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Verhaeghe Barbe Noire (Barbe Black)

Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Foreign Stout
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7291) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a smoky treacle aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses flavor with a little yeast ester and a dry slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, molasses), with notes of creosote, car tire, cherry. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A somewhat unpleasant phenolic nose starts thing off on the wrong foot for me, but I could see some folks liking those notes. Fairly sour and dirty in the mouth, and of course the same phenols are strong in the retronasal aroma as well. Not enjoyable at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (477) - ITALY - MAY 10, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours dark cola brown with a thick fluffy light beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, some sweetness, light dark fruits, some coffee, light acidity, light metallic note. Taste is similar with roastiness and sweetness well balanced, some chocolate, bitter coffee. Light final bitterness, medium body, a bit too watery, light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zer0 (1148) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2015
Bottle @ Trollenkelder Gent. Dark brown with a lacy beige head. Aroma is milk chocolate and some roast. Pretty sweet. Lots of chocolate. Not bad but not much besides chocolate!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2686) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2015
bottle @ Grassroots Natural Market / Jacksonville FL --- Opaque black with a full brown head, heavy streamers of lace. Solid aroma of toasted malt. Taste is toasted malt that adds dark candied fruit on the swallow, becoming somewhat tart entering the finish, closing with mild smooth hops. A little alcohol warmth is in the throat. A reasonable stout, but not one of the best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1908) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft at Eulogy. Black pour with a white head that completely disappears but leaves some nice lace. Sweet dark fruit. Balsamic vinegar. Dates. Raisins. Figs. Dried cherries and blueberries. Truffles. Body is fairly thin. Does not feel like an Imperial Stout at all. High ABV is well hidden. Not really my style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
skirwan2k (2) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2015 does not count
packs a punch. Lends notes of a belgian strong ale, russian imprial stout but not completely either. A good winder beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (1016) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2015
DAA; Bottle 33cl. Pours black with a large, creamy, lacing, lasting tan head. Aroma is lots of roasted malt and sweet bread, some dark fruit, yeast, light sour and spice. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a lasting roasted, spice finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is lively. Strange as a stout, good as a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricktop86 (607) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark fruits. Taste follows the aroma

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6843) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2015
(Bottle, Delirium Café, Brussels, 25 Oct 2014) Black colour with dense, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of caramel, dark fruit, raisins and dark bread. Malty, roasted taste with caramel, dark fruit, raisins, prunes, dark bread and a generous spicy bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, fairly sweet. On the sweet side, but quite tasty. Nice one.

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