theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2008
750 ml bottle courtesy of tjthresh. Pour is almost entirely black, 2 inch tan head. Aroma of tobacco, ash and burning leaves. Really organic nose. Taste is sharply sweet, the smoke is still around, but melds more towards the background. The sweetness in the flavor is some banana and sharp citric pineapple sweetness. Palate is medium, dry towards the finish. This one is really unique and well made. Thanks for sending this one my way, Tom. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Draught at the Brugge Brasserie. Appears opaque dark brown with a creamy tan head, stout-like. Aroma is tart and fruity with hints of rich clove and sweet malt. Fairly sour flavor but fairly mild over all with some hints of its darker charcter. Full feel in the mouth. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2008
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-anise, peat/roasty, earthy. Taste is tart dark fruit, herbal/medicinal, dark malt-anise, peat/roasty, earthy. Minimum carbonation. Once it warms to just above cellar temperature it improves but still the same off notes. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Black with a purple tint. Served with no head. Cocoa, raisins, and herbs in the nose, though not much. Big dried dark fruit flavors. Medium body. Low carbonation. Dry finish. bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Draft: Poured @ Brass Monkey brew-pub in Kokomo...very dark brown in color with a minimal tan head. Dark fruits with the sweet dark malts accentuate the nose immediately with notes of belgian yeast and candied sugar. Flavor pretty much follows the nose. Good, not great.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 <b>IMPORTANT WARNING: </b>This rating is for the tap version on location. I had a fresh bottle and it was one of the worst thing ever, totally infectedjcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2008
<b>In short: </b>A superior Belgian Dark Ale
<b>How: </b>Tap at brewpub
<b>The look: </b>Almost black body with a medium tan head
<b>In long: </b>Nose of a Belgian Dark beer. Lots and lots of flavour elements in this beer with not one really standing out. In no particular order: black forest cakes, raisins, black coffee, molasses, oak, black chocolate, black currant, roastiness, lime. Full bodied, lively carbonation. Nice complex and scarily drinkable Belgian Dark Ale. The most charming black Belgian since that hot black chick I saw downtown Brussels in 2006 (and yes the chick had a much thinner body).
Draft at Cajun Joe’s in Indianapolis (the former BadaBoomz which is the former BWW). This was interesting and well-crafted. Black body with short, tan head. Aroma filled with sweet fruits, sugar, roast, chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter in the finish. Light to medium body, velvety texture. Easy drinking. Very nice.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Only overshadowed by the Triple at Brugge, but the Black stands on its own as well. Pours an inky black with some deep red and no head. Aroma is very similar to the Triple, lots of smoke and yeast. Lots of flavors swimming around in this one, yeast and malt and candy and sugar. Definite orange and dark fruit notes too. Similar to Barley island’s Sinister Minister, but with a profile all its own. Very nice! Strykzone (7364) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2008
Almost black with red highlights. Nice tan head that leaves a lacing with a cool pattern. Aroma of dark fruit. No roastiness at all. Flavor of dark fruit and chocolate and some hop zest. drfabulous (7952) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2008
Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition, on tap. Belgian style with dark body. By the time I drank this, the sampling was moving along. We came out of the Bottleworks from lunch and I went straight to the Black. Very nice.