BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in NB worthy glass: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights topped by a fading beige head and left some lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of walnut, bakers chocolate, grassy and herbal hops, burnt toast, molasses, plum and a hint of funk Belgian yeast esters.
The taste starts malty sweet with big overtones of caramel and mocha before opening up into a world of equal parts coffee and hop bitterness. I then get a lot of fruit both rich and sweet as well as tart and acidic. The finish is slightly earthy and woody. The mouth feel is lively and lush, a touch more body is needed.
All is all, not a bad brew at all. Better than I expected but don’t expect a big old black heavyweight here.
Quevillon (2841) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu en bouteille au St-Bock (IP). Brune caramelisé, petit collet beige. Arome légé de malté caramelisé, des notes d’épices et une petite sensation réchaufant. Goût peu imposant de malte épice, soupson de noix, assez réchaufant. Une stout belge bien plaisant!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hardly dark it sits, more browned than blackened. A lacey sheet of tan froth covers the side of the glass..the middle sinking until the brown underneath is apparent. tart smoke nose with vinous undertones and notes of fruit starting to turn. Effervescent intro fading to flavors of tart grape, caramel, toffee, and charred raisin. Mouthfeel on the thin side, carbonation slightly overbearing...alcohol nowhere to be seen. A finish of the metallic persuasion.
Arayaga2 (2079) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2011 Dark ruby with dense taupe head. Aroma of bitter plums. Taste is deeply roasty raisin with sweet chocolatey finish. Carbonation is soft, but appropriate. $3.5/13ozD
Update: 3+ years later, I stand by my initial assessment $4/11.2
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured nice brown with lots of fluffy off-white head. Nice malty flavor with a good finish.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Drank 8 months before the "best before" date): Pours a dark copper with a thin white head. Aroma is very unique, much more complex than most, with hints of vaniila, maple, toffee, apple and butterscotch. The flavor is incredibly well balanced with a smooth yet slightly exposive palate. There were notes of chocolate, caramel, malts, mollasses and yeast. Extremely good beer ! A lot different than your typical stout.
Lowe1983 (1480) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of toasted and roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, slight coffee, and some alcohol. Flavor is mostly roasted malts and chocolate with toasted malts, molasses, and yeast in the background. Slightly bitter finish with a little alcohol warming. Pretty good.
cheap (5147) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
At the Vintage Estates Octoberfest Beer tasting festival. Now I’m not sure how this is rated as a stout because I never tasted a stout like this before. Looks like rootbeer. Interesting nifty aroma like cola soda pop, quite attractive and makes my mouth water. Initial taste is pretty strong, more than I anticipated from the smell. Barely any carbonation in this brew. Quite alky and malty bitter. Whiskey flavors within. Quite a beer, but probably not a stout! Possible and imp stout, but not a stout. Finish is lingering malt bitter. In the ’stout’ category, sammy smiths blows this away.
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, BB 3/28/09. Poured medium-deep brown with a medium cap of well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet darker fruits, sweeter chocolates, burnt oak, marshmallow, and warm spices.. very intriguing and enjoyable. Flavor - really hard to call this a stout (same deal with the aroma).. more like a dubbel with sweetened-up dark fruits and distinctly Belgian yeast.. warm, hard-to-place spices pop up, and a sweet fruity finish. This hid its alcohol VERY well. Medium-ish bodied and a bit too sweet on the palate. Nice one!
clueo (168) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Dark with a nice creamy froth. Nice strong flavor and a soft aroma for a stronger beer. Very easy to drink with a smooth aftertaste.