HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330ml - bottled June 30 2004). Shared with blankboy, his bottle, via trade with Iguenard. Poured cloudy deep brown with a large lasting foamy-rocky light brown head. Rich aroma of yeast, roast malt, cream, leafy dry hops, slightly sour (in a good way), some sour fruit. Light sour cherry, weak red wine, roast malt, hint of chocolate, some mild hop and alcohol bitterness in the finish. Acidic, creamy, slightly lively mouthfeel, decent, fades a bit by the end. Reminds me a bit of some of the Hitachino Nest beers I’ve had.
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown colour. Light roasty, chocolatey character. Light body for size. A bit of soy sauce note to the fairly intense malt profile. No particular roast. Decent. A revisit is in order, though.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma had a nice fruitiness and yeastiness to it. The color was coca-cola brown with a beige head. This had some great sweetness to it. It had a clean, crisp, light mouthfeel. A very good beer.
hokiebeerguy (21) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
If you’re a true stout lover, then this probably isn’t for you. Much more like a belgian dubbel than a stout. However, based on taste alone, it is a good beer. Deep brown in color, with a head that disapates quickly. Smooth caramel type flavors, and fairly sweet.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: MALT, soy, sweetish sour, some yeast, non-estry
Appearance: deep red brown, turbid, beige foam
Flavor: porter, sweet, bready, very malty, very rich
Palate: simple, harsh, thin, rich
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Stumbling Monk. Deep black beer with garnet highlights. Thin off-white head. Aroma is very Belgian, spicy yeast, chewy malts (brown sugar and caramel) with some pruney/plummy fruitiness. Light roast, but more raisiny and rummy. Lingering dryish finish. Peachy/apricot and apple type of esters. Reminiscent of Trois Pistoles. Fairly light bodied despite all of the complexity.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s: Pours a deep brown w a tan head. Aroma of roses, caramel and toffee. Body is med but mouthfilling with avg. CO2. Flavor yields an incredible complexity and balance; rum-raisin, toffee, vanilla w/ a floral essence. Finish is med. sweet. This would not score well as a stout in a BJCP competition but this is a delicious beer. Seek it out.
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft) Clear, dark red-brown body with beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate-covered cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, chocolate, some anise, light alcohol that provided pleasant warming. Medium body with low carbonation.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle. 03/2006) Big, tan head that lasts nicely. Chocolatey bitterness. Rich, dark malts masking the relatively high ethanol content completely while it is still very warming in the stomach. Full bodied. Slightly sour. Minor green-apple tastes in the aftertaste. As it warms up, an astringent bitterness seems to emerge as does a complex taste of dates, raisins and prune.
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Belgium’s do know how to do it right, and this one is a great example. The flavor is special not like any other stout.