t had many Belgian stouts and understand that they are very different from the stouts to which most of us are accustomed. This one works very well though. It’s also so easy to drink and the 8.2% abv is buried. I would be easy and enjoyable to throw back several of them. Of course then that 8%+ abv would hit.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Novare Res. The belgian stout category for me is hit or miss. They can often be overpowered by the yeast strains used, while typically i think stouts should be malt dominated. This beer pours a deep reddish black. With a foamy head that doesn’t stay for too long. The aroma is pretty subtle, some oak, and dark malt aromas. But the flavor is very nice. It’s like a nice bitter rich chocolate with malts, and a hint of yogurt from the yeast strain, but not too much. Aftertaste is slightly bitter actually apparently there’s a good deal of bittering hops to balance this one out. Very good!
luttonm (4489) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brouwers. Roasty, creamy beer that is definitely to the stout side of big Belgians. Sweet and tinkling carbonation. Tasty.
hirigalzkar (2808) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown-red color. Big white head. Smells sweet choclate. Fruity and choclaty taste. Roasted flavors, but in a much sweeter way comparing to your regular imperial stout.
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from hopduvel @ gent, i found a big resemblant with guldendraak, dark brown bier with good malty noise