sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Blind Tiger. Stout? Hmm. Poured a murky brown with a thin almond color head. Aroma of dark cake, like german chocolate, with spices, brown sugar, caramel, coffee, bourbon, and maybe even a bit of smoke. Dark toffee flavored malts, sweet but not cloying, with underlying spices (clove? coriander?)---rich and earthy flavors with hints of coffee, cocoa and vanilla. Finishes with a nice peppery spiciness. Palate smooth and full bodied, with fine carbonation. A bit sticky on the lips after a while. I really liked this one.
marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado. This dark brown ale poured with a thin tan head and a malty aroma. The flavor starts off sweet and malty, with a chalky more bitter finish. Lots of chocolate and plum.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown Color with Red Hue and Light Tan Head. Sweet Malt and Fruity Aroma. Medium Mouthfeel..Carbonated but Creamy. Sweet Roasted Malt, Some Smokey Flavor, Fruits, Dry Roasted Malt Aftertaste. "I like you beer, ha ha hah, but you’re crazy!"
jazz88 (2655) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A mahogany color with a laced brown head. Rather light in color for a stout. Plenty of dark fruit in the aroma with plums, grapes, banana and figs. Sweet and slightly bitter fruit flavors with mild chocolate and plenty of malts and a dry vinous finish.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 cask @ the rake. Mahogany in colour with a decent tan head. Aroma of smokey malts, dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Creamy vanilla and chocolate in the taste with roasted malts, spice and prune/raisin. Finish of espresso and dark fruits. Very well rounded and solid.
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium dark brown color, lighter at the edges, soft in appearance and a little murky. Tan toast colored head, billowy with large bubbles when poured but then settling down into a nice creamy layer. Rich toast and milk nose with the appropriate dark malts, and of course the Belgian yeast is present, and I think adds a lot to the aroma. Flavor-wise, though, I think it takes away a little bit, and I think it would work better with an English yeast. Nonetheless, it’s quite good, very chewy and soft with milk chocolate and cream flavors. Very good, better than any other Belgian-made stout I’ve tried.
Lubiere (12689) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown ale with a thick moka head. Pleasant sweet smokey malt aroma with notes of coffee , bread and figs. In mouth, a light sweet chocolate malt with roasted malts, peaty notes, figs, light coriander notes, and warming alcohol. The body is enticing and keeps you interested. A rather complex belgian nterpretation of a stout.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark, dark brown color. Smell is fruity, with possibly some coffee and smoke. I tasted some sourness to this, but it was very subtle. Seems like a real stretch calling this a stout. Seemed like a dark belgian strong ale, or even a porter to me. Pretty good.
ross (2139) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sean given to me at the Knoxville tasting. Pours out a brown color with a tan head. Not dark at all, looks more like a brown ale. Smell is dark fruits, some smoke, some coffee and sweet sugar flavors. Taste is sweet and fruity, light bodied, pretty high in carbonation, some sour funk notes which actually make it interesting. Pretty easy to consume, I enjoyed it, but its not really a "stout" by what I consider a stout to be. Good stuff though, thanks for the bottle Jimi.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a collapsing creamy beige head. Aroma of belgian yeast, cocoa and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and soft carbonation, with a well water like texture. Initial flavor is more like a belgian brown. The middle has smoke and tobacco. Finish has moderate spicy hop bitterness, with a tad amount of alcohol. Overall, very earthy but not stout like at all. Interesting beer. But at $18 a four pak, I am not going to be buying this again.