Hildigöltur (5106) - København, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark reddish brown coloured with lots of chunks. Chocolate, caramel and fruits in the aroma. Roasty and fruity flavour. Quite thin. Not much stout about it. More like a light German Dunkel or something.
sayravai (4655) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 (Bottled) Almost black with a medium, tanned and bubbly head. Sweetish, ashy and slightly acidic, licoricey aroma. Flavor of roasted malt and plenty of salty licorice. Medium-bodied, quite carbonated, foamy and a bit thin palate. A straightforward and sweet, but in the end a reasonably drinkable brew. Does indeed have some stout character, but the balancing is quite different from the usual, leaning towards the salty licorice.
(Bottled @ Pub Tuulensuu, Tampere, was 7-3-7-3-13=3.3) Dark brown color with a smallish, lemonadey head. Slightly sour and toffeeish aroma with strawberry and chocolate notes. Sour-fruity, moderately malty flavor. Quite lemonade-carbonated, medium-bodied, slightly sugary palate. Not a very interesting Belgian brew. Stout? Hmm, that’s interesting...
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Felt like more of a hybrid between a stout and a Belgian strong. Some roasted chocolatey malts, but with definite Belgian acidity and yeasty bitterness, finshes dry, nobbad.
chriso (7254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rather difficult beer to classify. Although it’s reckoned to be a stout, the body is rather light. The colour is deep brown, with a reddish tinge. Not opaque. Fruity aroma, with a woody edge. The flavour has dark malt, licorice and fruit. Slightly sweet, with the woodiness returning on the finish. Unusual, but quite nice, provided you put aside what you might expect in a stout. Bottled at the Beer Circus, Croydon.
maeib (7542) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A stoutish aroma with some milkiness like a sweet stout. The beer is very dark, almost black and has a good off-white head. A bit of a herbal taste with more clean, sweet stout notes. Very tasty and drinkable.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light roast aroma. Brown with a tan head. Sweet choc and light roast flavour. Slightly fruity and a bit of spice too. Smooth medium-full feel. Not bad.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Beer Circus, Croydon, London.. Dusty aroma. Slightly roasty, chocolate, coffee,. malt, fruit & bitter finish. Quit alcoholic.
dirkbreedveld (286) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beer with great commercial potential, for instance against Leffe dubbel.
This dark colored beer, has little nose but is very full bodied with roasted malts and soft tannine-style bitters in the aftertaste.
It's sweetesh aroma is inviting not overpowering.
skortila (4166) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Strange brown coloured when it pours out of the bottle. Almost black, cloudy. Head doesn't remain. I can't really notice the aroma, but it is definately sweet. Taste is sweet too, some malts, fruity. Bit boring
JorisPPattyn (7308) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2006 (draught) Very dark brown. Brownish-yellow head, lacey. Very little nose. Bit of brown sugar, vague coffee aroma. Taste is quite woody. Very slight lactic and a bit yeasty too. Malty underbuild, roasted but not burnt. Light bodied but not watery thanks to the malt. The bottled version is denser - both Tim Webb and me agreed upon this immediately (rare!). Nice, for a light beer. Nothing to get raving about, but a lot more original than the latter-day Pater Lieven series. Half-way between a Flemish sour brown and a top-fermenting Munich Dunkles.