Holdwine (1077) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first Belgian stout. So far, so good. A ruddish black pour. Nice toasty chocolate notes. Smooth and creamy with some slight hops tossed in for good measure. Very complex mouthfeel with a little bitter aftertaste.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Acertain.
Aroma is deeply fruity with cherry, apple and pear sticking out. Ample candied fruit notes as well. Cloudy red/brown with a typically large and fluffy Belgian style head. For is fruity with candy sugar and yeast also getting equal play. This tastes much more like a dubbel and even less like a Stout than Hercule. If there are chocolate malts in here they are lost int he sweetness and alcohol which is more assertive than I’d expect from an 8% brew. Still this does taste and feel good and while it isn’t my idea of a stout it is my idea of a good beer.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ sharpedge...poured a very dark reddish brown with a thick head. Couldn’t really smell it cause of the bar smoke. Lots of chocolate and malt in this stout...no coffee. Body was fairly light. It’s my first belgian stout...and it was pretty good but nothing to fantastic.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4943) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 A Belgian style stout - what an interesting concept. Sampled on draft at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium in Pittsburgh this beer poured a black color with reddish highlights and a medium sized soapy tan head. The aroma is sweet malts with a nice floral hop element. The flavor is sweet and chocolaty with a nice floral hops presence. The body is silky smooth yet not thick. A rather unusual and very nice beer.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Hmmm.... A Stout? Maybe. I thought it was more like a Quad. I liked it, though. It was dark amber, not really black as I would expect a stout. It had a huge head that fortunately died down fairly quickly. The aromas changed dramatically as the beer warmed, from hardly any, to a sweet fruity, to something off that I still can’t identify, to a wonderful caramel apple aroma. I’ll give it an 8 from the best part of the aroma, though at times it was a 5-6. The flavor was complex and balanced, with similar fruits as the smell.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with a fat beige head. Sweet, fruity aroma with a hint of yeast. A roasted malt sweetness is combined with dark fruits and a background sourness. An odd hint of Stilton cheese. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. It’s quite good.
TaktikMTL (5793) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via les Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat, de café et de cerises. Apparence: La couleur est brune très foncée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux beige et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruits foncés, de noix et d’épices. La durée de l’arrière goût est moyenne. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture vineuse. L’effervescence en bouche est moyenne. Présence d’amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #384)
Boutip (4738) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a huge foamy dirty brown head with pretty good retention. Aroma of sweet malt with distinctive Belgian yeast note. Some sweet malt with a slightly bitter and coffee finish also dominates taste. More reminiscent of a Belgian dark ale then a stout but interesting nonetheless. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stout pours a deep black color from a 330ml bottle. Medium sized tan head with good lacing. Aroma is roasty malts, lots of dried fruit and sweet. A medium bodied Stout. Malts are roasty, dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee. With lots of fruit flavors, raisins, dates and figs. Slightly tart and sour, but in a good way. Interesting balance between the roasty malts of a stout and the fruity esters of a Belgian ale. Very smooth taste that gets even smoother as it warms. Hides the 8% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is slightly bitter and coffee.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark brown, hues of burnt brown sugar, large foamy light beige head, nice lacing.   Combination apple skin and dark pitted fruit on the nose, yeasty, slightly sweet.   Fig and date flavor, mild sweetness, bready.   Body is nearing fullness, but mouthfeel seems fairly moderate.   Lingering dark pitted fruit well after the finish.   Somewhat like a robust Dubbel.   Not bad.