TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark burgundy and hazy with a thin wispy light brown head. Aroma of cherries, plums, vinous fruits and dark toffee. This beer tries to play the middle with some heavy malt notes balanced by ripe fruit, syrup soaked oak chips, and acidity. Taste of plum, molasses, light roast, and rum. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fleeting overtones of heaviness, whisked away by light and airy carbonation.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Best by date of August 2008, Sampled February 2007
Labled a stout, but really pours more like a dark brown ale, or really a Porter. This beer is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head. The beer sits a deep, dark brown color in my glass and shows ruby highlights when held up to the lamp. The aroma is a mix of concentrated fruit notes like raisin and fig, as well as a sort of cheesy note, and some definite notes of Madeira and sherry. The lasts too really become noticeable as you dig around in the aroma. There is a nice spiciness to the aroma as well, with notes of clove leading the way, but also notes of ginger, a touch of anise, and even some fenugreek. There is definitely something cheesy going on here though.
Up front the beer tastes of raisins and prunes, as it moves back off the tongue a lightly tart note becomes noticeable. In the long finish a note similar to port, and perhaps even a touch of sherry is noticeable. Very little roast character is noticeable, which is not entirely unexpected in this Belgian brewed beer.
The beer just does not do it for me, it tastes a bit too much like fermented prune juice to really be all that palatable. It never reaches horrible, and I could easily drink this if politeness demanded it. Fortunately it does not, so I will not.
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ølfestival Horsens 2006. Dark golden with a red hue and a creamy head. The aroma has notes of candy sugar, sweetness, fruits or rather berries. The notes from the aroma are found in the flavour, that is a bit out of balance IMO. The finish is dry, rather citrussy. 1647
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Drank in a stem glass. Hazy brown with a ruby tint poor and add to that a nice frothy beige head. Aromas of caramel, bananas, white chocolate, prunes, dates, yeast, maple syrup, nutmeg and a hint of vanilla. This beer does not feel like its 8.5 % at the palate. Very balanced yet slightly over carbonated with a dry finish. The taste is predominate of prunes and dates. A little less sweeter than the aromas might lead you to beleive.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Poured dark with a thick frothy brown head. Aroma of malts and dark fruit. Flavor was sweet. Malts, chocolate, spices, dark fruit. Roasty. Slight dry finish. Medium bodied. Smooth mouthfeel.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was malty with choclate and some grassy notes. Flavour starts off roasted malts and quite sugary with a rather thin texture. The beer becomes slightly more acidic and finishes drier but still quite sweet.
LinusStick (2931) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious stout! This is the first Belgian stout I ever had and I was very impressed. Me and the laughing guy on the label shared a chuckle as I enjoyed the heavy, sweet malty aroma and the chocolatey taste. This was more hoppy than most stouts I have tasted and that is a good thing.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is very dark with thin beige head. The aroma is strong with roasted grains - reminiscent of dark toast with hints of molasses and chicory. There is also a distinct fruitiness to the aroma and a noticable whiff of yeast. The flavor is quite nice - it starts bitter sweet on the tip of the tongue like espresso with hints of sugar and cocoa (okay - maybe not that bitter, but you get the idea). On the middle of the tongue are interesting yeast and fruit flavors along with sweet malt flavors. The finish is somewhat dry and bitter with a pleasantly bitter after-taste (blend of hop bitterness and dark chocolate). The mouthfeel is full bodied. Overall, very nice. The label says "mild stout". Considering how roasty it tastes and that the bottle indicated 8.5%ABV, I almost shudder with delight at the thought of their idea of a "strong stout" :)
MarcdGris (3) - Tarbert, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled beer, dark toffee, almost treacle taste, head is not lacing the side of the glass.
Tmoney99 (11545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted sweet dark friut aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium sweet balanced flavor with a bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable complex beer.