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.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma was estery and spicy with a banana and chocolate character and a bit of Belgian yeast spice. Espresso coffee was present and dark fruits, raisins and prunes, followed behind. The beer poured crystal clear dark brown with a brownish head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass. The flavor was smoky and phenolic with espresso coffee and a fruity character wrapped into a dry wrapper. The dark fruits of the aroma were present but were overwhelmed by the smoky phenolics. Coffee was present, but not to any large degree. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy due to the fairly high level of carbonation. The beer finished with a lasting smoky phenolic lasting into the aftertaste. A nice beer, not especially a stout and with a bit too much smoke. 11.2 ounce bottle. 8.5% ABV.
Braudog (6184) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m not a very good label reader ... I had not idea this was a stout! Anyway, it poured a dark chocolate thinge with a poofy head. The aroma is much stronger than a "mild stout" that’s for sure ... stiffly alcoholic. Likewise, as I sip on this, while this is an enjoyable brew, it’s a strong one, and would take the weekend stoutie by surprise. Strong bitter dark cherry, alcohol, dark plum and an obscenely sweet twist at the end. (#2739, 3/7/2007)
Skinnyviking (8435) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. High creamy off-white to yellow and lasting head. Clear dark red brown body. Cocoa caramel black berries aroma. Cocoa coffee flaovr. Mild, round and cramy. Long lasting cocoa aftertaste.
SHIG (4378) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 Bottle: Poured a dark brown with an off white head. The aroma was sweet roasted nuts and malt. The flavor was sweet and malty. Original Score 3.9
Rerate bottle thanks Seabass: Poured a dark blackish brown with a light beige head. Aroma is dark fruit along with roasted malts, there was a light brandy aged smell as well. Taste is dark fruit with a pleasant blend of roasted malt to it. Finish had a slight bitterness to it. New score 4.2
Eructoblaster (3611) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 330ml. Dark chestnut brown body with moderate carbonation and a lasting beige foamy head. Complex malty aroma that carries yeasty, plummy, brown sugar and nutty hints. Taste is very well balanced and hides the alcohol pretty well. However, it is less complex than the aroma. It ends with a good warming finish. Very good!
NachlamSie (3175) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a really dark brown with a fairly tall tan head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and complex. Notes of plum, cloves, cream, and molasses make up the nose. The mouthfeel is pretty par for the course, reminds me of a dry stout with low carbonation. This seems slightly less Belgian in the way of flavor. Notes of coffee, smoked ham, and ashes are in the flavor along with a slightly sour, creamy flavor that reminds me of an Irish dry stout. The finish is moderately sweet like rum. It’s an interesting take on the style while still being identifiable as a stout.
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 (4125) - 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 (10205) - 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